328,000 sq m Asia Aerospace City revealed
Atkins has released renderings of a 328,000 sq m development in Subang, Malaysia. Asia Aerospace City (AAC) is a research and development scheme with integrated office suites, professional event functions, academic facilities and residential areas.
The design takes its cue from the wings of an aeroplane and Atkins has used Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis to ensure that natural breezes stream throughout the communal outdoor areas. 36,000 sq m canopies provide shading for the external areas and have inbuilt photovoltaic panels to generate energy for the site.
MARA, the Malaysian government agency responsible for education and entrepreneurship, was appointed as lead consultant and masterplanner on the project. Atkins was responsible for the concept design and masterplan.
Atkins’ CEO for Asia Pacific Chris Birdsong commented: “This is an important project for Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Plan and Atkins in honoured to be working with MARA to deliver an outstanding academic and industry facility for the aerospace sector.
“We believe that it will play an important role in achieving the national vision of a self-sufficient industrialised Malaysia by 2020.” The intention is for the AAC to attract business worth $1.1bn to Malaysia by 2020.
The renderings show a fully-pedestrianised campus with key connections provided by a planned light railway station within walking distance and a flow of electric buses. These methods of public transportation will provide users with access to the centre of Kuala Lumpur and the nearby Subang Airport.
The key functions of the development are arranged in clusters; an academic node with the Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology and a 2,000-student capacity professional development centre; a research and training centre; an event node with a convention centre, business hotel and various event functions; and supporting infrastructure including F&B, leisure amenities and social spaces.