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Topping out: Merdeka 118 marks major milestone

PETALING JAYA (June 8): PNB Merdeka Ventures Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB), marked a major milestone when the final roof slab of Merdeka 118 (pictured) was topped out, safely reaching its peak at level 118.

According to PNB president and group chief executive Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn, Merdeka 118 is currently 81% completed, with installation of the glass façade in progress at Level 108.

“Despite experiencing a delay due to restrictions from the Movement Control Order (MCO) implemented last year, we are pleased that we are able to top out within our revised timeline,” Ahmad Zulqarnain said in a press statement.

With three million sq ft of floor area, comprising of 1.66 million sq ft of net lettable area of Grade-A office space and an estimate of one million sq ft of retail space, the Merdeka 118 tower will feature a number of outstanding facilities and services such as ‘The View at 118’ Observation Deck and the first and only Park Hyatt Hotel in Malaysia which will occupy 17 floors of the tower.

Besides the tower, another phase of the development is the retail phase where the ‘118 Mall’ will connect to the tower. A park called ‘Merdeka Boulevard at 118’ will let the public enjoy the development’s four-acre of greenery and open space while three premium presidential towers will encircle the office tower.

A textile museum focusing on Malay-world textile, a purpose built centre for children under the age of seven years and Masjid Merdeka with a capacity of up to 3,000 people have been planned under its precinct.

Set to be the tallest building in Southeast Asia, Merdeka 118 is estimated to be fully completed by 2022 and will stand tall at 644m. The construction begun in 2014.

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