By Rohit Sharma
Many people often associate Indonesia’s Batam island with its beautiful sandy beaches and lush resorts, but retain the perception that the island is underdeveloped and lacking an urban landscape. However, this is all going change as soon as next year, when Batam locals and travellers can look forward to the island’s very first mega-mall, Pollux Mall Batam, equivalent to the size of Singapore’s Ngee Ann City.
Pollux Mall Batam is just one part of the Meisterstadt Batam project, a masterplan to transform the skyline of Batam, helmed by former Indonesian president Dr. Ing. H. Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie. He also serves as honorary chairman to Pollux Habibie International, the company overseeing the project.
The Meisterstadt Batam project will cover a sprawling land space of over 8.6 hectares, and will include the 860,000 square-foot Pollux Mall Batam, eight residential towers, a hotel, a hospital that will benefit locals in Batam, and a 100-storey office building measuring 350 metres, around twice the height of Singapore’s famous Marina Bay Sands.
Pollux Habibie International aims to complete the construction of four residential towers, known as the Wunderbar Residences, and a portion of the mall by this year, as the first phase of the Meisterstadt Batam project.
Batam is a mere 40-minute ride away from Singapore and is a popular destination for many Singaporean travellers. With the completion of Pollux Mall Batam, Singaporeans now have an alternative to Johor Bahru, with the guarantee that the traffic will not be held up,” said Po Sun Kok, Chairman of Pollux Group.
“We are also expecting many Singaporeans to be interested in purchasing units in the Wunderbar Residences. Meisterstadt Batam is only a five-minute drive from Batam Centre Ferry Terminal. A Singaporean living here can easily get to work in just a little over an hour. As the country’s population continues to rapidly increase, this could be a viable option for many Singaporeans.”
At the moment, the first three towers of the Wunderbar Residences have already been launched and 95 per cent of the units have been sold. The final tower will be launched later this month. The topping-off ceremonies for the third and last towers will be held on the first week of April and May this year respectively.