Many of the world’s great cities such as London, Paris, Melbourne, and Amsterdam are identified by their iconic waterways. In contrast, our very own Klang River is perhaps Greater KL/KV’s most under-utilised natural asset.
THaving recognized that the Klang River basin has great potential to become a key social and economic hub, the River of Life (RoL) was identified as an EPP under the Greater KL/KV NKEA with ambitious goals to transform the status quo into a vibrant, thriving and livable waterfront by 2020. This transformation is divided into three components: river cleaning, river masterplanning and beautification and river development.
River cleaning will be conducted along a 113-km stretch along the Klang River basin, covering the municipal areas of Majlis Perbandaran Sepang, Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.
River Masterplanning and Beautification
Masterplanning and beautification works will be carried out along a 10.7km stretch along the Klang and Gombak river corridor. Significant landmarks in the area include Dataran Merdeka, Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad and Masjid Jamek.
The masterplanning and beautification works will spur economic investments into the areas immediately surrounding the river corridor. To catalyse development along the corridor, potential government land will be identified and tendered out to private developers through competitive bidding.
IMG 0960 225x300 River of Life Master Planning Competition launch
Our team was at the launch of the River of Life International Masterplanning competition yesterday. This competition aims to ensure a holistic beautification approach for the River of Life project.
Participating masterplanners will have two months to work on a winning masterplan that outlinesthe transformation, rehabilitation and beautification of a 10.7 km stretch along the Klang and Gombak river corridor.
11 international and 11 local master planners were invited to submit their credentials and expression of interest to participate in this competition. Out of this, five were selected to participate in the competition, based on pre-set criteria such as experience in relevant river-related projects and international recognition in the industry.
The selected masterplanners are AJC Planning Consultants Sdn Bhd (Malaysia), AECOM (United States), Building Design Partnership Ltd (United Kingdom), Korea Engineering Consultants Corporation (South Korea), and T R Hamzah and Yeang (Malaysia).
A panel of jurors comprising international and local masterplanners, professionals and personalities will judge the submitted masterplans. In addition, the public will be allowed to view the submissions and participate in an open voting system to choose their preferred design.
The judges’ decision will have 80 per cent weightage to the result of the competition while 20 per cent will be based on the public votes.