Kiara Bay masterplan unveiled

8 November 2019
Credit: UEM Sunrise/Melati Ehsan Group
  • UEM Sunrise/Melati Ehsan Group
  • UEM Sunrise/Melati Ehsan Group
  • UEM Sunrise/Melati Ehsan Group

Kuala Lumpur


Lead8 celebrate launch event for 73-acre development

The launch of the Kiara Bay masterplan took place this month, with design firm Lead8 joining UEM Sunrise and Melati Ehsan Group for the official unveiling in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 73-acre development is poised to transform one of the city’s earliest townships into an eco-living destination, situated near the popular Kepong Metropolitan Park and the historical Forest Research Institute of Malaysia.

Lead8’s masterplan seeks to emulate the balance of city, nature and leisure and is comprised of three main districts – The Waters, The Walk and The Village. “Our design has been informed by the significance of this site in Kuala Lumpur. To be located along one of the premier and most popular lake parks in the city is quite special. As such, sustainability and liveability have been the two main drivers of our masterplan – creating an eco-aware community which celebrates its biodiversity,” said Meeta Patel, Co Founder & Executive Director at Lead8.
Embracing the 140-acre lake at the heart of the site, The Waters district is defined by landmark towers. To the East, a compact community known as The Village includes a wellness centre, retirement living, community retail hub and education facility, situated around a community park. The major leisure and retail area known as The Walk is a ten minute walk or three minute cycle to all points of the township, featuring integrated office, hotel and serviced apartments.

The designers intended to maximise the pedestrian and cycle experience for visitors and residents by providing effective connections between the various districts. David Buffonge, Co Founder & Executive Director at Lead8, stated:  “Accessibility and sustainable mobility were extremely important in the planning process for this development. These design strategies help create a platform for liveable neighbourhoods and inclusive communities as well ensure the complete offer of Kiara Bay, from healthcare to education, culture, environment and technology, can thrive.”

The design is expected to be realised over the next decade, with Kiara Bay becoming home to a population of more than 40,000 once complete.
Lucy Nordberg
TenderStream Head of Research

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