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Arup Group Chairman, Gregory Hodkinson

Gregory Hodkinson, our Arup Group Chairman, was in Kuala Lumpur in March to attend the TAP 2016 ASEAN Forum together with Alan Belfield (Director, UKMEA Region Board), Robert Care (TAP Chairman) and representatives from Australasia, UKMEA, East Asia, Malaysia and OAP Sabah and Brunei. 

He visited us again in November 2016 to meet up with our Directors and senior staff. It was a great pleasure to have had our dialogue sessions with our Group Chairman.

Moulmein Rise, Best Residential Development in North Malaysia


Our project, Moulmein Rise in Penang, recently received the Best Residential Development Award (North Malaysia) at the South East Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) 2016, organised by Hansgrohe and the PropertyGuru Group.

We provided geotechnical, civil and structural engineering consulting for this 27-storey iconic structure comprising 84 luxury suites with a two-level podium of retail shops located in Pulau Tikus, Georgetown. 

Talk by Tristram Carfrae

Mr Tristram Carfrae, Arup Group’s Deputy Chairman was invited by The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia to give a talk on Designing with Computers on 6 August 2015 at Wisma IEM.Tristram was The Institution of Structural Engineers’ (UK) 2014 Gold Medal Winner and the talk reprised his Gold Medal Address.

We invited Tristram to give a lunch talk on Arup Values and Design to our staff earlier the same day.

“Two truly inspirational presentations by Tristram Carfrae in Malaysia. “Tristram spoke to Arup engineers from both the KL and Penang offices at Sri Damansara Club. He brought us through Arup’s history and how we have become one of the most respected consulting firms internationally. Along the way, he reinforced the Arup culture in us and explained the uniqueness of the firm and our people – a firm with talented people who have freedom in expressing their creative and innovative design skills in the built environment.

“The second talk was held at Wisma IEM in the evening. This was open to members of the engineering fraternity.Tristram introduced his past projects and explained how computers became an important design tool in solving his engineering problems, in particular when he dealt with lightweight, long span and geometrically complex structures. His past experience gave valuable insights on why and how a computer should appropriately and more commonly be utilized by structural engineers in order to go further.

Tristram is undoubtedly one of the greatest world class engineers.”

– Brian Yu, Associate

About Tristram Carfrae

Tristram is an Arup Fellow and Arup’s Deputy Chairman. He is responsible for the design of an impressive array of award winning buildings, including the Water Cube for Beijing 2008, and is regarded internationally as a leading designer of lightweight long-span structures, particularly where the architecture is defined by the structure. In collaborating with some of the world’s best architects, he has a reputation for challenging the established way of doing things; for exploring better solutions; and moulding both materials and people to his vision. Tristram believes that good buildings should consume less materials, energy, time and money; while at the same time being beautiful and providing greater amenity for society.

Talk on Shallow Foundations: Design and Practice

On 21st July, Sergei Terzaghi, geotechnical skill leader of Arup Australasia , gave a talk on “Shallow Foundations: Design & Practice” at our KL office.

Attendees gained an insight into the realities of shallow footing design, analysis, and construction.  The issues were introduced by way of real life examples, followed by some practical considerations. 

“The design of shallow foundations is often overlooked for its simplicity. As the buildings constructed atop it are usually smaller and lighter in nature in contrast to high rise buildings, the common issues (i.e. high differential settlement, bearing failure, groundwater table, etc) that may arise during the design and construction phases are commonly forgotten. This talk highlighted the reality of the situation whereby something as simple as shallow foundations has the potential of being costly and time consuming when certain basic design principles are disregarded. The issues brought up through the examples of several real life projects brought about a refreshed and new sense of understanding and awareness. This renewed perspective will prove useful in many upcoming or future projects related to shallow foundations.” – Guo Yeang Yang, Technical Advisor

Sergei has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of geotechnical engineering in both Australia and New Zealand. With the breadth of his experience, he provides technical support to Arup projects across Australasia. 

IKEA To Open Second Outlet in Cheras


Ikano Pte Ltd, the operator of Ikea stores in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia, is expected to open its second outlet in Malaysia at Jalan Cochrane, Cheras by year-end as part of an overall expansion plan across Southeast Asia.

The upcoming Swedish-based store will be its biggest yet in the country, with an overall store size that is 20% larger than IKEA Damansara, IKEA Malaysia said in a statement.

We were appointed to the project in 2012.

Technical challenges Arup addressed included seeking an economical solution for the excavation works and for the retaining wall and foundation systems in shallow bedrock. Another significant challenge was to design and construct the building above an existing MRT Tunnel.

