Office tower project is safe, Brickfields folk assured


The construction site of the 38-storey office block in Jalan Scott, Brickfields. -Filepic

THE developer of the 38-storey office block coming up on a small piece of land at Jalan Scott, Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur, assures nearby residents of their safety.

Speaking on behalf of developer Teringin Sentral Sdn Bhd (TSSB), its corporate consultant Datuk Dr Siva Ananthan said the company had complied with all the requirements under the law to ensure the project was safe.

He said the company had instructed its main contractor Gabungan Strategik Sdn Bhd (GSSB) to conduct dilapidation surveys on all building and infrastructure around the project site, including Villa Scott and Scott Sentral condominiums.

However, he claimed only Villa Scott Management Corporation (MC) gave permission for the survey, and that Scott Sentral MC did not respond despite being given three letters between May and August this year seeking its permission.

“TSSB provided the dilapidation report for Villa Scott condominium to DBKL (Kuala Lumpur City Hall) on Oct 6.

“TSSB also conducted soil investigation to ensure the soil condition at the project site is tenable for the development.

“The structural design of the development is based on the highest standards of the Engineers Code of Practice and in full compliance with the stringent requirements by the various authorities,” he said.

Siva added that TSSB had fully complied with Fire and Rescue Department requirements, and obtained the necessary approvals on Sept 3.

DBKL approved the project, which is an office block comprising 27-storey Soho (small office home office), a 10-storey carpark and three recreational facilities, with a plot ratio of 1:6.5.

StarMetro had earlier highlighted nearby residents’ concerns about the 1,208sq m land size.

Commenting on concerns about the project worsening traffic congestion and parking problems, Siva said this was not a problem as the project was near KL Sentral and the monorail station.

He said the 24.4m-wide Jalan Scott was wide enough, noting that there were other factors causing the cyclical traffic situation.

“TSSB has also taken proactive measures to ease the parking situation by incorporating a 10-storey mechanical carpark in the project,” he said, adding that noise and dust pollution would be addressed.

Siva said TSSB had been very open and transparent about the project and placed advertisements about the development in local newspapers to receive and record public feedback.

Responding on the dilapidation survey matter, Scott Sentral MC committee member Chandra Ramprakash said the committee had asked for a meeting with the developer to know more about the project.

“There were no letters by post, but we received an email on May 21 from an independent surveyor engaged by a different company who requested to carry out a pre-construction condition survey at our building, without any information about the developer or the development.

“We explained that we need to know the details of the proposed project before allowing the survey to be done.

“The meeting did not take place,” said Chandra.

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