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Building Sustainable Development Award 2020: Gamuda Land

A developer’s commitment to the community it builds

EdgeProp Malaysia’s Responsible Developer: Building Sustainable Development Award 2020: Gamuda Land

Gamuda’s expertise in construction and engineering as well as infrastructure building has no doubt impressed many, but beyond that, the company’s innovation and skills have also been proven in property development.

“The townships that we build must be able to stand the test of time and are easy to maintain. Our mission is to create homes that people could grow up and grow old in,” Gamuda Land CEO Ngan Chee Meng says.

In line with this mission, Ngan stresses that the company wants to maintain for good Gamuda Land’s signature of clear lakes with natural landscaping in its townships.

To make such a promise is a daring move but he is confident the company could fulfil the commitment as sustainable design has already been its aspiration even from day one of project planning.

“To achieve the objective of sustainability, the township must be able to stand the test of time but also benefit the environment and not only for the users. Building properties that people want and are easy to maintain are always in our mind,” he adds.

In EdgeProp Malaysia’s Best Managed and Sustainable Property Awards 2020, Gamuda Land received the EdgeProp Malaysia’s Responsible Developer: Building Sustainable Development Award. At the same Awards, the developer’s projects The Cove @ Horizon Hills received the Gold in the below 10 years non-strata residential category while Horizon Hills won Gold in the EdgeProp-ILAM Malaysia’s Sustainable Landscape Award 2020 category. Horizon Hills in Johor is developed jointly by Gamuda Land and UEM Sunrise Bhd. Another project The Robertson in Kuala Lumpur won Silver in the below 10 years strata residential category.

Building Sustainable Development Award 2020: Gamuda Land
Gamuda Land received EdgeProp Malaysia’s Responsible Developer: Building Sustainable Development Award 2020. From left: EdgeProp Malaysia executive editor Sharon Kam, Ngan, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, EdgeProp Malaysia editor-in-chief and managing director Au Foong Yee and EdgeProp Malaysia director of business and product development Alvin Ong. (Photos by Low Yen Yeing/EdgeProp.my)

Marked by the identity of a green environment, Gamuda Land’s townships are displays of vast foliage that is not just well-curated landscapes but with every plant in the right place to create a harmonious sanctuary.

“Listen to what the land tells you,” says Ngan, emphasising that this is not simply a catchy marketing line, but that every township has actually been designed in a different way based on what suits the soil and weather.

The company even has its own nursery to grow suitable trees for the townships even before the projects were introduced to the market. The 17-acre nursery in Sungkai, Perak so far has planted 265,000 matured trees to serve such needs.

“We study the environment and soil to understand the suitable plants for different developments and also to create a balanced ecosystem for the townships,” Ngan reveals.

Gamuda Land has also invested in research and development on biodiversity and is looking to work with the government to set up a research centre focusing on creating a balanced ecosystem for the environment.

Building Sustainable Development Award 2020: Gamuda Land
Jade Hills in Kajang is also award-winning project by Gamuda Land. (Photos by Low Yen Yeing/EdgeProp.my)

This is in line with the company’s objectives of building sustainable townships, including for its latest project – Gamuda Cove in southern Klang Valley (along the Elite Highway and opposite Cyberjaya).

This 1,530-acre development will be divided into a few districts comprising residential and commercial developments, a 23-acre Discovery Park, a 60-acre Central Park with three lakes and a new water theme park.

With so many different elements in a township development, creating a balanced ecosystem is important to ensure the success of the project as it’s conceptualised as a “nature sanctuary”, leveraging on its location adjacent to the Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands.

Emphasising transparency

To ensure the company could keep its promises, transparency of every process is important so that every property could be delivered on time, with high quality, at the controlled cost and without wastage, stresses Ngan.

This includes the project tender process, where everything is conducted in a transparent way through real time bidding. Hence, only contractors that have the skill set, knowledge and reasonable price will win the award.

“It’s not just pricing, we are looking for contractors who could fulfil our strict requirements and specifications. Take building wiring as an example, we have strict requirements to follow as we are constructing using IBS (industrialized building system). The wiring must follow the calculated route, otherwise it will not fit.

“Even for urgent works, at least three bidders are required before the contract is given out,” Ngan discloses.

With the system being continually improved, the company has seen the rate of variation order dropping to 2% last year compared to 5% previously.

Building Sustainable Development Award 2020: Gamuda Land
Ngan: To achieve the objective of sustainability, the township must be able to stand the test of time for the environment and for the users.

Lessons learnt

Gamuda Land’s journey as a property developer was not always smooth-going. One hard lesson was from Bandar Botanic, its first green master-planned township in Malaysia. The development has been fully completed with a total of 8,593 residential units having been handed over to date.

