The Centaurus

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The Centaurus
General information
StatusComplete
TypeHotel, Mall, Residential and Corporate
LocationIslamabad
Current tenantsMövenpick Hotels & Resorts
Construction started2005
Completed2011
Opening17 February 2013
CostPKR 3500 Crore
OwnerJeenda Chairman
Height
Architectural200 m (656 ft)
Technical details
Floor count23
Design and construction
ArchitectAtkins
DeveloperPak Gulf Construction, Al Mahad Group of Companies (Saudi Arabia) and Sardar Builders
Other information
Number of rooms500
Website
www.thecentaurus.com
Mega Mall of Islamabad The Centaurus
The Faisal Avenue Interchange in Blue Area, Islamabad. The Centaurus is visible in the Background.

The Centaurus is a mixed use real estate development in the city of Islamabad, Pakistan.[1] The project includes a 36-floor hotel, three 23-floor residential and office towers and a five-storey shopping mall.[2]

Designed by British architectural firm WS Atkins, it consists of three skyscrapers, containing corporate offices, residential apartments, and a hotel.[3][4] Centaurus Mövenpick Hotel is under-construction and is expected to open in the first quarter of 2018.[5]

The estimated cost for building the complex was $350 million USD.[6] The Centaurus Mall is four storeys tall and comprises around 250 shops. Major tenants include Monal Downtown Islamabad, Al-Fatah Store, Scentsation, Khaadi, Gul Ahmed, Charles & Keith, Junaid Jamshed, Hush Puppies, Sputnik Footwear, Adidas, Nike, Hub Jafferjees and International Watch Company. Recently international brands such as Mothercare, Dune, Michael Kors, Accessorize, Monsoon Kids, FunkyFish, Diesel (brand) and a Samsung experience store have been added.

Charging Entry fee controversy[edit]

In what it called a move to avoid ‘over-crowding’, Centaurus Mall in a public notice said visitors will have to buy a coupon to enter the mall, which is adjustable against shopping at the mall on the same day. The public notice listed 23 types of people who will not have to purchase the entry coupons. Those exempted include all women and children under 12, senior citizens, lawmakers and executives, diplomats and foreigners, journalists, and lawyers, members of country clubs, doctors, and teachers. Further, the notice said, “famous players of hockey, cricket, football and golf” and “celebrities” do not have to purchase the entry coupon.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Google maps. "Address of Centaurus". Google maps. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Eastern Star". Atkinsglobal.com. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  3. ^ Pereira, Nikhil. "Movenpick Hotels set to expand Pakistan operations | HotelierMiddleEast.com". HotelierMiddleEast.com. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  4. ^ Tore, Iuliia. "Mövenpick Hotel Centaurus Islamabad to open in 2018". Rustourismnews.com. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  5. ^ "Federal capital to have Movenpick Hotel". Thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  6. ^ Ali Teepu, Imran (14 September 2010). "Centaurus Tower faces uncertain future". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Islamabad's Centaurus Mall starts charging Rs100 entry fee, but only from a select few". The Express Tribune. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2017.

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Coordinates: 33°42′28″N 73°03′00″E / 33.7077°N 73.0499°E / 33.7077; 73.0499