The first green township in Johor
The art of building a township entails a balancing mastery between development and nature, where human needs are satisfied at the minimal expenditure of the environment. An exemplar for such discipline is Sunway Iskandar, the first township in Johor to receive the Green Building Index (Silver).
Revolving around the concept of sustainable living, the aim to deliver the first Nature’s Capital City in Malaysia is reinforced by its six beautifully crafted precincts, namely The Lakeview, The Parkview, The Marketplace, The Capital, The Riverside and The Seafront. The 20-acre Sunway Emerald Lake Garden takes centre stage at the Lakeview precinct, while The Riverside showcases seven kilometres of the majestic Pendas River, where pristine mangrove forests reside.
Each precinct is equipped with a cycling and jogging track and a park that serves as a connection for people in the area. The township itself is also propped on a unique business model. A fully integrated real estate value chain is utilised to provide the developer with the capability and capacity to build, own and operate the community it builds. Facilitating this is the 6,780 sq ft Events Gallery, serving as a platform for the community and developer to create events to bring people together.
Some of the activities previously held include the Sunway City Iskandar Push Bike Fun Race, Sunway Iskandar Night Half Marathon, Breast Cancer Awareness Day, World Environment Day and more. Also within this development is the newly opened Sunway Big Box Retail Park, the first large format retail park in Malaysia. Next to it is the 32-acre XPARK, where family activities and extreme adventures sports are hosted, such as go-kart, badminton, futsal, high rope climbing, ATV biking, motor cross, glamping and others.
To promote safety, the management has taken the initiative to deploy its own auxiliary police officers and security personnel. Security fences, roadblocks, 24-hour patrols and a centralised CCTV monitoring system are among the various security measures in place to prevent crime. Currently, the development has four patrol kiosks strategically located at every entry point.
The service-driven township further revolves around market innovations focused on the theme of connectivity and liveability. For example, Sunway Citrine Hub offers 167 contemporary designer offices, complemented by boutique retail experiences at the lower level. This convenience is enhanced by the residential units nearby, allowing the harmonious union of work and stay.
A plethora of facilities is also provided, ranging from a gymnasium, infinity swimming pool, rooftop function room and others. At the Marketplace precinct, paved piazzas are filled with bustling cafes, boutiques, artisan shops and galleries. They are interspersed with pockets of manicured gardens, so shoppers will find serenity in the busiest of businesses.
Families with children will find the Sunway International School within easy reach, and there is also a Chinese vernacular school in close proximity, namely SJK (C) Cheah Fah. The school will be ready and open for registration in Q1 of 2022. Tertiary educational needs are further fulfilled at Educity, a fully integrated education hub hosting a wealth of universities and colleges. For the elderly, medical needs are addressed at the Gleneagles Hospital, while leisure elements can be found at Legoland, which is only a five minutes’ drive away.
Concerning connectivity, Sunway has funded the Coastal Highway Southern Link (CHSL), which is just 5km away from the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link. The Causeway Link bus is now operating one of its Singapore routes through Sunway Iskandar, with terminals at Larkin in Johor Bahru, and Jurong East Interchange in Singapore.
These highways ensure that residents have easy access to the various points of interest across the southern corridor. With the existence of all these lifestyle elements and conveniences under one township, it is unsurprising that Sunway Iskandar had won Excellence in the Southern Star Awards for the StarProperty Awards 2020. Sunway Property, the master developer of the Sunway Iskandar township, is always focused on engaging the community and has made it a part of their lifelong commitment in growing together with them.