The Centaurus

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Islamabad Pakistan

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The Centaurus
General information
StatusComplete
TypeHotel, mall, residential and corporate
LocationIslamabad
Current tenantsMövenpick Hotels & Resorts
Construction started2005
Completed2011
Opening17 February 2013
CostPKR 3500 crore
Height
Architectural110 m (361 ft)
Technical details
Floor count26
Design and construction
ArchitectAtkins
DeveloperPak Gulf Construction, Al Mahad Group of Companies (Saudi Arabia) and Sardar Builders
Other information
Number of rooms500
Website
www.thecentaurus.com
Mega Mall of Islamabad The Centaurus
The Faisal Avenue Interchange in Blue Area, Islamabad. The Centaurus is visible in the Background.

The Centaurus is a mixed use real estate development in the city of Islamabad, Pakistan.[1] The project includes a 36-floor hotel, three 23-floor residential and office towers and a five-story shopping mall.[2]

Designed by British architectural firm WS Atkins, it consists of three skyscrapers, containing corporate offices, residential apartments, and a hotel.[3][4] Centaurus Mövenpick Hotel is under-construction and was expected to open in the first quarter of 2018.[5]

The estimated cost for building the complex was US$350 million.[6] The Centaurus Mall is four stories tall and comprises more than 300 shops.

Entertainment

The Centaurus Mall also includes entertainment in the form of a play area for children, known as "Fun City[7]", and a movie cinema, known as "The Centaurus Cinema[8]", which shows some of the latest Lollywood and Hollywood movies. Both the play area and the cinema are located on the fourth floor of the mall.

Food Court

Located on the fourth floor, The Centaurus has a food court with international fast food chains.[9] International coffee shops are also located throughout the mall.

Entry fee controversy

In what it called a move to avoid ‘over-crowding’, Centaurus Mall in a public notice said visitors will have to buy a coupon to enter the mall, which is adjustable against shopping at the mall on the same day. The public notice listed 23 types of people who will not have to purchase the entry coupons. Those exempted include all women and children under 12, senior citizens, lawmakers and executives, diplomats and foreigners, journalists, and lawyers, members of country clubs, registered engineers, doctors, and teachers. Further, the notice said, “famous players of hockey, cricket, football and golf” and “celebrities” do not have to purchase the entry coupon.[10]

See also

References

  1. ^ Google maps. "Address of Centaurus". Google maps. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Eastern Star". Atkinsglobal.com. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  3. ^ Pereira, Nikhil. "Movenpick Hotels set to expand Pakistan operations | HotelierMiddleEast.com". HotelierMiddleEast.com. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  4. ^ Tore, Iuliia. "Mövenpick Hotel Centaurus Islamabad to open in 2018". Rustourismnews.com. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Federal capital to have Movenpick Hotel". Thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  6. ^ Ali Teepu, Imran (14 September 2010). "Centaurus Tower faces uncertain future". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  7. ^ "The Centaurus Mall". thecentaurusmall.com. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  8. ^ "ME Cinemas". mecinemas.com. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Chefling Tales Guide to Eating at Centaurus Food Court, Islamabad. | Chefling Tales". cheflingtales.com. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Islamabad's Centaurus Mall starts charging Rs100 entry fee, but only from a select few". The Express Tribune. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2017.