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Merdeka 118
Merdeka PNB 118, Kuala Lumpur.jpg
Construction site in July 2019.
Former namesPNB 118, KL118, Heritage of Independence, Menara Warisan Merdeka, PNB Headquarters
Alternative namesHeritage of Independence, KL118 Tower, Menara Warisan Merdeka, PNB Headquarters
General information
StatusUnder construction
TypeShopping complex
Office building
Housing Properties Hotel Observation
LocationKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Coordinates3°08′28″N 101°42′05″E / 3.14111°N 101.70139°E / 3.14111; 101.70139Coordinates: 3°08′28″N 101°42′05″E / 3.14111°N 101.70139°E / 3.14111; 101.70139
Construction started2014
Estimated completion2021
CostRM 3.5 billion
OwnerPNB Merdeka Ventures Sdn Bhd
Height666 m (2,185 ft)
Technical details
Floor count118 (+5 below ground)
Floor area292,000 m2 (3,140,000 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators87
Design and construction
ArchitectFender Katsalidis
Structural engineerLeslie E. Robertson Associates[1]
References
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Merdeka 118 is a 118-storey, 644-metre (2,113-foot) megatall skyscraper currently under construction in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Background[edit]

The Merdeka 118 (the whole precinct) development is funded by Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB),[4] with a budget of RM5 billion.[5]

When completed in 2021, the tower will be the tallest building in Malaysia. It will consist of 400,000 square metres (4,300,000 square feet) of residential, hotel and commercial space.[6]

The building will consist of 100 storeys of rentable space, including 83 storeys of office space, 12 storeys of hotel rooms, 5 storeys of hotel residences and a retail business center. The non-rentable space consists of elevators, recreational and maintenance facilities, as well as parking spaces for up to 8,500 cars. 60 out of the 80 storeys of office space will be reserved for Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), the developer of the project, and its subsidiaries.[7][8]

Site[edit]

The tower is sited at Petaling Hill, a low-density hill directly southeast of the historic Kuala Lumpur old town, on the location of the former Merdeka Park (which was subsequently repurposed into an open-air car park). The site lies within the vicinity of a number of historic landmarks with little modern development: Independence-era sporting venues including the Merdeka Stadium, the National Stadium and the Chin Woo Stadium, the pre-war school grounds of the Methodist Boys' School and Victoria Institution and the stalled Plaza Rakyat project (across the Ampang Line).[5] The Merdeka 118 development, when completed, will also have access to the newly built MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line excavated underneath the southern end of Kuala Lumpur old town.[9][10]

Design[edit]

The tower is designed with a mixture of diamond shaped facets to signify the diversity of Malaysians. It will contain a shopping complex, offices, and residential areas. The structural engineer is Leslie E. Robertson Associates.[11] Environmental Design and Engineering firm Neapoli Group was employed to provide consultancy services towards achieving Platinum rating with three Green Building certification bodies: LEED, Green Building Index (GBI) and GreenRE.[12]

Progress[edit]

The piling and foundation work for the project was awarded to Pintaras Geotechnics Sdn Bhd.[13][14]

Permodalan Nasional Bhd shortlisted six groups for various construction jobs such as UEM Group Bhd-Samsung, IJM Corp Bhd-Norwest Holdings Sdn Bhd- Shimizu Corp, Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd-China State Construction Engineering Corp, WCT Bhd-Arabtec Construction LLC, TSR Capital Bhd-Daewoo Group, and Seacera Group Bhd-Spaz Sdn Bhd-Sinohydro Corp-Shanghai Construction Group. These companies submitted their bids by January 28, 2015.[15][16]

KONE, a Finnish group, is supplying around 87 elevators and escalators for the project.[17]

On 23 November 2015, PNB announced a contract worth RM 3.4 Billion has been awarded to the joint venture of South Korea's Samsung C&T and UEM Group Bhd.[18]

On 27 February 2018, it was announced that Park Hyatt will open up a hotel in Merdeka 118.[19] The Park Hyatt Kuala Lumpur will occupy the top 17 floors of the building; It is slated to have 232 units, including 28 suites and 30 apartments.

In May 2019, the planned height of Merdeka 118 was increased to 666 metres (2,185 feet). The tower would still have the same roof height as originally planned, while it would have a longer spire.[20]

Criticism[edit]

Many have criticised this project, claiming that it is wasteful and the RM5 billion funds could have been used for other causes like healthcare or education.[4]

In response to the criticism, the former Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak claimed that the project was not a waste and will bring more benefits by generating economic opportunities.[4]

Transportation[edit]

This tower will be served by Sungai Buloh–Kajang Line Merdeka MRT station located beside Jalan Hang Jebat, itself an interchange with the Ampang/Sri Petaling Line's Plaza Rakyat station.

The Hang Tuah station, serving both the Ampang Line and KL Monorail, is a 600-metre walk southeast.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KL118 Tower - The Skyscraper Center". skyscrapercenter.com.
  2. ^ "Warisan Merdeka". CTBUH. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Warisan Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur - Building 1221285 - EMPORIS". Emporis. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b c PM: 118-storey Warisan Merdeka to generate economic opportunities for all. TheStar.com.my
  5. ^ a b RM500bil Warisan Merdeka will be country’s new landmark. TheStar.com.my
  6. ^ "Malaysia Chronicle | A place to speak up on Politics, Business, Social".
  7. ^ http://www.kl118.com.my/malaysia-to-get-new-iconic-landmark-kl118/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "New PNB skyscraper to meet the demand for space - Daily Express Newspaper Online, Sabah, Malaysia". dailyexpress.com.my.
  9. ^ "Malaysia Chronicle | A place to speak up on Politics, Business, Social".
  10. ^ "Underground jewels for the Klang Valley MRT - Features - The Star Online". thestar.com.my. 4 March 2015.
  11. ^ Skyscraper Center"KL118 Tower - The Skyscraper Center". skyscrapercenter.com.
  12. ^ NEAPOLI SDN BHD "NEAPOLI TO HELP BUILD THE WORLDS THIRD TALLEST BUILDING". neapoli.com.my.
  13. ^ "Pintaras shares up after bagging RM74mil Warisan Merdeka job - Business News - The Star Online". thestar.com.my. 13 March 2014.
  14. ^ http://www.theedgemalaysia.com/business-news/279917-pintaras-wins-rm74m-pnb-warisan-merdeka-tower-contract.html
  15. ^ Sharen (5 December 2014). "Six in the running". NST Online. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Malaysia Chronicle | A place to speak up on Politics, Business, Social".
  17. ^ Joakim Persson (11 October 2015). "PAnother big KONE order in Malaysia". ScanAsia.com. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  18. ^ Zainul, Intan Farhana (23 November 2015). "PNB confirms RM3.4b Menara KL118 contract awarded". The Star. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  19. ^ "Park Hyatt to take up residence at PNB 118".
  20. ^ "Merdeka PNB 118 (KL 118) Facts and Information". The Tower Info. Retrieved 14 July 2019.