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.