Reigning as the largest IKEA store in Malaysia, the two-storey IKEA Cheras boasts 56 showrooms, a 780-seat restaurant and over 1,700 parking bays in two underground carparks. Arup delivered a multidisciplinary design solution with energy efficient and sustainable features complying with Green Building Index (GBI) Gold and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold requirements.
IKEA Cheras is a five minute drive from the city centre in what was previously a less vibrant part of the town. The neighbourhood has now undergone an urban renewal and is bustling. In addition, the Cochrane MRT station links the store with the adjacent shopping mall, MyTown, also an Arup project.
Effective foundation and structural solutions
Our team adopted a raft foundation to take advantage of the site geology which had shallow limestone bedrock. This solution was cost effective as it also adequately addressed underground cavity issues. The structural scheme comprised typical precast components and prestressed concrete enabling fast tracked construction while meeting the building’s complexity as a retail mall.
41,000m2 of retail space
We reduced dependency on public potable water (SYABAS water) by devising rain water harvesting systems with a capacity of 135,000 litres for toilet flushing as well as grey water recycling for landscape irrigation. We integrated configured chillers with reduced redundancy to achieve part load and cost efficiency.
Variable Speed Drive (VSD) motors in all major fans were utilised for airflow modulation to further reduce electrical consumption by approximately 33%. Other features included LED lighting with daylight and motion sensors to optimise energy efficiency as well as busbar trunking for lighting systems to enable flexibility and fast installation.