Gurney Wharf Project progress photos No. 1, 5th April, 2016

The Gurney Wharf project started a little over a month ago, which so far is manifested as putting a fence along Gurney Drive.  So I will photograph progress from the same standpoint – in front of Bali Hai, which is around the middle of Gurney Drive.

View from Bali Hai today

View from Bali Hai today

 

view from footpath across the road from Bali Hai

view from footpath across the road from Bali Hai

 

looking towards Gurney roundabout

looking towards Gurney roundabout

 

looking towards George Town

looking towards George Town

 

fence construction

fence construction

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8 comments

    1. Actually it is a wire fence with climbing plants – the idea is to let the sea breezes through, they wrote. The solid plastic fence is just temporary while they work on the fence behind.

      1. oh, glad to know that. at least the wire fence will allow everyone to enjoy the view and the breezes while all that building work goes on. i suppose it will take years to complete.

      2. They said the land reclamation should be done in about 18 months, and the park should be open to the public in 2018 sometime. As the land has to settle I suppose, it will take another two years to complete the planned buildings. This is my understanding.

      3. so they are making a park out of that reclaimed land? i was thinking they are going to put in a beach with white sand… but that is not so. i think i would have preferred a white sandy beach … ah well. maybe they are thinking there is enough white sandy beaches in batu ferringhi, whereas a seaside place where they can have more eating stalls and bars and cafes will be more commercially profitable. they are right.

      4. They are making motorway to alleviate the traffic in Pulau Tikus, but making a cycle path, park, a beach with sand, and also eating stalls and cafes. In the past some people opposed the motorway, but this way it is presumably palatable to most. For me it all sounds good. A motorway should make the local streets much more walkable / cyclable, as a great deal of the traffic is through traffic, and the traffic situation is rapidly deteriorating. And the park, beach and facilities will be well used by locals, people from the rest of Penang, and tourists. I am looking forward to it.

      5. it does sound good. it seems to be following singapore in going for land reclamation. i wonder where /which mountain gets levelled to provide the materials for the landfill.
        saw a news article that they found a huge 8metre python in penang. nice to know penang still have wildlife surprises like that.

      6. Now that you mention it, I hadn’t thought about where the landfill comes from. Penang government, being the opposition party to the Federal government, tells us that the Federal government collects taxes, and then distributes them to other states and not Penang. So Penang government has to finance itself, and it finances projects by land reclamation and leasing the land to corporations. Being an island and having also mainland coastline it has this option. The hills do have wildlife. Mostly its monkeys you see.

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