MOST things grow old, but the charm of beautifully crafted landscape defies the tyranny of time.
Gamuda Gardens’ central park, designed by Walrus director Julien Hodson-Walker, is meant to provide decades of vibrancy and liveliness in the valley of green.
Developed by Gamuda Land, Gamuda Gardens is an iconic 810-acre mixed-use development located in the north of Sungai Buloh and has a gross development value (GDV) of over RM10.1bil. It will feature five cascading lakes integrated with a majestic waterfall, a vibrant waterfront village and a wide option of homes that cater to different market segments.
The rolling parkland spans across 50 acres of land and takes its design inspiration from classic rolling English country parks.
Walking on the broad, beautiful sweeping lawns, one will be able to appreciate the woodland belts, clusters of trees around the water and wetland edges. The natural valley land form allows Walker to craft out the five emerald lakes contouring across the terrain, from the highest level of 55 metres cascading to the lowest at 32 metres, which will eventually direct the water flow into the river.
The lakes are homes to diverse ecosystems, adding to the natural biodiversity of the area. They are also an integral part of the township’s storm-water retention system.
The wetland terraces between lakes and wetland edges will be complemented by covered pavilions and cooling shades provided by the green canopies. Residents and the public will be able to wander on the elevated boardwalks to explore the heart of the wetlands and appreciate the ecology of this unique ecosystem with its immense variety of plant and animal life.
“The wetland fringes at the edge of the lakes are essential to stabilize water quality, promote aquaculture and facilitate carbon absorption, while the water margins are designed to be safe and accessible, providing opportunities where children can interact with the water and adults can rediscover the wonders of a freshwater shoreline,” explained Walker.
The boardwalk system forms an intricate network over the wetlands, which allows one to get close without impacting the ecology.
A theme park might sound chic and special, but Walker believed parks should focus on maximising convenience and sustainability in order to achieve its full potential.
“A park should be a convenient environment with good facilities, accessibility, and an environment that is comfortable. In a well-designed park, one will be able to bring young children to spend time here through multiple stages of their lives,” explained Walker.
Visitors could wander on the four-km footpath and cycle way, including on the elevated boardwalks to explore the wetland. The activities for younger children are located nearer to the car park, while there will also be canopy walkways, ziplines and obstacle courses for older children.
Families that are keen on outdoor activities will be able to make good use of the fully equipped camping ground with camping platforms, or enjoy the panoramic views on the cantilevered observation decks, which offer lookout points that allow one to enjoy a grand vista of three main lakes.
“People may only visit a butterfly garden several times, but when you have a well-designed park, you will be able to bring your young children to walk around and explore, and as they grow older, they will be able to come to the park to scoot, bike or roller blade, they will be able to spend time in it through multiple stages of their lives,” he explained.
Gamuda Gardens’ vibrant commercial lakefront village will be set on terraced land overlooking the lake and waterfalls. It will offer retail outlets, cafes, restaurants, a market place and other amenities, as well as a clubhouse.
“People could come to get coffee, shop, utilise the facilities and take a stroll, making the park a more attractive destination,” said Walker.
To preserve the local natural heritage, there are initiatives such as a sustainable drainage system, topsoil harvesting, reuse of rubber tree waste, plating indigenous trees, transplanting plants and more.
With meticulous planning and design, Walked also ensured that central park can be maintained sustainably.
“We don’t want to design a big, ornate, elaborate landscape that can’t be maintained, so we designed it in a way that the local authorities will only have to manage the woodlands, trim the trees and cut the grasses,” he added.
The park will complement Gamuda Gardens’ vision to create a healthy and happy community.
“Gamuda Land is one of my oldest clients. As a top-tier property developer, they have genuine and sound values, and a level of design and product integrity which has enabled them to continually deliver well-appointed multi-generational homes that are set within beautifully landscaped gardens,” said Walker.
Gamuda Gardens is easily accessible via Guthrie, LATAR and North-South Expressway. Its first phase, which will offer about 300 units of double-storey terraced houses, will be ready for preview from 18th Feb onwards.
Gamuda Land plans to launch up to five phases this year, with selling price starting from RM700,000.
Gamuda Gardens also plans to offer various retail, business and commercial hubs, which is expected to boost the growth of the entire north Selangor area.
In each of Gamuda Land’s development, the developer places great emphasis on comprehensive master planning underpinned by a good location and well-crafted environment that balances natural surroundings with extensive facilities. All these ensure residents enjoy an enhanced quality of life and home value appreciation over time.
With Gamuda Gardens’ unique propositions, the development will be well-received by discerning home owners who are looking to live in a beautifully crafted, tranquil living environment with easy connectivity to the city.
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