Big, green and lux­u­ri­ous

The Sub­ter­ranean Pe­nang In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion and Exhibition Cen­tre is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the state gov­ern­ment and prop­erty de­vel­oper SP Se­tia, writes Ma­rina Em­manuel

New Straits Times - - Jom! -

Se­tia SPICE Con­ven­tion Cen­tre at Bayan Lepas, Pe­nang is the first hy­brid so­lar-pow­ered con­ven­tion cen­tre in the world.

PE­NANG’S spot on the world map as the pre­ferred venue for con­ven­tions and ex­hi­bi­tions has re­ceived a boost with its lat­est at­trac­tion — Se­tia SPICE Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. SPICE (Sub­ter­ranean Pe­nang In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion and Exhibition Cen­tre) is touted to be the world’s first hy­brid so­lar pow­ered con­ven­tion cen­tre. The project is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Pe­nang gov­ern­ment and prop­erty de­vel­oper SP Se­tia.

Boast­ing 6,503 sq m of event space, the “green” con­ven­tion and exhibition cen­tre is also said to be the first Eco Green (GBI) Cer­ti­fied con­ven­tion cen­tre in Asia and also the first to im­ple­ment ISO 22000:2005 (for food safety man­age­ment).

“We are proud to un­veil one of the coun­try’s big­gest pre-func­tion spa­ces,” SP Se­tia gen­eral man­ager (prop­erty) Ng Han Seong told JOM! dur­ing a re­cent site tour of the cen­tre. Se­tia SPICE Con­ven­tion Cen­tre at Bayan Lepas, Pe­nang is the first hy­brid so­lar­pow­ered con­ven­tion cen­tre in the world.

The SPICE Con­ven­tion Cen­tre is home to a 4,546 sq m pil­lar­less ball­room which pro­vides an un­ob­structed view of the stage, 13 sup­port­ing func­tion rooms and Se­tia SPICE Con­ven­tion Cen­tre at Bayan Lepas, Pe­nang is the first hy­brid so­lar­pow­ered con­ven­tion cen­tre in the world.

an ex­pan­sive and beau­ti­fully land­scaped roof gar­den.

“The ball­room,” said Ng “is a truly unique event space which of­fers great flex­i­bil­ity, in­clud­ing a mod­ern re­tractable par­ti­tion sys­tem to en­sure space flex­i­bil­ity. It can be di­vided into four smaller halls.”

The grand ball­room can ac­com­mo­date up to 8,000 guests the­atre-style and cur­rently holds the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing Pe­nang’s big­gest ball­room.

Ng said the con­ven­tion cen­tre’s to the Pe­nang In­ter­na­tional Air­port (five min­utes drive) will serve as a plus point to those at­tend­ing events at the site.

“While the nor­mal taxi fare from the air­port to this area is about RM15, we are work­ing with Uber to pro­vide free rides from the air­port to SPICE,” he said.

A busi­ness-class ho­tel is set to open its doors at the site by 2019. Ac­cord­ing to SP Se­tia, the ho­tel project will boast an art con­cept and is poised to be the “new vi­brant heart­beat” of Pe­nang’s art and cul­ture scene.

“We are look­ing to of­fer a ho­tel with the finest art col­lec­tion in the coun­try,” said Ng.

For vis­i­tors to SPICE and those liv­ing in the vicin­ity of Jalan Tun Dr Awang in Bayan Lepas where it is lo­cated, a 2.8ha land­scaped roof gar­den sits atop the build­ing, where an ur­ban spice gar­den is tak­ing shape.

“It is the per­fect space for recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties or to en­joy a cup of cof­fee,” said con­ven­tion cen­tre sales man­ager Walter Ng Whing Tzhing.

Also avail­able on the rooftop is a spe­cially cu­rated play­ground for chil­dren with spe­cial needs.

The cen­tre’s fu­tur­is­tic de­sign which show­cases plenty of glass and al­lows for nat­u­ral light­ing to en­ter the build­ing, is al­ready caus­ing passersby to stop and ad­mire its iconic en­trance.

A to­tal of 1,600 lam­i­nated glass sheets were care­fully hoisted to form an im­pres­sive drive­way en­trance.

Se­tia SPICE Con­ven­tion Cen­tre also of­fers the Se­tia SPICE Arena which is touted to be the largest in­door arena for sports, con­certs and ex­hi­bi­tions and has a 10,000 ter­race ca­pac­ity.

The Se­tia SPICE Aquatic Cen­tre mean­while, is home to the largest in­door Olympic-sized pool with salt wa­ter treat­ment, has a com­pe­ti­tion div­ing plat­form and com­pre­hen­sive club­house fa­cil­i­ties.

Also in the fa­cil­ity is Se­tia SPICE Canopy, which serves as a one-stop lifestyle hub, and is home to trendy eater­ies and a sanc­tu­ary of re­lax­ation with spa and well­ness ten­ants.

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