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Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 : Urban Design and Landscape

663. Urban design addresses both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the City’s built environment. Aesthetics, being the traditional concern of urban design can only be more meaningful when combined with other considerations to generate an environment that is visually pleasant, convenient, comfortable and which conveys a sense of place, pride and belonging. Urban design activities and efforts will seek to develop a policy framework and guidelines so as to create a desirable living environment and an appropriate city image and identity.


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Discussion Starter · #11 · (Edited)
Menara PJD sky bridge linking
Open September 2009

PJD had invested some RM700,000 in a sky bridge to link its Menara PJD business tower to the STAR light railway transit and KL monorail stations, Lim said.

PJD took over an abandoned serviced apartment project for about RM140mil last year and invested another RM100mil to convert it into a commercial building

Lim Lian Seng pointing to the proposed sky bridge linking
Menara PJD to the Star LRT and KL monorail stations.
Menara PJD @ Titiwangsa
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BRDB expects RM100m in rental by 2009
By Loo Pik Kwan

Bandar Raya Developments Bhd (BRDB) expects to rake in at least RM100 million in gross rentals upon its property investment unit reaching commercial space of one million sq ft by 2009.

"In two years' time, we will have close to one million sq ft of grade A commercial space and our gross rentals will easily push the RM100 million mark," its chief executive officer Datuk Jagan Sabapathy told The Edge Financial Daily.

The property assets will include several office blocks at the ongoing developments at CapSquare in mid-town Kuala Lumpur and an office block at Bangsar that is part of the phase two of the Bangsar shopping centre expansion.

On its joint venture RM2 billion condominium development in Lahore, Pakistan, Jagan said it was currently putting in the infrastructure.

"We have launched 174 units in the first phase and those are doing well. Phase two will be launched in September. We are expecting this project to contribute positively to our revenue and profits in FY08," he added.

CapSquare, to be completed in 2010, is a RM2 billion integrated development offering 3.8 million sq ft space in two high-rise office towers (one of which is the existing Menara Multi-Purpose), two mid-rise office towers (under construction), four signature office buildings (completed), two condominium towers (one of which will be handed over next month), a hotel, a four-storey shopping centre and a 300m retail street.

According to Jagan, the completed signature office buildings offering 151,665 sq ft of lettable area at CapSquare has an occupancy of 30%.

"We are targeting to increase it to 70% by the time the retail centre opens in September. Our average rental is at RM4.50 psf," he said at a press conference after a media tour and briefing of the retail centre at CapSquare yesterday.

On its landbank, it still has over 700 acres which will keep it busy for the next seven to eight years

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Lot 10 undergoing massive renovation
By LIM CHIA YING August 24th, 2009

Modern: The vibrant beauty of the mall rooftop 'Forest in the City'
concept that refreshing the eyes and soul.

IN keeping with the constant change in fashion and trends, Lot 10 is undergoing renovation and its new look will be unveiled in October.

And while that is happening, the crossroads at the busy Jalan Bukit Bintang/Jalan Sultan Ismail is now implemented with Malaysia’s very own Shibuya crossing — inspired after the famous Shibuya scramble crossing in Japan, where vehicles from all directions come to a good few minutes stop to allow pedestrians to cross the intersection to get to the malls along Bukit Bintang.

The mall’s management had submitted the Shibuya crossing proposal to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and following the approval granted recently, traffic lights have been modified, signages installed, and the cross junction is now in place and being used.

Starhill Gallery and Lot 10 general manager Steffanie Chua told StarMetro recently that this implementation would be more pedestrian-friendly to people who go about sightseeing and shopping.

“Our stop-time however, is between 15 and 16 seconds and not as long as the actual Shibuya crossing in Japan.

“With the Bukit Bintang monorail station just a stone’s throw away, Lot 10 aims to capitalise on the highest volume of passenger drop-off at this station,” said Chua.

As for the mall, Chua said renovation work was under way to transform Lot 10 from being just a fashionable hub previously to a completely different image that appeals to the young and urban chic.

“Lot 10 was first built in 1990, just after Sungei Wang, and turns 19 this year. Back then, people would still remember us as the first mall that brought in a lot of brands into Kuala Lumpur.

“Over the years, the dynamics along Bukit Bintang have changed, where we see more tourists and buses dropping-off people.

“So it’s time for us to evolve, too, as we hope to capture the niche market of the affluent,” she said.

For a start, regular shoppers shall soon notice a change in the facade on the mall’s third floor, where it is replaced with glass and work should be completed by the end of this month.

Chua said a double facade would be installed on the ground and first floor by year-end to effectively remove the sunken-in impression of the glass.

“More exciting things are in store at the rooftop that was previously a carpark,” said Chua.

“This area will be transformed into a ‘Forest in the City’ concept, with much landscaping and greenery that are refreshing to the eyes and soul. Lighting and specially-commissioned trees will be planted here.

“There will be a modern-themed restaurant, and a dance club with its design and interior inspired by the architecture of actual Russian museums and palaces.

“Actors Studio that was formerly in Bangsar and has since closed will also be moving in here,” said Chua, while declining to elaborate more details so as to keep the excitement intact.