Since Bandar Botanic began construction until it began handing over by phases from 2004, the 1,242-acre freehold township in Klang, Selangor had won numerous awards for its township planning. However, things had taken a dive when the sewerage system in the development’s first phase – Ambang Botanic 1 broke down in 2009, leaving the township with a foul stench from sewage overflow. Naturally, Gamuda Land was blamed by residents for the dysfunctional system.

The system was progressively approved, compliance-tested and subsequently taken over by the local authority in 2005, but it began to malfunction over the years. Despite the fact that the development had been completed and handed over to the local authority, the company had to come up with short-term solutions like manually de-sludging the sewage while it facilitated meetings between the Residents’ Association and the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) to look for a permanent solution. Finally, all parties agreed on rectification works to upgrade the sewerage system.

Ngan says this incident emphasised that with the right attitude in problem solving, enhanced communication as well as skills and knowledge, the problem could have been solved earlier.

Building Sustainable Development Award 2020: Gamuda Land
Trees planted in Gamuda Land’s townships are grown in its own nursery.

“The incident also reminded us the importance of quality property and facility maintenance. It cost us 10 years and millions of ringgit to fix the problem. We have taken this as a lesson and have taken up the responsibility of managing the common property and facilities of the townships developed by us,” Ngan points out.

Gamuda Land is the property development arm of the 44-year old Gamuda Bhd. It has developed at least 11 townships and nine vertical communities in Malaysia and overseas. As at July 2019, the company has delivered 45,907 properties. It takes pride in its township planning, facilities management and infrastructure development, leveraging on the group’s expertise in construction, engineering and IBS.

Malaysia’s Best Managed and Sustainable Property Awards 2020 Gold Winner: The Cove, Horizon Hills

EdgeProp Malaysia’s Best Managed and Sustainable Property Awards 2020 Gold Winner: The Cove, Horizon Hills

Below 10 years non-strata residential Gold: The Cove @ Horizon Hills

Managing and maintaining a community made up of homes with individual titles (and keeping it top-notch) is no walk in the park. For a start, non-strata properties lack the regulation and uniformity of their stratified counterparts.

Still, The Cove @ Horizon Hills rises to the occasion and proves that despite being a landed non-strata development, it can be managed efficiently and sustainably as well.

This year, at the EdgeProp Malaysia’s Best Managed and Sustainable Property Awards 2020, The Cove received the Gold award in the below 10 years non-strata residential category. The township also struck Gold in the EdgeProp-ILAM Malaysia’s Sustainable Landscape Award 2020 category. In 2019, D’Suites @ Horizon Hills had bagged the award in the below 10 years multi-own strata residential category.

The development is part of the 1,228-acre Horizon Hills township in Iskandar Puteri, Johor, which is jointly developed by Gamuda Land (the property development arm of Gamuda Bhd) and UEM Sunrise Bhd.

Horizon Hills was first launched in 2007 and more than 70% of the development has been completed to date. The township management team, Horizon Hills Property Services is a subsidiary of Gamuda Land.

From left: EdgeProp Malaysia director of business and product development Alvin Ong, Gamuda Land Bhd COO Aw Sei Cheh, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin and EdgeProp Malaysia editor-in-chief and managing director Au Foong Yee.

The freehold landed non-strata residential development sits on a 33-acre site with a total of 225 units to be built over six phases. As of February 2020, four of these phases are completed, and has seen an 80% take-up rate. The project consists of link homes (2- and 3-storey), semidees (2- and 3-storey), as well as bungalow units.

There is no compromising on security despite the encumbrances on a non-strata development.

“One of the most challenging aspects in managing [The Cove] would be in ensuring security. In order to achieve our target of zero break-ins, we equipped the development with various tools such as CCTVs, double barrier entry/exit systems and a guard patrolling system. Additionally, there are other measures such as bi-monthly security audits as well as annual audit to ensure that all SOPs are complied with. We also employ in-house security personnel to oversee and support the outsourced security guards by conducting fitness trainings and joint meetings, including daily roll-call briefings,” says Horizon Hills general manager Jim Woon.

The other challenge would be the undefined maintenance and management period by the developer, he adds. “Unlike strata developments where the developer is required to form a Joint Management Body within 12 months of delivery of vacant possession, there is no such requirement in an individual-titled development. Often, owners in these developments are contented to leave matters concerning maintenance and management of their community to the developer, or through their appointed property manager,” notes Woon.

Preventing problems and avoiding excesses

Another challenging aspect is the area of responsibility and jurisdiction. “We build rapport and maintain good relations with the local council so that any issues arising from responsibilities and jurisdiction are addressed expeditiously by them, and where there are gaps, depending on criticality, we will step in as the property manager to fill them in,” says Horizon Hills general manager (township and facilities development) Victor Tay.

The Horizon Hills luxury enclave has ample greenery and houses a private 18-hole par-72 designer golf course.

Similarly, he attributed The Cove’s zero break-in achievement in 2019 on the property management’s good relations with the police. “They have been instrumental to our success and their regular presence in the township serves as a good deterrence for crime.”

