PETALING JAYA, 12 April: S P Setia became one of the biggest winners last night at the glitzy Malaysia Landscape Architecture Awards (MLAA) 2015 ceremony when it took home the ‘Project of the Year’ Award which was won by Lepironia Gardens at Setia Eco Glades. Besides Project of the Year, Lepironia Gardens also won the Excellence Award under the “Parks & The City” category. Other awards which S P Setia won include Honours Award for its Garden of 8 Fountains at Setia Eco Park, Urban Park at Setia Alam, Eco Village at Setia Eco Gardens and a Merit Award for its Metamorphosis Park at Setia Eco Cascadia.
The award ceremony was graced by the guest of honour, YB Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique, Deputy Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, who presented the awards to the winners.
“We are truly honoured to emerge as the biggest winner of the evening as Team Setia has diligently put in their best efforts to strive for excellence over the years and winning these awards are a great recognition of their hard work and dedication. It would motivate us to strive for greater achievements in the coming days as well as to continue to stay true to our LiveLearnWorkPlay development philosophy,” said Dato’ Khor Chap Jen, President and CEO of S P Setia.
One of the key factor that won Lepironia Gardens the ‘Project of the Year’ award was the meticulous efforts which were put into the design which encapsulates a sense of peace, calm and tranquillity within the development featuring a fresh manmade waterway that was carefully designed as the main attraction. S P Setia further enhances the design of the entire site by replanting original site vegetation partly from transplanted trees and wetland plants. Native resident fishes were released into the completed waterways in order to create a balanced ecosystem.
The Orchard Garden is included into the design to ensure birds & insect integration with plants for food and nectar which also invite butterflies into this lush garden. On top of that, the Lepironia Gardens was also crafted with an eco-landscape approach, which inspires human integration with nature. This approach is not only focused on the importance of conservation and preservation but also creates awareness amongst the community about the need for a sustainable environment. Residents can look forward to a sustainable lifestyle, where they can flourish and grow alongside their family in a healthy environment.
“Since our early days, Setia has been clear about our direction to build eco and sustainable living spaces for our community, their children and generations to come. Hence, landscaping and green features have always been a priority in all our developments be it townships, high-rise developments or commercial developments, locally or overseas projects and that is our commitment to our community,” said Dato’ Khor.
Pioneering the concept of eco-themed townships in Malaysia is Setia Eco Park, where honour award recipient, Garden of the 8 Fountains is located. True to its name, it features eight unique fountain themes, such as the Fountain of Union, Fountain of Love, Fountain of Roses, Fountain of Wings and Fountain of Light, to name a few. Residents enjoy taking a stroll along this park while family gatherings are a common sight in this park.
Another recipient of the Malaysia Landscape Architecture Award (MLAA) 2015 Honour award is the Urban Park at Setia Alam. It was designed to be a part of the green finger network and waterways of the township. This environmentally friendly development is in line with the Manual Saliran Mesra Alam Malaysia’s (MASMA) requirements with unsightly concrete monsoon drains being replaced with calm waterways, wide gentle slopes and meandering earth scale, as well as wetlands.
Each area can be utilised for landscape and recreational purposes. “Beautifully landscaped developments not only creates a cooling environment but is also a pleasing view to come home to every day,” Dato’ Khor added. The third development to clinch another honour award was Eco Village at Setia Eco Gardens located in Iskandar, Johor where themed gardens adorn every precinct and residents are surrounded by aromatic plants, flowery foliage, herbal plants and spices, among many.
With approximately 23% of the entire land area in Setia Eco Gardens dedicated to green space, including a 9-acre main park, Setia Eco Gardens promises to be a nature lover’s sanctuary. Another Setia development in the Southern region of Johor that won an award last night was Metamorphosis Park at Setia Eco Cascadia, which clinched the Merit award. Inspired by the lifecycle of a butterfly, the Metamorphosis Park was built to celebrate a harmonious creation.
A majestic waterfall greets residents and visitors to Setia Eco Cascadia, creating a welcoming sight the moment they step into the entrance. The cascading design of the entire development was designed and built with respect to the topography of the land’s natural terrain. One unique feature of this development is the rear gardens of each home are linked together in an impressive network of linear gardens, inviting communal activities within this safely gated and guarded environment. Finally, Setia EcoHill’s Park in Semenyih also received an award at the MLAA 2015.
The award which was awarded to the landscape architect Praxcis Design Sdn. Bhd. marked S P Setia’s sixth township award at the award ceremony. An 11-acre park located at the highest point of the township, which is open to public since 2013, EcoHill Park has become a popular destination for the surrounding community, drawn by the fresh air, breath-taking views and the beautifully designed landscaping.
It is currently the second most visited destination in Semenyih, next to the popular Broga Hill. Conceptualised in 2007 by the Institute of Landscape Architecture Malaysia (ILAM), this is the 8th year the annual Malaysia Landscape Architecture Award is organised. Over the years, the number of submission has grown and the recent number stands at 130 entries including projects from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, vying for a recognition of this prestigious award which is endorsed by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).
Image Caption: Dato’ Khor Chap Jen, President and CEO of S PSetia Berhad receiving the Project of the Year Award from YB Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique, Deputy Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government. Looking on was Assoc Prof LAr Dr Osman Mohd Tahir, President of Institute Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM).