IJM: The Builder of Choice in the City Centre

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IJM: The Builder of Choice in the City Centre
January 5, 2021
IJM is undertaking several projects in Tun Razak Exchange including the new HQs for HSBC Bank Malaysia (left), and Affin Bank Bhd (right)

IJM is undertaking several projects in Tun Razak Exchange including the new HQs for HSBC Bank Malaysia (left), and Affin Bank Bhd (right)

A closer look of Affin Bank’s 43-storey office tower which is expected to be completed in 2021.

A closer look of Affin Bank’s 43-storey office tower which is expected to be completed in 2021.

The new office towers will expand the Kuala Lumpur city skyline.

The new office towers will expand the Kuala Lumpur city skyline.

With a stable of prominent projects completed in the heart of the city in recent years, IJM is proving its track record as the choice builder for city centre projects.

The 38-year-old company has delivered integrated developments, healthcare, residential buildings, office headquarters and hotels in major locations in Kuala Lumpur, among them Platinum Park KLCC, Menara Bumiputra Commerce, The Binjai, G Tower, Istana Budaya, Institut Jantung Negara, The Troika, Hampshire Park, Grand Hyatt and EQ Plaza. Its ongoing portfolio of projects in the city centre include Bukit Bintang City Centre’s Mitsui Shopping Park Lalaport and UOB office tower along Jalan Raja Laut.

Its contribution to the city’s transport infrastructure, which dates back since the construction of the KL Monorail, continues to this day. IJM is now building MRT stations at Sri Delima, Kampung Batu, Kentonmen and Jalan Ipoh for the MRT 2 Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line.

With a healthy outstanding construction order book of RM5.8 billion, consisting a good mix of building, infrastructure, and road projects, IJM’s position as a key player in the construction industry cannot be disputed. And it is now playing a major part of Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) development.

 

Shaping the TRX Skyline

The company is involved in four projects in TRX, one of them the completed 27-storey Menara Prudential owned by the company.

Menara Prudential, a Grade A, LEED Gold-certified and MSC-compliant commercial building featuring a smart design, is an indicator of the standards you would see in the modern, sustainable office buildings in the upcoming international financial district.

Located at the pedestrian entrance of the TRX district, the building features resource-saving measures such as rainwater harvesting and water recycling, and utilises low emitting glass and materials to reduce building heat and increase indoor environmental quality, as well as a building management system to optimise lighting and temperature performance.

With a 360° LED display that wraps around the building - the first of its kind in Malaysia - Menara Prudential serves as Prudential Malaysia’s headquarters since the middle of 2019.

As the developer, we are excited to see the projects take shape in TRX. True to IJM’s commitment to quality and delivery, the dedication and determination of the team are reflected in the many milestones we have achieved in the upcoming international financial district,” said Mr Liew Hau Seng, CEO & Managing Director of IJM Corporation Berhad.

IJM is also the contractor for the new HQs for HSBC Bank Malaysia and Affin Bank Bhd, two commercial towers currently under construction in the financial quarter fronting Jalan Tun Razak.

HSBC has invested over RM1billion for its new office, a strategic decision that was both a milestone for HSBC and a significant investment, reinforcing the bank’s plans to expand their Malaysian franchise and the important role Malaysia plays in HSBC’s ASEAN strategy.

Expected to be completed by first quarter of 2021, the 33-storey building will have LEED Gold standards certification, and will also include a sky lounge, mechanical floors, three levels of basement car park and four levels of podium. One of its major features is the chilled beam air conditioning system, a first for a commercial high-rise building in Malaysia. This system promotes a healthy, energy efficient internal building environment, ensuring air quality is of a higher standard and that airborne germs are unable to travel around the building.

Meanwhile, Affin Bank’s 43-storey office tower is expected to be completed in 2021. It will feature a banking hall, business centre with an open plan office layout, auditorium and convention facilities, spacious outdoor terraces and sky gardens as well as access to the MRT station via a sunken plaza.

Demonstrating sustainability in the architecture design and M&E, the Grade A office building is designed to LEED and Green Building Index Gold certification with its energy efficient, high performance curtain wall system, rainwater harvesting, sustainable building materials and efficient services planning features.

IJM is also involved in the residential offerings in TRX, where it is building TRX Residences, a joint-venture project between global infrastructure and property company Lendlease and TRX City Sdn Bhd, the master developer of the TRX project. Currently two towers are being constructed for TRX Residences, with a total of 896 units expected to be completed in 2023.

 

From Past to Present

IJM’s inception began in 1983 with the merger of three medium-sized local construction companies – IGB Construction Sdn Bhd, Jurutama Sdn Bhd, and Mudajaya Sdn Bhd. These entities came together to compete as equals, in a time when well-capitalised foreign players had entered the growing Malaysian construction industry. In 2008, IJM acquired the Road Builder Group to augment its position as one of the country's largest builders.

With its headquarters in Selangor, the company has a global presence in eight countries, with its primary focus in Malaysia, India, Indonesia and China. The company has not only excelled in construction and property development but has also diversified its portfolio and entered the manufacturing and quarrying, infrastructure concessions, and plantations sectors.

On being referred to as a builder of choice for city centre projects, Mr Liew Hau Seng commented, “We take pride in providing an exceptional level of professional service from start to finish and to deliver solutions with the best balance of quality, function, cost and efficiency.”