ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINALISTS
16 January 2020 – Penang Chief Minister Y.A.B. Chow Kon Yeow today officially announced the five finalists for the Penang South Islands (PSI) Masterplan Design Competition (MDC).
Selection of the finalist teams were based on their capability and experience in projects similar to the PSI; urban design excellence and technical innovation; project outline statement, and importantly, each team’s commitment and credentials in producing sustainability solutions. Each of the consortiums are led by international and Malaysian companies, to ensure all proposals submitted are also informed of local knowledge and context.
Chief Minister Chow at the announcement expressed his hope that each team’s proposals will individually capture the diverse and unique Penang qualities and characteristics, and contribute to the internationally recognised Penang brand.
The Master Jury Panel will be announced by the Penang State Government in early February. All five submissions will be displayed in a public exhibition at the conclusion of the competition.
“We are extremely honored to be selected to participate in the Penang South Islands (PSI) competition with the goal of creating a new sustainable and innovative city, that strengthens the quality of life of Penang-ites. Our team is very dedicated to work on today’s worldwide challenges, in which we see great potential in this project and will use all our skills and effort to create the best project. The whole team is very excited to start the design process and develop a concept that will fulfill the ambitions that the State Government of Penang desires to achieve.”
Ernst and Young (SG)
“We are extremely delighted to be shortlisted for the Penang South Islands masterplan, a truly iconic, strategic project on Penang’s southern shore. The PSI masterplan will be an integral part of Penang’s new Economic Vision 2030, to diversify the economy, improve livability and create a new model for restorative urbanism innovation and rebrand Penang as a hub for diversity and prosperity. Together with GDP, we look forward to working on the next stage to illustrate our collaborative vision for the future of Penang.”
Grant Associates (UK)
Urban DNA (UK)
“We are immensely excited to be shortlisted to create a design for the new Penang South Islands (PSI) and thus contribute to shaping Penang as the future digital hub and new center of growth in its region. It is a unique chance to create a platform that will not only serve the new digital and technology industries in Penang but also one that reflects the identity of the Penang-ites. We aim to produce a design for the new Penang South Islands that will allow PSI to develop into a new destination for innovation, technology and sustainability.”
Mobility In Chain (IT)
Rebel Group (NL)
“It is with great honour that our team at Tekuma Frenchman Urban Design, together our associate partner EOWON in Penang, join the four other consortiums selected for the international PSI competition. Our consortium is poised to design a masterplan in the image and ambition of Penang. With our unique design-engineered approach integrating economics and urban, we look forward to working hand in hand with the Penang government.”
Level Agency for Infrastructure (USA)
The Pearl River Hydraulic Research Institute (CHN)
Skymind AI Berhad (MY)
“UNStudio is very pleased to have been selected for the Penang South Island competition. With our integrated design capability spanning from masterplanning to detailed design, we believe we are the suitable architect for such an ambitious, sustainable, holistic, people-centric development operation. We have teamed with a61 architects out of Kuala Lumpur and Penang to complement our international expertise and to best understand the local specificities.”
LLC “KB Strelka” (RUS)
SBP – schlaich bergermann partner (DEU)
Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl (DEU)
Systematica S.r.l. (IT)
Witteveen + Bos (NL-SG)
Perunding Prisma Sejati Sdn Bhd (MY)
Perunding Kos T & K Sdn Bhd (MY)
Professor Zulfigar Yasin (MY)
Fanli Marine and Consultancy Sdn Bhd (MY)
SNA Consult Sdn Bhd (MY)
HYDEC Engineering Sdn Bhd (MY)
06 December 2019 – At the conclusion of the Registration of Interest (ROI) on 25 November 2019, a total of 124 submissions were received from 26 countries (40 submissions from Malaysian companies). Three submissions received past the deadline were not considered. A total of 27 submissions have been shortlisted by the Selection Panel to proceed to the Expression of Interest (EOI) stage due 30 Dec 2019. The 5 Finalists will be announced in Jan 2020. The Penang State Government would like to thank everyone for their submissions.
The above are randomly positioned and not indicative of any rank or order.
25 November 2019 — As of 5pm today, the ROI process has concluded. We have received an overwhelming response to the call for registration of interests for the Penang South Islands Masterplan Design Competition.
The announcement of the shortlisted participants will be made next week.
Thank you for all your submissions.
05 November 2019 — Penang is embarking on a key strategic initiative to develop the new Penang South Islands (PSI) as an economic driver for the future of Penang. The PSI will provide a transformation of Penang’s growth engines and prepare the state for Industry 4.0. It will incorporate smart city and smart park features while remaining as an international destination for investment, industrial manufacturing and tourism. As an integrated development, the PSI will be a sustainable development that emphasises the economic, environmental and social aspects, aligned with the Penang 2030 Vision as a ‘people-focused and inclusive’ project.
