Stay up to date with the latest in Penang’s real estate industry with Radar Youth Tours

This article was first published in The Edge Malaysia Weekly’s City & Country from April 29, 2024 to May 5, 2024.

Radar Youth, the youth wing of the Malaysian Real Estate and Housing Developers Association, organized a study tour of six sites in Penang in August last year.

These included PKT Logistics Group’s One Auto Hub, an integrated logistics hub in Batu Kawan, and Paramit Malaysia’s manufacturing facility in Simpang Ampat on the mainland.

On the island, tours include Penang Development Corporation’s Siaboy Urban Archaeological Park, Ascott’s Citadines Connect Georgetown Penang Hotel, Penang Turf Club’s Penang Retirement Resort in Georgetown, and Eastern and Oriental BHD (E&O)’s Andaman Island off Tanjung Tokong. I visited. .

As a future leader in the country’s real estate industry, Rehda Youth has frequently organized study tours to learn best practices in the industry.

“With the theme ‘Building dreams, shaping the future: Exploring Penang’s progress’, [of this trip] It is about learning from Penang’s development progress and understanding how companies are incorporating sustainability into their projects,” said Jonah Sia, a member of the tour organizing committee.

More than that, he added, such tours also serve as a way for participants to learn about developments outside their home state.

One Auto Hub Ship Campus and the 12 Waves warehouse component behind it (Photo courtesy of PKT Logistics Sdn Bhd)

Comprehensive logistics base

Our first stop was One Auto Hub in Batu Kawan Industrial Park. The 2 million square foot logistics hub consists of a warehouse component (The 12 Waves) and a campus component (The Ship Campus).

“Batu Kawan is particularly famous as a manufacturing base for semiconductors and medical devices.As a result, collaboration with various industries is also actively taking place.The biggest problem is human resources, and the STEM (science, science, There is a shortfall of 14,000 students in technology, engineering, mathematics) and engineering schools,” said Sean Yeo, deputy chief operating officer and head of the Entrepreneurial Growth Hub at The Ship Campus.

Recognizing these issues, PKT Logistics has expanded its education arm, Peninsula College, to include The Ship Campus, which can accommodate up to 4,000 students and offers courses in logistics management, computer science, business, and more. The Ship Campus takes a holistic approach to developing young manufacturing talent, integrating campus and hub facilities to provide real-world work experience as part of the curriculum.

The campus also has a co-working space that is open to the public, a gymnasium with ocean views, a library, a theater, and an auditorium.

“Known as an entrepreneurial growth hub, our coworking space is an open space office concept with hot desks, fixed desks, and office suites. Beyond that, we have transformed into a startup incubator.” said Mr Yeo.

He added that Penang’s startup scene was not as strong as Kuala Lumpur, so he organized a networking event for executives.

Meanwhile, the warehouse component, 12 Waves, is equipped with solar panels, advanced security and surveillance systems, and features a design that prioritizes natural light and ventilation, including a staggered roof that mimics ocean waves. Masu.

Next to the warehouse is a 750-meter long Japanese garden that includes a koi pond, a tea room, and a forest of tecoma trees. The garden was created as a place for staff to relax.

Other staff facilities at the logistics hub include a trucker lounge, food court, convenience store and shower facilities.

conservation results

Sia Boy Urban Archaeological Park and Citadines Connect Georgetown Penang are examples of places where heritage and cultural elements are preserved.

Located on Prangin Road, Shea Boy may look like any other park, but it is of great historical importance to the city as an important trading post and gateway to the island in the 19th century.

“The site has a canal that runs all the way to the sea,” explains BYG Group architect Michael Ong. “This is an important place because it was once a trading point. In the past, ships were parked at sea and boats and sampans loaded with cargo were brought into the canal. The canal was a means of transportation for merchants. It functioned as

A community project by the Penang Development Corporation (PDC), Shea Boy was originally planned to be redeveloped as a residential development, but BYG Group, which was commissioned by PDC to carry out the redevelopment project, had other ideas.

Instead of building high-rise residential buildings, a plan was considered to regenerate the 2.53 acres of land into a park with a focus on greenery.

According to Ong, at the time, Penang city center was suffering from a population decline as residents moved to the suburbs following the abolition of the rent control law.

With this in mind, he proposed reclaiming underutilized spaces to benefit the local community. “The whole idea was to bring back the population of the city. But to bring them back, you need proper facilities,” he said.

