Riverson Corporation Sdn Bhd has broken ground for a mixed-use development in Kota Kinabalu, capital of Sabah state and situated on the Borneo coast in one of Malaysia’s largest and fastest growing urban areas. The $187 million Riverson Walk will be located along the coastal highway on 5.5 acres in the city’s central business district and is expected to open in 2014, according to the Borneo Post on November 8. The 250-bed Gleneagles Kota Kinabalu Medical Center (a member of the Gleneagle brand) will anchor the project surrounded by hundreds of retail outlets, office suites, transportation facilities, and five-star hotel, as well as golf course and country club, hotels, commercial outlets, and residences.
Together, they will form the Southern City Hub. new integration of Southern Hub is also touted to be the ‘Orchard Road of Kota Kinabalu,’ (referring to Singapore's famous 313@Somerset, Orchard Road and Empire Subang in Subang Jaya) which will become KK’s latest modern and most walkable part offering a complete stretch from leisure to wellness all under one destination,” Riverson managing director Ben Kong Chung Vui told the Post.
The medical center will focus on specialties called “centres of excellence,” including cardiology / cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, surgery, orthopedics, gastroenterology, and women and children’s health. “The facility will cater to the growing healthcare needs of the residents in Kota Kinabalu and the surrounding areas and shall compliment to serve as one of the main private referral centres for Sabah,” Ben said. He envisions that the medical center will attract health tourists from Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea. It hopes to serve as a catalyst for young talent and generate 15,000 jobs.