RLB completes role at new University of Reading in Malaysia

April 1, 2016.

RLB completes role at new University of Reading in Malaysia

The new 27,000 square-metre facility, located in Iskandar, Johor Bahru, was opened by the British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Vicki Treadell, in February.

Appointed by the University of Reading, Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) provided cost and value engineering advice at all stages of the building’s development.

The university will house around 3,000 students and offer courses in three core areas; business and law, science, and the built environment.

Stephen Scott, head of education at RLB said, ‘We have worked with the University of Reading for more than 20 years. We have combined our knowledge and understanding of its operation here in the UK with local market knowledge in Malaysia, to deliver the project to the calibre expected of such a high-profile further education brand and facility.

RLB also assisted the university with negotiations with the Malaysian developer of the site to agree the university’s rent-to-buy profile.

The Design

The design of the facility was undertaken in the UK by Scott Brownrigg.

It comprises two campus buildings arranged around a covered ‘heart space’. This features a specialised roof allowing UV light through, and structural glazing at each end, which includes landscaping and bridges to link the buildings together.

The campus is part of EduCity, a 600-acre education hub comprising universities and higher education institutes, research and development centres, student accommodation, and sports facilities.

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About RLB

With a network that covers the globe and a heritage spanning over two centuries, Rider Levett Bucknall is a leading independent organisation in cost management and quantity surveying, project management and advisory services.

Our achievements are renowned: from the early days of pioneering quantity surveying, to landmark projects such as the Sydney Opera House, HSBC Headquarters Building in Hong Kong, the 2012 London Olympic Games and CityCenter in Las Vegas.

We continue this successful legacy with our dedication to the value, quality and sustainability of the built environment. Our innovative thinking, global reach, and flawless execution push the boundaries. Taking ambitious projects from an idea to reality.