OPEN tenders for contractors to start work on the much-awaited recreational waterfront project — Gurney Wharf, are expected to be called by end of this month.
Penang housing, town and country planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the tenders are for five contractors — one main contractor and four sub-contractors, to carry out steel roof works, soft landscaping, marine engineering and for the skate park and playground.
Construction work on the RM176mil project is expected to begin at the end of this year.
“If it was not for the pandemic, we would have begun our physical work for the project development in December last year.
“Both Phase One and Two of the construction work would be carried out concurrently after the groundbreaking ceremony,” he said when met at the Gurney Wharf reclamation site along Gurney Drive on Saturday.
Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI) deputy general manager S. Bharathi said the open tenders would last for six weeks and successful contractors would be announced by mid-December.
“Once everything checks out on the contractors’ side, the groundbreaking can be carried out soon after as most of the preparations and paperwork are done,” she explained.
Phase One comprises of green areas and public parks while Phase Two will be the landscaped area, recreation park, additional hawker stalls and kiosks, toilets, parking area and drainage system.
In 2016, it was reported that the coast along Gurney Drive would get a makeover under a massive recreational waterfront project.
About 50 acres (20ha) of the 131 acres (53ha) reclaimed area will be turned into a public park complete with public facilities and amenities for the disabled.
The Gurney Wharf project is touted as the state’s seafront park-in-the-city project.
The entire reclamation project spanning 53ha was completed in September 2019 but the project took a break due to travel restrictions and for the land to settle.
The project will deliver significant new opportunities for Penangites via publicly accessible waterfront promenades plus retail, education, lifestyle and transport amenities.