Merdeka 118: The gold standard in sustainability

KUALA LUMPUR: In the ever-evolving landscape of global business, the Merdeka 118 tower rises as an architectural and visionary testament to adaptability and innovation in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

Built by PNB Merdeka Ventures Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB), the iconic tower transcends the conventional notions of office space, creating not only future-focused workplaces but also a thriving community that anticipates and meets the demands of the contemporary business world. 

At the core of Merdeka 118's mission is an unwavering commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, setting a new gold standard for sustainability in Malaysia.

As the first office building in the country to aspire for triple green platinum certifications of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Real Estate (GreenRE) and Green Building Index (GBI), the tower is also targeting to obtain the WELL certification with the creation of a purposeful and healthy work environment that focuses on positive impacts on human health and wellbeing.

These certifications represent a dedication to sustainable principles, resource efficiency and a marked reduction in carbon footprint, positioning the tower at the forefront of Malaysia's green building initiatives.

Strategically positioned in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the Merdeka 118 tower enjoys exceptional connectivity, a critical consideration for businesses operating in a globalised and interconnected world.

The development is seamlessly integrated into an extensive network of public transportation, meticulously designed to ensure a smooth flow of traffic, and walkways to and from the Merdeka 118 precinct.

Tenants benefit from convenient access to public transit, including the mass rapid transit station (Merdeka), KL Monorail stations (Maharajalela and Hang Tuah) and light rail transit stations (Plaza Rakyat and Hang Tuah).

There are also dedicated parking lots for energy-efficient vehicles and direct access through the Belfield Tunnel as well as the Galloway Bridge to connect pedestrians to Merdeka 118. 

Additionally, up to 106,00 square metres of road improvements, which include a covered walkway to Bukit Bintang City Centre, seamless access to Jalan Stadium and Jalan Hang Jebat as well as a 800m new flyover, further underscore the tower's commitment to accessibility, making it an ideal location for businesses seeking convenience and sustainability.

Merdeka 118 is not merely a workspace. It is a comprehensive ecosystem designed to enhance the overall quality of work-life. 

Beyond its state-of-the-art offices, tenants find themselves in the midst of a vibrant community with bustling cafés, restaurants and meeting spaces right at their doorstep. 

The development boasts the highly anticipated Stadium Merdeka, Southeast Asia's highest observation deck, 118 Mall, Park Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Masjid Merdeka, PNB childcare centre (Little M) catering to children aged 2 months to 6 years old, and premium residences.

This carefully curated mix ensures that tenants not only engage in work-related activities but also take part in after-hour leisure and entertainment, fostering a dynamic and holistic work-life balance.

The strategic location of Merdeka 118 extends beyond its immediate vicinity, placing it in close proximity to cultural and recreational landmarks. 

From the artistic hub of Kampung Attap to the lively energy of bustling Chinatown, the tower is situated at the nexus of a rich and diverse cultural tapestry. 

PNB Merdeka Ventures chief executive officer Tengku Datuk Ab Aziz Tengku Mahmud emphasised the significance of the tower, calling the Merdeka 118 a beacon of opportunity for companies with contemporary designs and ESG aspirations to conduct their business, surrounded by world-class amenities.

"Alongside a vibrant precinct, professionals can expect to enjoy a holistic working environment. Once fully tenanted, Merdeka 118 has a capacity of approximately 10,000-strong workforce, with Maybank as the anchor tenant," he said.

As the Merdeka 118 tower graces the Kuala Lumpur skyline, it not only stands as a symbol of modernity and sustainability but also serves as a transformative force, acting as a catalyst for a future-focused workplace within a thriving and dynamic community. 

In the face of a changing business paradigm, Merdeka 118 emerges as a profound testament to the harmonious integration of sustainable practices, innovative design and a vibrant community spirit, reshaping the corporate landscape in the heart of Malaysia's capital.

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