Together with the Railway Station and the Railway Offices in Kuala Lumpur, Bangunan Sulaiman forms part of an enclave of three buildings that originally belonged to F.M.S. Railways. It sits at the tail end of a set of public administration buildings built by the British at the end of the 19th century around Dataran Merdeka.

Bangunan Sulaiman, originally known as the New Railway Offices, was officially opened in 1933.

Over the years, Bangunan Sulaiman has housed a variety of government offices and eventually gazette as a heritage site in 1983. However, over the years, many ad hoc renovations that affected the building’s conservation standards were carried out.

In 2011, the Malaysian government earmarked the building to be KLRCA’s new home.

Despite restoration and refurbishment hurdles ahead, it was a dream come true.

Spanning across 16,430sqm, Bangunan Sulaiman houses state-of-the-art facilities that include 22 hearing rooms, 12 breakout rooms, a business centre, a library, an auditorium, seminar rooms, multiple dining areas as well as rooftop garden pavilion.

It also boasts facilities that include modern video conferencing equipment that enables worldwide connectivity, making cross-border proceedings more convenient.

Bangunan Sulaiman was officialy relaunched in 2014 as the KLRCA’s new home and is now currently the home of Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC).

The Library

AIAC has a resource centre that currently houses over 450 textbooks, various arbitration journals and key local law reports.

At the moment, the Resource Centre carries the latest titles from key authorities on arbitration such as Redfern and Hunter, Russell, Peter Binder, Keating, Geoff Bayley and many more. Aside from arbitration, the Resource Centre is also a repository for publications on other types of Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods (ADR). New titles are being added regularly.

Users of AIAC’s Resource Centre will also be able to find the latest local judgments and rulings as reported in the Common Law Journal and Malaysian Law Journal. More recently, the centre has upgraded its content to also include key construction law authorities i.e. full sets of the Building Law Report, International Construction Law Review and Construction Industry Law Letter.

As it is AIAC’s vision to rise to become a hub for international arbitration, the Resource Centre is also currently increasing its inventory on publications by international arbitral bodies such as the ICCA, ICC and UNCITRAL. Presently, the Resource Centre is able to provide a collection of ICC Arbitral Awards from 1974-2007.

Users and visitors of the Resource Centre will also be able to enjoy access to cutting edge online databases such as LexisNexis, Westlaw, Kluwer Arbitration and Global Arbitration Review. Printing and photocopying services are also available.

The AIAC Resource Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9.00 am till 5.00 pm.

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