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To start off's an article on skybridges in today's The Star ;)

Sky bridges add value to buildings

Property Talk by S.C.CHEAH

WHEN Malaysia's most impressive sky bridge was slowly hoisted up the Petronas Twin Towers in 1995, it was a feather in the cap for the then tallest buildings in the world.

How wonderful it would be if some of our buildings could be linked up this way so that people would not be exposed to the sun or rain. There are many sky bridges around the world. One can walk over highways, enter shopping centres, hotels and office buildings like in Hong Kong where you can walk from the Novotel Century Hotel to the Wanchai ferry terminal using a sky bridge.

The importance of such “bridgesin- the-sky” can be seen from the fact that one of the selling points of many property developments depend to a large extent on these vital linkages.

In a way sky bridges help to rectify some of the developmental oversights.

For residents of apartments or condominiums, a sky bridge connecting their residence to a shopping centre, hotel and office building or to a transportation terminal may add value to a property.

However, there are legal issues and problems involved in building a sky bridge and one of this is whether the buildings so linked belong to the same owner. In some countries like Japan where there are many underground shopping centres and subways, the linkages are mainly at basement levels or underground rather than above ground.

The new sky bridge linking Starhill to The Residence at the Ritz-Carlton.

Kowloon's Harbour City is an example where the retail centres are integrated with the office buildings.

Today, we are also seeing some developments where a sky bridge is being built to integrate properties belonging to the same owner.

Some of our existing “linkages” are mere pedestrian bridges like the one linking Lot 10 to the Sungei Wang Plaza or the one at City Square although it would be better served if it can link into the Ampang Park shopping centre instead of ending on the other side of Jalan Tun Razak.

Other “linkages” include the “high corridor” that connects Sunway Pyramid shopping centre to the Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel, the sky bridge linking the Pan Pacific Hotel to the KL International Airport, and the sky bridge between the Berjaya Times Square and Plaza Berjaya. In the centre of this sky bridge is the monorail station where commuters can enter both buildings.

However, the most interesting one is the YTL Group’s sky bridge connecting its two hotel properties the JW Marriott Hotel and The Ritz- Carlton as well as 110-unit The Residence At The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur and the Starhill shopping centre.

Opened in October last year, this sky bridge will enable guests of both hotels and The Residence to enjoy each other’s facilities including the new Spa Village (similar to the Spa Village at YTL’s Pangkor Laut Resort) that is linked to The Residence at the fourth floor.

YTL Group Customer Service executive director Eric Eoon said the sky bridge not only integrates The Ritz- Carlton to Starhill and JW Marriott but also enhances service consistency and expediency.

For example, guests staying at The Residence can pick up their groceries at the Carlton Gourmet (also owned by YTL), shop and enjoy fine dining at Starhill’s The Shook restaurant and walk over to JW Marriott without being exposed to the sun.

It is understood that YTL’s sky bridge is designed with a future linkage to the Westin Hotel. It is also possible to have the Westin Hotel linked to the adjacent Menara Keck Seng and it in turn is linked to the Dorsett Regency at Jalan Imbi.

This “chain” will be a win-win deal if the owners of these buildings feel there is a need for such sky bridges and are willing to share the cost of building them. There could even be a sky bridge to the proposed Pavilion across Jalan Bukit Bintang.

YTL’s Sentul East and Sentul West project will also have many linkages to ensure that residents of its condominiums can move with ease. A railway track separates Sentul East and Sentul West. The newly launched Cendana condominium at Jalan Sultan Ismail in Kuala Lumpur will also have a sky bridge at level six connecting the pool deck of the Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel.

The linkage is possible, as the developer IGB Corp Bhd also owns the hotel. Residents of the 144-unit, one block Cendana can just walk over to the hotel and enjoy some of its facilities. The sky bridge also allows easy access to optional services such as house keeping, laundry and catering services from the hotel.

A resident can have an ad-hoc business meeting with his business associates at the hotel’s meeting rooms just next door.

Penang Skyscrapers Hunter
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wow!! looks futuristic.

the brighter pics looks like hospital he he.....
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