KL118

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KL118
KL118 render.jpeg
General information
Status Under construction
Type Shopping complex
Office building
Housing Properties
Location Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Coordinates 3°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
Height 682 m (2,238 ft) [1]
Design and construction
Architect Fender Katsalidis
Developer Permodalan Nasional Bhd.
References
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KL118, formerly Warisan Merdeka (English: Heritage of Independence), is a 118 storey, 682 m (2,238 ft) tall skyscraper currently under construction in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Background[edit]

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

When completed in 2020, the tower will be the tallest building in Malaysia and 6th tallest in the world, consisting of 400,000 square metres (4,305,564 sq ft) of residential, hotel and commercial space,[6] succeeding the 88 storey Petronas Twin Towers.[2][7]

The building consists of 100 storeys of rentable space, in turn consisting of 80 storeys of office space, 12 storeys of hotel, 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 levels for up 5,000 bays. 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.[1][8]

The tower is within the vicinity of Plaza Rakyat, MBSKL, Stadium Merdeka and Stadium Negara.[5] The KL118 development, when completed, will have access to MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line which is part of the Klang Valley Public Transport System.[9][10]

Progress[edit]

The piling and foundation works for the project, which has started have been awarded to Pintaras Geotechnics Sdn Bhd.[11][12]

Permodalan Nasional Bhd has shortlisted 6 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 are to submit their engineering, procurement and construction bids by January 28, 2014.[13][14]

Criticism[edit]

Many have criticised this project, saying that it is a wasteful project and the RM5 billion funds could have been used for other causes like poverty, education and roads.[4]

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

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