The Project Before the Project – Mega Project Planning

Peter Ramstedt
Vice President & Project Director
Turner Construction Company, Kuala Lumpur

Within Malaysia, the Merdeka 118 Development is a textbook example of a polycentric city in the making, with the PNB 118 tower as the iconic symbol of the newly redeveloped district underway in Kuala Lumpur. Overcoming the challenges of implementing over 10M sq ft of mega development occurring in multiple phases over long implementation timelines, required this mega project to have mega planning.

With the Merdeka 118 Development as the backdrop, this presentation will explore the diligence of master planning that was undertaken and the derivatives of the mega planning which subsequently fed into major aspects of the development structure such as the interrelated timing for master phasing of the major projects within the development (i.e. extensive infrastructure works, PNB 118 tower, Merdeka @ 118 retail mall, three residential towers, adaptive reuse of Stadium Negara), decisioning milestones needed with various stakeholders, multiphase planning for major design packages, commercial strategies set forth across the development, tendering and procurement strategies, adaptable development guidelines (safety, quality, communication protocols, etc.) and the ongoing flexible needs of the program to constantly align with client objectives and goals of the development. Priorities during the execution of the program will be noted.

With a forward-thinking developer, the mega planning, and ongoing maintenance of the planning, has acted as the common vein for all the activities/aspects of the development organization and execution of the phases. The key factors and challenges of proper planning in the creation of a mixed-use project within a polycentric city, sited within the historic fabric of a rapidly-growing metropolis with strong cultural influences and future-forward aspirations, will be confirmed.