This is the world’s second highest tower at 678 metres. Merdeka 118 by PNB. It was supposed to have been completed in 2021 but the current COVID-19 has slowed down the construction progress. Thus, it is now expected to be completed only in Q2 2022 instead. Our Merdeka 118 by PNB is taller than our Petronas Twin Towers BUT Petronas Twin Towers remain the tallest twin tower in the world yeah. There are also no twin towers being planned for completion anytime soon. Yes, it is ours because these days, Petronas Twin Towers is a must-visit for all foreign tourists and we will introduce it with pride. In the future, we have two.
Article in thesundaily.my PNB president and group chief executive, Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn said, “We are currently at Phase 1 of the development that involves the Merdeka 118 tower and the surrounding infrastructure. Our concrete core structure has reached its peak at Level 118 and our tower facade has reached Level 82. “It is envisioned that the Level 118 floor slab will be completed at the conclusion of 2020.”
Ahmad Zulqarnain said the project is currently in the beginning stage of Phase 2 which comprises the retail mall and Merdeka Boulevard @ 118 linear park. He also shared that the launch of the residential towers which was originally slated for the end of 2020 will be delayed to Q4 of 2021. Merdeka 118 will also include Park Hyatt Kuala Lumpur; an observation deck; a retail mall; Merdeka Boulevard @ 118 – a four-acre Linear Park and open public spaces; Look @ 118 – a cafe with ‘Instagrammable’ view; Merdeka Residences and a childcare centre for children under seven years old; and a mosque within the precinct that could accommodate up to 3,000 people. Lotsof other details,please refer to the article here: Article in thesundaily.my
Connectivity to Merdeka 118 by PNB
Connectivity wise, Merdeka 118 by PNB will be connected to the Merdeka MRT station. the station would have a pedestrian walkway to Plaza Plaza Rakyat LRT station. Beyond this, the Maharajalela Monorail station will be within walking distance of the building’s recreational park. The monorail station will be able to connect you to the rest of the LRT lines. Yes, I do think taking the MRT there may be a better option by then. Driving will not just be more expensive but likely to face traffic jams too.
Interesting parts of Merdeka 118
Merdeka 118 would house a 83-storeys of Grade-A offices and 17-storeys of Park Hyatt Hotel. Amenities such as sky lobby, VIP lounges, and more will be at the top in the remaining 18 floors including the observation deck and restaurants which will be on the four highest floors. It offers dining in the sky and you have been to the 282-metre sky dining at Atmospehere 360, then you need to know that dining in the sky at Merdaka 118 would be 500-metres above ground!
Can the mall really be successful?
I think many would be worried if the mall could be a successful one due to current situation. Perhaps there’s a blessing in disguise since the completion would now be pushed back. Location wise, this is within the city centre and actually within walking distance to many other shopping attractions too. This could be an advantage too since one may be attracted to go to the city centre for a few malls versus going to just one huge mall. Just need to make sure the brands they take in are different from other nearby malls.
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