Dubai’s UWI wins global awards for Malaysia project

Dubai’s UWI wins global awards for Malaysia project
Vafa Valapour, principal at UWI.
Published: 22 August 2017 - 8 a.m.
By: Fatima De La Cerna

United World Infrastructure (UWI) has announced that it has won two awards for its Medini project in Malaysia.

The Dubai-based company said that Medini was presented with the Green Champion of Emerging Green City and the Green Champion of Smart and Green Infrastructure: Greenfield Development awards by the Institute of Parks and Recreation Singapore (IPRS) and World Urban Parks.

According to UWI, Medini is an integrated urban township development, in Malaysia’s Iskandar region, designed to accommodate more than 40,000 residents.

It is the product of Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MIM), a public-private partnership between Malaysian Government Linked Companies (GLCs) and private investors like Khazanah Nasional Berhad (KNB), UWI, and Mitsui & Co, Ltd.

Vafa Valapour, principal at UWI, commented: “We have reached an inflection point in the global dialogue on urbanisation, one that we believe requires a collective response and moves our cities closer to delivering value to citizens, governments, and investors in a way that is balanced with our resource and environmental challenges.

“This early project, inspired by our learnings in the UAE, is a benchmark for sustainable development all over the world.”

Read: Face to face: Vafa Valapour, UWI

Meanwhile, James Tee, MIM’s managing director and chief executive officer, said: “We are focussed on creating a very attractive and liveable environment for our residents and visitors in Medini.

“Our sustainable practices – such as smart building operations and city management services – contribute towards a healthy environment that entices residents, workers, and visitors alike to enjoy Medini’s parks, bike paths, and walkways.”

Spanning nearly 903ha, Medini is divided into six zones and features around 138ha of open spaces and public parks, as well as a number of commercial buildings equipped with smart building and sustainable components, including occupancy sensors and photovoltaic solar panels.

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