|26th March, 2008
Lahad Datu is the gateway to the world renowned Danum Valley
Conservation Area, the abundant flora and fauna of Tabin’s Wildlife Reserve and
the mysterious Madai Caves
A new retail and commercial
development, the ‘Lahad Datu Harbour Town’, is poised to transform this
town into a prime destination for avid shoppers and trend-setters residing on Sabah’s east coast.
Dato’ Chin Kain Sim, is one of the Directors of Tower Lodge Sdn Bhd,
which is the developer of the Lahad Datu Harbour Town project.
Tower Lodge Sdn Bhd is managed by Chin, and his two other partners, Dato’
Christopher Lim and Fong Sin Lon. It is a subsidiary of the Seng Group of
Companies based in Kuala Lumpur led by Dato’ Dr Lim Lee Seng.
The Group has recently expanded its interests in Sabah through the efforts of
its subsidiaries, namely Tower Lodge Sdn Bhd and also KOPORIM Marketing Sdn Bhd,
whose most recent project has been the development of KK Taipan Commercial
Centre in Inanam New Township, a 14-acre commercial development comprising of
117 units of shop-office.
It is currently under construction and is slated for completion in the end of
2008. Prior to this latest project, Tower Lodge has studied Sabah’s local market
trends and found that the bulk of Sabah’s retail and commercial developments are
concentrated on the west coast region.
With ongoing efforts by the State government to transform the Lahad Datu
township into the main distribution centre for Sabah’s East Coast Division, the
development of Lahad Datu Harbour Town will become the crucial link that
integrates between various key nodes of the township, with Lahad Datu Harbour
Town as the new central hub for Lahad Datu’s business meetings and leisure
Upon completion, Lahad Datu Harbour Town will be a futuristic commercial centre
comprising of 10 blocks of retail and shopping outlets – will overlook the
town’s scenic harbour.
It will offer varieties of shop outlets set in a pleasant natural environment,
with a myriad of business opportunities ranging from the fashionable, high-end
retail outlets to the laid-back, coffee-culture establishments currently popular
amongst the modern day consumers. The unique design of Lahad Datu Harbour Town
is that it is a low-rise development comprising of various blocks ranging
between two-storey to four-storey buildings only.
Each of the separate blocks has its own distinct character, and the variety of
distinctive building facades makes it easier for shoppers to navigate themselves
through the Harbour Town’s plaza.
An interesting feature of Lahad Datu Harbour Town will be the incorporation of
interlocking umbrella-like roof structures that not only create ground cover but
also an attractive feature of this new retail and commercial outlet.
It will be an aerial landmark as well, resembling a futuristic sea craft
transporting goods to the town of Lahad Datu, an ode to its maritime port. The
design of Lahad Datu Harbour Town’s commercial blocks have also taken into
account of the future needs of the tenants as well as the image of the
establishment as the new top retail destination for Lahad Datu.
The shop lots are especially designed to allow for pipes and services to be
hidden yet accessible for inspection by the tenant and local authorities as
needed – another milestone for sustainable commercial architecture in Sabah.
Architecturally and commercially, the upcoming development of Lahad Datu Harbour
Town is aiming for new horizons, as it breaks exciting new ground in Sabah’s
local retail and commercial development industry.
It is primed to transform the image of Lahad Datu from a sleepy palm-oil based
industry town to the top choice retail and commercial destination, and will
provide the much sought-after modern shopping environment for the consumers of
Sabah’s East Coast.