He further notes that non-strata developments typically require less contribution from owners as the amenities are maintained by the local council.

“Typical costs associated with such developments are security, cleaning and landscape maintenance. The only caveat is, for high-end developments, where residents have higher expectations, the costs involved may be similar, or even higher than those of strata properties,” explains Tay.

Additionally, Horizon Hills also works closely with the local council by helping the latter monitor and report on its contractors’ performance. “By ensuring that its contractors perform consistently, we are able to keep our supplemental services at an optimum level and avoid excesses,” says Tay.

Hence, he notes that all spending is tracked on a monthly basis to ensure that the community’s outlay is within budget. Any unbudgeted expenses will require strong justification with approval from the management.

In an effort to reduce expenditure, the management has installed solar flood lightings for the perimeter fencing around The Cove, replaced shrubs on some sections with those that are cheaper to maintain and set up a compost yard to reduce waste management expenses — at the same time producing natural fertilisers.

“We have also digitalised our procurement process from sourcing to approval and awarding, to ensure that we obtain the best price/value for any products or services at all times. Other conventional work processes such as submission of proposal or recommendation papers to the management for the purpose of obtaining approval is also done online to increase efficiency,” adds Tay.

Sustainability and innovation moving forward

Speaking of composting, The Cove adopts a unique approach in reducing its expenses with this environmentally-conscious effort.

“Our composting initiative utilises garden waste and leaves collected from the precinct, as well as from our township. These are then brought to our composting yard to be turned into compost which can then be used as soil conditioner and to a certain extent, fertiliser.

Tay: We build rapport and maintain good relations with the local council so that any issues arising from responsibilities and jurisdiction are addressed expeditiously by them, and where there are gaps, depending on criticality, we will step in as the property manager to fill them in.

“This effort benefits not just the community, but the climate in many ways. The community does not have to fork out transportation and dumping fees, while the climate benefits from less carbon footprint,” offers Woon, adding that a large space is needed for the garden waste and placed far enough from the residential area to avoid any unpleasant odour.

Since 2019, Gamuda Land has progressively introduced Gamuda Land Mobile Application to all its developments including Horizon Hills. The App is an integrated platform for enhanced home ownership experience, where residents can enjoy conveniences such as pre-registration of visitors, making payments and provide feedback.

The year would also see a further digitalisation of conventional property management procedures via software. This is to ensure all common areas are adequately supervised and attended to by staff and their productivity can be tracked in real time.

Woon: The group is also on course to increase utilisation of technology and adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) where possible to deliver our services and add value and convenience to our community with less human intervention.

“The group is also on course to increase utilisation of technology and adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) where possible to deliver our services and add value and convenience to our community with less human intervention. For instance, we are actively exploring AI security systems. This will enable us to reduce staffing cost, which takes a significant sum out of the community expenses,” says Woon.

Horizon Hills dedicates 35% of its land to green lungs and water features.

EdgeProp-ILAM Malaysia’s Sustainable Landscape Award 2020 Gold Winner: Horizon Hills

EdgeProp-ILAM Malaysia’s Sustainable Landscape Award 2020 Gold: Horizon Hills

It was about 2 o’clock in the afternoon when we took a tour of Horizon Hills in Iskandar Puteri, Johor Bahru. The sun was beaming ruthlessly, but there was still a refreshing breeze to provide some respite, making us thankful for the nature-rich surroundings.

Horizon Hills, a 1,228-acre freehold township jointly developed by Gamuda Land and UEM Sunrise Bhd, dedicates 35% of its land to green lungs and water features. To promote a low-carbon lifestyle, the developer has planted about 55,187 trees within the township to date. The trees supply fresh air and reduce the surrounding temperature for almost 25,000 residents living within and nearby. With greater awareness on global warming, this quality has become an important pull factor for people to live in Horizon Hills.

“One of our main tenets of sustainability is to be responsible in combating climate change,” Chief Operating Officer of Gamuda Parks Khariza Abdul Khalid notes.

Gamuda Parks is a sustainable landscape initiative launched by Gamuda Land in May 2018 to look after the design and maintenance of parks within its townships and developments.

From left: EdgeProp Malaysia executive editor Sharon Kam, Khariza, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin and EdgeProp Malaysia editor-in-chief and managing director Au Foong Yee.

The township’s effort in preserving nature and battling climate change through landscape planning has earned it Gold of EdgeProp-ILAM Malaysia’s Sustainable Landscape Award 2020, an award of EdgeProp Malaysia’s Best Managed and Sustainable Property Awards 2020.

In addition, a project in the township The Cove @ Horizon Hills also won Gold in the below 10 years non-strata residential category. In 2019, D’Suites Condominium @ Horizon Hills bagged the award in the below 10 years multi-own strata residential category.

“We are thankful to our team for believing in and staying true to our town-making principles of thoughtful master planning. The awards validate our dedication to good town-making,” Khariza says.

