JOINING the big players in the international arena is United Malayan Land Bhd (UMLand) with its win at the International Property Awards Grand Finals 2015.
UMCity Office Tower, part of the UMCity Medini Lakeside development at Medini, Iskandar Malaysia, bagged the Best Office Development Asia Pacific and Best International Office Development titles at the awards held in London’s Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square last December.
The International Property Awards recognise achievements by organisations in the property industry, and serves as a platform for winners around the world to meet, learn and network.
Participants were judged, among other things, on design, quality, service, innovation, originality and commitment to sustainability by an independent panel of 70 industry experts.
The awards come in three stages – national, regional, and then, winners from each region qualify and move on to the international stage.
UMCity Office Tower was commended for its innovative architectural design, among other things.
UMLand group chief executive officer Datuk Charlie Chia Lui Meng said the development, set for completion in 2018, was of Grade A design with state-of-the-art facilities.
The concept of the development centred around the “Internet of Things” (IoT), in which devices, buildings and other objects are linked via electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity, enabling them to communicate, collect and exchange data.
“It is a well thought-out design coupled with the seamless integration of other commercial and supporting components within the development,” he said.
“For this, we have enlisted the expertise of Samsung to provide comprehensive solutions. Samsung C&T of Korea, which has handled well-known projects such as the Petronas Twin Towers and Burj Khalifa in Dubai, is the contractor for this development.
“Then, we have Samsung Electronics for the application of technology and smart features. We are also working with Samsung security to use the latest systems and technology for this building.
“Our security will be top-notch as we focus more on preventive measures rather than reactive. The security features will include advanced video analytics to access behaviour of people so we can detect if they are acting suspicious. All these actually contributed to our win,” explained Chia.
Besides the UMCity Office Tower, there are also two serviced residences, a hotel, lakeside shopping centre and a wide range of business suites, which make up the UMCity Medini Lakeside in Medini, Iskandar Malaysia.
Launched last May, the UMCity Medini lakeside project will be home to firms such as the Ascott Limited, Onyx Hospitality Group and Regus.
The 12.1ha flagship development has a gross development value of RM1.2bil.
The timing of the awards is expected to attract more foreign and high-level corporate investors to Iskandar Malaysia, a key objective of the Johor state in its effort towards making southern Peninsular Malaysia’s most developed region.
Chia believes factors such as lower operational costs; benefits of growth in Asean and Asia; and its strategic location as well as accessibility to leading Asia cities will draw investors to Iskandar Malaysia.
“Medini is a place with potential and incentives for businesses and multinationals to set up offices and operations,” he said.
UMLand executive director Dennis Ng added: “It will be UMLand’s interpretation of redefining Iskandar Malaysia, and is set to be the premier development in Medini. We want to make UMCity an international destination.”
Once UMCity has been completed, UMLand’s next target is the Fiabci Prix d’Excellence Awards – one of the most prestigious property development awards in the world.
“We will continue to strive for better growth and excellence as our vision is to be the property developer of distinction by creating quality lifestyles and communities at the same time developing a brand of innovation and trust,” said Ng.
The “Best International Office Develop-ment” award is UMLand’s first international accreditation, adding to a long list of local and regional awards which it has garnered since its establishment.