Surbana Jurong partners HELP University to set up a green design and technology centre in Malaysia

SJ Help university malaysia
Partnership to promote sustainability in the built environment

Kuala Lumpur, 10 August 2018 – HELP University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Surbana Jurong, one of Asia’s largest urban and infrastructure consulting firms, to set up a Green Design and Technology Centre, as well as to promote sustainability in the built environment.

The centre, which will be based in HELP University’s Subang 2 campus, will offer certificate courses on renewable energies, sustainable urban planning, architecture, engineering and infrastructure.  It will also focus on research and development in these fields, and there are plans to offer these courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as in its international schools, at a later stage.

HELP University is embarking on a mission to transform the institution and its programmes to train future generations to be ready for Industry 4.0 in which artificial intelligence, increasing automation, and data analytics will play a key role in managing economies, and the lives of human beings.

The Green Design and Technology Centre is part of HELP University’s plans to meet the growing demand for courses on sustainability in urban developments, and supports the country’s vision of becoming a regional hub for education.  As part of the MOU, both HELP and Surbana Jurong will develop and organise courses on sustainable building design for commercial developers and consultants in Malaysia and the region.

Surbana Jurong MOU with HELP university
Surbana Jurong Consultants Pte Ltd’s Managing Director of M&E Engineering, Alfred Neo (left) and HELP University’s Vice-Chancellor & President, Professor Datuk Dr Paul Chan (right) signing the MOU.

The partnership leverages HELP’s experience and reputation in developing quality programmes, and Surbana Jurong’s strong track record in providing sustainable planning, design and engineering solutions to the global urban and infrastructure market.

Mr Wong Heang Fine, Group Chief Executive Officer of Surbana Jurong, said, “Our partnership with HELP will train a new generation of architects, planners and engineers in sustainability in the built environment, while increasing awareness and capabilities among developers. This will help ensure that more cities of the future are resilient and sustainable. Surbana Jurong is excited to lend our global experience to this endeavour and we look forward to working with HELP to promote sustainability to the region.”

Professor Datuk Dr Paul Chan, Vice-Chancellor and President of HELP University said, “This MOU is the beginning of a long term plan to implement green curricula into every aspect of training at this new and exciting Green Design and Technology Centre and we look forward to working with Surbana Jurong to ensure the success of this new venture of HELP University.”

About Surbana Jurong

Surbana Jurong is one of the largest Asia-based urban and infrastructure consulting firms. Leveraging technology and creativity, Surbana Jurong provides best-in-class consultancy solutions across the entire value chain of the urbanisation, industrialisation and infrastructure domains.

Headquartered in Singapore, the Surbana Jurong Group has a global workforce of over 14,000 employees in more than 120 offices across over 40 countries in Asia, Australia, UK, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, and an annual turnover of around S$1.5 billion.

Surbana Jurong has a track record of close to 70 years, and has built more than a million homes in Singapore, crafted master plans for more than 30 countries and developed over 100 industrial parks globally.

Surbana Jurong’s motto ‘Building Cities, Shaping Lives’ reflects its belief that development is more than just steel and concrete. Surbana Jurong creates spaces and designs infrastructure where people live, work and play, shaping cities into homes with sustainable jobs where communities and businesses can flourish.

About HELP Education Group

HELP University was founded in 1986 to provide affordable quality educational opportunities for Malaysians. It has since developed into a leading institution of higher learning in Malaysia with an international reputation among universities, research organisations, scholars, business, corporate leaders, and governments. HELP University offers a wide and diverse range of programmes covering business, law, management, economics, IT, the social sciences, and the humanities at undergraduate and graduate levels.

The HELP Group has won numerous awards. It was recognised by Forbes Asia in 2011 as one of the top 200 Top Performing companies in Asia Pacific with capitalization below USD 1 billion. It also won the KPMG Shareholder Value Award in 2010, and was ranked 43 among 1,000 public listed companies on the Malaysian Stock Exchange. HELP was also included in the Malaysian Corporate Governance Indext by MSWG, and won the Brand Laureate Award for Best Brand Award for Private Tertiary Education in 2012. In 2011, Group CEO, Datin Chan-Low Kam Yoke, was named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.

