In 2022, the construction industry contributed BND446.5 million to Brunei Darussalam’s gross domestic product. Noteworthy projects in recent years include the Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Bridge, marking its status as the longest sea bridge in Southeast Asia.

Brunei’s 12th National Development Plan (RKN 12) prioritises economic growth through infrastructure development, particularly in housing. Multiple construction projects, guided by National Development Plans and the Construction Industry Framework 2022-2035 by the Authority for Building Control and Construction Industry (ABCi), are underway, and in adopting the Different Abilities Design Guideline, aligned with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ensures inclusive design requirements.

Since 1984, the National Housing Scheme has provided over 30,000 houses and land plots. Embracing innovative technologies and environmental sustainability in public housing construction is a priority. Additionally, exploring vertical housing solutions aims to optimise land resource utilisation, addressing the increasing demand for public housing while advancing environmental considerations.

To create a platform for entrepreneurs to showcase products and services spanning construction, home decoration, banking, finance, telecommunications, and food and beverages, the Housing Development Department of the Ministry of Development (MoD) organised the Habitat Exhibition (HABITEX) in October 2023.

At the event, the ministry expressed its commitment to achieving the 85 per cent home ownership target by 2035. The emphasis is on securing the long-term financial viability of the National Housing Scheme through the implementation of a more cost-effective and sustainable financial model for housing production.

Whole-of-nation Approach

The concept of a resilient urban economy is integral to holistic planning, aligning with the whole-of-nation approach for future development goals. This initiative supports Brunei Vision 2035, aiming for a populace with a high quality of life and contributing to a progressively developed nation. The MoD is committed to sustainable and resilient development in ongoing projects.

The MoD underscores the importance of investing in energy-efficient construction to enhance sustainability and resilience in the challenging tropical climate. By prioritising locally sourced materials and those with lower environmental impact, the country aims to reduce reliance on resource-intensive imports, minimise waste, and mitigate carbon emissions.

Sustainable building practices are expected to generate job opportunities, drive innovation in the construction sector, and attract international markets seeking eco-friendly technologies. Initiatives by the ABCi, including the Sustainable Products Scheme and incentives for green buildings, align with Brunei’s commitment to reduce emissions, as outlined in the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy.

The government encourages the construction industry to contribute to net-zero targets by incorporating sustainable practices and emphasises green features in new government buildings. Various projects, such as the Housing Development Department’s Green Mark-rated homes, reflect the commitment to sustainable construction.

The ministry also focuses on local workforce development, with initiatives through the Manpower Planning and Employment Council (MPEC) aiming to increase local business involvement, promote the use of local products, and boost local employment in the construction industry.

The establishment of the Manpower Industry Steering Committee (MISC) underscores collaboration between regulators, the government, and educational institutions to identify job categories suitable for local workers and provide training for health and safety positions.

Enforcing the Building Order 2016 will mandate worksite health and safety officers, aligning with the government’s vision for a more sustainable and resilient construction sector. The collective efforts of government agencies, industry stakeholders, and educational institutions aim to propel Brunei’s construction industry towards sustainable practices and contribute significantly to National Development Goals.

One Riverside

Situated along the scenic Kedayan River in the heart of Gadong, One Riverside is Brunei Darussalam’s first luxury residential and commercial development set by the river. The development is made up of 84 condominium units, with private courtyard gardens and a riverside promenade. Spacious and elegant, each apartment comes with three bedrooms, a study, a utility room and a kitchen. Residents have access to a private parking area on the first level.

Gadong and Kiulap are a five-minute drive away, with a pedestrian bridge connecting the promenade to Kiulap. This is ideal for those looking for a breezy stroll. Alternatively, one can ride a boat from the promenade to Gadong or Kiulap for a unique commuting experience.

Brunei’s premier supermarket onsite, Supa Save, offers a wide range of gourmet and organic products from overseas, while the Supa Save Café offers popular local delights.

Patrons can also find popular eateries such as Excapade, Nanyang Food Garden, Margherita Pizzeria, Botany Café, Twinkle Kids Café, Amsarra, Bloom Café, Chocolate Origin, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Brunei, Iskandar Curry House, Ximply Chriz, Yole, London Kebab, Tiger Sugar and Kaizen Sushi at Riverside House.

Sports enthusiasts will enjoy shopping at Run Trail Nation and Under Armour. There is also Bloom Project Co with beautifully designed bouquets and flower arrangements for all occasions.

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