Overlaying all that was, of course, working to meet the target opening date. Arup is providing full C&S, Geotechnical and M&E engineering services.

Adding to the challenge is to meet the target of the opening date. Arup’s engineers perform full services coordination to ensure the minimum disruption to the site progress during construction while chasing for the completion of works.

Pembinaan Mitrajaya Sdn Bhd Bags RM186.8 Million BNM Contract


Mitrajaya Holdings Bhd's wholly owned subsidiary, Pembinaan Mitrajaya Sdn Bhd has secured a contract to design, construct, commission and complete the Bank Negara Malaysia's (BNM) Business Operarion Centre in the Klang Valley worth RM186.8 million.

Arup provided the C&S and M&E engineering support during the bid stage and now continue with the detail designs for construction.

Klang Valley MRT Line 2, Kuala Lumpur

We are acting as the lead design consultants for the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Line 2 (KVMRT Line 2), also known as the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line (SSP Line). Our appointment comes via the MRT Corporation in Kuala Lumpur.

The line will cover a distance of approximately 59.5km and will be the first MRT projects in the Greater Kuala Lumpur / Klang Valley region.

Our Singapore and Malaysia offices will lead the technical delivery of the project with support from Aedas in Kuala Lumpur, local geotechnical engineers and quantity surveyors. We will reference the design for eight underground stations of the KVMRT Line 2 and the fitting out the Tun Razak exchange station - an interchange that will connect the MRT Lines 1 and 2. We will produce reference design for the tunnels and stations.

Under the contract, we will also assist MRT Corporation with the tender process for the underground construction package for the KVMRT Line 2. The tender process includes drawing up tender documents, evaluating technical submissions from tenderers and carrying out the design and technical review of the design and build contractor's design development and submission.

For further information, please contact Michael McGowan, Ching Lau (both Singapore), Wan Anuar Wan Endut or Lawrence Yeap (both Kuala Lumpur).

JKSB Gets ISAQ Gold Award

The International Star Award for Quality (ISAQ) is part of the annual program of BID Conventions which was founded in 1973 (BID is the private organization which presents quality awards on a global level). The objective of the ceremony is to recognize the prestige of outstanding companies, organizations and entrepreneurs from diverse sectors from around the world based on the following criteria: 

  1. Excellence in Leadership and Business Management

  2. Quality and Overall Excellence

  3. Business and Brand Name Prestige

  4. Technology, Innovation and Growth

Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB), the concessionaire for the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge or Penang Second Bridge, won a gold award at the International Star Award for Quality (ISAQ) International Quality Convention in Geneva on 21 September 2014.

The Penang Second Bridge is a dual carriageway toll bridge in Penang, Malaysia. It connects Batu Kawan in Seberang Perai on mainland Peninsular Malaysia with Batu Maung on Penang Island. The total length of the bridge is 24 km. 

Arup was the independent checker for the bridge marine structure. We were also geotechnical, overland bridge and road pavement engineers for the land approach expressways on the mainland. In addition, we provided supervision of all land works including all the interchanges.

This is Southeast Asia's longest bridge and we are grateful and glad to have been part of it.

Technical Visit - Foundation and Basement Construction of Ikea and MyTown, Kuala Lumpur


The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia organized a technical visit to the above project site on 19 July 2014. Our Geotechnical Engineer, Christopher Lim, and the foundation and substructure contractor, Bachy Soletanche, jointly delivered the project briefing and technical presentation on the design and construction of DTH piles, micropiles, rock bolts and soil nailing for the basement walls and building foundations. 

Arup are the C&S and Geotechnical engineers for the IKEA Cochrane and My Town development located on Jalan Cochrane, Kuala Lumpur. The project consists of a new IKEA store, a shopping complex (four storey retail and four storey car park building) and three towers of up to 50-storeys with an overall two basement car park. The project with a global building footprint of 800m x 250m is being built over Kuala Lumpur Limestone.

Due to the tight construction schedule, a complicated subsoil profile, karstic Limestone features, shallow bedrock and sensitive structures (two MRT tunnels underlie the project at its center), the project team faced significant geotechnical engineering challenges.

In view of the shallow bedrock , an innovative foundation system has been implemented using the Down The Hole Hammer (DTH) method. DTH is a common system used for the construction of micopiles of up to a diameter of 300mm in rock. 

However, 575mm diameter DTH piles were utilized in this project for the construction of the basement retaining wall. With a combination of rock bolts and anchors the design of the retaining wall offered an interesting alternative.

St Jo's Silver Award

Arup's project, St Jo's @ Gurney Paragon in Penang, recently won Silver at the FIABCI World Prix d'Excellence Awards 2014 in the category of Heritage (Restoration/Conservation).

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