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Old April 9th, 2006, 10:23 AM   #41
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Is the Four Season underconstruction?
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Old April 9th, 2006, 10:24 AM   #42
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Thanks, Pedang for update those cool project. I like The Bolton and CBD plan.
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Old April 9th, 2006, 02:20 PM   #43
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Four Seasons center just got approved.. n confirm will be raise soon. The constction not stat ready.
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Old April 9th, 2006, 02:30 PM   #44
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when is the four seasons approved? and is the developer will use the same design masterplan?
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Old April 9th, 2006, 02:52 PM   #45
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=> Four Seasons Masterplan

In Hong Kong, serviced apartments offer hotel-style living

By Rebecca Lo International Herald Tribune

THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2006

In Hong Kong, serviced apartments offer hotel-style living
By Rebecca Lo International Herald Tribune

THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2006


HONG KONG The concept of a furnished apartment with cleaning services is nothing new. Picture a college dormitory room with mismatched chairs and second-hand table lamps - most people's first taste of living on their own.

But over the past decade, the serviced apartment and the features that come with it have become increasingly more luxurious and sophisticated, particularly in Asia.

"When I go away for extended periods of time, I want a place that doesn't feel like a hotel," said Oscar Llinas, vice president of Bilkey Llinas Design, who recently created some of the interiors for Four Seasons Place in Hong Kong. "Serviced apartments are ideal for people who don't have the time to make a new home. They want a clean house, but don't want to see anyone cleaning it."

Four Seasons Place is a 60-story tower devoted exclusively to serviced apartments. It stands next to the Four Seasons Hotel at the mammoth International Finance Center and was the luxury hotel company's first project to include serviced apartments.

But the Toronto-based company already is planning a similar component at the Kuala Lumpur Four Seasons, scheduled to be completed in 2008.

The Australian photographer Geoff Letchford and his wife, Rebecca, a graphics and interior designer, both globetrotters because of their work, have stayed at a lot of apartments and hotels. They made their first reservation at Four Seasons Place almost a year before it opened last fall and plan to return this month.

"We enjoy catering for ourselves and the space available in a serviced apartment," Letchford said. "We carry a lot of computer equipment and normally get a two- or three- bedroom apartment, because we have staff who travel with us."

Hoteliers also have reasons for liking the concept. "It is easy, quick and convenient" for guests," said Scott Woroch, senior vice president of Asia Pacific development at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

And for the hotel, he added, "The main advantage of offering a service apartment alternative is, it allows us to leverage the existing infrastructure in our hotel operation."

For example, the general manager can oversee both operations, the property's marketing can be broadened and the use of facilities like restaurants and spas can be maximized.

Woroch acknowledged that the Asian market is most comfortable with the formula. "Particularly in Hong Kong, there is high proportion of expatriate personnel and the population is very transient," he said. "The demographics lends itself well to serviced apartments."

Woroch was quick to distinguish between serviced apartments, which involve short-term leases, and private residences within hotels, which the Four Seasons had sold in key locations throughout North America for years.

"A number of our private residences are resorts, such as Whistler," the ski resort in Canada, he said. "Or, in the case of San Francisco, they appeal to homeowners who live outside of the city but also want a city place."

Four Seasons Place has 519 units, many with panoramic views of Victoria Harbor and Kowloon on the opposite shore. Monthly rentals start at 28,000 Hong Kong dollars, or $3,600, for a studio totaling 547 square feet, or 51 square meters, and rise to 150,000 dollars for an 1,867-square-foot, three-bedroom suite.

Every apartment has features like 42-inch, or one-meter, plasma screen televisions and customized Four Seasons three-layer pillow mattresses; residents also have use of the hotel's rooftop pool, health club and lounge.

Letchford said his staff members, particularly, enjoyed the amenities. "They enjoy going to the gym and find the view very inspirational," he said.

