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Old June 29th, 2012, 06:25 PM   #21
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remind me of hk ifc building but better and higher
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Old June 29th, 2012, 06:43 PM   #22
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Old June 29th, 2012, 09:57 PM   #23
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KUALA LUMPUR: Tradewinds Corp Bhd (TCB) will demolish the Crowne Plaza Mutiara Kuala Lumpur and Kompleks Antarabangsa as early as the first quarter of 2013 to build a RM6 billion Tradewinds Centre.

To be located on a 2.8ha site, the project with four towers and a retail podium, will have a total gross floor area of 3.77 million sq ft and a net floor area of 2.78 million sq ft.

The whole project will be completed in 2019.

“The buildings (along Jalan Sultan Ismail) will be demolished in the first quarter of 2013 or early part of the second quarter,” group chief executive officer Shaharul Farez Hassan said.

Shaharul said Crowne Plaza’s last day of operations will be on January 2 next year and that TCB is in negotiations with hotel operator InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) on ending the management contract ahead of its term.

It is understood that Crowne Plaza held a townhall session yesterday to notify its staff on the last day of operations.

Shaharul said financing for the project would be from a combination of debt and equity.

“We will fund it with debt and equity. We are in talks with key bankers,” he said, adding that the ratio would be 70:30.

Another redevelopment by TCB is the Mutiara Burau Bay Resort in Langkawi, which will close in the first quarter next year.

The hotel is slated for a makeover that would push it to a five-star property from three-starTCB will spend about RM200 million to develop the property, targeted for completion in three years.

TCB, which has been the operator of Mutiara Burau Bay for Langkawi Development Authority, will now lease the land and build its own hotel.

It plans to hire a third party to manage the property.

TCB has refurbished some of its hotels to cushion the impact of the closures of Kompleks Antarabangsa, Crowne Plaza, Mutiara Burau Bay and Menara Tun Razak (MTR).

The latter building at Jalan Raja Laut in Kuala Lumpur will be upgraded to a Grade A office building.

Refurbishing efforts include renovating the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa for an estimated RM60 million, Hilton Petaling Jaya (RM50 million), Hilton Kuching and Hotel Istana.

Shaharul, who spoke to reporters after TCB's annual general meeting yesterday, said the upgrading of MTR will help double its per sq ft rent to RM7 from RM3.50. The block is expected to be completed by end-2014.

A new tower called MTR2, to be built adjacent to MTR , has been sold to Tradewinds (M) Bhd for RM510 million.

On reports that TCB is interested in buying Bukit Bintang Plaza to accommodate the MY Rapid Transit (MRT) station, chairman Tan Sri Megat Najmuddin Megat Khas said: "We are in talks (with UDA Holdings Bhd), but nothing concrete has come out of it."

TCB also said that it is unlikely that anything will happen soon to its planned redevelopment of Hotel Istana.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 08:39 PM   #24
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beautiful new supertall for KL!!!
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Old June 30th, 2012, 09:29 PM   #25
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KL go, in 90's it was a sahara :-)
its very nice place, build build build
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Old June 30th, 2012, 09:40 PM   #26
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Old July 1st, 2012, 10:15 AM   #27
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But i think they dont build that...
It isnt good with the petronas.. or other like menara tele..to modern
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 03:32 PM   #28
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what does this project have anything to do with Petronas or KL Tower? this is a project by a local non-GLC company

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Old September 12th, 2012, 04:14 PM   #29
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City&Country : Cover Story -- Creating an icon
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Inspired by the Rockefeller Center

Tradewinds Corp Bhd, one of the largest hotel owners in the country, is ready to make its mark as a noted property developer in the country and the region. It aims to achieve this goal with an iconic project worth a whopping RM5.6 billion in gross development value in Jalan Sultan Ismail in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Dubbed Tradewinds Centre, the mixed-use development designed by international architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) will be situated on the 6.9-acre site where Crowne Plaza Mutiara Kuala Lumpur and the adjacent Kompleks Antarabangsa now stand.

