After a year since Japan-based Mitsui Fudosan announced that it will be building a mall in the heart of Kuala Lumpur on the 19.4-acre land that formerly housed the Pudu Jail, the groundbreaking ceremony was finally commenced.
The ceremony was performed by Prime Minister Najib Razak, marking the official start date of construction for Bukit Bintang City Centre (BBCC) and LaLaport KL, the shopping mall by Mitsui Shopping Park.
“BBCC is [also] an example of the key projects which support the government’s focus under the Economic Transformation Programme for Greater KL and Klang Valley,” said Najib.
Phase one of the project is scheduled to be completed by December 2020, which includes a retail mall, entertainment hub, a four-star hotel, two blocks of serviced apartments and a strata office building. The mall, LaLaport KL, will span across 1.4 million square feet and be the first LaLaport mall brand in Southeast Asia.
“By the time BBCC opens its doors, an integrated network of KTM, LRT and MRT lines, as well as the city centre’s monorail, will be efficiently transporting commuters around the city, Greater KL, Klang Valley and beyond,” said Najib.
The project is said to be a continuous effort to convert Malaysia in to a tourism hub.