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16 December 2013        

PERAK is a step closer to having its first MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) centre.

After more than a year of discussions on the terms of reference, the Ipoh City Council had inked an agreement with Sycal Bhd to build the proposed convention centre at a 1.34ha site in Ipoh in December 2013.

Datuk Bandar Datuk Roshidi Hashim and council secretary Datuk Abdul Rahim Md Ariff signed on behalf of the council while Sycal Berhad, an established player in the construction industry, was represented by its group managing director Datuk Seow Yong Chin.

Photo : Datuk Roshidi Hashim (centre) exchanging documents with Sycal Bhd managing director Datuk Seow Yong Chin. With them are Sycal executive directors (from right) Syed Zain Al-Kudcy Syed Mahmood, Datuk Abd Rahim Md Ariff and Datuk Mohd Raduan Mohd Kassim.

The convention centre will be built at the Bougainvillaea Park, sandwiched between the Syuen Hotel and council building. The site has already been hoarded up and work is expected to complete in slightly more than two years.

The project is funded by the council, through the land valued at RM13mil while the state government has contributed a further RM37mil. As for Sycal, it would invest RM200mil in the project, which once completed would consist of an exhibition centre measuring 2,880sqm and could accommodate up to 2,500 people.

It will also have a grand ballroom, an 18-storey four-star hotel, business premises, a mall and service apartments. In addition, a total of 480 parking bays will be constructed and to be managed by the council. The existing Bougainvillaea Park would be relocated to a rooftop garden above the three-storey convention centre.

Once completed, the convention centre will be rented out to Sycal at RM2mil per year for a period of six years. Upon expiry of the tenure, it will be handed back to the council.

Datuk Bandar expressed confidence that the convention centre, once completed, would further stimulate the growth and development of Ipoh. The project will help put Ipoh on the world map and on par with major cities in the world.

Unitech is delighted to announce our appointment by Sycal Berhad for the provision of complete quantity surveying and cost management services for this well-planned mixed development.