GEORGE TOWN, Feb 23 – Penangites were today given a preview of the new seafront public park planned for the Gurney Drive foreshore. Spanning close to 60 acres, this water-fronting public recreation area called Gurney Wharf is a Penang State Government initiative. The Press Conference Gurney Wharf Development Project with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng this morning at Komtar, Penang.
The state government initiative, named as Gurney Wharf, will be created on land to be reclaimed by Tanjung Pinang Development Sdn Bhd (TPD), a subsidiary of Eastern & Oriental Berhad (E&O). The proposed Gurney Wharf concept masterplan encompasses four distinct character areas: Seaside Retail F&B, Water Gardens, Beach and Coastal Grove.
“This masterplan concept will create a new iconic waterfront destination for Penang, for the benefit of the people of Penang. In the meantime, Penang State Government had also approved the land reclamation for work for the Gurney Drive seafront. Will be propose the masterplan for Gurney Wharf on 131 acres of reclaimed land to public while to gain public feedback,” said Lim.
The proposed masterplan will be publicly displayed at an exhibition, titled “My Gurney Wharf”, at Level Two in Komtar (beside Popular retail mall) from today until Friday. Meanwhile, it will also be displayed at the Gurney Plaza mall for nine days from this Friday.
According to E&O group corporate strategy director Lyn Chai, the 2km-long fencing will be installed along the perimeter of the Seri Tanjung Pinang Phase Two (STP2) and Gurney Drive foreshore reclamation area. The fencing will be installed from the Gurney Drive roundabout to the southern end of the Gurney Drive at Jalan Pangkor.
TPD is reclaiming land for STP2 in accordance with the Concession Agreement for the project. In additional to this, it is also reclaiming an additional 131 acres along Gurney Drive foreshore for the Penang State Government. In the proposal, Gurney Wharf’s Seaside Retail F&B celebrates Penang’s vibrant seafront brought to life by elements such as a waterfronting public promenade, seafront dining facilities including the island’s famed hawker fare and a pier walk.
The Water Gardens area will be defined by lush gardens, ponds and wetlands with its most distinctive feature being landscaped water gardens with innovative storm water filtration systems. Modelled after Singapore’s success with this at Gardens on the Bay, this is a pioneering system in Malaysia which is aesthetically outstanding as it is functional.
Penangites also can access to nearly 400 meters man-made of sandy beach for recreational activities. While the Coastal Grove, there would be a skate park for teens and youth, not far from the casuarinas lining the present Gurney Drive. Once the project is approved, Phase One of Gurney Wharf is expected to be completed by middle of 2018.
Also present were Penang State Executive Councillor and Local Government, Traffic Management and Environment Committee Chairman, YB Chow Kon Yeow; Member Parliament for Bukit Bendera, YB Zairil Khir Johari; CEO of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (GDP) Architects, Kamil Merican; Senior Associate Landscape Architect of Grant Associates Singapore Pte Ltd, Mike Wood; and Director of Eastern & Oriental Berhad (E&O), Lyn Chai.