PWD receives award for Kampong Ayer project
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Public Works Department (PWD), Ministry of Development was recently honoured with the ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award 2013.
The PWD in a statement said that the award was given for having successfully designed and completed the Pilot Project to Upgrade Kampong Ayer (Projek Perintis Menaik Taraf Kampong Ayer) in Bandar Seri Begawan.
The award also recognised the significant contribution the engineering project had made to the country’s development.
The project which was initiated by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was nominated by Brunei Association of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects (PUJA) and was approved by the Governing Board of AFEO.
The Director General of Public Works Department, Hj Marzuke Hj Mohsin, and the Acting Senior Architect at the Department of Technical Services, Haslinawati Hj Abdul Halim, received the award during 31st Conference of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (CAFEO 31) in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The award was presented by AFEO Chairman Ir. Bobby Gafur Umar and AFEO Secretary General Dato Ir Lim Chow Hock.
Sixty-five units of fully functioning houses that reflect the traditional Kampong Ayer’s architecture but with better and modern conveniences of houses found on land were built under the Kampong Ayer pilot project.
The houses are safe, orderly and comfortable for modern families, and is a sustainable legacy for future generations, the PWD said in a statement.
The project aims to become a stimulus in upgrading the quality of life and provide better living environment especially to that of Kampong Ayer’s residents and to improve the village’s image as a whole.
The project team comprised architect, engineers and quantity surveyor from PWD, engineers from Department of Electrical Services and main contractor from Tobishima (Brunei) Sdn Bhd.
According to the statement, the project team faced engineering challenges that brought forward innovative solutions in the areas of planning, site movement, construction methodology and use of material.
The project also provided a systematic sewerage system and utilise solar system at one of the public area that are hoped to be expanded in the future.
The Brunei Times