CONSTRUCTION work for the much- needed and long-awaited multi-storey carpark at the Botanical Lake Gardens in Kuala Lumpur is well under way and is expected to be completed by early next year.
Situated at the corner of Jalan Cenderawasih and Jalan Tanglin, the building will have 382 parking bays, 24 ladies-only parking bays, and four parking bays for the disabled.
At its launch, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who was accompanied by Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib and other Kuala Lumpur City Hall officials, said the project was more than a carpark.
“It will also have two restaurants and stalls for businesses.
“I hope we are able to bring in popular restaurants to take up the space so that we can liven it up,” he said, adding that the cost of the building was RM19mil.
Ahmad Phesal said the project would also utilise 87% industrialised building system (IBS) or 37% more than was required under the treasury circular from the Finance Ministry that was announced in 2005, as was the requirement for all government buildings.
The IBS’ objective is to quicken the construction period, standardise design, increase quality and construction productivity, ensure cleanliness of the construction site and reduce dependence on foreign workers by 15%.
It is a construction system where the components are built in a controlled environment on or off site before being installed at the project site.
With this method, fewer workers are needed.
Ahmad Phesal also said parking fees would be introduced at the existing free carpark while the new building would be a paid parking facility.
This project comes under Phase 2 of the upgrading works at the 100-year-old park.
Other facilities currently also being constructed is the boat house and canopy (RM24mil), tourism information centre (RM6mil), orchid kiosk (RM1.2mil) and upgrade of the deer and kancil park (RM3.9mil).
Other portions still in the design phase are the children’s playground, comic artist Lat playground, office and herbarium.
Phase 1 of the park’s upgrading project was completed in 2010. It included comprehensive clean-up works, treatment and conservation of heritage trees and the addition of new plants.