Property developer, PT Intiland Development Tbk (Intiland), is preparing the development of a new exclusive cluster at one of its flagship projects, Talaga Bestari, Tangerang. The cluster, named The Forest, is to be developed in an area of 14 hectares and is set for sales in May 2011.
Teguh Prayitno, director of PT Sinar Puspapersada, a subsidiary of Intiland, which is developing Talaga Bestari, said that in building The Forest, the company is applying the concept and principles of ecogreen or environmentfriendly. The implementation is in the form of developing green environment and the application of alternative energy.
“The Forest Cluster offers three leading aspects: exclusivity, green environment, and energy efficiency. The implementation of the concept and the ecogreen principles refer to the international standard,” he explained further.
According to Teguh Prayitno, one of the implementations of ecogreen is by putting the use of local materials for the development as one of the priorities. The cluster will also have waterrecycling facility (secondary water), which will be used to, among others, watering the plants. The company is also working together with Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) in implementing a variety of alternative technologies for energy saving.
“One of the energy saving approaches we are implementing in the cluster is making use of solar energy or windpowered generator as the source of alternative energy for lighting public areas. This means that the initial investment we are putting in will be bigger, but in the long run we are in the making of a real saving,” he asserted.
Another energy saving effort being made is designing and orienting the facade of the house units to optimize natural lighting. The buildings in The Forest are designed in such a way, making it possible for the rooms in the house to directly expose to more sunlight while minimizing the heat of the sun.
The Forest Cluster is set on a strategic location in the middle of the residential area. The cluster will have private club house and private pool prepared exclusively for the cluster residents. The facilities are another plus point for the residents, yet they still can enjoy the Talaga Bestari’s club house and swimming pool.
As a nod to its name, according to Teguh, the cluster is developed with green landscape and an exquisite choice of big trees. The plants and trees prepared for the cluster are handpicked, and they are those offering benefits and beauty, providing comfort, helping promote health, and the choosing of the trees is one form of conservation effort.
To make the plan a reality, the company is working together with Seameo Biotrop, the center for Tropical Biology of Southeast Asia region. Seameo Biotrop is an institute which has assisted many researches, trainings, cooperation and information gathering and distribution in the area of tropical biology.
“Biotrop will provide consultative and technical supports for the biological conservation drive. They will give us suggestion and instruct us in the methodology of biological conservation in Talaga Bestari project,” Teguh said.
He said that in addition to offering green landscape design, The Forest would have a lake as large as close to one hectare and a river that runs through the cluster. Besides functioning as water absorption area, the lake and its surrounding green functions as a recreational area that the residents of the cluster can enjoy.
The development of The Forest cluster, which will start in the third quarter of 2011, is divided into several stages. In the first stage of the development, the company is building 200 units of houses in four different types. One of the types will have an area of 300 square meters with the twostory house having the area of 120 square meters.
“We are targeting middle to upper level market for this cluster. Besides the exclusive facilities, houses in this cluster have larger land area than those in the other clusters,” Teguh also said.
The plan to develop the cluster came after the company’s success in launching The Hills and Harmony clusters. The launch of The Hills cluster which targets middle to high income families received warm welcome from the people living in the surrounding communities. From the first stage of the development, the company has managed to sell 80% of the units.
Besides launching The Hills cluster, Talaga Bestari is developing Jungle Walk, an integrated community center which becomes part of the development of the residential area. The sixhectare project offers a unique concept that combines commercial facilities and modern lifestyle in a green environment.
“Besides being a hang out place, as the name implies, Jungle Walk is designed as a city forest offering cool shade with its big trees. It is also a conservation area for protected trees. In the area, we are building centers for trees from Indonesian forests, such as Kalimantan, Sulawesi or Sumatra forests. We hope the facility can become one of the centers for learning biological conservation for school children. The Jungle Walk is designed with the concept of Talaga Bestari as Kota Belajar Keluarga (Family Learning Town),” he said.
At Jungle Walk there are 136 units of shop houses, 331 stalls, 44 café units, a shopping center, a music center, and a junglethemed restaurant. All the facilities are integrated and will become part of the whole residential area in the future.
“As the development progress of Jungle Walk, at present we are installing the roofs of the buildings. We expect that the facilities will be ready for operation by the end of May 2011,” he explained.
Besides commercial area, Jungle Walk has a sports center and a club house, accessible for the residents of Talaga Bestari. The sport facilities are on an area of 3,000 square meters, with two swimming pools, a restaurant, a fitness center and a threeonthree basketball court.