Property Management of Chulalongkorn University

The Office of Property Management, Chulalongkorn University, branded as PMCU, is an administrative department of the university, responsible for managing its real estate portfolio, which include areas in Bangkok's city centre set aside as its endowment by its founder, King Vajiravudh. PMCU manages neighbourhoods and commercial areas including Siam Square, Sam Yan and Suan Luang (on Banthat Thong Road), as well as land leased to shopping malls and commercial developments such as MBK Center, Chamchuri Square and Samyan Mitrtown.

Property Management of Chulalongkorn University
Office of Property Management, Chulalongkorn University
Property Management of Chulalongkorn University logo.png
AbbreviationPMCU
TypeUniversity department
FieldReal estate development
Parent organization
Chulalongkorn University
Websitepmcu.co.th

HistoryEdit

The university began commercial real estate development in 1963, with the Suan Luang and Sam Yan neighbourhoods surrounding the university. The development of Siam Square into a retail area followed in 1964. The precursor to PMCU was established as a bureau in 1968, and it was reorganised as an administratively independent department in 1973.[1]

In the 2010s, PMCU undertook extensive re-development of the Suan Luang and Sam Yan areas, prompting criticism of gentrification at the expense of old neighbourhoods and cultural sites.[2][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PMCU History". pmcu.co.th (in Thai). Property Management of Chulalongkorn University. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  2. ^ Katharangsiporn, Kanana (12 March 2013). "University plans B4.6bn project". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  3. ^ Marukatat, Saritdet (31 August 2020). "Chulalongkorn students struggle to save old shrine". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 8 October 2020.