The project has five components — a 65-storey Grade A+ office skyscraper, a 54-storey serviced apartment tower next to it, a 14-storey medical centre, a 24-storey corporate office block and a retail podium-cum-central plaza at the centre of the development.

“Concept-wise, we like Rockefeller Center. It was created in the 1930s and is still relevant today. What is so exciting about it? You go there and see people from all over the world taking photos of the buildings and enjoying the environment. It has a garden and a sunken plaza with shops. During winter, they set up a small ice-skating rink and during Christmas, there’s this huge Christmas tree. It got me thinking that we lack that in Malaysia. Our buildings are all inward-looking and very exclusive in the sense that the people are kept out of it — it’s our building, our office, our land. When you walk up to a tall building, it can be quite intimidating.

“So we decided that we could create a group of buildings where people in Kuala Lumpur could feel a sense of belonging. Look at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC). You see busloads of people taking pictures and the public gets to use the pool or walk around the garden. We do not have the kind of land that they have, but we want to engage the community in a similar way. “We have seven acres, out of which one acre will be allocated for a central grand plaza,” says Poh.

Central Grand Plaza
The concept of the Central Grand Plaza is akin to that of the sunken plaza in Rockefeller Center. It takes advantage of the project’s two frontages — Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Tun Perak — so that the public have easy access. “You can enter from either road and immediately, you are within the project,” Poh says, adding that people can also walk through to get to KLCC.

He foresees people entering the plaza and taking pictures and enjoying the breeze and landscaping. It can also be used for New Year countdowns or other festive events. The project will be pedestrian-friendly as it will be connected to the existing elevated walkways in Jalan Perak.

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Old September 12th, 2012, 04:15 PM   #30
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Tradewinds to demolish 2 buildings in KL, says chairman
Posted on 4 September 2012 - 10:25pm
http://www.thesundaily.my/news/480415

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 4, 2012): The decision to demolish two buildings -- Crowne Plaza Mutiara Hotel and Kompleks Antarabangsa -- in Kuala Lumpur owned by Tradewinds Corp Bhd is for the company's long-term interests.

Its chairman Tan Sri Megat Najimuddin Megat Khas said demolition work is expected to start early next year, at the latest.

"So far, everything is proceeding as planned," he said.

The two buildings at Jalan Sultan Ismail would be demolished to make way for a RM6 billion mixed development project slated for completion in 2020, he told reporters when queried on the justification to demolish the buildings.

Megat Najimuddin said the time has come for Tradewinds to change the landscape at the area to be on par with the surrounding buildings in the vicinity.

"The Crowne Plaza Mutiara Hotel was designed in the 1960s and in terms of facilities, particularly electrical and drainage systems, everything are in bad shape.

"Similarly, the Kompleks Antarabangsa building is also outdated and for us to get tenants for the office space is very difficult due to high maintenance costs," he told reporters at Tradewinds Hari Raya open house here tonight.

In terms of property value, Megat Najimuddin said the land area was the first to be sold based on square feet, different from the current trend where land are sold based on acreage value.

"The hotel land area was also the first to be sold based on square feet, for RM20 per sq ft, the price at that time, The hotel was the first to be given five-star rating.

"We became a trendsetter then and indirectly helped to develop the hotel and real estate industry in the country by leaps and bounds," he said, adding that the property value in the area now had shot up to more than RM4,000 per sq ft.

Asked on the impact to the company's annual revenue while construction work was on progress, Megat Najimuddin said the current revenue from the two buildings was only about 10 per cent which would not cause a big dent on the company's coffers.

"This is the company's sacrifice to guarantee Tradewinds future growth, more so to seize the opportunity in the high property value currently for a property located at a premium location," he added. – Bernama
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Old November 1st, 2012, 11:34 PM   #31
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Demolish the Crowne Plaza Mutiara Hotel and Kompleks Antarabangsa



Modern superstructures to replace old buildings in Jalan Sultan Ismail
By BAVANI M Photo by LIM CHENG KIAT | Oct 19, 2012]
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To come down: Crowne Plaza Mutiara Hotel and Kompleks Antarabangsa will make way for new buildings.

