AECOM clinched two awards for the River of Life (ROL) project at the recent Malaysian Landscape Architecture Awards (MLAA) organized by the Institute of Landscape Architecture Malaysia (ILAM).

The prizes were the prestigious President Award 2018 and the Honour Award – Landscape Design Award / Professional Category, both for AECOM’s submission, Transforming Kuala Lumpur Heritage Quarters Urban Landscape.

“Our work for River of Life continues to underline AECOM’s strength in delivering projects that are impactful, complex and transformative. I am proud of these awards as they recognise the hard work and the commitment of our team who, in working closely with the client, has been able to successfully turn the oldest parts of Kuala Lumpur, encompassing locations such as Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad, Masjid Jamek and Central Market, into a fresh, vibrant and community-oriented urban centre,” said Feisal Noor, Vice President | Project Management | Design Planning + Economics.

“Through River of Life, we have also demonstrated how KL’s rivers are an asset that provides opportunities for growth. This project is a key example of how you can tap into the potential of rivers for commercial, environmental and social benefits through thoughtful planning, design and engagement, not just for Malaysia but the world,” he said.

This win is the latest award for River of Life, which has already received various local and international accolades over the past few years.

The award was given out as ILAM celebrates 11 years of landscape architecture industry excellence, recognising outstanding landscape architecture consultancy firms, developers, researchers, students, contractors, suppliers, government agencies, foundations, trusts, NGOs, media and individuals in Malaysia and abroad.

The ROL project encompasses a 10.7km spread of riverfront, including the confluence of the Gombak and Klang rivers, with a total area of 781 hectares, including 63 hectares of water bodies.

AECOM is delivering the river master planning and beautification component of the project as well as the strategic framework for urban and landscape design guidelines, cost management, engineering and project management.