BATU Gajah is expected to see the addition of Spanish-Islamic architectural features that will alter its landscape.
Spanish Gardens by the Water, an integrated development, draws inspiration from Andalusian design elements that can be found in Cordoba, Spain.
The development features features such as iconic arches, courtyards, romantic balconies and cozy interiors, while being surrounded by lush landscaping and stunning scenery.
With a gross development value of approximately RM500 million, the first phase of the development, situated on a 53ha plot, is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Team Keris Bhd (TKB) director Yeun Yin Fong said more than 1,000 residential and commercial units are planned for the area.
“The development is intended to transform the landscape of Batu Gajah and the southern region of Ipoh.
“Located opposite Jalan Bemban from Silverlakes Village Outlet (SVO), the development is sure to enliven and stimulate economic development and growth in the area,” she said during a visit to Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad at the project site.
“Since its launch in the first quarter of 2021, the project has recorded good sales, thanks to the support of buyers as well as the financial and real estate community.
“We are pleased to be able to offer products with family-friendly designs and layouts at an affordable price,” she added.
Yeun said rapid development would be the best way to kick off the new year, after facing uncertainties over the past 22 months caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Perak needs a catalyst to boost the economy and boost people’s morale, especially as we enter the recovery phase,” she said.
“While government agencies are the main drivers of the state’s economy, private entities should also shoulder this responsibility together for the country to move forward,” she added.
When met by reporters after his visit, Saarani said he was confident the project would boost development in the area.
“We can imagine how the area is going to be developed.
“With this project and SVO, along with further development, a good infrastructure can be created to attract investors, individual buyers and also those from the business community,” he said.
“Development can change the identity of Batu Gajah to make it a destination for tourism and economic growth,” he said.
Apart from the Spanish Gardens by the Water project, TKB Group Executive Chairman Datuk Lee Seng Hee said the company will spearhead a new development called Canal City with SVO developer Silverland Capital Sdn Bhd.
Lee said the mixed development project continues the momentum initiated by SVO and Spanish Gardens by the Water in the new growth corridor from Perak to Batu Gajah.
“It will be a mix of Putrajaya and Dubai as we want to showcase the water features here,” he said.
“Just imagine people walking around in an idyllic setting with a beautiful lake, outlets and restaurants, while feeling like they’re at a resort,” he added.
Lee also thanked Saarani and praised his leadership for maintaining Perak’s resilience in difficult circumstances due to the pandemic.
“Saarani is providing good leadership and I hope he continues to drive the economy of the state forward.
“We have to move on and can’t always keep blaming the pandemic,” he said.
“We, as partners and stakeholders, must work with the state government to move forward together,” he added.
Meanwhile, Silverland Capital Executive Chairman Datuk Azizan Abd Rahman said SVO is expected to start operating between April and June this year.
“In addition to retail, we will have various food and beverage outlets.
“We have a number of brands that come here,” he said, adding that most of them are medium to high brands.
“We also plan to hold various activities and events including a lantern festival, buskers and music festivals here in the coming months,” he added.