The suites designed by Bilkey Llinas include ebony wood inlays and a selection of original Asian art, while the penthouses offer private lap pools and aromatherapy Jacuzzis with the Hong Kong skyline as the backdrop.

Four Seasons Place is relatively new, but Hong Kong has a long history of serviced apartment operations. Two of its most prominent - de Ricou Serviced Apartments and Pacific Place Apartments - date to 1989, when a lot of multinational firms were opening offices in Hong Kong and sending executives from around the world to staff them.

De Ricou was built at Repulse Bay, on the south side of Hong Kong Island, as an alternative to the high-rise jungle of the Central district, according to Martyn Sawyer, general manager of properties and clubs for Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, which owns the property.

It has 68 two-bedroom duplex suites, with views of Hong Kong's outer islands, ranging from 2,020 square feet to 2,243 square feet and with monthly rents of 65,000 dollars to 90,000 dollars.

The formula has worked so well that the company will include serviced apartments in its Shanghai mixed-use complex, which is expected to open in 2009. "High-end serviced apartments are a global trend, and not restricted to gateway cities such as New York or London," Sawyer said.

Swire Properties, one of Hong Kong's most prominent corporations, built Pacific Place Apartments to complement Pacific Place, its office and retail complex, which covers 5 million square feet in the Admiralty neighborhood.

The site now includes three hotels - Conrad Hong Kong, Island Shangri-La and JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong - and Swire's partial ownership of all three helped to secure hotel-style services like complimentary memberships at the Conrad Hong Kong's swimming pool and fitness center for apartment residents.

The apartments are in two towers, Parkside and The Atrium, and range from 606-square- foot studios to 2,650-square-foot, three-bedroom suites. Rentals are 42,800 dollars to 176,300 dollars a month.

Last year, as competition at the top end of the serviced apartment category was expected to heat up with the opening of Four Seasons Place, Pacific Place decided to renovate and began a new marketing campaign to trumpet the changes.

AB Concept, an interior design firm based in Hong Kong, added such features as the ubiquitous 42-inch plasma TVs, Bose home theaters and Siemens countertop appliances.

The lead designer, Ed Ng, also added Asian touches to the decor, like the abacuses that are displayed as pieces of art in the living rooms.

Jeremy Lamburn, the apartments' leasing manager, said the renovations had been a good investment.

"In general, demand for luxurious residences has improved since the beginning of 2005, and has remained consistent," he said, noting that about 90 percent of the residents were corporate clients and both the economic recovery in Hong Kong and the growth in trade with mainland China had been good for business.

Sandy Higgins, a partner in a marketing consultancy called The Tank, divides her time bewteen Hong Kong, Manila and New York.

She has been staying at the Parkside tower in Pacific Place for one- to two-month stretches since 2003, sometimes alone and sometimes with members of her family. She believes a combination of factors has produced that loyalty. The most important of these are comfortable surroundings that feel like a home rather than a hotel.

"For those of us who travel, it is very important that we find a place that we like," Higgins said. "The standards of accommodations has become a major factor."

And, Higgins noted, "We are very spoiled in Asia" when it comes to service.

She described what had happened when her brother was expecting a delivery that turned out to involve an additional charge.

She had just tipped a staff member and he was prepared to use the money to pay for the extra charge.

"It was extraordinary!" she said. "It goes to show Swire's attitude towards providing a high level of service. Even the van driver was surprised."
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Old April 9th, 2006, 02:56 PM   #46
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Twin 30-storey GoldIS Tower
status : proposed
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New Lunch, The Pavilions of Bukit Kiara - four blocks (27, 31, 35 and 36 floors)
status : open for registration
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The Pavilions of Bukit Kiara. Within its 22,000-sq ft area is a 2,000-sq ft gallery which houses the models and displays. There is also a theatrette, creche and playground.







