US-based Turner Construction Company has officially started building Malaysia’s tallest tower, known as Warisan Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur which is set to steal the title from the iconic Petronas Towers.
Senior leaders from developer Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) recently gathered alongside Turner and other project stakeholders as Malaysia’s Prime Minister officially launched the project and gave the tower a new name: Merdeka PNB118.
“The Merdeka PNB118 tower project builds on our experience managing landmark projects in Southeast Asia, as well as our experience delivering technically sophisticated, mega-tall structures in growing cities around the world,” said Peter Ramstedt, Turner’s project director. “Additionally, the Warisan Merdeka development is located outside the front door of the historic Stadium Merdeka, which was specifically built for Malaysia’s Declaration of Independence in 1957, and is also bordered by Stadium Negara and Chin Woo Stadium. We are honored by the trust placed in us as stewards of these historical landmarks.”
Designed by the internationally acclaimed, Melbourne, Australia-based firm Fender Katsalidis Architects, Merdeka PNB118 is a 118-story tower within a 19-acre, multi-phase development. Scheduled for completion in 2020, the tower will house PNB’s group of companies over 60 floors, with 23 floors of rentable commercial space and an 18-story luxury hotel with 236 rooms, as well as multiple sky lobbies and observation decks.
Additionally, the project is pursuing a rigorous environmental program and is seeking triple Platinum sustainability certification under the USGBC’s LEED program, the Malaysian Green Building Index (GBI), and the Malaysian GreenRE program, in addition to MSC Malaysia Cybercentre status.
Scheduled for completion in 2020, the tower will house PNB’s group of companies over 60 floors, with 23 floors of rentable commercial space and an 18-storey luxury hotel with 236 rooms, as well as multiple sky lobbies and observation decks.
“With Kuala Lumpur as Turner’s regional hub, the growth of the Malaysian market is very important to us,” continued Ramstedt. “The Warisan Merdeka development will be an iconic landmark, adding to Kuala Lumpur’s attractiveness as an investment and tourist destination and helping to define a new Malaysia.”
Construction of tallest tower in Malaysia officially underway