A global team to partner with local planners has been appointed by 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) to create a game-changing master plan for Bandar Malaysia. In a statement released, 1MDB said the team will be led by master-planner Broadway Malyan (BM) and supported by design and engineering teams from Arup and Sinclair Knight Merz in collaboration with local planner Arah Rancang Malaysia (AR). The statement said the winning team was selected from a total of six finalists based on their concept proposals which capture the essence of 1MDB’s vision and commitment for a mixed-use development that will help transform Kuala Lumpur into one of the world’s best global cities. According to 1MDB Real Estate Sdn Bhd’s Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Azmar Talib, the winning design best represented 1MDB’s vision and fundamentals for the development of Bandar Malaysia. Azmar also said, “BM/AR’s concept master-plan provides a strong foundation for the next stage; which is to further develop Bandar Malaysia to become the benchmark for sustainability and liveability in the region, in line with the national vision of making Kuala Lumpur the world’s top 20 most liveable cities by 2020.” According to him, the 196-hectare Bandar Malaysia is envisioned to be one of the most desirable environments to live, learn, work and play in Asia. The strategic real estate development project aims to combine a vibrant mixed-use community with a commercial district to foster creativity and innovation. “It will be an international destination for culture and the arts showcasing Malaysia’s diverse cultures,” added Azmar.