ALI to consult with govt, heritage experts on Makati redevelopment

By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo, BusinessMirror

Posted at Aug 25 2014 07:48 AM | Updated as of Aug 25 2014 09:21 PM

MANILA - Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) will be consulting with appropriate government agencies and heritage conservationists on its development plans for Makati City, especially with regard to the Mandarin Oriental Manila and InterContinental Manila hotel sites.

The property firm added that it is already conferring with the Leandro V. Locsin Partners, Architects (LVLP), the architectural firm of the late National Artist Arch. Leandro V. Locsin, on how best to proceed with the plans for the Mandarin Oriental site.

The 38-year-old Mandarin and 45-year-old InterCon have been described by local architects and heritage conservationists as “two of the finest works” of Locsin and are protected by Republic Act (RA) 10066 (National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009). RA 10066 protects works of art by National Artists and gives the government-run National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) jurisdiction over their disposition.

This developed as heritage conservationists urged ALI to reuse both hotels as part of the company’s recently announced planned redevelopment of Makati City. They also pleaded with Makati City Hall to stay any permits to ALI until the latter had secured the necessary clearances from the NCCA.

In a statement sent to the BusinessMirror, ALI’s Corporate Communications Department said: “The redevelopment plans for the Mandarin Oriental and InterContinental Manila sites are still being studied at this point, and with the architectural consultancy work of LVLP in the case of the Mandarin Oriental site.”

ALI added that it “will coordinate with the appropriate government agencies and heritage groups on our future plans, and consult them on how we should best honor the legacy and works of Architect Locsin in the redevelopment.”

The Mandarin Oriental is slated to be closed on September 9, and will reopen as a new structure within the Tower One Ayala Triangle in 2020. ALI has also said it plans to redevelop the area occupied by InterCon in 2016. Both sites are part of the P65-billion plan of the Zobel-led property firm to redevelop Makati City.