The practice were appointed, against international competition, as
Architects and Lead Consultants for the Master Plan and subsequently
the detail design of a major exhibition and convention centre
situated at the former international airport of Abdul Aziz Shah
Airport, Subang, Malaysia.
The proposals were part of a government initiative to regenerate this
part of Kuala Lumpur, following the relocation of the International
Airport to the new government quarter at Putra Jaya.
The site was in two parts, being dissected by the Subang
International Highway. The strategy developed was to locate the
exhibition centre to the south of the Highway, which could then be
linked directly with the existing airport and runway, making the new
facility directly accessible to trade exhibitors flying goods in from
The Convention Centre, hotels, car parking and new offices for our
client were located to the north of the site. The two halves were then
linked with high-level walkways and travelators providing ease of
communication between all of the facilities.
The master plan also linked the transport infrastructure with heavy
rail, a future light rail link, new and improved road links with access
to multi-storey car parking providing in excess of 5500 spaces. The
design of the Halls catered for opportunities to bring aircraft into the
Halls and a Boeing 747 to dock at a VIP arrival suite.
The total cost of the project was in the region of 350m UK, with it
being taken beyond tender stage.