When asked to conjure up the image of an industrial park, people would mostly envision polluted, dirty, contaminated and ill-managed sites.
One that resembles a resort, such as AME Development’s i-Park@Indahpura, Johor, is undoubtedly distinctive.
Touted as a holistically managed industrial park in Iskandar Malaysia, i-Park stands out with its 24-hour security within a fenced compound, world-class infrastructure, industry-leading facilities and lush landscaping that surrounds the compound for the convenience and security of investors, without compromising the health and leisure activities of the workforce living within the development.
These outstanding features have gained the attention of Fiabci Malaysia, which presented AME Development with the Malaysia Property Award in the industrial category last November. This year it is the World Silver winner in the FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Awards, also under the industrial category.
i-Park@Indahpura offers flexible, tailor-made factories that are fully customisable to suit the specifications of local and international corporations categorised under a medium industry.
It limits the type of medium industries that can operate there to ensure that environmental requirements and concerns are adhered to.
The park also conducts a monthly water, air and noise monitoring report and works closely with the Department of Environment to comply with industrial emissions requirements, while emphasising proper waste management, lush natural landscaping via tree and palm planting within the development, as well as regular upkeep and maintenance.
AME Development even transformed the surrounding area of a detention pond into a safe, environmental- friendly recreational park for the benefit of workers within i-Park and the community of Bandar Indahpura.
Indeed, i-Park’s designers engineered some of the most advanced and ecological ideas during its conception, which successfully leveraged water runoff control for moist tropics into a magnificent landscaped recreational park.
Transforming this outdoor detention pond with scenic park-scaping makes it the perfect place for leisure and recreation, especially since i-Park@Indahpura has a managed worker’s dormitory that offers all the conveniences of home.
These unique i-Stay dorms are linked to facilities and amenities that make living within the premises comfortable, safe and convenient — such as an automatic laundromat shop, grocery shops, drinking water refilling station, a canteen, a bicycle shop, a mobile store, a cashless payment system, gardens, a multi- functional hall and more.
By designing a comfortable and hassle-free environment, i-Park aims to promote the productivity and welfare of resident workers, which in turn indirectly enhances business growth for its industrial residents and fosters a healthy, active community through its social and recreational activities.
Maintenance and management by the i-Park team ensures a sustainable development in the long run. It also ensures a hassle-free ownership experience for investors, with a comprehensive list of turnkey solutions aimed to increase the development’s value appreciation.
However, starting a new concept involves changing the mindset of investors and back in 2011, issues of sustainability and going green were not important enough to be in the crosshairs of most industrial companies.
The developer also had to convince the local authority on the rationale to approve a gated and guarded system in an industrial area.
“At the core of i-Park@Indahpura is a strong belief that industrialisation can be warm, gentle and eco- friendly without sacrificing the environmental sustainability,” said AME Development managing director Kelvin Lee.
“Since the launch of i-Park, we have been the talk-of-the-town for being an industrial park that had managed to change the perceptions of industrial developments, a green industrial park like no other!”
Build on an idea that fuses a resort-like concept with an industrial park, AME Development’s latest i-Park incarnation is the i-Park@Senai Airport City, in which phase 1 and 2 have been 75% sold or leased out.
The development will provide a soothing sanctuary amid natural surroundings, with facilities such as clubhouse facilities, gymnasium, swimming pool, health studio, outdoor sport courts, jogging track, cycling lanes and versatile offices.
He added, “Our vision for i-Park is to become the most sustainable and well-managed industrial park in the region, as well as the role model of how the future industrial estates should be developed.”