The highly anticipated Merdeka 118 Tower, Southeast Asia’s tallest building, is set to be inaugurated in mid-2023 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With a height of 678.9 meters, it is touted as the world’s second-tallest building, second only to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The building’s name, “Merdeka,” meaning “independence,” pays homage to Malaysia’s freedom, while “118” represents the number of floors in the building. The tower is set to dethrone Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City, which stands at a mere 461.2 meters. According to reports, the development costs for this landmark project amount to around RM5 billion (S$1.55 billion).
Innovation with high-performance concrete
We developed a unique HPC with the contractor, for the tower core and mega column elements. Its excellent pumpability qualities enabled us to meet a record-breaking height for direct high elevation concrete pumping. It also has a high modulus of elasticity to better resist lateral wind loads, high slump flow for excellent workability, high strength and minimal heat of hydration.
Coupled with three sets of 3-storey deep outrigger structure, our engineering innovation achieves structural stiffness with high resistance to wind loads. The size reduction of the columns and core walls maximises usable premium space for the client.