£40m sports village in Malaysia to include replica Wembley Stadium, 18-court games hall, 10-wicket cricket oval, temporary accommodation and sports science facilities
Leading UK-based architectural practice Keppie has completed the detailed design for a new £40m sports development in Malaysia on behalf of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the Government of Malaysia's strategic investment fund. The International Sports Village at Iskandar will be located in the heart of Medini, destined to be the country’s second city after Kuala Lumpur.
David Ross, Design Director at Keppie, said: “Our conceptual ideas for the project, supported by our experience of working in Asia, especially Singapore, led to our appointment in Malaysia for the new sports village. It has been a great project to work on and will be a fantastic resource for the new city. The collaborative approach taken by the client and our local design team partners has been fantastic and the design is one which we are very proud of.”
The complex comprises community and development pitches for various sports including a ‘Wembley’ replica football pitch and a ten-wicket international standard cricket oval with temporary accommodation will allow viewing for 20,000 spectators. Internal facilities, housed in a 16,000 sq m building, will include an 18-court games hall and competition venue, four squash courts, multiple studio spaces, a gym, a sports science department, changing facilities and administrative offices.
David Ross continued: “The project is reflective of the ambitions of one of the world’s fastest growing economies and will play an important role in developing a sense of place, attracting and developing elite sports and balancing this with the promotion of community engagement and participation.” The project will be on site later this year and is scheduled for completion in 2016.