The History of IBS in Malaysia - 1964 - 1970

After their successful visit in 1963 - 64, the government had started its first IBS project aims to speed up the delivery time and built affordable and quality houses as stipulated under the 2nd Malayan Plan 1960-1965 and the 1st Malaysian Plan 1966 – 1970. 

About 22.7 acres of land along Jalan Pekeliling, Kuala Lumpur was dedicated to the project comprising 7 blocks of 17 stories flat consists of 3000 units of low-cost flat and 40 shops lot. This project was awarded to JV Gammon & Larsen and Nielsen using Danish System of large panel pre-cast concrete wall and plank slabs. 

The project was completed within 27 months from 1966 to 1968 including the time taken in the construction of the RM 2.5 million casting yard at Jalan Damansara. 

In 1965, the second housing project initiated by the government comprising 6 blocks of 17 stories flats and 3 block of 18 stories flats at Jalan Rifle Range, Penang. The project was awarded to Hochtief and Chee Seng using French Estoit System. 

Both projects utilised the large panel system which required large concrete panel cast in the factory and transported to site on trailers for assembly. The speed of construction is much faster although the tendered price was slightly higher by 5% to 8%. 

Another earliest IBS project was at Taman Tun Sardon in Penang (consists of 1,000 units five-storey walk up flat).IBS pre-cast component and system in the project was designed by British Research Establishment (BRE) for low cost housing (BRECAST system). 

A similar system was constructed almost at the same time at Edmonton, North London and about 20,000 BRECAST dwellings were constructed through out UK from 1964 to 1974. 

Nonetheless, the building design was very basic and not considering the aspect of serviceability such as the local needs to have wet toilet and bathroom. 

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