Paramit factory surrounded by greenery (Photo provided by Paramit Malaysia Sdn Bhd)

Today, the city park has a new start. It’s a popular spot, especially in the evening, with tourists strolling or jogging along the canal while children enjoy the playground.

Also on site is the restored 19th-century market hall structure, which is now an event space.

A short distance from Shea Boy is Citadines Connect Georgetown Penang, also designed by BYG Group.

The 143-key hotel is comprised of three consecutive shophouses built in 1937 facing Lorong Seti, Jalan Gurdwara and Lebu Nooruddin.

BYG’s Ong said his team decided to stay true to the building’s typology by preserving and restoring both the facade and interior, while incorporating functional elements into the space.

Today, the former shophouse sports a refreshed look while maintaining its colonial-style façade.

The C-shaped hotel has three frontages and was designed with functionality in mind. The hotel’s rooms face the quiet Lorong Seti, while the retail shops and main entrance face the lively Jalan Gurudwara and Rubu Noorddin, respectively. At the center of the property is a courtyard.

Other facilities include a gym, swimming pool, lobby lounge and meeting rooms.

At the Palamit factory, open glass panels allow for green views from the office area

artificial island

After passing through the tree-lined streets of Seri Tanjung Pinang and crossing the Andaman Bridge, we arrived at the 760-acre Andaman Island, reclaimed by E&O.

Ramesh Gnanasegaran, Assistant General Manager, Marketing and Sales, E&O, said Andaman Island is built on six core pillars: Residential, Commercial, Education, Health and Wellbeing, Corporate Office Towers and Sustainability. said.

Andaman Island will be accessible from Gurney Bridge in addition to the Andaman Bridge from Seri Tanjung Pinang. The Gurney Bridge will connect the artificial island to Gurney Drive when the bridge is completed.

Andaman Island was announced in 2021 with the launch of The Meg Serviced Residences. This was followed by the arrival of Arica Serviced Residences in April 2023. Meg is fully occupied and Arika has achieved her 90%+ occupancy rate.

Penang Retirement Resort offers independent living support (Photo by Chelsea J Lim/The Edge)

Resort style retirement village

Located away from the city’s busy areas, Penang Retirement Resort offers a tranquil environment. Continuing Care Retirement Community Centers are designed to provide seniors with a continuum of lifelong care, with options for independent living and assisted living.

The center is housed in a seven-story building with two wings for independent living (77 units) and assisted living (49 units). Units range in size from 414 to 1,246 sq ft and prices start from RM450 per day.

According to Penang Retirement Resort’s nursing director Ooi Chai Ying, the assisted living units are equipped with artificial intelligence monitoring technology such as fall risk detection and motion detection. These systems alert on-call nurses if a risk is detected.

Separate living units, on the other hand, are only fitted with motion detection systems.

Mr. Oi said it is important for residents to continue to be active as it contributes to improving their physical and mental health.

Study tour participants walk through the 750-meter-long Japanese garden next to One Auto Hub’s 12 Waves warehouse component.

“Retirement doesn’t mean doing nothing. We want our residents to focus on their interests. We have residents who like to bake, and we want to encourage them. We encourage and help organize instructional classes. If you like singing, we try to hire teachers. We listen to our residents and find out what they like. and plan your activities accordingly. [their interests]” she elaborated.

Facilities at the retirement resort include a dining hall, karaoke room, gym, and recreation room with mahjong and board games. Community activities such as Tai Chi classes are organized to promote an active lifestyle for the elderly.

We also offer services to residents and the general public, including a spa, physical therapy, wellness center, salon, and memory clinic.

“Factory in the Forest”

The final stop on the tour was Paramit Malaysia’s Penang manufacturing facility located in the industrial area of ​​Simpang Ampat.

The 5-acre facility includes 160,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space for the electronics company, which makes medical devices.

Citadines Connect’s courtyard is perfect for hosting events

This facility, named “Factory in the Forest,” is surrounded by greenery, with trees growing on the premises.

In addition, there is a louvered canopy to minimize direct sunlight entering the factory.

At the center of the factory is a courtyard bathed in natural light, which acts as a break area separating the office space and production area.

When we were there, workers could be seen relaxing, chatting, and eating lunch in the shade of tall mature trees.

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