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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

SP Setia plans to increase Australia landbank

MELBOURNE: Malaysian property developer SP Setia Bhd plans to increase its landbank in Australia, predominantly in popular cities such as Melbourne, Sydney and even Gold Coast, as it seeks to capture the growing opportunities from the population boom of these cities.

Having made its first Australian investment last year, the developer is in the midst of scouting for more investment opportunities in Melbourne.

“For the first few years, we are looking for investment opportunities and to take on projects that will provide quick turnaround and are easy sell. Subsequently, we will look at greenfield projects and (at building) townships,” Setia (Melbourne) Development Co Pty Ltd chief executive officer Choong Kai Wai told Malaysian reporters here last Friday.

SP Setia is known for its township developments in Malaysia, which include Setia Alam in Shah Alam, Setia Indah in Johor and Setia Vista in Penang.

The developer, through its unit Setia (Melbourne) Development, will undertake a mixed-use development on the 4,340 sq metre site purchased last year for A$30mil in the central business district of Melbourne.

The property, dubbed Fulton LN, will comprise two towers of housing apartments as well as offering commercial and retail outlets closer to the ground level. It has dual street frontage, with the first tower facing Franklin Street and a two minute walk to the Queen Victoria Market while the second tower faces A'Beckett Street and is a five minute walk from RMIT University.

The first tower, which will be open for an exclusive preview on June 24, stands at 107 metres and will have 28 storeys offering some 300 apartments. Meanwhile, the taller tower at 44 storeys will be some 150 metres in length offering 400 apartments and should be open for sales in the next six to 12 months.

Most of the apartments will be one or two bedroom units although there will be units offering three bedrooms as well. Apartments start from A$370,000 for one bedroom at 45 sq metre, A$515,000 for a two bedroom starting at 60 sq metres and A$1.05mil for three bedroom dwellings starting at 114 sq metres.

Construction of this project, which has a gross development value of A$470mil, will commence next year and the development is expected to be ready by 2014.

The architectural design of the mixed development is by Karl Fender of Fender Katsalidis Architects, which happens to be the firm behind the proposed 100-storey tower Warisan Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur.

“The size of Fulton LN's ground plan gives us the opportunity to ignite activity movement around the laneway with retail, restaurants and cafes,” Fender said. Fulton LN is within walking distance of several universities and colleges such as Melbourne University and RMIT University. It is also close to Melbourne's central shopping centre.

and easily accessible by public transportation services.

SP Setia is looking to appeal to and monetise its Malaysian customer base, with many local parents having sent their kids to Australia, particularly Melbourne, to further their tertiary studies.

By The Star

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