Integrated landscaping services company Cypark Sdn Bhd can boast being the first Malaysian firm to secure a world-class tourist attraction beautification job.
The RM5mil project, awarded by the Xian City Council on Oct 4, may not be a large project, but it is of utmost importance to Cypark.
It would be the company's maiden project in China, given that it was making efforts to establish its core competency in that country, said executive vice-chairman K.K. Siow.
“We have to be resilient and do what the Chinese cannot do. They can soon learn the trade and provide their services much cheaper; so we have to constantly keep ahead,” he said.
The Xian beautification project, valued at some RM30mil, encompasses about 500 acres. The project that Cypark won is to beautify the peripheral of the Dayan or Da Ci’en Temple, about 4km from the city centre. The temple includes a 1,352-year-old, seven-storey pagoda, one of the city’s most distinctive and outstanding landmarks.
“Besides the terra cotta warriors, located about 50km from the city, there is really nothing much for a tourist to see in Xian. The city council, therefore, wants to beautify the city to get the tourists to stay longer. Their objective is three days,” Siow said.
“We’re currently in the construction drawing and design stage. Full implementation is expected to begin later this month. It’s a fast-track project to be completed before the Chinese New Year.''
Technical director Robbert van Nouhuijs, the person in charge of the project, said the experience Cypark gained from fast-track projects such as those in Putrajaya had helped in securing the contract.
“We won against the Taiwanese, who did the main plaza project, and the local Chinese, who did the West Garden job, mainly because we’re very specialised on jobs like this,” he said.
Cypark, which has good rapport with the city council, aims to be involved in other phases of the beautification project, as well as other projects in Xian, such as the development of a new township, Everybright City.
Besides Xian, Cypark is also actively pursuing projects in Shanghai and its surrounding cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou, as well as in Beijing. It is in discussions with three large groups on the landscaping design and implementation of their development projects. They are Hong Kong-based Shui On, one of the largest developers in Shanghai; Hutchison Whampoa, and Chinese government-owned Creda, probably the largest developer in China.
Siow said Cypark had set up a networking office in Shanghai with the aim of anchoring in that city as it developed into a major metropolitan city, and another office in Beijing to capture opportunities as the city fast-tracked its development projects to get ready for the 2008 Olympics.
An office was set up in India in August. Nouhuijis said although there had been a few job proposals, nothing had been confirmed yet.
“We believe India would be rapidly developing in five to ten years and we would like to be well positioned for that market. But the moment is not yet ripe for us to enter in an aggressive way,” he added.
Together with Malaysian partners, Cypark is also bidding for three projects in Qatar and Dubai worth about RM100mil in total.