The project is part of Utropolis Batu Kawan, an integrated and modern township development in the town of Batu Kawan in Penang, Malaysia. The Utropolis Batu Kawan Plot 2, better known as Suasana Utropolis, is a full-fledged serviced residence that also functions as a residential component for the nearby student population of the Penang Campus of UOW Malaysia KDU, which is part of the University of Wollongong (UOW) Australia’s global network. This serviced apartment project also complements the Utropolis Batu Kawan Plot 1 (or named Utropolis Utama), a mixed development that was completed earlier.
The project sits on a former palm oil plantation area of an irregular shape, thus giving an almost flat land with the internal topography comprising of peat and overlying marine clay. As such, Suasana Utropolis has been designed and planned as a sustainable development.
To meet the budget for the project, it was designed with the efficient use of nett saleable area and the building design was outlined with a high buildability score in mind since the early stages. All these constraints were addressed and, at the same time, the potential of the site was also captured to allow the serviced apartments to have panoramic views.
This is an excerpt. The original article is published in Construction+ Q2 2022 Issue: Technology & Innovation.
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Lebuhraya Bandar Cassia, Plot 2, Batu Kawan, Simpang Ampat, Penang, Malaysia
Gross Floor Area
107,985 square metres
Two blocks; 40 storeys; 151.03 metres
Number of Units
491 serviced residences
Paramount Property (PW) Sdn. Bhd.
BH Yew Architect
Ar. Yew Bu Hua
Civil & Structural Engineer
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
PEN Konsult Sdn. Bhd.
Unitech QS Consultancy Sdn. Bhd.
Landart Design Sdn. Bhd.
LSH Global Enterprise Sdn. Bhd.
BH Yew Architect