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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

1st high-rise housing contract inked

Aaron Wong

THE Ministry of Development (MoD) and Dara Construction Sdn Bhd signed a contract for the construction of Brunei’s first high-rise apartments under the national housing scheme. The project will be completed by 2016.

The first phase of the project at Lambak Kanan/Salambigar – containing apartments which can accomodate up to 1,800 residents – will take 18 months to complete, with construction beginning at the end of this month at a cost of $55 million.

Spanning 15 hectares, the 300 units will be in 10 six-storey buildings, separated into two areas containing five buildings each – with a multi-storey car park in between which has a football field, among other sporting and recreational facilities on its rooftop.

Each apartment will be 170 square metres, with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living room, dining room and kitchen.

Yesterday’s contract also includes developing master plan for the vicinity of the apartments. It may include a school, community hall, commercial buildings and recreational facilities constructed across 42 hectares.

The apartments will also retain rainwater to be recycled, said an architect from the Housing Development Department.

Muhammad Zaim Arifin Rosli said the area for the project would have a definitive green concept to reduce the ‘urban heat island’ effect – where temperatures rise because of the close proximity of buildings and human activity.

The ceremony held at MoD’s Dewan Bertabur yesterday saw Acting Director of Housing Development Mohammad Nazri Mohammad Yusof and Managing Director of Dara Construction Lim Yu Teck sign on behalf of their organisations, and witnessed by Minister of Development Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman.

Acting Deputy Director of Housing Development Abdul Hakim Hj Hanafiah and Director of Dara Construction Ang Chuan Chai were also present to witness their respective parties sign the agreement.

Sumber - The Brunei Times

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