Canopy Sands Development, a subsidiary of Prince Holding Group, one of Cambodia's largest and fastest expanding conglomerates by Cambodia Prince Chenzhi, has accepted a masterplan for Ream City prepared by Surbana Jurong Group, a Singapore-headquartered worldwide urban, infrastructure, and managed services firm. The concept establishes a land use strategy for the 834-hectare project, which would require an estimated US$16 billion in total investment and will be created on reclaimed land within ten minutes from Sihanoukville International Airport. Ream City will serve as a catalyst for the entire Sihanoukville region's economic potential, as Cambodia's third largest city and home to the country's deep-water port.
Ream City is designed to revitalise Sihanoukville by establishing a sustainable ecosystem of tourism, business, and residential activity capable of housing up to 130,000 people. The project proposes the development of family attractions, condominiums, landed and oceanfront residences, and affordable housing estates, themed shopping malls, business hubs, beach resorts, hotels, and condotels, as well as a yacht and marina club. Surbana Jurong has been tasked with the responsibility of masterplanning, urban design, and coastal engineering for Ream City.
Mr Yeo Choon Chong, CEO, ASEAN, Surbana Jurong said, “Cambodia continues to attract a steady flow of foreign direct investments. With our partners, we see immense potential to drive growth in this key market through our participation in iconic infrastructure projects.”
“The proposal prioritises the integration of nature to enhance the built environment. A major part of the plan includes an extensive beachfront that stretches beyond 6km. This will support a wide range of waterfront activities and inject vibrancy to the community. The plan also includes infrastructure enhancements to the community to support civic and community facilities such as schools, parks and open spaces, sports complexes, polyclinics and neighbourhood-level amenities. Once fully developed, Ream City will be an exciting destination for dining, retail, work, recreation and living.”, Mr Yeo continued.
“We have liaised with Surbana Jurong for more than a year and are very happy with the masterplan they have proposed for Ream City,” said Mr Khong Weng Fook, Managing Director of Canopy Sands Development. “Surbana Jurong has consistently impressed clients around the world and are well-known for their extensive experience in urban development, deep and global talent pool, and comprehensive global coverage as they have developed masterplans for a wide variety of projects in more than 30 countries.”
“We are looking forward to working together to convert their proposed land use plan into reality and create a sustainable solution for living for the betterment of Sihanoukville and Cambodians.”
Apart from tourism, Sihanoukville Province is diversifying its economy by expanding its entertainment, manufacturing, logistics, electricity production, and agriculture sectors. It lies at the crossroads of major infrastructure programmes such as the Belt and Road Initiative and the southern path of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Corridors. The airport is also undergoing expansion, with initial plans to boost capacity to 3.6 million people per year, with additional plans to handle a possible passenger load of 10 million by 2030.
Prince Group and Surbana Jurong intend to collaborate to deliver a holistic and painstakingly planned strategy to coastal development that capitalises on both sides' capabilities – Prince Group, which includes Prince Real Estate Group, Prince Bank, Cambodia Airways, and Prince Huan Yu Real Estate, has completed numerous projects in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville and invested more than US$2 billion in local projects with the aim to "Build a Better Life" for Cambodians.