The final masterplan for the new 1,800 acre Sunway Iskandar township has been completed by global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan as the development scooped a prestigious award for the second year running.
Located in the heart of Iskandar, close to the recently announced 250km/h high speed rail link – connecting Iskandar to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur – the practice’s masterplan for Malaysian property-construction company Sunway Group will include new offices and apartments with spectacular coastal views, as well as retail units and a new international school. On completion, the new township is set to become home to a projected population of 120,000 people within 20 years.
The latest blueprint features six distinct green villages with the Pendas River, which runs for seven kilometres through the centre of the township, as a focal point. The design draws on the area’s natural waterways and green spaces to create connected eco parks, green pockets, water bodies and green corridors linked by cycle ways and running routes.
The practice previously completed the initial ‘Citrine’ plan, which has been under construction since mid-2014 and includes 328 serviced apartments, 140,000 sq ft of office space and 51 new retail units. Construction is scheduled for completion in March 2017. The next stage of the masterplan is currently going through the planning process.
Ed Baker, Singapore-based Director at Broadway Malyan, said: “Our expert masterplanning team has worked in close partnership with our long-standing client the Sunway Group to deliver a sustainable, sympathetic and strategic vision for Sunway Iskandar.
“The complete plan draws on the distinctive natural landscape and integrates natural green spaces with modern infrastructure and design to create a unique and cutting-edge township for people to live and work. The focus has been on creating a sense of place for residents, promoting wellness and quality of life through high-quality design and intelligent planning.”
By working with the natural topography of the area the team has delivered a sensitive design for a world-class township which doesn’t require a radical change to the natural setting – a principle that the practice believes is important in developing sustainable future cities.
The Sunway Iskandar masterplan has earned several accolades, including ’Best Township of the Year’ for the past two years at the iProperty.com People’s Choice Awards, the second of which was presented at an event on November 3.