Populous designs to transform 1998 Commonwealth Games venue into KL Sports City

Malaysian Resources Corporation (MRC) has been appointed to redevelop the existing Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex – the venue for the 1998 Commonwealth Games – and transform it into a new, iconic Kuala Lumpur Sports City.

The RM1.6bn (US$375m, €344m, £243m) KL Sports City will create a vibrant sports hub capable of hosting elite sports events as well as cater to the local community and recreational users.

Designed by global design practice Populous, the first phase of the work – set to begin in January 2016 and entitled project 1 – will include the redevelopment of the 87,000-capacity Bukit Jalil National Stadium and upgrading the venue in time for it to host the 2017 Southeast Asia (SEA) Games.

Project 1 will also include works on Bukit Jalil’s Putra Stadium, the National Aquatic Centre and the National Hockey Stadium, improve integration to the current and existing public transportation links, and increase pedestrian access across the site.

The second phase, Project 2, will commence after the SEA Games in early 2018 and will add the finishing touches to KL Sports City, creating a fully-integrated sports hub, consisting of a Sports Rehabilitation Science Centre, a youth park, public sports facilities, a sports museum, youth hostel, convention centre, and a sports-focused retail mall.

MRC group managing director Tan Sri Mohamad Salim Fateh Din said: “The existing facilities at Bukit Jalil were built more than 17 years ago, and Malaysia needs a sporting venue that showcases the country and its athletes. The new sports city will be a catalyst that inspires Malaysia to become a sporting nation.

“The KL Sports City project marks MRC’s entry into sports and recreational infrastructure, and allows us to build on our core strengths of delivering multi-use developments that regenerate areas of national importance. By working in a private-public partnership we can ensure that our own corporate goals are aligned with the nation’s objectives for growth and development.”

• MRC is a leading urban property and infrastructure developer in Malaysia. The group specialises in civil, environmental and energy infrastructure development including river and beach rehabilitation projects, road works, road concessions, educational colleges, hospitals, power plants, and is the nation’s biggest developer of high-voltage transmission networks.

• Populous is a specialist in creating sporting facilities and its previous projects include the Yankee Stadium in New York, US, the 2012 London Olympic Stadium, South Korea’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games Stadium and the Etihad Stadium Expansion project in Manchester.

Malaysian Resources Corporation (MRC) has been appointed to redevelop the existing Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex – the venue for the 1998 Commonwealth Games – and transform it into a new, iconic Kuala Lumpur Sports City. The RM1.6bn (US$375m, €344m, £243m) KL Sports City will create a vibrant sports hub capable of hosting elite sports events as well as cater to the local community and recreational users. Designed by global
Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex was the host venue for the 1998 Commonwealth Games
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7736     
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7736     
company profile
Company profile: Gharieni Group GmbH
We strive for a seamless integration of functional equipment to create an unparalleled and memorable experience for clients.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
Renewable energy sources include a biomass furnace and co-generation plant
"Wellness embraces the entire holiday experience"

The design of the newly-opened Lefay Resort and Spa Dolomitti in Italy aims to celebrate and protect its spectacular surroundings

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
Ingels at the launch of Kaspar Astrup Schroder’s BIG Time documentary earlier this year
“If BIG had been founded for one project, it would have been Lego House,” says Ingels
"We want to take responsibility and initiative in giving form to our future"

The BIG founder talks about Lego House Mars Science City and the role of his team in BIG’s success

The OPC features a range of community outdoor spaces
Van Valkenburgh studied landscape architecture and fine arts at Cornell University and the University of Illinois
"Building a park is the ultimate act of democracy"

The US landscape architect on why the Obamas are his kind of clients

Thomas Christoffersen: From BIG intern to BIG partner - Thomas Christoffersen's journey
Thomas Christoffersen
"We were rooted in the traditions of Danish design, but inspired by what was happening elsewhere."

On the journey from being Bjarke Ingels' first intern to BIG partner

Peter Zumthor studied in Basel, Switzerland and New York. He launched his practice in Haldenstein in 1979
"I like to take my time"

The Pritzker Prize-winner on those LACMA renderings

Alby Shale helps break ground on the Rwanda Stadium project
"The inspiration for the design comes from the green rolling hills of Rwanda and the trace of a bouncing cricket ball - Michael Ramage"

The people creating a pioneering cricket stadium that’s helping to heal wounds in Rwanda

VIA 57 West’s residential units surround a central courtyard garden
Beat Schenk
"Bjarke was this young kid, quite brash and totally insane, but with really good energy, directing the team about what to do next."

On meeting Bjarke Ingels at OMA and VIA 57 West

cladkit product news
Koto Design introduces wood-fired hot tub
Koto is known for crafting modular, energy-neutral cabins and homes
Katie Barnes
A striking wood-fired hot tub has been unveiled by Koto, an architecture and design studio which has a passion for ...
Mather & Co and ITV unite to create Coronation Street Experience
Mather & Co has transformed the visitor centre into the ultimate haven for ardent Coronation Street viewers
Magali Robathan
Experience designers, Mather & Co, have orchestrated a remarkable collaboration with ITV to unveil the new Coronation Street Experience, a ...
Jaffe Holden helps bring Academy Museum of Motion Pictures alive
Jaffe Holden provided architectural acoustics for the Academy Museum
Magali Robathan
Acoustical consulting firm Jaffe Holden provided architectural acoustics and audio/video design services for the recently opened Academy Museum of Motion ...
cladkit product news
Fabio Alemanno Design uses elegant semi-precious stones to create memorable spa experiences
Alemanno believes the stones are well-placed in the spa environment thanks to their capacity to positively support physical and mental health
Megan Whitby
Fabio Alemanno Design has expanded its collection with semi-precious stones to enhance spas, wellness facilities, hotels and private residences. The ...
Alberto Apostoli designs tech-forward Wellness Therapy furniture collection for Varaschin
The furniture collection draws on absolute geometries, pure lines, neutral colours and strong references to nature
Megan Whitby
Furniture manufacturer Varaschin has unveiled the new Wellness Therapy range, designed by Italian spa and wellness architect and designer Alberto ...
Codelocks develops new glass door smart lock
The new lock model allows facilities and building managers to create and manage access via an app or online portal
Megan Whitby
Codelocks has launched its first glass door smart lock to bring intelligent access control to modern spa, leisure, fitness and ...
cladkit product news
Alberto Apostoli and Newform collaborate to launch the A.Zeta showerhead
The showerhead offers two modes; rainfall or waterfall
Megan Whitby
Italian architect Alberto Apostoli has renewed his partnership with Newform – an Italian wellness company – and designed A.Zeta. A.Zeta ...
Eden project uses drones to spell out climate change warning
Magali Robathan
Almost 300 drones were used to signal an environmental message above the Eden Project’s biomes, during the UN Climate Change ...
Diamond balloon concept merges tourist attraction with advertising billboard
Magali Robathan
A group of Dutch engineers have presented a new attractions concept that combines a flying observation cabin with LED digital ...
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates