Changing Ipoh’s Skyline


Ipoh City Council full board meetingIpoh Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim has predicted that in another two years the “skyline surrounding Ipoh town will be different”. He made the prediction after the monthly City Council full board meeting at the end of January.

High rise buildings in Ipoh have been restricted because the close proximity of Sultan Azlan Shah Airport to Ipoh town could affect the safety level of flight operations during take-off and landing. These restrictions are stipulated in the International Civil Aviation Act guidelines which are applied to all airports in Malaysia.

Nevertheless the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has provided Ipoh City Council with a map indicating the flight path to the airport and a guideline for the maximum height of buildings.

Roshidi announced that the fringe locations of Meru Raya, Pulai, Jelapang, Chepor and Tanjung Rambutan could allow high rise building up to 30 storeys.

DCA’s guidelines state that the height of a building was dependent upon the location and its sea level. At sea level 85.3 metres the building height is limited to 15-17 storeys while at sea level 106.7 the height is between 27-30 storeys.

According to Roshidi the construction of high-rise buildings is an important element for the development of Ipoh. Currently the highest buildings in Ipoh are the Tower Regency Hotel, 17 stories, and Kinta Heights, 20 stories.

Developers wishing to construct high-rise buildings are advised to contact the council’s Town Planning Department to verify the type of building allowed.


1 thought on “Changing Ipoh’s Skyline

  1. How many of Ipoh’s current tall non-residential buildings are fully or even 80% occupied? Yet the MB and Datuk Bandar think there should be more tall buildings in Ipoh.

    Except for Meru, the other areas mentioned are not business or financial centers. Would anyone move into a tall building if one is built in these areas? In any city, tall buildings are concentrated in business and financial areas.

    Local councils in the Klang Valley, such as DBKL and MBPJ, which have many tall buildings and more being built, have development regulations that require any commercial buildings higher than 5 stories to be certified green according to GBI (GreenBuildingIndex) requirements, with Gold or higher rating.

    This is to ensure that such buildings have less negative impact on the environment. Does MBI have such regulations? If not, when will MBI enact the regulations?

    The obstacle and reason for the snail-pace development in Ipoh and Perak is lack of planning, perhaps can be said to be no planning. Senior government officers like the Datuk Bandar must be knowledgeable of current developments and trends. Without knowledge, they can’t plan, and without planning, nothing gets done.

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