PUTRAJAYA, Dec 2 — A Malaysia Square said to be inspired by Sarawak’s Mulu Caves will be built in London, the Malaysian consortium behind the Battersea Power Station redevelopment in the UK capital announced yesterday
The square, placed at one of the entrances of the Battersea project, will be formed with rocks supposedly quarried from every state in Malaysia, and mixed with materials broken down from the Power Station’s original chimneys.
“Yet the Malaysian connection runs deeper still … The very bedrock of our nation will form the basis of this beautiful space,” said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak when unveiling the design at the Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside here.
“For Malaysians, a visit to Battersea will bring a new sense of belonging, as the bond between our nations is given physical form,” said Najib, in the ceremony attended also by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
According to the consortium, the square will be a two-level urban canyon with bridges and stairways, clad with limestone, granite, marble, sandstone, gravel and dolomite rocks.
The central amphitheatre will have a fountain in the shape of the hibiscus, Malaysia’s national flower, with its five petals representing each of Rukunegara, the five national principles of the country.
Energy generated from the public’s footsteps in the square will be stored to power two Tesla towers that on the Power Station that will light the night sky.
“Ten thousand kilometres away, a part of Malaysia is being built on the banks of the Thames. Long may it stand, a tribute to the friendship between our nations—and the promise of shared prosperity,” said Najib.
The consortium involved in the iconic £8 billion (RM40 billion) Battersea Power Station refurbishment project included the Employment Provident Fund, SP Setia Bhd and Sime Darby Bhd.
Construction officially began on July 2013, with the overall development anticipated to finish by 2025, although the Power Station will open to the public in 2019.