With a gross development value of RM7.2 billion, Horizon Hills will house about 6,000 residential units upon completion. Currently, it is 70% completed, with a total of 4,598 completed units and a commercial centre, a clubhouse and a 178-acre golf course.

An asset not to be sacrificed

When planning landscape at the township, the team is mindful against sacrificing nature for man’s convenience, Khariza shares. As a result, a major portion of the natural landscape has been retained when functionality is added to the places.

Khariza: We are mindful that a healthy ecosystem that attracts a rich biodiversity is healthy for human living as well

“Listening to what the land has to tell us guides our aspirations to design thoughtfully,” she points out. “We are mindful that a healthy ecosystem that attracts a rich biodiversity is healthy for human living as well.”

Horizon Hills boasts a natural habitat with a diverse range of flora and fauna. Among them are six vulnerable species trees and eight endangered ones as stated under the IUCN Red List.

“Not only would flora and fauna appreciate unadulterated nature, but people too. It has been proven that by staying in an environment with more natural elements such as greenery or water features, people are less susceptible to anxiety. There is also a link between greeneries and reduced risk of various illnesses,” Khariza elaborates.

“The flourishing of nature within Horizon Hills is an affirmation of the overall health of the landscape. By preserving nature, clean air and cooler temperature within the township is something everyone living nearby can enjoy,” she adds.

Horizon Hills dedicates 35% of its land to green lungs and water features.

It is certainly a challenge to keep a vast area of green-scape lush and healthy, as a massive amount of water is required for irrigation. Although we live in a country not short of water resources, Horizon Hills has not taken this for granted.

Water-bodies have been retained and now cover 83 acres in Horizon Hills, making irrigation easier and more cost-efficient. The ponds, lakes and meandering streams also provide scenic vistas and a cooling effect to residents staying nearby.

“As an added bonus, the water-bodies also serve as a natural feature to accentuate the difficulty level of the golf course,” Khariza points out.

Stingless bees were introduced to Horizon Hills.

In addition, rainwater harvesting systems have also been installed across various phases at Horizon Hills to reduce ground water consumption for landscape irrigation.

For its golf course, grass species have been carefully selected based on drought tolerance as well as weather and disease resistance to create an easy-to-maintain turf. Coco fibres are also placed at the bottom of all shrubs to reduce the need for watering and to curb weed growth.

Doing things the natural way

Horizon Hills also plays a part in preserving the broader environment by eliminating the use of chemicals in landscape maintenance. For one, the township uses garden waste to create natural compost for bio-fertilisers.

“Besides doing good to the environment, this has also saved us cost from buying chemical fertilisers. Trips to dispose waste could also be reduced, consequently bringing down our transportation cost and carbon footprint,” Khariza enthuses.

Apart from this, salt is used to control weeds instead of herbicide, while neem oil is used as insecticide in sensitive areas across the golf course. Another initiative the township carries out is bee cultivation, to encourage pollination without having to use chemical fertilisers.

Khariza shares that wild bees that pose danger to humans were one of the main challenges faced by Horizon Hills. Instead of resorting to insecticides, the township has chosen sustainable methods to tackle this problem.

“We introduced stingless bees, and so far, they have been effective in driving away the wild bees. The stingless bees are harmless, and as added benefits, their honey can be harvested, besides being used to pollinate the flora around the area,” she highlights.

Gamuda Land hailed as Responsible Developer for EdgeProp Malaysia's Best Managed and Sustainable Awards

Gamuda Land hailed as Responsible Developer for EdgeProp Malaysia’s Best Managed and Sustainable Awards

PETALING JAYA (June 27): Property developer Gamuda Land was named a recipient of EdgeProp Malaysia’s Responsible Developer: Building Sustainable Development Award 2020 at EdgeProp Malaysia’s Best Managed and Sustainable Property Awards 2020 this evening.

How a property developer overcomes problems and challenges will show its mettle and Gamuda Land certainly proved this when it went all out to solve the sewerage problem at its first master-planned township Bandar Botanic in Klang, Selangor. Despite having handed over the township and the sewerage system to the local authorities, the developer had remained determined to ease the residents’ discomfort and eventually helped find a permanent solution 10 years later.

The award was in recognition of its commitment to ensure the liveability of the townships it has built. The award also recognises developers who are committed to building developments that are designed and built for sustainable and best-in-class property management. The development must also meet the needs of the present and future. Tanah Sutera Development Sdn Bhd was also a recipient of EdgeProp Malaysia’s Responsible Developer: Building Sustainable Development Award this year.

Gamuda Land CEO Ngan Chee Meng in his acceptance speech said it is honoured and humbled by the award.

“I would like to thank our customers for being the center of our motivation and to our employees and staff who made this award happen.

Horizon Hills was one of the Gold winners of the EdgeProp-ILAM Malaysia’s Sustainable Landscape Award 2020

“It is all about the people and the environment, and as a responsible town maker, we always plan and create things around these two themes. We also subscribe to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a group and that shows the direction which we are heading,” said Ngan.

