Penang welcomes participants to register their interest in masterplan design competition of Penang South Islands



THE Penang government is inviting world leading architects and town planners to take part in the Penang South Islands International Masterplan Design Competition (MDC).

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project would be ‘temporarily’ named as the Penang South Islands (PSI) until the competition ends.

The competition is a collaboration between the state and the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) Northern Chapter under the Board of Architects Malaysia (LAM).

“The RoI process is now open and the deadline is at 5pm on Nov 25.

“Participants are welcomed to form consortiums comprise of multidisciplinary experts; such as in smart city, economics, engineering, technology and innovation, mobility and transportation, landscape, sustainability and environmental design,” he told a press conference during the lunch break of State Legislature Assembly in Dewan Sri Pinang today.

Chow said that the state government had allocated RM5 million for the competition, which includes publicity.

According to the competition website, the qualification process would be conducted in two phases – the RoI and the Expression of Interest (EoI).

Successful RoI participants would be invited to take part in the EoI process. Participants shall bear any cost incurred for the RoI and EoI submission as there are no design works required at the qualifying stage.

Five finalists will be shortlisted after the qualification process.

Chow said that the state was giving out an honorarium of US$125,000 (RM510,000 at this current exchange) to each of the finalists to participate in the MDC.

The commencement of the design stage is scheduled to be on Jan 8 next year (2020). The deadline for the design stage submission is 5pm on April 8 next year (2020).

Chow said that the proposal deemed most suitable by the Master Jury panel would be appointed by the state as the lead master plan designer, subject to terms and conditions.

He said design proposals would have to adhere with the conditions imposed by the National Physical Planning Council (NPPC).

“This includes sustainability, transportation, affordable housing and greenery.

“This PSI project will transform Penang to be a main investment hub with an international tourism standard,” he said.

Also present were SRS Consortium project director Szeto Wai Loong and state Financial Officer Datuk Sarul Bahiyah Abu.

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Story by Edmund Lee
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