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Sunday November 25, 2012

Ipoh condo project among top SEA property award winners

SINGAPORE: A condominium development in Ipoh has been named Malaysia's Best Condominium at a property event here that gathered a host of high-flying professionals and companies from the luxury residential property sector from all over the region.

The Haven Lakeside Residencies development was among four Malaysian entries that shone at the annual South-East Asia Property Awards 2012 here on Friday night.

The project, developed by The Haven Sdn Bhd and launched in January last year, comprises three luxury condominium towers overlooking a natural lake and scenic limestone hills.

An added attraction is a limestone rock said to be 280 million years old and standing about 14 storeys high, according to The Haven Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Peter Chan.

The other Malaysian winners at the awards night were Sunway Bhd (Best Malaysian developer), The Residences, Putra Heights, developed by Sime Darby Property Bhd (Best Malaysian villa) and Savills Rahim & Co (Best Malaysian property consultancy).

More than 370 guests from around the region including Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia and host Singapore joined the gala dinner which saw 35 awards given out for various categories, including developer, development, real estate service, architecture and interior design.

Jose E.B. Antonio, chief executive officer of Philippines-based Century Properties Group Inc took the coveted Property Report Real Estate Personality of the Year award.

Chan, in his acceptance speech on behalf of The Haven Sdn Bhd, said he was happy to receive the award for Ipoh.

“It shows Ipoh can win prestigious international awards because the city is truly attractive.

“Its potential has not been recognised and has been under-rated for too long.

“We hope with this recognition, the awareness of Ipoh will be awakened that Ipoh can produce a condo development that is recognised as the nation's best,” he said, adding that his company had won seven other awards in the past.

Event organiser Ensign Media CEO Terry Blackburn, in his congratulatory address, said: “We have seen some real world-beating developments awarded here that really represent the full gamut of what South-East Asia real estate has to offer.”

Over 1,400 nominations were received, with over 300 entries in the hotly contested Best Condominium awards for Malaysia and Singapore.

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