Grow my island

Nothing striking about the current work on Koh Pich these days although work is happening all over the place. The most notable change is that Koh Pich is growing! Yes, land reclamation is in progress on the east shore and for good reason. Where else are they going to put the tallest tower in Phnom Penh? Sounds like sturdy ground that reclaimed land too!

Finishing touches on the new bridges

Rock being pushed into the water to ‘grow’ Koh Pich

Reclaimed land can be seen when crossing at the Naga World ferry

Are we seriously copying Singapore’s Marina Bay Resort here?

Finish bridges before water festival

There is under a month remaining until water festival 2011. As everyone remembers, 2010 water festival went down in history for the stampede that took over 300 lives. This year with record flooding and a first ever cancellation of the yearly boat races draws focus on the other activities, many of them occuring on Koh Pich. It will be interesting to see if anyone faces the ghosts of the past and goes to Koh Pich. If they are up for the challenge, there are 5 bridges to walk across onto the island. Unrelated to the stampede of course, the notorious “diamond gate bridge” has been trippled for this year’s festivities 😉

At the end of Sihanouk Blvd there nearly exists a new bridge to Koh Pich.

The other Siahnouk Blvd bridge to Koh Pich.

New building across the (headless) swan bridge

New building across the (headless) swan bridge

Northeastern tip of Koh Pich is a popular place to watch this year’s flooding

Diamond gate bridge with 2 new ones beside it.

The road leading from the northmost bridge currently ends in the river.

Paving the northmost new bridge

Sihanouk Blvd bridge with diamond gate bride on the left and nagaworld in the background

Carving naga heads on the spot for the 2 new Sihanouk Blvd bridges

Flooding took out the nice manicured bush beside the new bridge already

A view at the two new northern bridges from diamond gate bridge

Diamond gate bridge stampede monument being erected

Bridge work, housing construction

Diamond island continues to develop rapidly with new buildings popping up everywhere and now 5 bridges almost constructed to an island. Fortunately at the moment, it actually looks like an island as well, since the water level is so high.

Northmost bridge of 5 (extension of Sihanouk Blvd)

2nd bridge from the north (twin of the first, extension of Sihanouk Blvd). The infamous Diamond Gate bridge on the right.

Northmost bridge again from a different angle

2nd bridge again from a different angle (Diamond Gate Bridge in the background)

New building just across the Swan Bridge (still missing it’s head btw)

Elite Town progress

Elite Town progress

Elite Town progress

A new water tower at the south side of Elite Town

Approaching the new ‘Rainbow Bridge’

Towards Rainbow Bridge (who named this anyway? and for what reason?)

Rainbow Bridge (Rose Condos in the background)

The new Rainbow Bridge from the side (just opened last month)

Bridges

It’s all about bridges these days at diamond island. Funny as Koh Pich isn’t even much of an island at the moment. Maybe the sight of so many bridges (5 planned in total now) will give the appearance of the island like nature of the area. When these bridges are done, make sure to dig a river underneath again ok?

Southmost bridge getting there

Bridge over.. what?

From Diamond island with Rose Condominiums in the background

The swan bridge is still headless but has mysteriously gone green!

What is up with this bridge? I preferred the yellow colour myself

As if 3 bridges wasn’t enough.. here are the two new bridges extending Sihanouk Blvd onto diamond island.

Side Projects

Diamond island has a few side projects going on. Most notably, is the tripling of the diamond gate bridge. This has nothing to do with the stampede… we always wanted 3 bridges. ha! Also, the swan bridge lost it’s head? What is the deal here? Aside from that, the 3rd southmost bridge is going up as well as lots of action in Elite Town.

View at the end of Sihanouk Blvd.

Construction signboard

Mysterious missing head!

Where’s my head!?

Elite Town progress

Elite Town progress


Elite Town progress

Southmost bridge

Southmost bridge with Rose Condominiums in the background

Driving Range

New warehouse at the north end of the island

View of the north end with Naga World in the background

5 bridges

For a location that struggles at some times of the year to even be an physical island, now a ground-breaking ceremony suggests that 2 new bridges (totalling 5) will be added to the plans. It is unclear whether this had to do with the diamond gate bridge catastrophe or whether it was the plan from the start. My guess would be the former.

View from Naga World

View from above

Water Festival Stampede

Devestating start to Diamond Island development. Here’s a clip from Phnom Penh Post:

Hundreds died and hundreds more were injured last night in a stampede on Diamond Island’s north bridge, bringing a tragic close to the final day of water festival celebrations in Phnom Penh.

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced via video conference at 2:30am that 339 people had been confirmed dead and 329 injured.

“With this miserable event, I would like to share my condolences with my compatriots and the family members of the victims,” he said.

“This needs to be investigated more.”

“This is the biggest tragedy since the Pol Pot regime,” he said, adding that Cambodia would hold a national day of mourning on Thursday and that a committee would be set up to investigate the incident.

More Here: Phnom Penh Post Article Nov 23, 2010

Struggle in the crowd

Instantly picked up by international news

Aftermath

Next Morning

Elite Town

Possibly mistaking us for Phnom Penh elite, we went past security and inspected the progress in Diamond Island’s prestigious Elite Town.

It’s possible to drive over Swan Bridge now

South entrance to Elite Town

Innercity Elite Town

A view from the North

View of the southmost (third) bridge to Diamond island

View of the southmost (third) bridge to Diamond island

View of Elite Town and Diamond Island from Riverside

Swan Bridge from the south

Swan bridge seems finished but their’s another ‘swan’ head on the ground

Elite Town plans

Diamond Gate bridge

Diamond Gate bridge

Diamond Gate bridge

Areal view of Elite town and Diamond Island

Plans and initial construction

Like most grand projects planned for Phnom Penh in the next 10 years, this looks ambitious indeed. It will be interesting to track progress as the project is so close to the heart of the city.

Conceptual Plans

Conceptual diagaram

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Lets zoom in. Yes, this is brilliant marketing.

The start of the Swan Bridge

Another representation

Looking from Phnom Penh

Island City Condominiums