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The new, colonial style Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications building. Moeun Nhean

Telecommunications ministry moves into new, French-styled dwelling

Adjacent to the southern side of the City Hall is a spanking new French-styled building reminiscent of the French colonial era. After two years, the new Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC) office building is finally complete.

Khov Makara, spokesperson for the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications informed Post Property earlier this week, “The new office building of the MPTC has been completed, and nearly all of our officers from every department have relocated and settled themselves in the new building.”

He continued, “The ministry plans to complete the transition by next week.”

Liv Kimheng, CEO of the administrative department of the MPTC, said the new office was built on a huge plot of land measuring about 9,037 square metres. The building, which had begun construction in 2014, is located along Monivong Boulevard, south of the City Hall.

“This site is built as four separate buildings: A, B, C, and a warehouse,” he said.

Buildings A and B serve as the daily working offices designed for employees to respond to the demands of the job, while Building C is a designated parking area which also includes a cafeteria.

The warehouse, designed for storage, has an area of 1,411 square metres. Both Makara and Kimheng said that they were not members of the building committee, and therefore, have “no clues of the expense that went into the construction of these buildings.”

Makara added, “Based on information provided by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, in regards to the expense reports, it revealed that this construction project cost the least to build out of all the construction projects issued by the state so far this year.”

“It is estimated that the new office serves as a workplace for at least 600 employees, and can accommodate up to 1,000 people. It also has similar characteristics to ministries of developed countries,” he said, adding that the new, spacious building gives the MPTC officers a feeling of comfort and pride.

Commenting on the usability of the design, he continued, “Generally, buildings constructed in French architectural design like this provide a feeling of vastness and spaciousness on the outside as well as the interior.”

As for the previous office of posts and telecommunications, which is a century old, the ministry has already handed it back to a government-operated company.

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