JOHOR BARU: Forest City recently won the Global Model of Green Building Industrial Park award, which was part of the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Award (SCAHSA) presented by the Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS).
This was the second time that Forest City, which is being developed by Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd, won the award. The company received the prize in New York recently.
GFHS is a non-profit organisation with Special Consultative Status under the United Nations Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc), which was committed to building sustainable cities and human settlements.
The SCAHSA award established by GFHS was a trendsetter for urban construction in sustainable development.
Forest City, China’s Wuyi County and Indonesia’s Surabaya City were among the winning entries picked from 23 countries and regions.
Country Garden vice-general manager for overseas business, Dr Wang Jiying, said by taking full advantage of its technical resources, Forest City was creating a 1.7sq km construction-focused industrial park.
“It is part of our efforts to promote the development of a green building industry and improve building precision and quality,” said Wang.
Forest City’s industrial park, with a gross floor area spanning some 1.6 million square meters, is conveniently located in the northwest of Forest City, near the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP), and is about 10km from Forest City’s Island One.
The park is on track to evolve into a leading comprehensive and modern manufacturing facility for construction products with a reach across Asia, and even globally, by integrating the entire industry chain, including construction engineering, prefabrication, logistics and transport, parts processing, assembly and construction, as well as scientific research and development.
The first phase of the modern prefabrication plant has already been completed and is now ranked first in Asia in terms of single-building capacity.
The second phase of the park is currently under construction, which will include two specialty plants, each of which is about the same size as the facilities in the first phase.
After the completion of the two plants, the park is expected to become the world’s largest industrial production facility for construction products in terms of overall capacity.
In addition, Forest City will include several support facilities and a water transport system, all of which are expected to be operational by 2019, with the aim of creating a truly industrialised manufacturing base for the construction industry over the next three to five years.
Forest City had won a number of international awards over the past years, including the BSLA Merit Award, one of the most prestigious design awards in the United States.
The project’s International Clubhouse was awarded with the LEED-CS Gold Pre-Certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
Forest City also won the 2016 Frost & Sullivan Asia-Pacific New Product Innovation Leadership in Property Development Industry Award.