KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 27): The Malaysian-owned regeneration project of Battersea Power Station in Central London received a royal visit from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah and the Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Arif Bendahara on Sept 24, Friday.

A tour was given around the Grade II-listed building development that includes the first completed section, which is the Switch House West, and a commemorative plaque was unveiled to celebrate the momentous event.

Datuk Jagan Sabapathy, incoming chairman of Battersea Project Holding Company (BPHC), shared that the regeneration project reflects the strong relationship between Malaysia and the UK.

“It is an honour to welcome Their Majesties to witness the grand development of the Battersea Power Station. This project is a shining example of the synergy between Malaysia and the UK working together to bring a new destination to life, and I believe it will be a legacy to the Malaysian people’s ambition, expertise and investment,” said Jagan. 

Marked as a milestone, High Commissioner of Malaysia to the UK Zakri Jaafar foresees it as a reference point among Malaysian talents in the future.

“Seeing the immense effort that is going into regenerating this part of London is truly remarkable. What has been achieved by this consortium of Malaysian companies, which have combined resources in an international sphere, is truly exemplary. Their Majesties' visit is indeed timely to witness this proud accomplishment by Their Majesties' subjects. This project will be an important point of reference for future Malaysian collaborations [in the international field],” said Jagan in a statement.

Having started the restoration work in 2013, the 42-acre Battersea Power Station has completed Circus West Village, the first phase, where a thriving neighbourhood has been built, with over 1,500 residents and a lively atmosphere of restaurants, cafes, bars, theatre and cinema that attract three million visitors annually.

Additionally, the Battersea Power Station also has its own Zone 1 station as the Northern Line Extension (NLE) has now been in operation since Sept 20, Monday. This marked another milestone for the project as this is the first major extension made by London Underground within this century.

Set to open to the public in 2022, the project will host over 100 shops of bars and restaurants, as well as events and leisure space.

The consortium of Malaysian developers responsible for the restoration project are Sime Darby Property, S P Setia Bhd and Employees Provident Fund.

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