PETALING JAYA, March 24 – KL Wellness City Sdn Bhd has unveiled its first-of-its-kind sustainable healthcare-based integrated mixed-development township. Called KL Wellness City, the project located in Bukit Jalil is targeted to be developed and completed across a 10-year period. The township, spanning 26.49 acres over seven plots of land, has an overall gross development value (GDV) of more than RM11 billion.
Mooted by Managing Director Dato’ Dr Colin Lee, KL Wellness City will redefine the way Malaysian and international patients receive treatment, in a sustainable township complemented by a full suite of offerings across the health, medical, fitness and wellness pillars. Throughout KL Wellness City, medical care is integrated with general healthcare, preventive care and fitness, to realise each resident and patient’s potential for health, wellbeing and fitness. The integrated township has been carefully planned for all occupants to be able to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle, combining the built environment with nature, green spaces, convenience, safety, and opportunities to cultivate good and healthy habits. With comprehensive commercial and retail infrastructure and amenities and an abundance of green landscaping, the building design maximises natural light and ventilation. Meanwhile, embracing nature’s calming and healing effects, the township offers a high occupant-to-nature ratio, with as much as 5m2 of greenery per person.
“We are pleased to introduce the first Healthcare and Wellness City in Southeast Asia, right here in Kuala Lumpur. Through its 360-degree ecosystem, we aim for KL Wellness City to offer an impeccable experience for everyone seeking a more efficient and pleasant patient journey. This can be achieved by integrating the medical, ancillary and support services into one purpose-built wellness hub like the one we are offering. We also aim for this healthcare hub to further strengthen Malaysia’s position as the leading destination for global healthcare tourists, and to contribute towards Malaysia’s economy,” said Dato’ Dr Colin Lee, Managing Director, KL Wellness City Sdn Bhd.
Integrating Healthcare Delivery
KL Wellness City aims to enhance the way medical professionals operate and manage their practices and improve the patient experience for Malaysian and international patients. To achieve this, The Nobel Healthcare Park, a dedicated medical and wellness suite complex with a GDV of RM1 billion, is planned as a one-stop hub from diagnosis to rehabilitation. Directly connected to the International Tertiary Hospital via a two-level link bridge, The Nobel Healthcare Park places medical suites and ancillary medical support including diagnostic, therapeutic and custodial services within a single interconnected complex to improve the efficiency and performance of the entire healthcare delivery ecosystem.
Breaking from the conventional hospital-centric healthcare delivery approach, KL Wellness City promotes holistic wellness and preventive healthcare, to maximise wellbeing across the patient journey as well as for medical professionals. This philosophy underlines the nature-centric design of KL Wellness City, offering a large expanse of nature, landscaped rooftop breakout areas housing restaurants, cafes, an auditorium and a swimming pool, natural open-air lift lobbies and wheelchair-friendly covered walkways.
Specialists practising in The Nobel Healthcare Park will have full access to the services of the International Tertiary Hospital scheduled to open in early 2025, such as 624 beds scalable to 1,000, state-of-the-art equipment and operating theatres, complemented by innovation laboratories and clinical R&D facilities. The full array of complementary and ancillary medical services available offer the medical practitioners quicker results and reporting from the integrated IT infrastructure system.
The medical suites within The Nobel Healthcare Park are built in compliance to Ministry of Health specifications and designed in modular format, allowing specialists to decide the ideal size for their practice, with suites starting from a floor area of 223 sq ft and prices starting from RM414,000. Owners have full autonomy in running their practices, including in determining professional fees, dispensing medication and employing personnel, besides leveraging on the medical equipment in the International Tertiary Hospital, saving on financial outlay. The suites in The Nobel Healthcare Park also offer a unique investment opportunity, enabling pioneering doctors who invest in purchasing medical suites to benefit from the projected strong capital appreciation. A distinct advantage of this ownership model has been demonstrated in renowned international examples such as the Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital in Singapore.
“The medical suites in The Nobel Healthcare Park have been designed based on the core management team’s own experience in the medical field. We have infused the design with elements that offer practising medical specialists the flexibility to optimise the use of space to suit their precise requirements and the freedom to make changes according to evolving needs. We are confident this will enhance the specialists’ interest to own the suites as an investment in addition to running a practice here. In fact, we are expecting a take-up rate of 80%, within the first three months of the first phase’s official launch,” elaborated Dato’ Dr Lee.
The Nobel Healthcare Park also offers fully-furnished wellness suites, which are versatile living spaces, suitable for owner occupancy, home office usage, or short term stays including for step-down care and healthcare traveller accommodation, with top-tier leisure and lifestyle facilities such as a 50-metre lap pool, jacuzzi, sandy cove and F&B outlets. These suites, which come in 268 sq ft and 386 sq ft options, starting from RM338,000, offer additional opportunities for attractive rental yield, for medical professionals offering the space to patients and their families, or for other real estate investors.
Future-centric technology and standards
At KL Wellness City, the latest technology will be deployed to improve efficiency and service delivery, embodying the Smart City concept where the smart application of healthcare technology, connectivity and real-time data improves convenience for patients and residents. Meanwhile, the township’s future-centric outlook is reflected in its sustainability credentials, which are enhanced through careful planning and management to address social, environmental and economic impacts. Built to the exact specifications of GBI certification guidelines, KL Wellness City’s long term green credentials are further supported by Building Information Modelling (BIM 6D) up to the highest level of asset management, to enjoy a high level of operational efficiency during construction and long-term operation.
Complementing Malaysia’s economic goals
Led by a strong management team with decades of experience in building and managing tertiary hospitals, KL Wellness City’s concept aligns with Malaysia’s position as the leading global destination of choice for healthcare tourists, and the goals of the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Industry Blueprint 2021-2025, that aim to elevate medical tourism in the country. Targeting to achieve economic recovery beyond pre-pandemic levels, when Malaysia’s medical tourism sector generated RM1.7 billion in revenue from 1.22 million healthcare travellers in 2019, the industry has the potential to contribute up to RM7 billion to the economy by 2025.
“Malaysia’s medical care is among the best in Southeast Asia, and our International Hospital is benchmarked against top hospitals around the region, particularly Mount Elizabeth Novena in Singapore and Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, both of which serve a clientele comprising significant numbers of international patients. We are confident that our thorough planning for this fully integrated and interconnected township will contribute towards a positive experience for all who seek health and wellness at KL Wellness City,” Dato’ Dr Lee added.
Set to welcome the world in 2025
KL Wellness City is set to be rolled out in two phases, which will also include office towers, a retirement resort and wellness-centric serviced apartments when fully completed. The first phase is targeted for completion in 2025.
The township is strategically located in an established Bukit Jalil neighbourhood, which offers a ready population catchment with a skilled healthcare talent pool within a 15km radius. Set within the Kuala Lumpur Master Plan’s International Zone, with easy accessibility from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, KL Wellness City is close to comprehensive infrastructure and holistic lifestyle destinations such as Pavilion Bukit Jalil located 300m away, Kinrara Golf Course, Bukit Jalil Golf & Country Resort, Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil National Stadium and Axiata Arena (KL Sports City).