Intania Klang
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1. twin tower - 30+ storeys
2. condo - 20+ storeys
3. shoping complex
4. ict college








The Palm BBK
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Old April 10th, 2006, 09:12 AM   #47
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The Palm BBK is really vivid.
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Old April 10th, 2006, 09:13 AM   #48
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Well, I don't think The Four season will be completed as schedule in 2008 as the construction has yet commenced.
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Old April 10th, 2006, 03:59 PM   #49
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yup u rite.. unless they stat the construction this year.
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Old April 10th, 2006, 06:16 PM   #50
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Grand Hyatt Hotel - 50 storeys
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Grand Hyatt KL project still awaiting approval

By Vasantha Ganesan
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April 10 2006

HYATT Group may have to further delay the opening of its first hotel in Kuala Lumpur by another year to 2010 as approval for the building has yet to be obtained.

Business Times was informed that the authorities are still considering approving the proposed five-star 450-room Grand Hyatt, to be located at Jalan Pinang. The hotel is owned by the Brunei Investment Agency and a locally- incorporated private company.

"The project is still under consideration. It has not been approved by the Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur," an officer from the local authority said.

Last April, Business Times reported that Hyatt Group will have a hotel in the capital in 2009, after its earlier plan to open a Grand Hyatt Duta came to end as the project was never completed.

The officer said that the plans submitted last year have to be amended and that no development order has been issued and building plans have not been approved.

Meanwhile, a Brunei Investment Agency official Suharafadzil Yusof, when contacted, declined to comment on the status of the project.

It is believed that the 50-storey building project will include a hotel, service apartments and an office complex.

The Hyatt Group had in 1994 given the contract to develop the RM570 million Grand Hyatt Duta to Kuala Lumpur Landmark Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Olympia Industries Bhd.

Mycom Bhd, the holding company of Olympia, then teamed up with Kuala Lumpur Landmark to develop a 52-storey building to house its headquarters and the hotel.

However, construction was halted in July 1998, when the group encountered financial difficulties during the 1997/98 economic downturn.

The Grand Hyatt Duta was to have been completed in 1997. Until today, the hotel at the corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang remains partly completed. The Hyatt Group is no longer associated with the project.

The Hyatt Group also operates the Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, Hyatt Regency Johor Baru and Hyatt Regency Kuantan.
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Old April 11th, 2006, 11:30 AM   #51
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^What another Five-stars hotel in KL^. OMG!!! KL is amazing.
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Old April 11th, 2006, 06:28 PM   #52
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Casa Tropicana - Mix Development
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Old April 12th, 2006, 03:26 PM   #53
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Centro Center - 31 Storeys
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progress











Suasana sentral loft - 40 Storeys
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Old April 12th, 2006, 04:17 PM   #54
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The Avare - 40 Storeys
status : u/c
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progress works
a) Boring in Progress
b) Concreting in Progress
c) Installation of Rebar cage
d) PDA test – 30t Drop Hammer













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Old April 12th, 2006, 05:47 PM   #55
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g8 work pedang , a tip...post 3 or 4 pics at a time for more comfortable viewing
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Old April 12th, 2006, 06:28 PM   #56
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i will



UEM Group corporate head office - 29 Storey
status : approved
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New Lunch - The clubhouse "Live,work and play"
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Old April 13th, 2006, 08:18 PM   #57
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very nice update news from KL as usual,Pedang. I always check your thread everytime I am in here.
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Old April 15th, 2006, 03:44 PM   #58
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thanks



Kiara 1888 - villas and high rise condos
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Location: Mont’Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
Description: Low rise villas and high rise condos with common facilities
Expected Completion: December 2008
Developer: Prisma Melody Sdn. Bhd (subsidiary of Mitraland Goup)

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We have been discussing in the Philippine Forum that KL has a project named The Binjai, which looks like a high-ris in the Philippines(please click at the URL) >> http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=106240. Do you have a thread about this project? It seems there is a pic problem.Can anybody confirm?
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[QUOTE=pedang]Casa Tropicana - Mix Development
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