THE landscape of Jalan Sultan Ismail in Kuala Lumpur will undergo a dramatic change over the next 10 years with several ageing buildings being demolished to make way for new structures.

Several iconic landmarks which have dotted the skyline for four decades will make way for sustainable modern superstructures to boost the image of the area.

Following the demolition of the Equatorial Hotel Kuala Lumpur in July, there are now plans to bring down the 40-year-old Crowne Plaza Mutiara KL as well as the 30-year-old Kompleks Antarabangsa early next year.

There are also talks involving the redevelopment of the 21-year-old Hotel Istana in the near future.

When contacted, a Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) spokesman confirmed it had received an application for a development order for Crowne Plaza Mutiara and Kompleks Antarabangsa.

The project is a mixed development comprising a hotel, office blocks and apartments with a structure measuring 65 storeys.

Industry experts such as town planners, architects and developers are calling this new method of “demolish and buildover” a new trend for the future that will see more areas in downtown Kuala Lumpur being transformed into vertical cities.

“Generally, when a city grows, it will move horizontally. But as time goes by and land becomes scarce, cities will have to grow vertically, like what is happening now in downtown Kuala Lumpur,’’ said Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) president Professor Datuk Dr Alias Abdullah.

“The practice of old hotels being rebuilt from scratch is common in other regions in Asia but these are not necessarily heritage buildings with historical significance,’’ said Alias.

This is a point that is agreed upon by Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) president Saifuddin Ahmad, who added that Kuala Lumpur was ready to welcome the skyscraper culture and that older buildings like Equatorial and Crowne Plaza must be revamped to make it more sustainable.

“Take the Equatorial Hotel and Concorde Hotel as examples.

“They were built decades ago when there were no requirements for carparks,’’ said Saifuddin.

“Currently, it is vital for buildings to have sufficient parking bays and even green technology for it to be sustainable.

“I forsee many more older buildings in the city coming down to make way for newer buildings in the future but it must include the green technology – that is the future trend’’ Saifuddin said.

Real Estate and Housing Developers Association Malaysia (Rehda) president Datuk Seri Michael Yam said like it or not, Kuala Lumpur had no choice but to eventually succumb to the skyscraper culture.

“Urbanisation is happening worldwide in every city as people migrate from smaller towns to the big cities in search of the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,’’ said Yam.

“It is true that with space constraints, a city has no choice but to grow vertically and developers have to intensify development with higher plot ratio and density.

“Of course, this causes other challenges like congestion and conservation of water, power and energy,’’ Yam said.

Developers, architects and city planners unanimously agree that in order to make a city liveable, it is necessary to build superstructures with home, office and retail all packaged into one building.

However, they also said vertical cities must be able to strike a balance in ensuring there is enough space for recreational space for those living in the city centre.

“While there is no way out but to increase plot ratio in commercial centres, the Government must push for more green areas and open spaces in vertical cities and that an ideal percentage should be about 40%,’’ said Alias.

Yam agrees with Alias but said that while development rules say that at least 10% of an area to be developed must be set aside for open space, some developers like Sunrise Berhad had managed to give back more green space to the community in developments such as Mont Kiara and other projects.

“But it is going to be a challenge to do so in developments that are located in the heart of the city where everything depends on the location, shape and size of land,’’ he said.

While planners and architects are advocating roof-top gardens, vertical forestation and grass crete as a way to strike the green balance, the experts believe that ultimately the city needs to be liveable and sustainable with efficient transportation model and a dynamic transport policy that will be able to manage congestion in a cost-effective way and reduce the burden on urban dwellers.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 04:43 AM   #32
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Found in today sg newspaper, they are hiring project director.
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Old December 17th, 2012, 12:35 AM   #33
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totally different from any project ongoing in KL...
btw,tht is the view from jalan sultan ismail rite???
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Nice towers. That hotel won't be missed.
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 05:17 PM   #38
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my fren works at bank muamalat (one of tradewinds corps wing) he said that their annual dinner last december 2012 would be the last to be held at crown plaza bcoz the demolition works will be carried out by april 2013

im eagerly waiting for this fantastic project
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Hotel Demolition in progress !!
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