Bandar Seri Begawan - Bandar Seri Begawan - The Brunei-Muara District, in its efforts to provide quality services to its stakeholders, will have a new building next year. A foundation-laying ceremony was held yesterday at the construction site at the Old Airport area in Berakas.
With the new building, the Brunei-Muara District Office hopes to better serve the public in a more comfortable and spacious area.
Construction of the B$7.4 million project began in April 2012 and is scheduled to be completed by July 2013. The project was approved under the 10th National Development Plan of 2008-2013.
Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, the Minister of Home Affairs, officiated the foundation-laying ceremony yesterday.
The main form of the building was derived from the existing site conditions.
The building will have, among other facilities, a reception lobby, VIP lounge, surau, multi-purpose hall, conference room, meeting room and pantries.
In support of the Ministry of Development's Green Building Initiative, the building will have several features that reduce the consumption of energy, including low-E double glazed walls, which reduce the amount of heat that enters the building while allowing more daylight to enter the spaces.
The project is supervised and designed by the Technical Services Department of the Public Works Department (JKR). Other consultants for the project include
KR Kamarulzaman & Associated (Civil & Electrical), Sepakat Setia Perunding (B) Sdn Bhd (Mechanical & Electrical), Z-Arif Consultant (Quantity Surveyors) and LSL Sdn Bhd (Contractor).
Also present were the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yusof, and other senior government officers.--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin