The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur

A proposed development in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

St Regis @ KL Sentral

[Acknowledgement: forumer Greg at SSC Malaysia Forums]

“Six-star” The St. Regis Hotel & Residences Kuala Lumpur

The above is a preliminary study and design. Final design to be unveiled late next year or early 2010. 

Location: Lot C, KL Sentral

Description: 1.4 million sqft mixed-use development called One IFC, comprising residential + hospitality + a proposed office tower. 200 hotel rooms and 200 freehold apartments.

Architect: Mustafa Kemal Abadan, design partner of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (New York)

Developer: One IFC Sdn Bhd (Tan Sri Chua Ma Yu and Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd)

Development Value: ~RM1 billion

Managed by: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific

Projected floors: 50 to 80 storeys

Year of opening: 2012-2014

Note: This development is next to Lot D, KL Sentral which is the site for the proposed 60-storey twin residential towers. Developed by MRCB-CapitaLand-Quill Group, it will have 700 luxurious units and will be the tallest residential building in Malaysia. There will be a soft launch in a month or two and an official launch perhaps at the end of the year.


KL reaches for the skies

KL skyline
Note: There are some errors in the picture above.

KL reaches for the skies, approval granted for several new superstructures
Stories by YIP YOKE TENG
TheStar Metro
28 May 2008

The skyline of Kuala Lumpur is to set change dramatically and significantly in the near future.

Several superstructures of over 50-storeys high will soon join the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower to dwarf other high-rise buildings in the city centre.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) town planning director Mahadi Che Ngah has confirmed that the DBKL had approved several superstructures comprising office blocks, hotels and serviced apartments.

According to Mahadi,

a skyscraper soaring to about 60 storeys has been approved as an extension to the Petronas Twin Towers. It will be located next to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. [Proposed Menara Carigali]
The pricey plot near Suria KLCC will also be the site for the Four Seasons Centre Kuala Lumpur, with its tallest building standing at 70 storeys. [Proposed Four Seasons Centre]


It is touted to be a mixed development comprising a Four Seasons hotel, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and retail outlets.

KL Sentral is also expected to have a structure towering at about 60 storeys. [Proposed 60-storey KL Sentral]

Another skyscraper to loom over Stadium Merdeka at about 40-storeys tall has also been approved in principle.  [Proposed Plaza Merdeka]

It is learnt that this will be part of a privatisation project by the government.

Mahadi said

two other projects with 30-storey structures were waiting for their development orders. [there’re several others 30 to 50-storey skyscrapers proposed]

On talks that a 100-storey skyscraper would be erected near the Matrade centre, bordering Jalan Kuching and Jalan Duta, Mahadi said it was merely an enquiry.




He said no plan or application had been submitted on the so-called project and it was too early to say that Kuala Lumpur would have another building taller than the Twin Towers.








“High-rise projects in Kuala Lumpur have to abide by height guidelines.

“They cannot just follow the fancy of the landowners. These developers have been well informed of the policies in the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020, draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 and other planning regulations,” he said.

“The height of the buildings is related to land value, the more expensive the land, the higher the buildings but we still need to look into other aspects like road systems and public transport,” Mahadi said.

According to Mahadi, commercial zones are categorised as city centre, district centre and neighbourhood centre, to control development intensity.

The city centre commercial zone has the highest range of permissible plot ratio of up to 1:10. Plot ratio refers to the ratio of land area and floor area.

Superstructures can only be allowed in the city centre commercial zone, which is largely around the KLCC area, as well as other areas designated for the purpose such as KL Sentral and Mid Valley.

“This means that if a developer wants to erect a very tall building in an area outside the city centre commercial zone, it has to make sure there is a large span of green in the surroundings,” Mahadi said.

He advised the public to study the draft KL City Plan 2020 carefully to check on the development intensity proposed for the different areas.

“Some plans have been committed decades ago and the DBKL will have to follow up on these commitments.

“If land owners and residents think that these plans are no longer feasible, or they will suffer losses if the plans proceed, now is the time for them to register their objections,” he said.

The Draft KL City Plan objective is to turn Kuala Lumpur into a world-class city by 2020.

The plan states that “to achieve the vision for a world-class city by 2020, Kuala Lumpur needs an optimum population that supports the city’s role as a leading centre of the new economy”.

Kuala Lumpur is positioned to have a population of 2.2 million, up from the 1.5 million now by 2020, with a population density of 13,805 people per sq km in the city centre, similar to the population density of the busiest areas in Tokyo.

According to town planners interviewed by StarMetro, this demography is inconsistent with the National Physical Plan that advocates sustainable living in the city.

In fact, the physical plan’s objective is to slightly decrease the gross urban density of 29 people per hectare (2,900 people per sq km) to 25 per hectare.

Latest list of projects proposed for KL City and Mont’Kiara coming soon at Malaysia CIty!

KL Project Outlook H2 2008

He said no plan or application had been submitted on the so-called project and it was too early to say that Kuala Lumpur would have another building taller than the Twin Towers.

KFHMB plans to build Malaysia’s tallest building

Source: TheEdgeDaily

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuwait Finance House (Malaysia) Bhd (KFHMB) is teaming up with a local bank to jointly develop the country’s tallest building that will overtake the Petronas Twin Towers.

Its managing director, Datuk K Salman Younis said it would be “a high-end real estate project that will stand taller than the Petronas Twin Towers”.

Speaking to The Edge Financial Daily, he said the JV with the property arm of a local bank had just been approved yesterday, and work on the project would begin next year

Declining to elaborate further on the project, Salman could only say that further announcements on the project would be made soon.

On KFHMB, he said the Islamic banking group planned to open two or three new branches in the Iskandar Development Region (IDR) and Taman Molek in Johor early next year.