Meanwhile, several Gamuda Land projects were in the limelight at EdgeProp Malaysia’s Best Managed and Sustainable Property Awards 2020 with The Cove at Horizon Hills in Johor taking the Gold in the below 10 years non-strata residential category while Horizon Hills itself won a Gold of the EdgeProp-ILAM Malaysia’s Sustainable Landscape Award. Horizon Hills is a joint development with UEM Sunrise Bhd.

The Robertson project in Kuala Lumpur emerged with a Silver in the below 10 years mixed development (entire) category.

Ngan: I would like to thank our customers for being the centre of our motivation and to our employees and staff who made this award happen. (Photo by The Edge)

Winners of EdgeProp Malaysia’s Best Managed and Sustainable Property Awards 2020 were announced at a virtual awards ceremony with Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin as guest of honour. The event was hosted on EdgeProp Malaysia’s Facebook page on the evening of June 27.

The Awards was organised by EdgeProp Malaysia with partner Nippon Paint Malaysia and supporting partners Panasonic Malaysia and KipleLive, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Green Packet Bhd.

梦想家园

Horizon Hills 稀有房产助购屋者实现“梦想家园”

荣膺柔佛依斯干达特区最佳城镇发展的Horizon Hills,坐落依斯干达公主城的中心地带,属该区稀有与限量供应的永久与个别地契房产,令人向往。

Horizon Hills自2007年发展以来,已完成的4500个住宅单位皆已售罄,如近期热售的The Woodlands社区第一期及第二期皆100%售出。陆续推出的第三期至第五期The Woodlands,其中今年4月推出的24尺X75尺双层排屋,建筑面积为2590平方尺,价格从100万令吉起跳,75个单位已售出70%成绩斐然。

紧接着,The Woodlands第四期推展的12个独立式洋房单位,建筑面积达5700平方尺,宽敞的私人空间,目前已售出50%。第五期也已推出,仅有32个单位双层田字屋,面积35尺X80尺,建筑面积3144平方尺,价格161万5800令吉起。

 

具位置优势

The Woodlands也具位置优势,主要高速公路如依斯干达滨海大道,马新第二通道皆近在咫尺,四通八达。

Horizon Hills的北部出入口衔接武吉英达,南部出入口则连接滨海大道,西边增设3个出入口。

Horizon Hills的基本设施及生活便利都能在该区寻获,毗邻许多成熟住宅及公共设施如武吉英达的永旺商场,8分钟车程抵教育城,The Woodlands有三重保安机制。

 

保留60%绿地

总经理温曜嘉表示,Horizon Hills保留60%土地作为开放式绿地空间,包括地势较高的丘陵地带。该城镇以郁葱的绿色植物点缀,保留天然美与健康生活环境。

特制高窗设计自然采光及通风,节能省电;实用的内部格局,特定的面湖单位及面向高尔夫球单位,令人心旷神怡。凡居民皆能免费成为Horizon Hills高尔夫球俱乐部会员,享用室内外运动及设施。

有地房宅需求仍殷切且具高增值潜能,强劲的销售反映一贯的高需求,Horizon Hills有地房宅一直受购屋者支持,利于投资也是“梦想家园“的实现。其发展项目皆如期完工及交屋,加强对发展商信赖度。

欲知详情,请亲临Horizon Hills展销厅或致电07-232 3433咨询销售代表。

Luxury Lifestyle in Iskandar Malaysia

Luxury Lifestyle in Iskandar Malaysia

THE award-winning Horizon Hills township continues to be the most sought after address and a choice location for high-end residential property buyers in Iskandar Malaysia.

Horizon Hills Development Sdn Bhd general manager Jim Woon said the project had been steadily attracting both local and foreign buyers since it kicked off in 2007.

He said prior to the launch of the country’s first economic growth corridor Iskandar Malaysia on Nov 4, 2006, there were not many choices when it came to high-end residential properties in south Johor.

“The company is fortunate as it was one of the first developers to cater to the needs of buyers looking for high-end residential properties in Iskandar Malaysia,” said Woon.

He said the company was banking on the strategic partnership of two of Malaysia’s well-known property developers with proven track records on the project.

Horizon Hills is a 50:50 joint venture between Gamuda Land Bhd and UEM Sunrise Bhd with both partners undertaking the development of the township spreading over 485.62ha (1,200 acres).

About 60% of the area has been developed comprising 4,500 units double-storey link houses, cluster houses, semi-detached, bungalows, condominiums and commercial units – all of which have been delivered to owners.

Woon said prices of residential properties at Horizon Hills were higher than the average selling prices way back in 2007 but the take-up rate was good and the trend continues to date.

“Our buyers are willing to pay more as they are not only buying houses but also lifestyle,” he said, adding 40% of 485.62ha would be set aside for homes and 60% for green areas.

