The PETRONAS Leadership Centre

Native plants were selected to reduce ambient temperature and heat island effect

Nestled within a landscaped 13.5-acre estate in Bangi, the centre is designed to promote social collaboration and elevate learning experiences of the company’s employees. The curved campus is an exploration of environmentally friendly architecture with low-carbon ideas, including natural ventilation, the integration with external landscape elements and incorporation of energy-saving design features.

The man-made lake weaves around the building and helps lower the ambient temperature

One of the engineering highlights of the project is the 4-acre man-made lake. It is set to imitate natural settings and lower the ambient temperature of the environment surrounding the centre. To create a man-made lake that looks as natural as possible, the project team has taken various factors into account, such as the lake’s form; simulation of water flow; filtration system; as well as the selection of plants and associated biodiversity aspects.

High-performance glazing is used on the extensive curved façade with large overhangs and external shading devices. They act as passive climate modifiers to allow more daylight and less heat into the building, hence reducing the use of artificial lighting and air-conditioning. The greenery on-site also helps lower the ambient temperature and heat island effect, contributing to the overall mechanical cooling load.

The centre is designed with a 4-acre manmade lake

Project Name
The PETRONAS Leadership Centre (PLC) at Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan for PETRONAS Management Training Sdn Bhd
Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
Completion Date
April 2022
Site Area
138,273 square metres
Gross Floor Area
42,000 square metres
Building Height
4 storeys
Number of Rooms
PETRONAS Management Training Sdn Bhd
Architecture Firm
VERITAS Architects Sdn Bhd
Principal Architect
Ar Azril Amir Jaafar
Interior Design Firm
VERITAS Interior Sdn Bhd
Principal Designer
Syam Wahab
Civil & Structural Engineer
Minconsult Sdn Bhd
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
Minconsult Sdn Bhd
Quantity Surveyor
VERITAS Contract Sdn Bhd
Landscape Architect
VERITAS Landscape Sdn Bhd
Green Building Consultant
VERITAS Environment Sdn Bhd
Main Contractor
SUNWAY Construction Sdn Bhd
Interior Fit-Out Contractor

This is an excerpt. The original article is published in
Construction+ Q4 2023 Issue: The Power of Construction Engineering.
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