Speaking to reporters after hosting a media tutorial on Islamic banking and finance here yesterday, Salman said KFHMB also planned to open branches in Penang and Kuching within three months and to start its marketing efforts in Sabah early next year.

“KFH already has some customers in Sandakan. We plan to build our presence in Sabah,” he said. KFHMB, the first foreign Islamic bank to be licensed by the Ministry of Finance, currently operates two branches in Kuala Lumpur and one in Shah Alam.

In August, KFHMB announced it would jointly develop a 902.4ha land in the IDR with Mubadala Development Co and Millennium Development International Co for RM4.2 billion. This will involve the building of three clusters, namely a lifestyle and leisure cluster, a cultural cluster and a financial district in the IDR’s first integrated international city.

Last week KFHMB had said it would jointly team up with local real estate investor Prestige Scale Sdn Bhd to fund the RM577 million Glomac Tower project in Kuala Lumpur.

Salman had said both companies would be involved in the on-block purchase of the 36-storey class A commercial office block. The project is to start soon and is expected to be completed within two-and-a-half years.

Meanwhile, it was also reported that the Islamic bank was in discussions with investors from Australia, China, Indonesia, Singapore and the Middle East to jointly develop its 252.5ha land in Bandar Nusajaya, near the Johor State New Administrative Centre project in the IDR.

EcoCity Mid Valley

NSTP 28 August ’07 – After almost seven years, SP Setia Bhd, Malaysia’s most valuable developer, has reinforced its determination to secure more prime land in Kuala Lumpur.It has agreed on a preliminary pact with Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) to help it deal with squatters on the land located within the Kampung Haji Abdullah Hukum area opposite the Mid Valley Megamall.And it has even offered compensation for the 600 families who reside there.

It now stands a better chance of buying and developing the land, estimated at some RM300 million, analysts said.

The 10.8ha freehold site is intended for a residential-cum-commercial job.

This is indeed a VERY GOOD NEWS for KL urbanites!


A comprehensive masterplan has been drawn up for the area and WOW… a new City will be born soon. Yes no kidding!

EcoCity Mid Valley (2)

Upon successful acquisition of the land (Abdullah Hukum), SP Setia plans to build an integrated residential-cum-commercial complex, just like the present Mid Valley City across the river.

EcoCity Mid Valley (1)

Abdullah Hukum might be renamed as EcoCity Mid Valley.

The plan looks soo cool! The residential blocks look like a pistol and the entire city is complemented by greens at every corner. Plan includes a 70-storey high-rise that could be higher than Menara TM. 

EcoCity Mid Valley (3) 

This is EcoCity Mid Valley. You can never imagine it!

[Renderings courtesy of ArchiCentre Malaysia]

Malaysia to build another supertall?

For over a century, horse racing was primarily a lavish pastime of the rich and famous    in Kuala Lumpur and the Selangor Turf Club was the place to meet and to be seen. In 1992, the Selangor Turf Club relocated from Jalan Ampang (now the famous KLCC Twin Towers) to a brand new state-of art race course in Sungai Besi.[Wikipedia]

There has been talks about the Turf Club moving to somewhere again.

A news article somewhere in 2004 tells us this:

Berjaya Land Bhd subsidiary Selat Makmur Sdn Bhd has been selected for a RM640 million job to relocate and build the new Selangor Turf Club (STC) premises, says an STC official.

The official, who declined to be named, tells FinancialDaily that Selat Makmur beat seven other major property developers to the job in a tender exercise. It proposes to relocate the club to Rawang, along the North-South Expressway.

STC has put up advertisement notices in newspapers on an impending EGM on March 31 to consider and approve Selat Makmur’s selection.

Pursuant to the advertisement, the club proposes to sell the existing land in Sungai Besi to Selat Makmur for RM640 million to be paid for in land, buildings and cash.

STC will get a 300ha land in Sungai Tinggi, Ulu Sungai district near Bukit Beruntung in Rawang, together with a “modern leading-edge racecourse of international standards with ancillary buildings” to be built by Selat Makmur at a cost of RM605 million.

In addition, STC will receive RM35 million cash, while each club member whose name appears on its register as at March 31 will get sub-divided vacant lots of about 10,000 sq ft of land in the new site.

“It seems that the members are in favour of the deal. The new location is ideal for traffic dispersal,” said an STC ordinary member when contacted yesterday. Furthermore, the vacant lot of 10,000 sq ft is seen as a great offer.

On Jan 2, FinancialDaily, quoting STC’s deputy chairman Datuk Richard Cham, reported on STC’s planned relocation to an area north of Kuala Lumpur, along the North-South Expressway.

About 15 major property players were said to be eyeing the contract. Among them are Hong Leong Properties Bhd, Talam Corporation Bhd, MK Land Holdings Bhd and Berjaya Land.

The existing site has to be relocated because of traffic congestion in the area and unsuitability of the land for horse racing.

STC has been located on a tin mining land with a 90-year lease in Sungai Besi since 1993 when it moved from its previous Jalan Ampang site.

The previous location at Jalan Ampang is now occupied by the Petronas Twin Towers, a hotel, retail and residential, recreational and entertainment facilities. The Jalan Ampang land was bought by businessman T Ananda Krishnan.

SSC Forumers found that there has been a proposal to move the club to somewhere else. But more interestingly, we found that there was a MEGA-proposal to redevelop the present Turf Club location to something we as Malaysians would never thought of.

It could be Malaysia’s tallest building when built (in reality), yes no kidding – 108 storeys that would easily topple our beloved 88 storeys Petronas Twin Towers!

Sungai Besi Hub

Right now it’s merely a dream, a vision LOL!