Meanwhile, California Fitness is the first tenant to move in at the rooftop area and fitness buffs will be happy to note that it is opened till midnight.

She also named two celebrity tenants that will be opening their first flagship stores in Asia - William Rast by Justin Timberlake and Nicky Hilton.

At the basement carpark area, it will be occupied by a foodcourt styled after Hutong, a place in China famed for its rustic lifestyle and maze of alleyways.

“We hope to bring people back in time with this concept where at every turn of the corner, people experience and feast with their eyes and nose on the different culinary offerings, and sit on traditional sedan chairs.

“There will be 27 restaurants and kiosks here which will run like a food court with counter service, only that the individual operators will have their own seating unlike the canteen-style seating of a typical food court!.

“Price-wise, it is very much of a food court, but the atmospshere generated is much more easy-going, modern and chic,” Chua added.

She added that landmark tenant Isetan was also changing the look of its supermarket, in line with the overall revamp of the mall.

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Historic prison comes down
By LIM CHIA YING October 19th, 2009

Imposing structure: The entrance to the former prison will not be
demolished in an effort to preserve the historical value of the site.

A CONTRACTOR appointed by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has begun carrying out demolition works on some structures inside the 114-year-old Pudu Jail complex.

The partial demolition is to facilitate the future construction of an underpass at Jalan Pudu costing about RM80mil, part of which encroaches on the land at the historic jail site.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail said the DBKL had already discussed the project and its Right of Way, which is the road reserve for widening works, with Urban Development Authority (UDA) and the Land Office.

“This is a Federal Government project that was approved under the Ninth Malaysian Plan and City Hall is just the implementing agent,” Ahmad Fuad said.

“This underpass is a five-lane tunnel that will be in alignment with Jalan Pudu, while a slip road to access Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah is also part of this package.

“Sooner or later, the structures inside the site will have to be demolished too. We will be building a 2.7m-high wall inside and, when that is ready, the existing wall along Jalan Pudu will be torn down,” he added.

In fact, construction works were supposed to have started in March this year but were delayed as the project design had to be modified due to the TNB high voltage cables that Ahmad Fuad said City Hall could not risk relocating.

“This is because we wanted to minimise power interruption to the nearby offices, hotels and shopping malls.”

The underpass is one of the three projects for traffic dispersal in the area carried out by the Federal Government.

The other two are the Dewan Bahasa-Hang Tuah flyover that is nearing completion and the former missing link from Imbi to the Kg Pandan roundabout that was completed about two years ago.

Ahmad Fuad said UDA will have to settle premiums to be paid to the Director-General of the Lands and Mines Department (Federal) since the land there had not been fully acquired and was still under the government’s jurisdiction.

Ahmad Fuad said that once the inner wall was built and the existing wall demolished, the main road would be wider.

“The inside wall is needed as we don’t want vagrants to turn the place into their spot.

“However, the prison’s entrance gate at Jalan Hang Tuah will be left as it is and not demolished,” said Ahmad Fuad, adding that this would retain some of the historical values associated with the prison.

According to Ahmad Fuad, the surrounding land parcels are occupied by buildings and it was not easy to acquire the land.

The underpass project is expected to be completed by Sept 2011.

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Discussion Starter · #20 ·
RM900,000 makeover for Pudu Market
Friday November 6, 2009 By BAVANI M

It’s like this: Hawkers and Petty Traders Association chairman Jeff Tan Ker
Chiang (right) briefing Raja Nong Chik during his visit to the market.

THE 60-year-old Pudu Market in Kuala Lumpur will be sporting a new look by early next year as plans are in the pipeline to upgrade the market.

The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry are looking into upgrading the site after the Chinese New Year celebrations and RM900,000 has been allocated for the purpose.

Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin said the makeover would include paving the roadside of the market site and relocating the chicken and pork sellers to a more hygienic and conducive environment.

“We need to respect the sensitivity of the all traders operating there and the relocation of these traders to an enclosed site with better drainage and piping is a move requested and endorsed by the Pudu Market Association,” Nong Chik said.

Nong Chik said the DBKL and ministry were also looking into the request by the traders that they be allowed to use foreign help to man the stalls.

“Just like in the Selayang Market, there must be a consortium set up to deal with foreign labour, and we will work with the Home Ministry to get this done,” he said.

The minister was speaking to reporters after making a second visit to the wet market yesterday. He was accompanied by Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail and DBKL heads of departments.

The project, which will take eight months to complete, will be carried out in two phases. The traders will be temporarily relocated to another site and this will be done in two batches.

“Once the market is completed, enforcement will be carried out to ensure that the area is kept clean and orderly at all times.

“This is the way to go. If we want to be on par with cities like Singapore and some Chinese cities, the residents and traders must be sensitive to enforcement.

“Next year — 2010 — is going to be a year of enforcement for Kuala Lumpur. This is what the residents themselves have requested,” he said, adding that there had been calls by city residents for the DBKL to practice strict enforcement so that people followed the law.

A total of 1,541 traders operate in the Pudu market.
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