This new building in KL will be taller than Petronas Tower

This new building in KL will be taller than Petronas Tower

Petronas Tower still holds the record as the tallest building in Southeast Asia. Its stunning height shapes Kuala Lumpur skyline, and becoming an icon for Malaysia. But, apparently this record will not stay very long. A new building, tall, very tall building is under construction in Kuala Lumpur and it hosts 118 floors and certainly will be among the tallest in the world. 

KL118 , a new landmark of Kuala Lumpur |
KL118 , a new landmark of Kuala Lumpur |


The KL118 Tower (known as Menara Warisan Merdeka) by state-owned fund manager Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) is set to be among the world's top 10 tallest structures when completed. It would have a top-of-crown elevation of 570 metres and together with the building spire will give it a total official height of 682m. A true new landmark to already-packed-with-tall-buildings Kuala Lumpur. 

Currently, the world' tallest structure is Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, standing at 828 metres (163 levels). However, Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is under construction and it would be the world's tallest, surpassing Burj Khalifa with 252 floors (1,000m) when completed in 2019.

1-mile high Kingdom Tower Jeddah |
1-mile high Kingdom Tower Jeddah |


There are other structures in the pipeline, including the Azerbaijan (1,050m), Wuhan Riverfront Erqi Tower (808m) and Qianhai Tower (800m), both in China. The Signature Tower Jakarta in Indonesia will take to the skyline, standing at 638m (113 levels).

Signature Tower Jakarta |
Signature Tower Jakarta |


KL118 is part of a larger development complex known as Warisan Merdeka (Heritage Independence), which will feature four residential towers and a shopping mall.

The whole development, located in the vicinity of many heritage buildings, including Petaling Street, Methodist Boys School and Victoria Institution, will take shape on a 7.6ha site located within the area of Stadium Merdeka and Stadium Negara.

KL118 will be connected to a mass rapid transit station. The building will have green features that will enable the company to apply for leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) and green building intiatives (GBI) ratings.

There will be 105 elevators and escalators which will be supplied by Finnish firm KONE Corp. The top elevator speed will be 10m/s.

Meanwhile, a consortium of South Korea-listed Samsung C&T Corp and its local partner UEM Group Bhd has won a US$505 million (RM2.12 billion) construction job for the KL118 Tower.

Samsung C&T has experienced in building skyscrapers, which include the Petronas Twin Towers and the Burj Khalifa.

Other groups which submitted bids for the construction contract were IJM Corp-Norwest Holdings Sdn Bhd-Shimizu Corp, Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd-China State Construction Enginerring Corp, WCT Bhd-Arabtec Construction LLC, TSR Capital Bhd-Daewoo Group and Seacera Group Bhd-Spaz Sdn Bhd-China's Shinohydro Corp-Shanghai Construction Group.

The first contract for the KL118, worth RM74 million, was won by Pintaras Jaya Bhd for foundation and piling works more than a year ago.

International consultancy firm, Turner International, is the project manager. The company is also involved in TRX-Kuala Lumpur's future purpose-built business district.

(from various sources)

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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