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Chinese estate builder roots in Peru with quality, efficiency

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-04-19 16:29

LIMA - Through eight years of hard work, a large-scale property constructor from China has gained strong foothold in Peru, with new contracts rolling in, on the basis of its well-received finished projects.

"The apartment for us, me and my husband, is comfortable. It is spacious and very safe," said Cristina Gamarra, a local in Lima who had just moved into a 20-storey apartment completed by the Yanjian Group from eastern China's Shandong province.

The two high-rising commercial estates in the Jesus Maria district in the capital are the latest project that Yanjian has fulfilled since its entrance into the South American country in 2009.

They did a good job for the district, said Miguel Aldaba, local administrator for the project. "So far we have not found any problem with water. The structure and design perpetually keep the water out," he added, referring to the wet weather in Lima.

Exemplary projects

Yanjian started exploring the Peruvian market in September 2009 with a refurbishing project of the state-owned Loayza Hospital in downtown Lima, a contract the company gained from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

Founded in 1924, Loayza has well-established reputation among patients, but its service has been compromised by the dilapidated infrastructure.

Yanjian, a construction company with a history of 65 years, came to wield its wrists on the field, transforming the hospital's dining hall into an over 4,200-square-meter modern facility providing comprehensive treatment.

It took only a little more than a year for Yanjian to finish the work.

"With 65-year-long construction experience and consideration of the local demands, we pay much attention to the details of design and building to meet as many requirements as possible," General Manager of Yanjian Peru Wang Shuwei told Xinhua.

Another landmark project completed by Yanjian is the China-Peru Friendship Hall, which was built to honor the long-standing relations between the two countries.

"A lot of work has been done. It is coordinated, because Andrew (the Spanish name of Wang Shuwei) is a person who has had a very strong collaborating team," local engineer Armando Ramos told Xinhua.

In 2015, Yanjian undertook the construction of Jose Maria Arguedas Primary School, a project that won the hearts of the parents of the school children in suburban Lima as the school helps sustain their children's education.

Cracking difficulties like shortage of water and blocking hills and slopes, Yanjian completed the building process half a year ahead of the schedule.

"The core demand and urgent nature for real estate building is perfect management. A stable structure needs to be guaranteed by harmonizing beams and columns to endure earthquakes and other occurrences," said Pedro Ortiz, one of Yanjian's local staff.

From trailblazerto market winner

For house building in Peru, quake resistance and water proof are the peculiar demands.

To meet the target, Yanjian has paid much attention to the structure design, material selection, function consideration and construction management, which result in high quality building and win deep trust from the Peruvian government and local people.

In February, the group won a bid to build a national emergency response center in Lima, which claims over 8,800-square-meter land with a command headquarters and a stimulation facility.

Local employees are happy to see their Chinese employer prosper in Peru through hard work and quality service, for they have also benefited a lot from Yanjian's growth.

"From its very beginning, I became involved (with Yanjian) in building houses ... As I have been developing my career, I grow interested in construction, a beautiful career to follow," said Ortiz.

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