A new transit hub to transform the city
Broadway Malyan developed the proposals for Bandar Malaysia, a mixed-use city district at the terminus of the proposed Singapore to Kuala Lumpur high-speed railway. This ambitious strategic project aims to transform Kuala Lumpur into one of the world’s most liveable global cities.
With residential, community, office, retail, leisure, cultural and hospitality space all included, it will completely transform the community, both in terms of opportunities and living standards, and successfully link Kuala Lumpur to the wider region.
A catalyst for growth
In Asia Pacific, one of the key transport debates is around the continued growth and expansion of high speed rail (HSR) networks. For urban planners, the challenge is understanding what opportunities these networks and their new stations create and the potential for a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) approach to planning.
Bandar Malaysia is planned as a multi-modal TOD with proposals for high speed rail but also connected to wider regional and local rail lines, metro, bus rapid transit, cycle ways and a cool, shaded pedestrian network. Opportunities for automated vehicles are also being investigated.
The vision is to create a sustainable development where a complementary mix of uses and careful transport and movement strategy are combined to deliver a city that caters for a range of activities for visitors and residents, that works as both a global business hub and a shopping, leisure and cultural destination.
Creating places through gateway districts
When bringing a vision like this to life it is essential that a place is created where people want to live and visit. The proposals focus on the creation of a 'gateway district' around the high-speed rail station, with landmark buildings integrated within vibrant, green public spaces.
A public park at the heart of the development will include a national library, café, waterfront promenade, water sports and world-class performance venue. Together, they will create an attractive proposition for both tourists and locals, and provide both a community feel and an iconic welcome to the city, creating a sense of place.
This wider experience, which considers both journeys and social needs, is just one example of how urban areas can successfully integrate transport solutions with the wider requirements of residents.
We are in the era of smart cities which fully consider the health, wellbeing, security and mobility of the people they are designed for. The challenge is for master planners to deliver designs that fulfil these needs and leave space for future developments as the world’s cities continue to evolve. The technology should always be an overlay; it is by making great places that we can deliver great cities.
“Our plan aims to balance these two identities; a vibrant cultural and entertainment district in the heart of Kuala Lumpur alongside a commercial side designed to foster creativity and innovation, creating opportunities in emerging industries.”Ed Baker, Board Director, Broadway Malyan
“Bandar Malaysia will be an inclusive, public transit oriented city that is designed as a walkable community through a series of safe, secure and pleasant pedestrian and cycling networks, set against a backdrop of well-articulated open spaces and greenery.”