Falconer Chester Hall wins Malaysian brief

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LIVERPOOL architect Falconer Chester Hall has won a design competition to create a 500,000 sq ft scheme in Malaysia for the Shapadu Group, a corporation involved in oil and gas engineering and property.

The commission is for a mixed-use development which includes a new corporate headquarters, hotel, apartments and a food and retail court on a two-and-a-half-acre site in Putrajaya, just south of Kuala Lumpur.

The proposed centrepiece of the development – which will be submitted into the Malaysian planning process in August – will be The Drum, a cylindrical office tower which will house the Shapadu Group company headquarters.

The development also incorporates 145 apartments and a 300-room hotel with conference and function facilities.

Managing director Adam Hall said: “Over the last couple of years we have gradually extended our reach from our Liverpool base – first to London, and now overseas.

“This is an important and prestigious commission for us, demonstrating our ability to compete in international markets and to win significant project work.”