The Merdeka 118 tower has achieved another milestone following the completion of its tower spire.
In the tower spire completion ceremony held yesterday (30 November), the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he was proud of the completion of the tower spire amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Merdeka 118 will also be the first tower in Malaysia that has earned a triple platinum rating with international sustainability certifications including the highly prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (Leed).”
“This is not only a great achievement in the field of engineering, but also further strengthens Malaysia’s position as a modern and developed country.” he said, reported The Star.
The tower is said to have a height of 678.9m and will be the second-tallest building in the world after Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the tallest in South-East Asia when completed.
In the ceremony, Ismail said the Merdeka 118 will be the industry benchmark in Malaysia as an iconic tower of the future, adding that the construction of the tower will benefit the Malaysian Family as the precinct would be a new economic catalyst for Kuala Lumpur.
“The development of Merdeka 118 will also provide opportunities to the local community, especially in nearby areas such as Petaling Street, Kampung Attap and Pudu, to generate the economy.” he was quoted saying by Bernama.
The project is managed by PNB Merdeka Ventures Sdn Bhd (PMVSB), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB).
The tower covers over 3 million sq ft of floor area and it comprises 1.66 million sq ft of net lettable area (NLA) of Grade-A office space and approximately 1 million sq ft of retail space.
There are also a number of outstanding features incorporated into the tower, including “The View at 118” observation deck, which will be the highest in South-East Asia, as well as the glass-domed 118 mall within the podium of the tower.
Other components of the Merdeka 118 precinct include the Merdeka Textile Museum, showcasing Malay-world textiles; Little M, a childcare centre for children below 7 years old; and Masjid Merdeka, a mosque that can accommodate up to 3,000 people.
In addition, the tower overlooks two national historical landmarks, Stadium Merdeka and Stadium Negara.
Following the completion of the tower spire, it will be listed as one of the world’s tallest buildings like Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE, the world’s tallest tower with a height of 828m, and the Shanghai Tower in China, with a height of 632m.
The PNB group chairman Tun Arifin Zakaria previously said the spire completion represents a significant step forward to develop Merdeka 118 development project.
“The development project is hoped to stimulate the nation’s socio-economic recovery from the impact of Covid-19.” he said.
Meanwhile, it is also reported that the Merdeka 118 tower would be completed by end-2022.
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