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Surbana Jurong secures key hydroelectric project in Malaysia

Baleh hydroelectric project
The 190m high concrete-faced rockfill dam will be located on the Baleh River (above), about 95km from its confluence with the Rajang River in Kapit District

SMEC, member of the Surbana Jurong Group, Hydropower & Dams (Southeast Asia division) has won a contract from Sarawak Energy Berhad to provide construction supervision for the Baleh Hydroelectric Project (HEP). Located in Sarawak, East Malaysia, the Baleh HEP will generate 1,285MW of renewable energy when it is operational in 2025.

The team’s deep expertise in design and construction of concrete-faced rockfill dams helped to secure the win. Prior to this contract, the team had completed Baleh HEP’s tender design and evaluation in 2015.

Andreas Neumaier, Functional General Manager, Hydropower & Dams said, “The Baleh HEP forms part of the Sarawak Corridor for Renewable Energy (SCORE), an initiative by the Sarawak government to develop the State’s hydropower potential. SCORE aims to attract energy-intensive industries which will provide economic development and create employment opportunities to Sarawak. With this win, SMEC continues to be recognised as one of the world’s leading consulting engineering companies in the hydropower and dams sector.”

Project scope includes a review of the contractor’s design calculations and drawings, and construction supervision for the two 12m diameter diversion tunnels, 190m high concrete-faced rockfill dam and 20,000m3/s capacity radial gated spillway.

The project is expected to be completed in 2024. Other downstream work opportunities include design and construction supervision packages of the access road and operator’s village.


Surbana Jurong’s Waterway Ridges bags landscape award in Malaysia

Malaysia Landscape Architecture Awards (MLAA)
SJ’s Oliver Ng (left), receiving the Honour Award – International Project on behalf of the Landscape team for the outstanding design of Waterway Ridges

Singapore’s Landscape team (Urban Development 1) recently bagged an award at the Malaysia Landscape Architecture Awards (MLAA). Waterway Ridges, a build-to-order public housing project in Singapore won the “Honour Award – International Project” category in the annual design and planning competition which is organised by the Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia.

We caught up with Oliver Ng, Deputy Landscape Director, to find out more about the award-winning project.

Q: What makes the Waterway Ridges project distinctive?

Waterway Ridges is located on the northern bank of the picturesque Punggol Waterway, in northeast Singapore. The buildings and landscape were inspired by “山水画” or Chinese landscape paintings. The development was designed at varying heights to mimic mountain ranges. We wanted to create an immersive environment where nature and built form intertwine to provide residents with beautiful homes by the water.

Waterway Ridges
Waterway Ridges is Singapore’s first public housing development with a large-scale integration of water-sensitive design elements

Because of its location, Waterway Ridges is part of a joint effort by Singapore’s national Housing Development Board and the national water agency, the Public Utilities Board to create a sustainable network of active, beautiful and clean waters. It is Singapore’s first public housing development to adopt the water-sensitive urban design approach on a large scale. It features bioswales, bioretention ponds, and other water-sensitive urban design techniques. These environment-friendly techniques not only improve water quality but also enhance the biodiversity and aesthetics of the surroundings.

Waterway Ridges landscape awards
Design features include vegetated swales and bioretention basins to improve the quality of rainwater runoff entering the drain. The designs were adapted to the existing terrain of the site in order for the landscaping instead of concrete drains to be seen

Q: What challenges did the team face?

The project site has a challenging terrain which we turned into an advantage. By placing short retaining walls within the site, we transformed the area into a beautifully terraced landscape with a lookout platform for residents to enjoy spectacular views of Punggol Waterway. These walls carve out smooth curves in the landscape, creating unique spaces. To provide residents with barrier-free access, we designed an elevated ramp to help them manage the steep steps.

Q: What does the achievement mean to the Landscape team?

Globally, there is a paradigm shift in the way environmental resources and water infrastructure can be integrated with landscape design in the planning and design of towns and cities. Combining water resources with landscape design will have an impact on biodiversity and the community. The success of this project has opened possibilities, and we can certainly tap into the growing global market demand for such design solutions.