News: Atkins Selected as Master Planner for TOD Plot Surrounding Iskandar Puteri HSR Station

Feb 8, 2018

 
UEM Sunrise Berhad (UEM Sunrise), one of Malaysia’s leading property developers announces that Atkins, a member of the SNC Lavalin Group, has won the International Land Use Master Planning Competition for Gerbang Nusajaya’s Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) plot.

Atkins was selected out of other participating world-class master planners, based on its remarkable, practical and sustainable design for the TOD plot that surrounds MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd’s (MyHSR Corp) Iskandar Puteri High Speed Rail (HSR) station in Gerbang Nusajaya.

Commenting on the competition and the winning master plan design, UEM Sunrise’s Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib said, “With the announcement of Atkins as the winner for the International Land Use Master Planning Competition, UEM Sunrise is now well-positioned to develop and bring to life the Gerbang Nusajaya’s TOD. We will soon commence the detailed planning and submission for the TOD surrounding the Iskandar Puteri HSR station.

Together with our strategic stakeholders, we hope to unlock the full potential of Gerbang Nusajaya in the lead up to the completion of the HSR station and to also ensure that we sustain our success by developing the communities through the value propositions of the master plan that will serve the people and our future generations. I am confident that the Gerbang Nusajaya’s TOD holds tremendous potential for Iskandar Puteri as well as the Southern region of Malaysia.”

“The catalytic KL-SG HSR project is a game-changer, which will not only further strengthen the connectivity between Malaysia and Singapore, but will also enhance the accessibility, improve mobility, increase logistics efficiency and transform the way we live, work and do business. Similarly, this catalytic development will bring significant benefits to the economy and communities,” Anwar added.

The idea of KL-SG HSR was initiated through the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) to transform Malaysia into a high-income nation. The KL-SG HSR stations will also transform the landscape of the region as towns along the line stand to benefit from the opportunities, facilitated by greater accessibility.

The connectivity will enable businesses to be more productive and to access a broader market place, while the public will enjoy an improved travel experience of shorter travel time (90 minutes from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore) and a comfortable ride through the KL-SG HSR’s city centre to city centre connection along the corridor.

Eli Konvitz, Atkins’ Director for Urban Development and Design in South East Asia said, “We are delighted to have been selected as the foreign master planner for Gerbang Nusajaya’s TOD. The competition stage encompassed the development of an economic vision as well as design, and the vision Atkins developed is founded on the realisation that Gerbang Nusajaya’s TOD as a new comprehensive urban development offers the twin benefits of creating a local and regional centre while capitalising on the specific and unique advantage of international connectivity.”

He further stated, “Our masterplan takes advantage of the opportunity offered by the Iskandar Puteri HSR station to provide a compelling vision, making best use of the site’s own attributes to inform a design that is socioeconomically realistic, commercially viable, and creates a unique, distinct and attractive sense of place to residents, businesses and visitors alike. We are looking forward to working with UEM Sunrise and the project stakeholders to elaborate the masterplan and guide it towards implementation.”

Gerbang Nusajaya’s TOD will be developed in parallel with the Iskandar Puteri HSR station. UEM Sunrise has committed to completing the TOD in time for the station to receive its first passengers once the KL-SG HSR becomes operational in 2026.

The Company is also continuing to explore potential collaborations with partners and stakeholders to jointly develop the TOD area.
 

Image sourced from MYHSR Corp
 

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