The company had invested RM200mil on infrastructure and was the first developer in Iskandar Malaysia to offer golf club memberships to house owners for the 18-hole, 80.93ha golf course within the development.

All Horizon Hills residents are entitled to complimentary membership at Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club with facilities including swimming pool, tennis and badminton courts, gymnasium,

restaurants, cafes, spa and beauty centre, and a ballroom.

He said the township’s strategic location was its strong selling point as the project was easily accessible, being just 18km from the Second Link Crossing in Tanjung Kupang, Gelang Patah, and close to Lebuh Iskandar, North-South Expressway, Perling-Pasir Gudang Highway and Skudai Expressway.

“Iskandar Malaysia will continue to attract new investors and residents will help to push demand

for residential properties in the economic growth corridor,” said Woon.

On that note, the company is launching The Woodlands Precinct Phase 4 tomorrow, featuring 24’ x 75’ double-storey link houses priced from RM1mil, 35’ x 80’ cluster houses from RM1.61mil and two- and three-storey bungalows with land area from 5,400 sq ft with a price tag starting from RM3.33mil.

The company has high hopes for the new phase, as The Woodlands Phase 1 and Phase 2 (2 Storey Link 20’ & 22’ x 70’) have been sold out, while The Woodlands Phase 3 (launched in April 2019, featuring 2 Storey Super Link 24’ x 75’) is 65% sold.

For more details, check out horizonhills.com.my, contact 07-232 3433 or visit Horizon Hills Development Sdn Bhd sales gallery at No: 1, Jalan Eka, Horizon Hills, Iskandar Puteri from 10am to 5pm except on public holidays.

Best Township Development Award

Horizon Hills Wins Best Township Development (Iskandar) Award For Nature-Inspired Development

Inspired by nature, at the heart of the ambitious, 1200-acre Horizon Hills township is creating quality of life; a sense of community, safety and convenience; and facilities for a balanced lifestyle. Horizon Hills Development Sdn Bhd is bringing the Malaysian golf-course residential project to life within one of the largest and most impressive integrated townships in Johor.

By Nadia Willan

Low-rise, with 11 precincts, the integrated project is being developed over a 15-year span rather than an initial 25-year timeframe, attracting a win for Best Township Development (Iskandar) at the 6th annual PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) in April 2019 for Horizon Hills Development Sdn Bhd. The development company is a joint venture between high-profile Gamuda Land and UEM Sunrise and represents a landmark project for both the developers and the region.

Multiple partners are collaborating on the project, which on the architectural front comprises Paradigm Architects; Arc Partnership; KCYS Architects; KSKA Arkitek; K SEE K architect; RDC Arkitek; and Arkitek Rekacipta. Interiors are being styled by Creative Touch Design & Project Management along with Signature Interior Design and Work Homlux Interior Furnishing. Meanwhile, the well-devised outdoors is in the capable hands of YKK Nursery & Landscaping, EDC Landscape Consultants, and Escape Landscape Consultants.

Acting as a link between Malaysia and Singapore, Iskandar is set to become an increasingly vibrant and sought-after metropolis, with the township project playing a significant role in redefining its legacy.

A standout feature of Horizon Hills is the incredible 18-hole, par 72 golf course created by renowned designers Ross Watson, with homes looking out onto the fairways. The sweeping terrain, with landscaping based on the natural topography of the land, affords panoramic views and a splendidly green and lush environment.

Preserving the landscape dictates the residential elements of the development, with homes ‘sculpted’ around the land’s natural contours which rise to 90 metres with narrow valleys of up to six metres. Babbling brooks and pretty streams complete the picture of a township that exudes a love of the outdoors from its core. Certainly, the five-units-per-acre plans put the low-density development into a class of its own as a resort-style township, with 40% of the land allocated to blue and green features, far higher than the required 7%.

The gated-and-guarded township includes cluster homes, bungalows and condos as well as shops and offices. Homes are designed to face a north-south direction to guard against the full glare of the sun. The secure neighbourhood is designed with two swimming pools, including one that is Olympic-sized, a gym, and kids’ playroom. Along with a clubhouse, there is a restaurant and café, plus conference and seminar rooms.

The Cove Bungalow Homes are award-winning, with the 25 two- and three-storey, six-bedroom abodes set close to the golf course: boasting dual-frontage to take in the impressive surrounding views.

Horizon Hills is being maintained by the developers to create long-term sustainability for multi-generational living, with the mission being to appreciate the township’s assets over time.

5 Reasons Reinvent Your Life in Johor Bahru

5 Reasons to Leave the Big City and Reinvent Your Life in Johor Bahru

We all need a fresh start at some point in our lives. So, why not start over by swapping that city bustle with suburban bliss?

The Malaysian state that is known for its thriving economy (thanks to its proximity to our neighbour Singapore), great food and the royal family who are admired in their own rights. With a massive land area of 220 km² and a thriving population of 1,638,219 people, Johor Bahru is the perfect location to build large scale townships with sizeable landed properties.

