SOUTHEAST ASIA BUILDING18 Feb 2022
Lendlease secures additional plot within TRX
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The joint venture between Lendlease and TRX City Sdn Bhd is expanding its investment in Tun Razak Exchange (TRX), by acquiring an additional 1.2-acre plot of land within the international financial district for a mixed-use development featuring hotel, residential and retail.

The two parties recently signed their second joint-venture agreement, demonstrating Lendlease’s confidence in the 70-acre project touted to be Kuala Lumpur’s next CBD. The 60:40 partnership between Australia-based Lendlease and TRX’s master developer TRXC is currently already developing the 17-acre lifestyle centrepiece of the district, The Exchange TRX.

Justin Gabbani, Chief Executive Officer, Asia for Lendlease, said: “We are proud to build on our work as a key development partner for the Malaysian government to realise its vision of a global hub for international business and finance. As we work towards our Mission Zero goals, we are seizing the opportunity to leverage Lendlease’s international expertise in creating spaces that are climate resilient and build a greener future for the people of Kuala Lumpur.”

The new plot is located adjacent to the main pedestrian gateway of TRX, the Raintree Plaza, which is linked to the Bukit Bintang shopping belt via a 700-metre pedestrian walkway.

Dato’ Azmar Talib, Chief Executive Officer of TRX City Sdn Bhd, the master developer for the project, said: “This year is going to be significant for TRX, as we start opening our doors to HSBC and Affin Bank in their new HQs, in addition to other new tenants. We are excited to see the TRX community growing, as we move closer to realizing our vision to make TRX, Malaysia’s own international financial centre and the city’s new lifestyle hub.

“This agreement with Lendlease lets us start the year on the right foot. Lendlease has the valuable expertise and brand name that can help elevate the broader TRX development to be a vibrant, inclusive world-class destination,” he said.

Lendlease has a proven track record and core expertise in urban regeneration and placemaking internationally. The Exchange TRX, the company’s largest integrated development in Asia, is a city-defining project that will help achieve TRX’s vision to be a world class international, lifestyle, business and financial hub. The Exchange TRX will encompass 6 residential towers (known as TRX Residences), Malaysia’s first Kimpton Hotel, office and a large-scale retail destination crowned by a one-of-a-kind, 10-acre rooftop park.

TRX is a significant public-private project of national importance, bringing together the best practices aligned to economic, social and governance (ESG) principles. The project has attracted leading global and domestic investors on the back of its strong sustainability framework that includes district-wide green infrastructure such as an onsite wastewater treatment and recycling plant and an expansive, lush public realm that makes up almost a quarter of the development.

The district, located at the heart of the capital, has joined forces with Kuala Lumpur City Hall to enhance the facilities surrounding the area, carrying out major road upgrades for Jalan Tun Razak and streetscape improvements in its neighbourhood, helping to build community and improve lives beyond its border.

As Malaysia’s first international financial district and Kuala Lumpur’s future CBD, TRX will strengthen Kuala Lumpur’s position as an international finance centre by creating a seamless and central business environment for financial services firms, multinational companies (MNCs) and other businesses. The first phase of the project opened in 2019, when one of Southeast Asia’s tallest buildings Exchange 106 and the new HQ for Prudential Malaysia started operating.

The value of the entire TRX development is estimated to exceed RM40 billion.