Tuesday, July 20, 2010

1Malaysia Development

From TheStar:

KUALA LUMPUR: 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), the agency tasked to develop most of the government land, is identifying partners to draw up a masterplan for its Bandar Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur International Financial District (KLIFD) projects in the city.

Among the international architects and designers being considered are Forsters & Partners as well Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM).

“We have been talking to them for the past few months,’’ 1MDB CEO Shahrol Halmi told StarBiz. “Those selected, including project directors and engineers, should have credible track records, be transparent and bring their international experience to enhance our local expectations.’’

The masterplan for both projects will be based on the same approach especially in terms of financial modelling, parcelling and tenders.

Complementing each other will be the Islamic financial hub on 80 acres at the Dataran Imbi area and the mixed development on 460 acres at the Sg Besi old airport.

“We target to unroll the vision and plan for the two projects in a year’s time,’’ he said, adding that momentum of work was essential to keep the young team on their toes while the public would also want to see some progress.

“Construction in phases will probably commence in three to four years,’’ he said. “It is going to be a long journey and we have to get it right, for example, by making sure that we do not flood the market with retail space.’’

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