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This article first appeared in City & Country, The Edge Malaysia Weekly on August 22, 2022 - August 28, 2022

The Edge Malaysia Best Managed & Sustainable Property Awards (BMSPA), which was initially hosted by EdgeProp Malaysia, is in its sixth instalment this year. The awards aim to raise the bar on property management practices and sustainable real estate in the country, benchmarking them against the best in class globally.

This year’s awards ceremony was held on Aug 15 at Hilton Kuala Lumpur. In his welcome speech, The Edge Media Group publisher and group CEO Datuk Ho Kay Tat said, “We have gathered to celebrate Malaysia’s finest in real estate. What we seek to do with these awards is to benchmark Malaysia’s gold standard of property management practices and sustainability, and recognise developments that have been built and managed with excellence and sustainability.

“As Malaysia’s stratified real estate continues to expand, there is a crucial need to ensure the properties are maintained with quality, remain functional and are kept at a reasonable cost.”

BMSPA 2022 presented awards in eight categories this year, covering residential, office, mixed development, retail and specialised components. Each of these categories were divided into two segments to reflect the age of the property — Below 10 Years or 10 Years and Above.

In addition to the anchor awards, BMSPA 2022 also presented The Edge Malaysia-ILAM Malaysia’s Sustainable Landscape Awards 2022 and the Editor’s Choice Awards 2022.

Going above and beyond

Henry Butcher Malaysia (Mont Kiara) Sdn Bhd (HBMK) was the star of the night, as properties under its management bagged 10 awards. Gold award winners were Solaris Mont’Kiara (10 Years and Above Mixed Development), Menara Bangkok Bank (Below 10 Years Multiple-owned Strata Office), Guoco Tower (Below 10 Years Single-owned Office in a Mixed Strata), Star Residences (Below 10 Years Multiple-owned Strata Residential), Sime Darby Motors City (Below 10 Years Specialised Category) and 3 Kia Peng Apartments (10 Years and Above Multiple-owned Strata Residential).

The team won Silver for Hijauan Kiara (10 Years and Above Multiple-owned Strata Residential) and KIPMall Masai (Below 10 Years Specialised Category).

Sime Darby Motors City bagged the Editor’s Choice Award for Malaysia’s Outstanding Specialised Development, while 3 Kia Peng won the Editor’s Choice Award for Malaysia’s Outstanding Sustainable Residential Strata Development.

Desa ParkCity by ParkCity Group took home the Editor’s Choice Award for Malaysia’s Exemplary Sustainable Township. The 473-acre township also won Gold for The Edge Malaysia-ILAM Malaysia’s Sustainable Landscape Awards in the Landscape Planning category.

Other developments that won Gold awards included IPC Shopping Centre by Ikano Corp Sdn Bhd in the 10 Years and Above Retail — Non-Strata category and Menara Prudential by Knight Frank Property Management Sdn Bhd in the Below 10 Years Non-strata Office category.

Silver winners in the main award categories were MOF Inc Tower managed by Rahim & Co International Sdn Bhd (Below 10 Years Single-owned Office in a Mixed Strata), Angsana Johor Bahru Mall by UDA Holdings Bhd (10 Years and Above Retail — Non-Strata), The Park Residences 1 managed by LaurelCap Sdn Bhd (10 Years and Above Multiple-owned Strata Residential) and Park Seven managed by SDB Property Management Sdn Bhd (10 Years and Above Multiple-owned Strata Residential).

Meanwhile, winning Bronze in the main category were Menara JLand managed by DASB Property Management Sdn Bhd (Below 10 Years Single-owned Office in a Mixed Strata), The Summit Subang USJ by RCMC Sdn Bhd (10 Years and Above Retail — Strata) and Sunway Montana by Sunway Property & Facility Management Sdn Bhd (Below 10 Years Multiple-owned Strata Residential).

For The Edge Malaysia-ILAM Malaysia’s Sustainable Landscape Awards, Mangala Resort & Spa was conferred Gold for landscape planning. The project was developed by Franky Group and Malik, Lip & Associates was the landscape architect. Meanwhile, Mont’Kiara Bayu, managed by Mont’Kiara Bayu Management Corporation, won Bronze for landscape design.

Projects that received special mentions were Quayside Mall managed by Gamuda Land (Kemuning) Sdn Bhd (Below 10 Years Retail — Non-Strata), Evoke Residence @ Gravitas by UDA Holdings Bhd (Below 10 Years Multiple-owned Strata Residential) and MOB Specialist Clinics, Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur by Henry Butcher Malaysia Property Management (Sel) Sdn Bhd (10 Years and Above Specialised Category).

Ho explained how the winners were chosen. “Our judges, who represent key stakeholders in the real estate industry in Malaysia and Singapore, shortlisted 42 developments. They visited each of the 42 developments, going as far as Penang and Johor Baru. For all intents and purposes, the detailed site inspections were nothing short of ‘free audits’.

“After further assessment and deliberation, the winners were chosen. All members of the judging panel signed non-disclosure agreements. Those with interest in any of the award submissions abstained from deliberation and the casting of votes accordingly.”

The judges for BMSPA 2022 were The Edge Malaysia editor emeritus and the awards’ chief judge Au Foong Yee, City & Country editor E Jacqui Chan, Association of Property and Facility Managers (APFM) president Lim Lan Yuan, Architect Centre Sdn Bhd accredited architect, building inspector and trainer Anthony Lee, Building Management Association of Malaysia (BMAM) committee member Richard Chan, Chur Associates founder and managing partner Chris Tan, Malaysian Institute of Property and Facility Managers (MIPFM) deputy president Ishak Ismail, Malaysian REIT Managers Association (MRMA) honorary secretary Datuk Stewart Labrooy, Real Estate and Housing Developers’ 

Association Malaysia (Rehda) president Datuk N K Tong, and Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM) immediate past president Suhardi Maulan.

This year’s sponsors were Nippon Paint Malaysia and Panasonic Malaysia, the main and supporting partners respectively. Nippon Paint has been a sponsor since 2017 while this is Panasonic’s fourth year.

BMSPA 2022 was endorsed by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and supported by EdgeProp Malaysia, Rehda, ILAM, MIPFM, MRMA, BMAM, Architect Centre and APFM. The results were audited by Deloitte Malaysia.

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