Veritas gives ‘leap of approval’

PETALING JAYA: Group president of Veritas Design Group David Mizan Hashim abseiled off a Glomac Damansara residential block in the final site inspection of buildings prior to its handover to its owners. The approval was given for Blocks B and C of the development.

David leapt 126m from the rooftop of Tower 1’s 25-storey Block B. According to Veritas, such a feat has never been undertaken by an architect.

“Upon completion, this development will be an icon for Damansara,” said David after his dramatic act at a press conference yesterday. He added that the one-kilometer long development will be in great demand because of its stategic location on the border between Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya.

Blocks B and C comprise the residential component of the integrated Glomac Damansara development which consists of 356 units in two 25-storey towers.

The towers, which have a gross development value of RM288 million, have been fully taken up since their launch in February 2011.

Veritas is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm that provided integrated architectural and planning services for Glomac Damansara, which is a mixed development project spanning 6.83 acres (2.76ha). Nearby are the Desa Kiara Condominium and the SS20 Damansara Kim housing estate.

The project comprises four phases, with Phase 1 consisting of 5- and 8-storey shop offices; Phase 2 a 25-storey office tower; Phase 3 the retail heart of the development, comprising a 3-storey podium of a retail lot and two 9- and 10-storey office blocks on top of the podium; and Phase 4 its residential component comprising the two residential towers.

Glomac’s new headquarters will be within one of the development’s office blocks. Phase 2’s office tower was sold en-bloc to Lembaga Tabung Haji for RM171 million in 2010. The developer will be keeping its retail components for recurring income.

David abseiling off the 25-storey, 126m tall building in a stunt never before attempted by an architect, according to Veritas.

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on February 28, 2014.

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