Following a ground-breaking ceremony at Gurney Drive, the much-anticipated Gurney Wharf project, an initiative of the Penang government, will progressively open to the public as it enters the development phase.
The project, expected to cost RM200 million, will have numerous components classified into Priority One and Priority Two, according to Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow. By 2025, the project should be completed completely.
Priority One, he explained, is essentially a green park that would begin at Pangkor Road and would not necessitate any physical construction. It is expected to take 12 months to complete.
Priority Two, which would include a multi-story parking garage, an iconic hawker centre, and a jetty shoreline, will be completed in 24 months or slightly longer, he said.
He predicted that the Gurney Wharf will be a great draw, drawing even more people than the Esplanade seawall project, which was jam-packed after its formal opening. The project also aligns with Penang2030’s goal of a “Family-Focused Green and Smart that Inspires the Nation.”
Chow stated that the state government was aware of the contractors’ current difficult condition as a result of rising material costs and that the matter would be addressed if the contractors raised it with the state government.
The decision to create the Gurney Wharf project began six years ago in 2016, when Lim Guan Eng was the chief minister, according to Chow and state Housing, Local Government, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh.
A children’s playground, skate park, viewing deck (south vantage point), public restrooms, pedestrian promenade, trader’s booths, recreational park, landscape areas, and open space car parks are among the facilities to be created under Priority One, according to Jagdeep.
Additional landscaping areas, more recreational parks, a hawker centre, an observation platform (north vantage point), public restrooms, more trader’s booths, multi-story car parks, open space car parks, a beach area and boardwalk, water water garden, and the drainage system are all included in Priority Two.
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GEORGE TOWN (May 14): Construction of the Gurney Wharf project, which is a park in the largest reclaimed township in Penang worth RM200 million, is expected to be fully completed by early 2025.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the project involves about 20 hectares of reclaimed land at Gurney Drive, which would become the latest attraction in Penang and give economic added value and spillover.
“The Gurney Wharf development initiative began in 2016 with engagement sessions with all stakeholders including Penang residents to obtain views, input and feedback in terms of needs as well as the recreational component required by the community in the state.
“The project will be a promenade with a beautiful sea view, recreational park. hawker centre, parking and other facilities for the entire family to spend quality time and for better quality of life for the people on the whole,” he told reporters after the Gurney Wharf ground-breaking ceremony here on Saturday (May 14).
The ground-breaking ceremony was officiated by Penang Governor Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak and also present were Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman as well as Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P Ramasamy.
Chow said two phases of the project development which were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic will be carried out simultaneously after the ground-breaking ceremony.
He said the two phases of the project would offer a children’s playground, skating park, observation deck, public toilets, pedestrian promenade, hawker kiosks, retail area, surau, landscaped area, recreational park and a multistorey car park.
“The state government is also taking note of the issues that have arisen, but I am sure the stakeholders in the project are aware of the situation, including ensuring that the protection of the environment and the marine area is an aspect that is emphasised during the initial planning stage of the project, ” he said.
He said the state government had also decided to implement the Gurney Wharf project through an open tender and it had agreed to appoint TETO Engineering Sdn Bhd as the main contractor, while the appointment of other subcontractors would be announced from time to time.
“With the appointment of qualified consultants and contractors, the state government hopes the project can be implemented more systematically and comply with the set specifications. In fact, we have also instructed that the traffic flow in the area be carefully planned to ensure the safety of everyone, including pedestrians,” he said.
Source: The Edge Markets