The cultural complex building is located in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. The structure was built in 1893 as the Victoria Institution and had deteriorated over time due to human activity, weathering and a fire damage in 1999. The building was upgraded in an adaptive reuse of a cultural heritage building into an auditorium.
JTK Consult (JTK) undertook the structural condition survey and provided the corresponding remedial design. A comprehensive redesign was required to achieve the adaptive reuse requirements. This included redesigning the roof structure such that intermediate columns could be removed. To keep to the period of construction and the heritage requirements, the roof support system was redesigned in keeping with a structure designed and built by the same architect in the 1890s, the St Mary’s Church. Following an intensive materials study, JTK provided the necessary upgrading requirements while maintaining the historical significance of the structure and supervised the upgrading works. This included reinsting the bell tower to its original design based on historical photos, underpinning of the foundation to overcome localised settlement and structurally reinstating the masonry arches by pinning the cracked sections with steel rods and a structural grade epoxy. The intervention was awarded a silver medal of excellance by the Association of Consulting Engineers.
Heritage Structures and Sustainability:
structural audit, supervision work