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Arup expands services and invests in Malaysia’s future

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
19 April 2021

Arup has confirmed its confidence and commitment to Malaysia with the recent move to a new office and recruitment of additional specialists to support its expanded services in Kuala Lumpur. 

Best known for its engineering and design expertise, Arup is broadening its technical capabilities and advisory services with a team of more than 300 people in Malaysia.

The Malaysian team has a strong track record of delivering successful projects including the KVMRT rail line, the Subterranean Penang International Convention & Exhibition Centre (SPICE) and the Rawang Bypass.

It is currently working on the country’s tallest (and world’s second highest) building Merdeka 118, Bangsar 61 underpass development, the new IMU Hospital, Lot LMN at KLCC and the complex Lorong Kuda road upgrade, tunnel and underpass. 

“Investing in a new workplace marks the beginning of a new chapter for Arup in Malaysia,” said Malaysia Leader Lawrence Yeap, noting that the firm has been operating in the country since 1964.  

“Recognising the changing business landscape, we are broadening our skills, delivering engineering and advisory services necessary for every stage of a project in the evolving urban landscapes across the country.”

More than ever before, clients are considering the ‘whole value’ of their investments, from incorporating sustainability initiatives at concept stage to planning long-term asset maintenance. Arup can provide these comprehensive services. ”

Lawrence Yeap Lawrence Yeap Country Leader, Malaysia
People working inside at Arup's Kuala Lumpur office People working inside at Arup's Kuala Lumpur office
There are flexible, interactive spaces to encourage the exchange of ideas

“We have brought together an experienced multidisciplinary team which is connected to our colleagues in Penang and around the world with excellent digital technologies and tools,” Lawrence said.

“Clients will benefit from the strong ideas and efficiencies.”

Lawrence said the new office sends a strong signal about the importance and value of collaboration with clients, and between team members and different teams. 

It includes flexible, interactive spaces to encourage the exchange of ideas and development of integrated solutions. The open floor plan has sufficient area to comply with Covid-19 regulations. 

Inside Arup's office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Inside Arup's office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Design features include maximising daylight and using environmentally friendly materials in the furniture and fittings wherever possible

Co-designed with Hassell, Arup’s consultants contributed to the sophisticated look and operations of the office with environmentally sustainable design, lighting, acoustic and audio-visual systems, and mechanical and electrical engineering. 

Resource efficiency was a priority, targeting the highest possible green performance rating of GreenRE Platinum for Office Interior designs. 

“We expect a 40% improvement on energy consumption with the state-of-the-art energy-efficient features in our new office,” Lawrence said.

Inside Arup's office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Inside Arup's office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
There are spaces to look after our people and make coming to the office a good experience, such as the new recreational area

“We have also taken opportunities to make this a healthy place to work, such as maximising daylight and using environmentally friendly materials in the furniture and fittings wherever possible. There are many indoor plants which will improve the air quality, as well as softening the look of the office,” Lawrence said.

“Some important inclusions are ‘personal’ spaces to look after our people and make coming to the office a good experience, such as the new recreational area and the mothers’ and wellness room.” 

The design responds to Arup’s regional Workplace Guidelines which have steered the development of new workplaces in Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore and now Kuala Lumpur. 

The Arup office is on Level 26, 1 Powerhouse – a Grade A, MSC-status landscaped green tower with a GreenRE Gold rating, in a suburb within the city of Petaling Jaya.

All images copyright David Yeow.

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