THE 12 Waves followed up its win in the Industrial Category at the FIABCI Malaysia Property Awards (MPA) in November 2019, by bagging the Silver Award in the Industrial Category of the 2021 FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Awards that were announced online on June 2.
The only Malaysian development that made it into the winners’ list for the world finals, The 12 Waves is a state-of-the-art 21st century warehouse in PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd’s integrated sustainable hub strategically located in the Batu Kawan Industrial Park on mainland Penang.
The Malaysia Book of Records recognised it as both ‘The Longest Warehouse in Malaysia’ (648m) and ‘The Biggest Single Storey Warehouse in Malaysia’ (650,000sq ft) in August 2018.
On the accolade, Group chief executive and managing director Datuk Michael Tio shared “We’re honoured by the global recognition, as we never imagined a homegrown integrated logistics provider like ourselves would make waves on the world stage.”
“This is testament to our efforts in transforming the logistics industry through world-class warehouse concepts that are not only environmentally friendly but also capable of serving the local community’s education and lifestyle needs.”
The 12 Waves is PKT’s 4th generation warehouse after The Ship, The Waves and The Lighthouse all in Shah Alam, Selangor.
A 21st century warehouse
The overall development sprawling over 2,000,000sq ft and also comprises other commercial components such as The Ship Campus, The Automotive Boulevard, The Lighthouse Lodge and The Andaman Wharf.
But The 12 Waves, costing RM120mil is its heart. Designed by Kun Lim architect, it strikes a balance between technological advancement, a respect for nature and enhancing value for stakeholders.
Its design capitalises on Malaysia’s tropical weather with lots of sun and rain. The iconic roof with a dozen curved panels mimicking lapping waves efficiently harvests rainwater, whilst allowing optimal natural light and ventilation into interior spaces. Solar panels also help reduce energy consumption. All these ensures operations are clean, green and sustainable, with a lower carbon footprint.
Modern community features
More than a warehouse, The 12 Waves also features rest and recreational amenities open to the public – including The Service Area with a convenience store, food court, public restrooms and ATM. There is also a trucker-friendly lounge with shower facilities.
Another attraction is The Nature Walk, a 750m-long Japanese Zen garden with 118 Tecoma trees. Designed by Japanese landscape architect Masaki Kumagai, it also features a Mori Forest, Koi pond, tea house and pavilion, and fronts the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge.
Opened in August 2020, it gave visitors, mainly Penangites, a taste of Japan. Already, it is dubbed ‘The Longest Japanese Garden in Malaysia’.
Integrated sustainable hub
The entire development is envisioned as a sustainable logistics hub, catering to various industries such as automotive, medical, and electrical and electronics (E&E).
Among other components, The Ship Campus is the national HQ of Peninsula College – PKT Logistics Group’s education arm, operating in partnership with the University of Plymouth, UK.
Upcoming components are a premium B&B known as The Lighthouse Lodge, and a unique automotive retail and lifestyle development called The Automotive Boulevard.
About the company
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