La Promenade wins master planning award for HSL

La Promenade, HSL’s exclusive 200-acre mixed development along Sungai Sarawak, has won a merit prize at this year’s Malaysia Landscape Architecture Awards.

It won in the masterplanning category at the awards held recently in Kuala Lumpur during the World Landscape Architecture Month, endorsed by the International Federation of Landscape Architects.

 

Every single plant planted was documented, from the 667 Norfolk pines to the 27,533 tea-leaf shrubs and the 18 hopea trees. The meticulous record allowed for good maintenance.

The developer, Hock Seng Lee (HSL), is the first Sarawakian firm to ever win the prestigious honour. Past private sector winners have included UEM Sunrise, Gamuda Land, SP Setia and Setia Eco Glades.

Judges were impressed with HSL’s early landscape implementation at priority areas, even distribution of its parks, streetscape consistency and pedestrian amenities.

HSL was praised for allocating 15% of development land to usable green and open spaces — instead of only 10% as required under state planning guidelines.

HSL director Tony Yu was overjoyed with the award, saying it was a validation of the firm’s commitment to green spaces for La Promenade right from the planning stage.

“In some project planning, green spaces can become secondary. But for La Promenade, we made landscaping a core component from the first meeting. A landscaper worked side-by-side with the masterplanner and house architects,” Yu said.

“In order to achieve the results that we can see today, HSL had to beef up its landscaping unit. We committed ourselves to the same level of record-keeping for landscapes as we have given to building construction. It’s been an interesting learning curve that has paid off.”

To demonstrate, Yu said every single plant planted was documented, from the 667 Norfolk pines to the 27,533 tea-leaf shrubs and the 18 hopea trees. The meticulous record allowed for good maintenance.

In-house landscaper Leslie Lim said his unit created a simplified maintenance manual based on local site conditions.

“There is no way to plant and maintain gardens of this size and complexity without taking a systematic approach. What we are doing here is really creating and maintaining a township within a park,” Lim said.

Lim said he was particularly proud of the linear parks between houses and also the La Promenade lake, which incorporates a bio-filter that enables it to draw clean water directly from the Sarawak River, incorporating the surrounding natural habitat into the development.

For more information, visit La Promenade’s page here. Guided tours of La Promenade can also be arranged by calling our sales team members at 019 888 7979 (Angie Joan), 012 888 9494 (Farah), 019 887 7070 (Lyn Tieo), 019 888 1331 (Troy), 019 888 2020 (Sharon) and 012 888 7117 (Chong).