Putrajaya centre to host big meets


  • Business
  • Tuesday, 10 Jun 2003

BY HONG BOON HOW IN PUTRAJAYA

THE Putrajaya Convention Centre, the federal administrative capital's latest landmark, is expected to be the venue for the country's prominent international meetings and conferences. 

The centre, built at a cost of RM650mil, has more than five halls that can seat 10,000 people. 

Putrajaya Holdings Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Mohamad Othman Zainal Azim said that security was one of the main emphasis in the designing of the convention centre. 

Inside Putrajaya Convention Centre

“Our security systems and sensors are state-of-the-art to ensure the safety and well-being of the visitors to the convention centre,” he said at a media briefing in Putrajaya last week. 

He said the convention centre, which has nine floors with a gross floor area of 135,000 sq m, could be evacuated in 10 minutes in case of emergency. 

The convention centre would be the venue for the Organisation of Islamic Conference's 10th summit from Oct 11 to 18. 

The centre, on a 51-acre site, was developed by Putrajaya Holdings, with IJM Construction Sdn Bhd as the contractor and KLCC Projek Bhd as project manager. 

Othman said more than 80% of the materials used to build the convention centre were locally sourced, while imported materials were used only when local equivalents were not available. 

The convention centre is located in Precinct 5, at the southernmost point of the Core Area in Putrajaya, originally earmarked for sports and recreation. It was designed by award-winning Malaysian architect Hijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn Bhd. 

The overall design is spherical with an oval eye occupying the nucleus of the building. 

Construction of the convention centre started in June 2001 on a fast-track method which allowed the main contractor to begin work even before all plans and specifications were completed. 

Among the centre's major sections are the plenary hall, head of states hall, main hall, VVIP and VIP lounges and a helipad. 

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