Batu Maung Waste Transfer Station

 The plant is an iconic gateway to Penang Island In the early days, garbage on Penang Island was sent to the landfill in Nibong Tebal, Seberang Perai, via a bar...

The plant is an iconic gateway to Penang Island In the early days, garbage on Penang Island was sent to the landfill in Nibong Tebal, Seberang Perai, via a barge from the Batu Maung jetty.

Since 2011, garbage has been going through the Ampang Jajar waste transfer station, a transit point that is shared with the Seberang Perai Municipal Council on the mainland.

As capacity increased over the years, plans were made for Penang Island City Council (MBPP) to have its own waste transfer station on the island—an integrated solid waste management system to efficiently handle all issues related to the transfer and disposal of bulk and domestic waste.

Located within the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone—right next to the Penang Second Bridge—the waste-managing facility’s design seeks to set itself apart, both operationally and aesthetically, as a benchmark facility of its kind.

The project consists of a waste transfer station with a vertical-type compaction system, a Green waste building for managing recyclable bulk waste, a leachate and waste water treatment plant, and an office building with auditorium and education gallery.

The facility is also equipped with a complete dust and odour-treatment system, where the suction hoods will divert odours to a scrubber system for treatment prior to release into the environment.

Architecturally, the design concept for the built form is derived from the silo tube—which is explored and articulated in various ways throughout the site.

This forms a distinctive identity that sets it apart from the usual orthogonal industrial and facility building typology.

This, of course, posed its share of challenges as the circular tubes and the station’s diagonal windows are contrasting built forms, making it difficult to ensure all voids are enclosed for weatherproofing.

To counter that, the metal cladding on the tube is projected over the diagonal windows and the internal spaces are recessed to minimise the weather effect.

For large buildings such as the waste transfer station and the Green waste building, steelworks are essential to achieve a longer roof span and more column-free spaces.

Metal cladding and roofing are used extensively for their durability, practicality and ‘industrial-like’ appearance.

One of the key features of the facility is the visitors’ corridor—an educational route that takes guests through the facility’s operations.

To show as much of the operations as possible in a short route, ‘silo tubes’ are carved into the building’s façade, guiding visitors’ views towards different stages while unveiling a variety of spatial experiences.

Engineering mechanisms for ventilation using negative pressure are installed along the corridor to ensure there is no foul smell.

Due to extreme weather conditions during the monsoon season, the buildings are all low-rise, with plenty of tree planting to minimise strong wind exposure and to harmonise with the waterfront.

The ample open spaces on the 53,500-square-metre site are used for driveways for operational trucks, a landscaped pond for storing treated waste water, and green spaces, pedestrian promenades and bicycle lanes at the periphery as an extension of the island’s current bicycle network under the state’s Green Connectors project.

The bicycle lanes are well equipped with bike racks, resting benches, shelters and trees, unlocking multiple vista points of the project.

A benchmark facility next to the Penang Second Bridge The visitors’ corridor runs parallel to the operation line The landscaped pond collects treated waste water and harvested rainwater PROJECT DATA Project Name Location Batu Maung, Penang, Malaysia Completion Date December 2018 Site Area 53,500 square metres Gross Floor Area 12,200 square metres Client Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang Concessionaire Eurasia Express Sdn Bhd (EESB) Proponents EESB; CN-NL Waste Solution Co Ltd Project Coordinators Mariam Zainuddin; C.C.

Lim; H.H.

Tan Project Operator EESB Project Originator Kenny Yeoh Architecture Firm KH Architect Principal Architect Ar Lee Kok Hua Architectural Design Team Yeong Zhi Mei; Lee Min Zhao; Tan Shih Huey Chief ID Coordinator Nurul Atasha Interior Design Firm Zids Design Sdn Bhd Principal Designer Selson Liew Civil & Structural Engineer Jurutera Pakatan Sdn Bhd M&E Engineer Perunding P.L.A.

Quantity Surveyor Kuantibina Sdn Bhd Landscape Architect Perunding Hijau Reka Sdn Bhd Green Building Consultant ALM Green Sdn Bhd Environmental Consultant KenEp Resources (Asia) Sdn Bhd Images Ooi Way Sean; Lee Video Productions Sdn Bhd (drone photography) Roof & Metal Cladding DMI Building Products window.onload = function(){ document.querySelector(‘meta[name=viewport]’).setAttribute(‘content’,’width=device-width,initial-scale=1.0,initial-scale=1,user-scalable=yes’); }.

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