Country’s first ‘eco-mall’ to open in June

KUALA LUMPUR: Space U8, dubbed Malaysia’s first “eco-mall” and developed by Mainstay Development Sdn Bhd, is scheduled for opening in June. The mall which is located within Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam, costing RM200 million to develop is currently 90% completed.

The four-level complex has a total net lettable area of 600,000 sq ft. Close to RM10 million was spent on the green features of the mall, which is expected to obtain the Green Building Index certification upon completion. Among its green features are rainwater harvesting, solar panels on the roof that will provide sufficient electricity to the common areas, as well as using tyres for the foundation, reducing the building’s temperature and helping maintain the central courtyard’s temperature at 25°C.

Mainstay Development’s executive chairman Raja Mohd Azmi Raja Razali said the mall, which has signed up tenants for 50% of the space, will also host the MBO Cineplex that comprises seven theatres or 1,300-seating capacity. He expects Space U8 to be 70% to 80% occupied by the time it opens.

Raja Azmi syas the mall is
targeted at medium to upper
income families.

“The project has evolved from our initial plans of a shophouse-like environment. Space U8 is unique as it combines various key elements such as a 70,000-sq ft courtyard that is suitable for all sorts of events and expositions, a 24-lane bowling centre and a 10,000-sq ft IT Centre,” he said.

In addition, the management is also currently in talks with retailers including Metrojaya Group, Courts Mammoth and Celebrity Fitness to take up space in the mall.

“We’re just 15 minutes from Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, Kelana Jaya, Klang and Denai Alam, so we’re quite confident that Space U8 is going to be the next sought-after location and popular destination for those who don’t want to head towards Kuala Lumpur,” said Raja Mohd Azmi.

He added that the mall is targeted at medium to upper income families and there is an immediate catchment of 200,000 from surrounding townships such as Denai Alam, Ara Damansara as well as Bukit Jelutong.

Mainstay Development is looking to launch its first residential development near Putrajaya in April or May this year. It will comprise 40 bungalows with common facilities featuring green elements.

Aside from the upcoming launch of its residential project just five minutes from the Alamanda Putrajaya shopping centre in Putrajaya, the developer also owns a tract of land in Dengkil, Selangor.

“Our projects will have green elements. We will be looking at various opportunities within the next two years. It is important that Space U8 does well as it is our first signature development,” said Raja Mohd Azmi.  

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