Bridge with Islamic motif

September 8th, 2010
Brunei Times
September 8th, 2010

Illustration: BT/Ayi Hermala

Adam Radhi

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Agreement for feasibility study of bridge to Temburong inked

The proposed bridge linking Brunei-Muara and Temburong is likely to become one of the Sultanate’s must-see landmarks, with an Islamic motif dominant in its design.

Carrying out the feasibility study on the project is Ove Arup & Partners, which has among its credits the structural design of the Sydney Opera House and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

The Ministry of Development and international consultancy firm Ove Arup & Partners yesterday signed an agreement on the feasibility study which will identify the possible social, economic, environmental and political impact of the bridge’s construction on the country.

Slated to be completed in 18 months, the $2.84 million project will utilise the bridge to provide water or electrical services to places in and between the two districts, Ove Arup & Partners said in a briefing on its proposal. The project was mooted more than a year ago.

Naeem U Hussain, senior director of Ove Arup & Partners, said the 10km bridge across the Brunei Bay will be part of the estimated 30km stretch of road linking Brunei-Muara and Temburong districts.

The senior director also outlined three possibilities of the bridge’s route over the Brunei Bay.

One option was to have a landing point which is situated closest to Muara town, or closer to Kg Mentiri. The third option was to place a landing point which is closest to the capital and bypass the tip of Berambang Island.

The bridge will take on an Islamic design. The islamic motif of the design will be more comprehensive rather than “just having a dome on top”.

The bridge is not only expected to improve inter-district economic collaboration, but also foster better economic ties between Sabah and Brunei due to the expected improvement in connectivity.

Speaking to reporters, Minister of Development Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman said that the feasibility study will have to be convincing before they proceed with the construction of the bridge.

“They will have to be very convincing because they are looking at all aspects in terms of financing the whole project, and the environmental effects because we are very concerned about our mangrove swamps we want to protect it as much as we can,” he said.

“We hope that they (Ove Arup & Partners) will come up with a very good study, and from then on, we will decide whether to proceed or not,” he said, adding that he could not comment much until the study will have been completed.

Ove Arup & Partners won the tender to conduct the feasibility study after the ministry shortlisted 30 candidates for the project last year.

On hand to sign on behalf of His Majesty’s Government was Hj Salleh Hj Mohamad Zin, deputy permanent secretary (technical and professional) at the Ministry of Development, and Hjh Marhani Abdullah, acting director-general of the Public Works Department.

Representing Ove Arup & Partners for the signing was Lim Siew Yong, project director and Naeem U Hussain.

Ove Arup & Partners was founded in 1946 with an initial focus on structural engineering.

With a branch in Brunei, Ove Arup & Partners was also involved in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing for delivering innovative and sustainable designs that reinvent the built environment.

The Brunei Times


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