iDEA 2018 celebrates and recognises 35 top developers and developments in Malaysia
The atmosphere at the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur grand ball room on 15 November 2018 resembled a star studded ceremony reminiscent of the Oscars with over 500 property developers and industry professionals dressed in their finest. In essence, the iProperty Development Excellence Awards (iDEA) held the same significance of globally-renowned award ceremonies, as it honours the country’s best developers and developments.
Held for the second time, the iDEA awards celebrated the highest levels of achievement and outstanding developments in 14 highly-regarded categories in real-estate. Although a formal affair, the mood at the event especially during the cocktail reception held prior, was light-hearted and casual with many industry professionals socialising with one another. Still despite the open display of camaraderie there is no denying that those in attendance were eagerly waiting to see who would walk away with an iDEA 2018 award that night.
iDEA was created by iProperty.com.my, the consumer brand of REA Group Asia in Malaysia and Malaysia’s No. 1 property site to recognise the outstanding performance and exceptional work in the Malaysian property and real-estate industry. The success of the first award ceremony held in 2017 signified the importance of the awards and the value it holds to both developers as well as consumers.
In his speech, David Mawer, General Manager, iProperty.com.my said:
“To all finalists and winners of iProperty Developer Excellence Awards, we celebrate you, not only for the role you play in the property industry delivering such outstanding developments; also for the important role you have in helping people buy their first home, an affordable home, an investment property, a place to call home and in doing so building the great communities that we all get to enjoy.”
This year, the awards consisted of 13 categories, which were judged on 28th August 2018 by a panel of 6 top industry judges with expertise in the disciplines Building & Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Valuation, Law and Map Making.
The judging committee consisted of:
- Architect Ezumi Harzani Bin Ismail – President of Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM)
- Prof. Landscape Architect Dr. Osman Mohd Tahir – President of Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM)
- Dato’ Surveyor Lau Wai Seang – President of Royal Institute of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM) Session 2017-2018;
- Engineer Ahmad Izdihar Bin Supaat – President of Malaysia Green Building Confederation (MGBC) Session 2016-2018
- Ho Chin Soon, Chairman of Ho Chin Soon Research
- Dato’ Seri Matthew Yeoh, Co-Founder of ASEAN Legal Alliance.
Architect Sarly Adre Sarkum, Deputy President of Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM), with years of judging experience in various property awards, served as the award convenor.
More than 25 leading developers across Malaysia were shortlisted with projects ranging from residential, industrial, and township developments from Northern region, central region and Southern region. The submissions for iDEA 2018 were split into two parts to give recognition to both completed developments and developments that are still under construction. Ever evolving, iDEA 2018 also saw the introduction of new award categories – Best Transit-Oriented Development and Best Industrial Development.
What sets iDEA apart from other industry awards is that it also boasts the People’s Choice Award category that allows the members of the public to vote for their Top 10 favourite developers. The voting process, which was carried out online from 15th to 28th August 2018 attracted thousands of voters. All results from the People’s Choice Award category and the other 13 judged categories were independently verified by the award balloting partner, PwC Malaysia.
As the evening got underway with an exquisite dinner service and music provided by a live jazz band, the event truly shifted into gear once the awards ceremony officially began.
On this evening, Matrix Concepts Holdings Berhad emerged the biggest winner at iDEA 2018 as they walked away with four awards including Best Township Development for their flagship project, Bandar Sri Sendayan in Seremban.
Mutiara Rini Sdn Bhd, a member of Boustead Holdings Berhad, clinched the Development of the Year title for One Cochrane Residences, while Mah Sing Group Berhad picked up the Best Affordable Development for Savanna Executive Suites.
In the two new categories this year, R&F Princess Cove by R&F Development Sdn Bhd picked up the award for Best Transit-Oriented Development while i-Park @ Senai Airport City by Ipark Development Sdn Bhd bagged the Best Industrial Development.
Following the awards ceremony, Dato’ Sr. Lau Wai Seang, President of Royal Institute of Surveyors Malaysia 2016-2018 (RISM) summed up the awards perfectly:
“Credible developers, quality projects and location, are value. With all the checks and balances in place, you can be assured that only the best and most deserving developments are recognised in iDEA awards.”
A total of 35 winners went home with awards on the night. There is no denying that iDEA 2018 once again delivered a fitting celebration of the many achievements and accomplishments in the Malaysian property sector. By acknowledging those whose work has stood out from the crowd, iDEA 2018 showcases not only what a fantastic year it was for the Malaysian property market but also the exciting future the sector will build towards in the years ahead.
The winners of the iProperty Development Excellence Awards (iDEA) 2018 were:
Development of the Year – Le Nouvel KLCC by Wing Tai Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Best Luxury High-Rise Development – Le Nouvel KLCC by Wing Tai Malaysia Sdn bhd
Best Luxury Landed Development – Horizon Hills by Gamuda Land
Best Residential High-Rise Development – Sky Condominium by IOI Properties Group Berhad
Best Residential Landed Development – Rafflesia @ Hill by MK Land Holdings Berhad
Best Affordable Development – Savanna Executive Suites by Mah Sing Group Berhad
Best Mixed Development – R&F Princess Cove by R&F Development Sdn Bhd
Best Northern Development – Meru Valley EcoVillage by Kinta Properties Holdings Sdn Bhd
Best Southern Development – Horizon Hills by Gamuda Land
Best Transit-Oriented Development – R&F Princess Cove by R&F Development Sdn Bhd
Best Industrial Development – i-Park @ Senai Airport City by Ipark Development Sdn Bhd
Development of the Year – One Cochrane Residences by Mutiara Rini Sdn Bhd
Best Luxury High-Rise Development – Agile Bukit Bintang by Agile Tropicana Development Sdn Bhd
Best Luxury Landed Development – Serene Mont Kiara by Impiana Land & Development Sdn Bhd
Best Residential High-Rise Development – Damansara Seresta by Land & General Berhad
Best Residential Landed Development – Dalia Residences, Tropicana Aman by Tropicana Corporation Berhad
Best Affordable Development – Astania & Astana @ Tiara Sendayan by Matrix Concepts Holding Berhad
Best Mixed Development – Edusphere @ Cyberjaya by HCK Capital Group Berhad
Best Northern Development – SummerSkye Residences by Ideal Property Group
Best Sustainable Development – Tropicana Gardens by Tropicana Corporation Berhad
Best Township Development – Bandar Sri Sendayan by Matrix Concepts Holdings Berhad
Best Transit-Oriented Development – One Cochrane Residences by Mutiara Rini Sdn Bhd
Top 10 Developers -People’s Choice Award (in alphabetical order)
HCK Capital Group
Ideal Property Group
IOI Properties Group Berhad
LBS Bina Group Berhad
Mah Sing Group Berhad
Matrix Concepts Holdings Berhad
MK Land Holdings Berhad
Sime Darby Property Berhad
Tropicana Corporation Berhad
Innovative Leader of the Year – Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Leong Hoy Kum, Group Managing Director of Mah Sing Group Berhad
Wellness Living Innovation Award – City of Elmina by Sime Darby Property Berhad
The Progressive Developer Award – Matrix Concepts Holdings Berhad
For more information on iDEA 2018, and the complete list of winners and finalists please visit our official page.