Singapore’s Prime Minister is crossing the border to come to Iskandar on 18 Feb 2013 to inaugurate the Wellness Township, a joint Kazanah and Temasek project:
From condominium projects adding ionizing ceilings for purer air or defibrillators for emergency heart treatment, to large townships with hospitals and in-room testing kits, health and wellness is the latest aspiration for living environments.
Witness Eastern & Oriental Bhd (E&O)’s Medini Integrated Wellness Capital (IWC) in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor. Scheduled to launch early next year, this RM3 billion township is developed as a joint venture with Malaysia and Singapore’s sovereign wealth funds and revolves around an anchor wellness centre, dubbed a wellness sanctuary.
Open to the public with membership provided to the township’s residents, the sanctuary aims to offer services such as gene analysis, acupuncture, reflexology, qigong, yoga, pilates, meditation, exercise and nutritional programmes, as well as pampering spa treatments. It will be operated by an international operator, whom the developer is currently sourcing, from as near as Thailand to as far as US.
Properties within this 210-acre Medini IWC are planned to comprise 445 terrace houses, 96 bungalows, 68 semi-detached homes, one block of serviced apartments and 1,415 condominium units, as well as a commercial centre.
Landed & healthy under RM1 million
The first phase is set to launch early next year and E&O has indicated that the properties here will be affordable to the middle class. Especially when it comes to the initial launches, double storey terrace houses may be priced as low as under RM1 million.
The northern end of Nusajaya meanwhile has been set aside for Afiat Healthpark, with 67.2 acres divided into sections for modern medicine, traditional and complementary medicine as well as wellness. Within the modern medicine section will be Columbia Asia‘s 80-bed private hospital, together with private specialist clinics, health screening centre, commercial village, nursing college, rehabilitation centre and dialysis centre.
“When we came in, the concept of wellness was already defined for this development,” says E&O’s deputy managing director, Eric Chan. This probably complemented the master plan of the rest of Medini, which also includes financial and creative areas, he added.
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