Abandoned Highland Towers in Kuala Lumpur

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Highland Towers is an abandoned condominium building in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A huge mudslide brought on by heavy rain triggered the collapse of Block 1 building and resulted in 48 deaths. Since then, the site has been abandoned.
Abandoned Highland Towers

Highland Towers is an abandoned condominium building in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Highland Towers consisted of three 12-storey buildings or “blocks”. A huge mudslide brought on by heavy rain triggered the collapse of Block 1 building and resulted in 48 deaths and led to the complete evacuation of the remaining two blocks due to safety concerns. Since then, the site has been abandoned.

The Highland Towers consist of three similar 12-story blocks, built in phases between 1974 and 1982 at the western base of a steeply sloped hill which was later terraced extensively in 1980s. These towers were home to affluent middle-class families; a sizeable percentage of the residents were expats.

Abandoned Highland Towers

There are many causes behind the Highland Tower incident but what is known is that the tower collapsed from a major landslide, caused by heavy rains that burst diversion pipes. After years of being abandoned, the towers were haven for drug addicts and criminals who use the place as a secret hideout because of its secluded location.

On 14 September 2018, the demolition of Highland Towers was scheduled to take place in October 2018. However, the demolition was delayed on 11 December 2018 pending an analysis of the structural integrity of the buildings.

Abandoned Highland Towers

In September 2020, The Housing and Local Government Ministry proposed that the Highland Towers site be re-developed as a recreational park location since the land structure in the area is not suitable for housing construction.

On 6 April 2021, demolition plans were once again announced. The Housing and Local Government Ministry plans to beautify the site of the collapsed Highland Towers condominium and turn it into an historical site The redevelopment and beautification works would breathe new life into the site and create a more comfortable environment in addition to ensuring the safety and well-being of the surrounding residents.

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