FIABCI award for Setia Eco Gardens7 June 2012, By New Straits Times
INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION:SP Setia the only Malaysian developer to win prestigious prize four times
ONCE again, property developer SP Setia Bhd Group has added another International Real Estate Federation prize under its belt.
At the FIABCI Prix d'Excellence Awards 2012 held in St Petersburg in Russia recently, the group's Eco Greens Gallery in Setia Eco Gardens, Johor, emerged the winner in the Specialised Project (Purpose-Built) category.
SP Setia has clinched the international recognition four times, making it the only developer in Malaysia to have achieved such a feat.
A total of 14 developers from seven countries took part in the event this year.
Previous FIABCI awards went to the group's Setia Eco Park in Shah Alam for Best Master Plan (2007) and Best Residential (Low-Rise) Development (2011) and Setia Eco Gardens for Best Master Plan (2009).
As for the Setia Eco Gardens, it is the second FIABCI award for the eco-themed development in Johor.
SP Setia chief executive officer and president Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin said the award has marked another milestone for Setia Eco Gardens, which has shown its commitment to sustain an eco-themed development.
"Located in Iskandar Malaysia, Setia Eco Gardens is a sustainable residential development and the Eco Greens Gallery is known as a landmark building with a leisure park and green wall," said Liew.
The gallery, built on a green lung spreading 11 hectares, provide residents of Setia Eco Gardens the luxury of living amid a healthy natural environment.
"Eco Greens is a community park catering to green principles. It is a sanctuary for people as well as the indigenous flora and fauna.
"It was designed to meet the aspirations of today's generation without compromising the needs of future generation," he said.
He also added that it was a conservation effort encompassing the rehabilitation and enhancement of the original ecosystem as well as the establishment of a rainforest reserve.
A number of enhanced natured habitats, including the ECO Gallery's south facing Green Wall, were integrated into the park landscape to sustain and nurture the eco-system.
Also present at the international event were FIABCI World president 2011/2012 Alexander Romanenko, FIABCI Prix d'Excellence 2012 president Laszlo Gonczi and St Petersburg committee for construction chairman Vyacheslav Semenenko.