| Rokiah Mahmud |
FUTURE home owners under the National Housing Scheme will be living in a new housing concept and architectural design.
Unlike the previous National Housing Scheme where the houses were detached, semi-detached or terrace designs, the new concept of the National Housing Scheme will be six-storey apartments and clusters of four units.
The construction of 420 units of vertical housing (high rise apartments) will be carried out at a 47-hectare land located at the Lambak Kanan H40 Housing Scheme Plan. There will be four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room for each apartment which totals to 170 square metres floor area.
Under the housing scheme plan, 300 units of such apartment will be built to provide more houses for applicants up until 2017. The decision for the vertical housing plan is a result of comprehensive planning and considerations in order to move closer towards the National Housing Scheme plan’s main target, which is to accelerate the housing development by using land optimally for more affordable homes with a modern style concept.
According to the survey that was carried out in 2010 by the Housing Development Department in relation to the proposal of constructing vertical housing, the statistical information that was obtained revealed that majority of respondents agreed with the idea of living in apartments.
As for the cluster house, currently there are 1,000 units of houses at the Kampong Lugu National Housing Scheme that are still under construction. The housing units are designed in a cluster style with four units making up one cluster. Each unit will have four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen and a parking space that measures 130 square metres of total floor area. The primary purpose of the design was to create more open area and recreation for each unit.
At an exhibition held in conjunction with the World Habitat Day 2014 celebration, which carried the theme “Future Homes for the Nation”, at the Atrium Hall of Airport Mall, the Bulletin spoke to the public to get their response on the new cluster house design. Most of them agreed that the new design provides more land space and private access, unlike terrace houses.
The project is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016 and a total of 5,757 houses will be completed by this year in the Brunei-Muara District, 2,258 houses in Tutong and 232 houses in Temburong under the scheme.