OPUS CONSULTANTS NAMED PROJECT MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT FOR SARAWAK’S RM11 BILLION COASTAL ROAD NETWORK AND SECOND TRUNK ROADS PROJECT
KUALA LUMPUR, 16 April 2019 – OPUS Consultants, the Asset Consultancy arm of UEM Edgenta Berhad (UEM Edgenta), has been appointed by the Sarawak Government as the Project Management Consultant for the RM11 billion State’s Coastal Road Network and Second Trunk Roads project, which is estimated to be completed across a span of 8 years.
The first work package for the project, which is valued at RM50 million was awarded to OPUS Consultants recently and will see the Company, working together with Sarawak Public Works Department, in providing overall project management and technical expertise. This includes to oversee key deliverables within the project work scope such as preliminary and detailed designs of 20 work packages ranging from the development of new roads and bridges, including 4 iconic Cable-Stayed bridges and pavement rehabilitation works.
OPUS Consultants will also be overseeing upgrading works of approximately 300 kilometres (km) of the existing 896km of coastal roads; construction of 10 new bridges for the Coastal Road Network Project; and construction of 232km for Second Trunk Roads project.
The Coastal Road Network and Second Trunk Roads project was launched by Sarawak Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Openg in Sarikei, Sarawak on 6 April 2019.
The Coastal Road Network is set to provide the State’s coastal area with better access and seamless connectivity between towns namely - Kota Samarahan, Sadong Jaya, Sebuyau, Kabong, Tanjong Manis, Daro, Matu, Balingian and Bintulu to the Pan Borneo Highway network. The Second Trunk Roads project on the other hand will link Kuching and Sibu to the Pan Borneo Highway network through Sebuyau, Seri Aman and the Betong link.
Dato’ Azmir Merican, Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of UEM Edgenta said, “Being awarded this mega project is a significant milestone for us and we’re proud to be playing a key role in providing vital infrastructure for the State which could lead to positive socioeconomic development for its people, such as the ability to reduce travel time, as well as spur commercial activities in the local area specifically and the State, in general.
“To realise this iconic project, we will utilise our multi-disciplinary approach and expertise as well as source for local talents which will make-up 51 percent of our total workforce in Sarawak, all of whom will be provided with intensive training, as well as knowledge transfer,” he added.
Ir. Dr. Tony Chan, Chief Operating Officer of OPUS Consultants said, “We look forward to working together with the Sarawak Government in completing this project within the stipulated timeline and we envision this working relationship to extend further in other future projects by the State”.
UEM SUNRISE "TOPS OUT" AURORA MELBOURNE CENTRAL, THE TALLEST BUILDING IN MELBOURNE'S CBD
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, 5 April 2019 – UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise” or “the Company”), one of Malaysia’s leading property developers and master developer of Iskandar Puteri, along with Australian Tier 1 contractor Probuild (“Probuild”), celebrated the ‘topping out’ of Aurora Melbourne Central at a ceremony on the building’s rooftop yesterday.
Topping out at a staggering 289m AHD (Australian Height Datum), Aurora Melbourne Central is an 88-storey mixed-use development comprising 959 residential apartments, 252 serviced apartments, office suites and premium retail space. Having now reached its structural peak, it towers over the CBD’s current tallest tower, The Rialto, which is at 270m AHD.
UEM Sunrise Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib, said that this is not only a major milestone for UEM Sunrise, being the company’s second project to top out in Australia in the past 12 months, but also a testament to the growth of Melbourne’s prospering CBD.
“Aurora Melbourne Central is UEM Sunrise’s flagship development in Australia, so it is a very important moment for us to see it structurally reach its peak. It is a testament to the work of all parties involved in the project. As an international lifestyle developer, UEM Sunrise strongly believes in our vision of building communities of the future with you and for you. We have extended this vision to our philosophy of EVE – where emphasis is placed on delivering products which are Exciting, add Value and Easy to own.
“Apart from sharing skills and expertise in property development at the global front, UEM Sunrise is very proud to be bringing such a significant and top quality project to the Melbourne CBD that not only provides extensive residential, commercial and premium retail space for the community to grow into, but will create more than 500 ongoing opportunities for employment upon its completion and has seen over 3,000 jobs created during construction,” said Mr. Anwar.
City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Ms. Sally Capp welcomed the city’s newest building. “Melbourne is renowned for our stunning city skyline and we now have an exciting new addition with Aurora Melbourne Central. “This mixed-use development by UEM Sunrise and Probuild will see new residents and businesses move into the CBD and I look forward to welcoming them into our great city,” the Lord Mayor said.
Aurora Melbourne Central offers residents unparalleled connectivity and convenience, being the only residential development in Melbourne to have a direct underground connection to Melbourne Central Train Station, Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, Emporium, Myer, David Jones and Bourke St Mall via a series of underground and overhead pedestrian bridges. Furthermore, top tier educational institutions such as RMIT University and The University of Melbourne are only a short walk away.
Probuild’s Victorian Managing Director, Mr. Luke Stambolis, said Probuild couldn’t be prouder to have delivered Melbourne CBD’s tallest mixed-use tower.
“It is an absolute honour to be working with UEM Sunrise to deliver Aurora Melbourne Central, an icon in the Melbourne skyline,” he said.
“A building of this magnitude is truly world class, and at Aurora Melbourne Central we have been able to take advantage of the latest in construction innovations to ensure a seamless delivery across multiple stages.
“Aurora Melbourne Central has been strategically constructed to enable a staged handover, where residents have been able to move into the first two completed stages since October 2018, while construction continues safely above at higher levels.” Construction of the final stages of this landmark project is expected to be completed this coming August.
The development is 100% sold, with 95% selling out in just two weeks of launch to local and international buyers.