The State Government of Penang invites the Registration of Interest (ROI) from outstanding Malaysian and world leading architects and planners to participate in the Masterplan Design Competition (MDC). The MDC is an urban design ideas competition and structured as an open international single-stage competition with a qualification process.
Participants are invited to form multi-disciplinary consortiums comprising diverse specialities and expertise in smart city, economics, engineering, technology and innovation, mobility and transportation, landscape, sustainability and environmental design, etc. The MDC will be an open platform to elicit the most creative and strategic propositions towards the development of a compelling master plan that meets and exceeds the expectations and aspirations of the State of Penang.
The ROI process is conducted online and will conclude at 5.00pm (Malaysian time) on Monday, 25 November 2019.
In today’s complex and competitive global environment, cities need to adapt to the myriad changes and disruption brought about by new technology and socio-economic demands. This challenging scenario demands constant adjustments to continually innovate and transform to stay relevant and dynamic.
The Penang South Islands (PSI) project is a key strategic initiative of the State Government of Penang to ensure readiness to accommodate and participate in the digital economy, PSI will be the platform for a new economic thrust that will focus on strategic accelerators, smart enterprises and technology industries; reframing Penang as the centre for innovation and Industry 4.0. The PSI will accelerate the growth of its electrical & electronics (E&E) and services industries, delivering the catalysts for high value job creation. With a state-of-the-art Smart Park for high technology manufacturing, R&D hubs and digital platforms, the PSI will also incorporate key destination driven attractors to activate and unlock the potential of the southern Penang island zone as the new dynamic growth centre.
The people of Penang with its vibrant, diverse communities and cultures are its most highly valued assets. In developing the PSI, the primary Penang pillars such as sustainable, holistic and family-focused objectives will complement and enhance the quality of life for Penangites by providing affordable housing, public and private amenities, with approximately 4.6 kilometres of public beaches, 662.6 acres of parks and a 25-kilometre waterfront.
The tri-islands shall incorporate extensive sustainability and environmental planning benchmarks. Together they will be the pivotal game-changer for Penang moving beyond Penang2030.
Penang is located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, in the Straits of Malacca alongside one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Penang consists of two parts: Penang island, where the capital city, George Town is located, and Seberang Prai located on peninsular Malaysia mainland.
The new Penang South Islands (PSI) will be located at the south-end of Penang island. It consists of three islands (A, B and C), measuring a total of 4,500 acres (1,821 hectares) in total land size. Its strategic location at the south puts the PSI within close proximity to the Bayan Lepas Industrial Zone, the Penang International Airport and the Second Penang Bridge. The creation of the three new islands directly addresses Penang’s two largest socio-economic issues: scarcity of suitable land for economic and urban development as well as traffic congestion.
The Masterplan Design Competition (MDC) is an urban design (town planning) design ideas competition. Structured as an open international single-stage competition with a qualification process open to all qualified Malaysian and international architects and/or planners leading multi-disciplinary project consortiums, intending participants will be required to assemble a world class consortium team in diverse fields such Architecture, Urbanism, Economics, Mobility, Smart City Experts, Engineering and Technology, Sustainability and Environmental Designers, Landscape, etc, that are critical to meet the State Government of Penang’s objectives for selection.
The MDC is an initiative by the State Government of Penang and is organised in collaboration with the Malaysian Institute of Architects Northern Chapter (PAMNC) under the auspices of the Board of Architects Malaysia (Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia), and is based on international standards and guidelines.
The Qualification process will be conducted in two phases; a Registration of Interest (ROI) phase followed by the Expression of Interest (EOI) phase. At the ROI phase, an open call notice to all interested architects and/or planners will be launched. Intending participants fulfilling the basic outline requirements stated shall complete and submit the simple one-page ROI form, downloadable from this website. Successful ROI participants will be longlisted and invited to participate in the following EOI process.
At the completion of the ROI phase, participants will be issued with the EOI Memorandum, which will require a detailed capability statement and consortium outline profile. All consortiums are required to have a qualified Malaysian LAM/PAM registered architect and/or registered planner, as a consortia member/s working in association with the project leader.
Any costs incurred for the ROI and EOI submission shall be borne by participants as there are no design works required at the qualifying stage. The qualification process will be conducted by a Selection Panel (SP) nominated by the State Government of Penang to evaluate, deliberate and conduct due diligence on the ROI/EOI submissions for the PSI Competition Secretariat’s concurrence.
After the qualification process, a short-list of five (5) Finalists will be announced. The Finalists will be issued the Terms of Reference (TOR) Document containing the MDC rules and regulations, conditions and terms, project information as well as the Design Brief and detailed submission requirements with various reports and forms appended. All Finalists will be paid an equal honorarium to participate in the MDC, to be announced at the EOI stage.
The proposal submitted by the Finalist deemed most suitable by the Master Jury panel for implementation at the new Penang South Islands will be appointed by the State of Penang as the Lead Master Plan Designer, subject to terms & conditions.