If you are currently seeking to upgrade your life, either by upgrading your home, or swapping that buzzing urban life for a calmer and simpler landscape, a township like Horizon Hills may be the change that you need.

1. You can get everything that the city can offer here

You can get everything that the city can offer here

A township at the fringes of the city may seem a little too suburban for a city dweller. However, you won’t feel the difference in an ideally located township such as Horizon Hills.

Horizon Hills is easily the most strategic location in Iskandar Puteri. It is accessible via four major highways such as the North-South Highway, Coastal Highway, Malaysia-Tuas Second Link Highway and Perling-Pasir Gudang Highway.

On days that you feel like venturing out of your comfort zone, take a 15 minutes’ drive to the Second Link Expressway and pop into Singapore for a weekend shopping trip.

Coppola

On days that you don’t, there are plenty of conveniences and amenities accessible within the township and its surroundings, including shopping malls and a myriad of F&B outlets such as Coppola, Italian restaurants & bar; Pan Kobo, a Japanese bakery; Rose Garden, a Western restaurant; Zhou Xing Xing, a Chinese restaurant, and many more.

If you’re planning to relocate your family here, you’d be please to know that Educity sits merely 8 minutes away, there are plenty of schools, international schools and universities within a short drive.

2. You can finally get the six-pack you’ve been dreaming of

You can finally get the six pack you’ve been dreaming of

The township is cleverly designed for sustainability, promoting a healthy and wholesome living. Getting active is a breeze at Horizon Hills with the abundance of facilities available to the residents.

For the outdoor enthusiast, you can choose from a 30km walking/jogging path, 1z3km bicycle lane, playgrounds, basketball court, and an impressive spread of 147 acres of parks and gardens.

Those who prefer more shaded recreational activities can opt for the myriad of indoor/clubhouse facilities that are available such as the badminton hall, gymnasium, dance/yoga room (yoga and zumba classes available), table tennis, tennis court, Olympic-size swimming pool, kids pool, reading room as well as a spa/wellness centre.

Private 18 hole Par 72 designer golf course

Those with a knack for golfing will be happy to know that the gated, low-density development is equipped with a private 18-hole Par 72 designer golf course with waterways, theme parks and forest reserve. These are all the features that ensure a good quality of life and make the area attractive to foreign buyers as well as locals working in Singapore.

If you’re not looking to feed your vanity, but looking for a chance want to bond with your family instead, there are plenty of opportunities to engage in exciting activities. You can participate in fitness programmes/classes with your children and spouse for that precious family time. Some of the classes available that can be enjoyed by both adult and children  such as Taekwondo, Badminton, Tennis, and Swimming.

3. You get to live in one of the cleanest, healthiest and greenest townships around

You get to live in one of the cleanest healthiest-and greenest townships around

55,000 trees, comprising 30 different species of jungle/forest trees was planted throughout the development.

With the rise of public awareness about green living and increasing environment conservation by large corporations, it’s refreshing to find a developer that puts the health of mother nature first and foremost.

Horizon Hills is, without a doubt, the greenest township in Iskandar Puteri. Although it is designed as a comprehensive 1200-acre master-planned township, only 40% of the land was used for development. The remaining 60% was dedicated to maintaining its greeneries and facilities.

Some of these efforts include planting 55,000 trees, comprising 30 different species of jungle/forest trees throughout the development. Your lungs will definitely thank you! If that’s not enough, the developer has also made the effort to preserve a secondary forest by relocating and replanting the greeneries to a more sustainable location.

Sustainable location

Horizon Hills has also successfully cultivated richer ecological and natural biodiversity by paying equal attention to waterways for cooler environments. To make it more exciting, each neighbourhood precinct is carefully maintained and enhanced with planted landscapes, comprising a careful mix of hardscape and softscape for sustainability.

4. You get the chance to broaden your horizon and learn about other cultures

Broaden your horizon and learn about other cultures

The homes in Horizon Hills are quite popular among foreign buyers and investors alike. While the general public has the perception that Johor’s real estate market is driven by foreign investments from China and Singapore, Horizon Hills has proven that a well-planned development is more than capable of attracting a wide range of nationalities.

There are currently over 40 nationalities such as Indonesians, Indians, Japanese, South Koreans, Australians, Middle Easterners, Danish, Norwegians, Britons and Germans residing here. Living within a culturally diverse community gives you the chance to enhance your worldview and improve your understanding of cultures that are different to yours.

5.You will be surrounded by Feng Shui elements for improved quality of life

Feng Shui elements for improved quality of life

Whether or not you’re a big believer in Feng Shui, it comes down to one simple objective: To benefit from environments which are in harmony, stimulate positive emotions and cognition, bringing clarity, peace, and eventually, happiness.

Feng Shui literally translates to “wind and water.” Not coincidentally, these elements are associated with health and well-being, creating a positive impact.

