Naza TTDI expanding to Penang

Naza TTDI Sdn Bhd will commence works on its first out-of-Klang Valley project in Bertam, Penang next year.

While the mixed development is still in its design stage, it will be Naza TTDI's long-term project geared towards the middle to high-end market.

Deputy executive chairman and group managing director SM Faliq SM Nasimuddin said the gross development value had not been determined but gave a rough estimate of houses priced from RM600,000.

The 834-acre Bertam township will be mainly residential with commercial and education developments.

“Penang island is not getting any cheaper so people who want to stay there would have to look for alternatives,” Faliq said after the Bertam Master Plan & Creative Ideas Competition awards ceremony.

He said that Naza TTDI had plans to go south to the Iskandar Malaysia region as well as beyond the country.

While the property arm of Naza has been developing projects single-handedly, it is open collaborations and partnerships.

“There are local and foreign parties that have approached us but nothing is solid yet, we are still in talks,” Faliq said.

“This year is our trophy year. We are still aggressive and optimistic about the property market,” he added, “We are looking to launch three high-end projects this year.”

Faliq was referring to the Platinum Park, KL Metropolis and Taman Tun Dr Ismail residential projects in Kuala Lumpur. The combined GDV for these projects is RM1.5bil.

Naza TTDI has a total of 1,200 acres of landbank now, 800 acres of which are under planning.

The Bertam Master Plan competition was jointly-organised by Persatuan Arkitek Malaysia and Naza TTDI, where participants submitted ideas and designs for the master plan of the township.

Winners of the competition were architects Lim Siew Bok, David Teh Teik Lim and Almaz Salma Abdul Rahim who received RM100,000, RM75,000 and RM50,000 respectively. - By The Star

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