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November 12, 2010

Borneo Convention Centre Wins 'Best Business Centres' Award

KUCHING, Nov 12 (Bernama) -- The rainforest-themed Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) project has won the MIPIM Asia Awards 2010 in the Best Business Centres category.

The BCCK, located on the Kuching Isthmus, was developed for the Sarawak state government by PPES Works (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, a construction unit of main market-listed Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS) and designed by local architectural firm, Arkitek KDI.

Fully completed earlier this year, the BCCK's pillar-free 10-metre high Great Hall and 14 additional meetings rooms have been the preferred venue for events.

In a statement on Friday, CMS group managing director, Datuk Richard Curtis, said the award was the first international recognition for CMS and Arkitek KDI.

He said it was significant as the voting was carried out by the 1,900 real estate professionals attending MIPIM Asia in Hong Kong from Nov 10-12.

"We are honoured that real estate professionals from Asia and beyond have recognised the high standard of building and design of the convention centre," he said.

Curtis received the award in Hong Kong yesterday.

He said property developers, property management companies, asset managers, investors, architects, hotel groups, and professionals from the real estate sector attended MIPIM Asia, the leading business-to-business real estate market and conference in Asia-Pacific.

Curtis said pitched as an architecturally unique rainforest-themed, environmentally sustainable, world-class and functional convention centre, the BCCK's giant leaf-shaped roof attracted much interest of voting delegates.

"Many agreed that using the local rainforest as its central architectural inspiration was the correct choice to enhance the 'sense of place' within Sarawak and its ample greenery," he said.

The BCCK was pitted against South Korea's NHN Green Factory building and the Shanghai International Financial Centre -- HSBC building in the Best Business Centres category, one of awards presented at MIPIM Asia Awards 2010.

The other categories are best Chinese project, futura projects, green buildings, hotel and tourism resorts, mixed-use buildings, residential developments and shopping centres.




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