There are five natural waterways running through Horizon Hills that keep the ground nourished. It is enhanced by a windy and cooling environment, thanks to the thousands of trees planted there. The township is definitely planned to shape a happy and thriving community by stimulating its residents’ health and well-being.

To find out more about Horizon Hills, get in touch with our Sales Galleria at +607-2323433

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Best Landed Development Award

The Cove Bungalow Homes Scoops Best Landed Development (Iskandar) Award For Horizon Hills Development

A unique low-density project, The Cove Bungalow Homes is an exclusive Johor enclave within the impressive 11-precinct Horizon Hills development. The homes are set on a 1,200-acre site around a golf course, with panoramic views exuding a dramatic sense of green space.

Written by Nadia Willan

Residences are located in the southern development corridor of Iskandar, which is an ambitious multi-billion-US-dollar initiative set to link Malaysia and Singapore. To stand out in Iskandar is to create a strong identity in Malaysia’s next powerful metropolis.

Each of the 25 homes, whether two or three storeys, covers a land area of 5,400 square foot, with six bedrooms and an average unit size of close to 6,400 sq. ft. With other residential estates within the whole site, the bungalow development scooped Best Landed Development (Iskandar) at the 6th annual PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) in April 2019 for Horizon Hills Development Sdn. Bhd.

The Nusajaya developers are a joint residential real-estate venture between Gamuda Bhd. and UEM Land Holdings Berhad. With work already completed, architectural creativity came from Arkitek Rekacipta, with interior design and outdoor spaces from collaborators Signature Interior Design & Work and Nature Landscape respectively.

Combining nature and modernity, Horizon Hills incorporates Sireh Park, a recreational open space, whilst the residences border the site’s award-winning, 18-hole, par-72 golf course. Affording green vistas and creating a relaxed neighbourhood ambiance, the trees, streams and lakes making up this landscape impacted the judging panel.

“Indoor-outdoor living is best exemplified at the Horizon Hills (The Cove Bungalow Homes) project, which offers its customers an exclusive membership to Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club. The developers made sure that the forest within the property is preserved to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle for residents and visitors,” the judges said.

This outdoor focal point blends with the contemporary architecture and interior design within three bungalow designs intended to maximise space. Double-volume spaces, outdoor decks and slit window placements, along with big panel windows, accentuate the views. This also allows for natural light to illuminate the interiors and to capture the links from different aspects and vantage points.

Meanwhile, the open-plan layout creates spaciousness, whilst a simple, clean design aesthetic with strong lines contrasts yet complement the undulating terrain. Gardens are social and fit with the informal, yet classy feel of the homes, giving residents scope to easily create their own personalised spaces with minimum renovation costs. The importance of greenery is further highlighted by effective soft-scaping with indigenous species, and preservation of forest trees.

Aside from the connection to nature, the concept behind The Cove Bungalow Homes is to enhance better multi-generational living with universal design principles. There is also a strong focus on community spirit with a whole host of facilities from an Olympic-sized swimming pool to a gym, tennis court and badminton. With plenty of shops and a restaurant, there is also a childcare centre, playgrounds, pre-school and space for primary and secondary schools too.

Quality and Sustainable Property Management

Gamuda Land Bags Three Awards for Quality and Sustainable Property Management

PETALING JAYA (April 21): Gamuda Land won three awards at EdgeProp Malaysia’s Best Managed Property Awards 2019 for the quality and sustainable property management of its projects — Jade Hills, D’Suites @ Horizon Hills and Valencia.

Jade Hills in Kajang and D’Suites @ Horizon Hills in Johor achieved Gold in the 10 years and above non-strata residential category and the below 10 years multi-owned strata residential category, respectively.

Meanwhile, Valencia’s idyllic landscapes won a Silver in the EdgeProp-ILAM Malaysia’s Sustainable Landscape Award 2019, which is part the EdgeProp Malaysia’s Best Managed Property Awards.

Gamuda Land club, townships and property management director Tang Meng Loon said that the team is honoured and excited to receive the three awards, which is a testament to Gamuda Land’s town-making principles to incorporate sustainability designs into its projects from the beginning.

“We are ecstatic about winning three awards tonight. This is our third year running that we had won at EdgeProp Malaysia’s Best Managed Property Awards.

“It is really testament to Gamuda Land’s town-making principles where we mindfully think through every detail to ensure the planning to our developments are done right from the beginning so that they can sustain for the years to come,” he told EdgeProp.my at the awards gala night held at a Petaling Jaya hotel tonight.

He added that seeing Gamuda Land’s developments rewarded with such esteemed awards that went through rigorous judging process is a very good motivation for the team to keep pushing the boundaries to do better while learning from previous experience and continue to raise the bar in the property industry not only in Malaysia but also the projects overseas.

“At the same time, we would also like to congratulate EdgeProp for taking this initiative to organise such acclaim for the property industry to set higher benchmark for good property and township management that benefits the community,” he concluded.

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