By Shalini Ravindran
IT WAS more than about building properties for the winners of the fourth StarProperty.my Awards 2019 as they walked away with trophies, including for six new categories introduced this year.
This year’s awards saw a total of 24 categories with 45 entries on projects contested, including new categories like The WOW Award (Public Building), The Luxury Series Award, The Big Heart Award, The Art of Life Award and The Creative Touch City Hotel Awards.
The categories covered various aspects in the region’s property industry, encompassing not only infrastructure and aesthetic excellence, but also sustainability and integrated developments.
Horizon Hills Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Gamuda Land Bhd, won two awards, the Excellence award for The Best Health and Wellness Development and new category The Luxury Series Award – Best Luxury Development (Bungalow Residence), for its Horizon Hills project.
Gamuda Land project director Aw Sei Cheh attributed the win to the company’s philosophy.
“At Gamuda Land, our vision as a responsible town-maker is to create places that people will call home, want to be a part of, grow up and grow old in.
“Key to this is mindful planning to create a sustainable community in townships that stand the test of time.
“To achieve this, we are driven by our values and development principles in all that we do.
“By respecting nature and planning our towns with our community in mind, we are able to look into even the smaller details which will eventually benefit the community.
“Continuous innovation allows us greater efficiency and to work in a more sustainable manner to improve quality and reduce waste,” he said.
For its charitable programmes, Mah Sing Group Bhd was awarded The Big Heart Award (Best Corporate Social Responsibility).
Mah Sing group strategy and operations director Jane Leong said they focused their efforts on three key pillars – education, health and well-being as well as community development.
“Anything we do must be sustainable and measurable. One of these is entrepreneurship training targeted at the B40 group.
“Through this programme, they can make a living in a more sustainable way instead of having to rely on outside help,” she said.
The Creative Touch City Hotel Award was introduced to acknowledge and celebrate the best interior design for hotel development.
The award had two subcategories – Timeless and Contemporary.
Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur took home the award for Excellence in Creative Touch City Hotel Award (Timeless), while Tropicana Corporation Bhd won the Creative Touch City Hotel Award (Contemporary) for its hotel, W Kuala Lumpur.
Four Seasons Hotel senior marketing director Nelson Hilton said timeless and classic designs withstood the test of time.
“Four Seasons is fortunate enough to have beautiful interiors by our design partners AB Concepts out of Hong Kong and Wilson Associates from the United States,” he said.
The inaugural WOW Award (Public Building) was awarded to Johor Land Bhd for its Sultan Iskandar mosque project.
The Art of Life Award (Best Lifestyle Development) was awarded to Binastra Land Sdn Bhd for its Trion @ KL project.
Organised by StarProperty Sdn Bhd, the event was aimed at recognising developers that made significant impact on the growth of the property industry while recognising the growing need for sustainable development and social consciousness.
The prestigious All-Star Award – recognising exemplary developers which have consistently created and added value to their property projects – was awarded to 11 firms, including Gamuda Land, LBS Bina Group Bhd, Mah Sing Group Bhd, Matrix Concepts Group and Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (MRCB).
The All-Star Award was also won by Paramount Property Development Sdn Bhd, S P Setia, Sime Darby Property Bhd, SkyWorld Development Group, Sunway Bhd and Tropicana Corporation Bhd.
The StarProperty.my Readers’ Choice Award was clinched by LBS Bina Group Bhd, MRCB and S P Setia.The awards were presented by Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, Star Media Group chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow, Star Media Group group adviser Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai and Star Media Group chief operating officer Roy Tan.
The StarProperty.my Awards 2019 showcase will be held at The Curve, Petaling Jaya, from March 14 to 17, featuring the winning developers and their award-winning projects.
The awards are sponsored by Eastern Decorator. For details on the award programme, visit http://awards.starproperty.my/national/2019/