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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Five architects shortlisted for RM1bil job

KUALA LUMPUR: Sime Darby Sunrise Development Sdn Bhd (SDSD) has shortlisted architectural companies to send in their designs for its RM1bil mixed development project in Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam.

The five are award-winning architectural firms, namely BIG, J&H Boifills, Benoy, DP Architects and Hijjas Kasturi, who are renowned for their forte in commercial developments and excellent achievements.

Datuk Tong Kooi Ong: We are confident of being successful.

“Our design participants were selected based on their vast and relevant experience in the comprehensive mixed development, international exposure and commitment to sustainability,” Sunrise Bhd’s executive chairman Datuk Tong Kooi Ong said in a statement yesterday.

The shortlisted architects are expected to present their design concept to the SDSD board of directors on Aug 13, 2010 and the winner would be announced at a later date, he said.

On the project in Bukit Jelutong, which would be a 50-50 joint venture between Sime Darby and Sunrise, he said the company was confident of it being as successful as its other projects.

“Having completed three commercial developments under the Sunrise brand, we are confident of replicating our success in Mont’Kiara to other geographical location, setting the benchmark for creative, contextual design and achieving a sustainable development of long-lasting architectural quality,” he said.

Bukit Jelutong is a self-contained and an excellently planned community spread over 2,200 acres of prime freehold land.

It is well served with a transportation network that link to the other towns in the Klang Valley via expressways.

Meanwhile, SDSD’s mixed development project will cover 21 acres and will be part of the strategically planned Bukit Jelutong Commercial Centre that span 120 acres.

The project will have a gross built-up area approximately 2.7 million sq ft, consisting of 80% for retail namely shop-offices and office-suites and 20% for serviced apartments.

Work will begin next year and the project will be developed in five phases and completed in seven years.

By Bernama

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