Dumez-GTM, a subsidiary of GTM Entrepose, was awarded a contract worth 475 million francs in Malaysia to build a shopping centre in Kuala Lumpur in October 1995. The order was placed by a leading Malaysian business group, Berjaya Berhad. For Dumez-GTM, the contract, awarded following an international call for tenders, is part of a global development strategy targeting major projects, particularly in Southeast Asia.
Initially, the construction timeline for Berjaya Times Square, which was first known as “Star City,” was estimated at 41 months starting at the signing of the contract in October 1995 and ending in March 1999. However, the inauguration ceremony for this project of pharaonic proportions finally took place in summer 2003.
In 1997, the project fell victim to the financial collapse. The crisis put a brake on all initiatives of this kind in Southeast Asia, forcing the project to advance at a much slower pace from 1998 to 2000. The crisis certainly put this project in jeopardy, but the teams at the worksite persevered in their efforts and never allowed work to come to a complete stop.
The project consisted in the construction of a shopping and residential complex (structural works and finishings), including:
- podium, 15 storeys high, including a shopping centre, theme attractions, and an extreme-sport park,
- 2 towers, each 46 storeys and 200 metres high, including 31 floors of suites and apartments starting at the 15th floor,
- 6 basement levels: 5 for car parks (5,000 spaces) and 1 for commercial and functional uses.
The complex includes 700,000 m2 of floor space within the same building. The 450,000 m3of concrete used in the construction of Berjaya Times Square is one and a half times the volume used for the Charilaos Trikoupis (Rion-Antirion) bridge. In addition, 65,000 tonnes of steel was used, roughly 8 times the weight of the Eiffel Tower.
Ideally located in the heart of the Golden Triangle in Kuala Lumpur, in the prestigious sector of Bukit Bintang (a huge hub for business and tourism), Berjaya Times Square single-handedly redefines the shopping mall concept. This true, one-of-a-kind shopping heaven in the Malaysian capital represents the epitome in luxury. It has enabled the country to position itself favourably on the international business stage and contributed to its soaring economic growth.
Berjaya Times Square is the result of an innovative commercial development strategy that is overturning traditional concepts and, in the way that it combines consumption, entertainment, theme parks, luxury, and housing, is paving the way for new lifestyle modalities.
Total cost: €327 M
Dates: October 1995 to July 2003 (93 months)
Earthworks: 1 million m3
Foundations: 418 bored piles 1.5 m in diameter and 50 m in length; and 630 micropiles
Concrete: 450,000 m3
Steel: 65,000 tonnes
Diaphragm walls: 26,000 m2
Total area: 700,000 m2