UK-based architecture company Atkins has revealed the master plan and design for the Asia Aerospace City (AAC) in Subang, Malaysia.
On 12 March, Atkins secured the contract from MARA, the agency responsible for education and entrepreneurship, to design a facility that will be used by the aerospace industry.
The 328,000m² facility will include research and development centres, integrated office suites, academic campuses, a convention centre and residential areas, and is expected to attract global engineering service business worth $1.1bn to Malaysia by 2020.
Atkins Asia Pacific CEO Chris Birdsong said: "This is an important project for Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Plan and Atkins is honoured to be working with MARA to deliver an outstanding academic and industry facility for the aerospace sector.
"We believe that it will play an important role in achieving the national vision of a self-sufficient industrialised Malaysia by 2020."
Atkins says that the design concept for AAC has been inspired by the wings of an aeroplane and used computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to align buildings and outdoor areas.
The development of AAC will include the Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology and a professional development centre for around 2,000 students.
In addition, a research and training centre supporting aerospace testing and validation activities, and a central space for professional event functions will be built.
The AAC will also house a convention centre, a business hotel, a restaurant, a café and sports facilities.
Malaysia rural and regional development minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the development will draw interest and commitment from international aerospace industry players to enable Malaysia to become the aerospace hub in Asia.
Image: Bird’s eye view of the proposed Asia Aerospace City in Subang, Malaysia. Photo: courtesy of Atkins.