Gurney Wharf – The New Seafront Public Park


Plans for new Gurney Wharf public space unveiled

Penangites were today given a preview of the new seafront public park planned for the Gurney Drive foreshore. Spanning close to 60 acres, this water-fronting public recreation area called Gurney Wharf is a Penang State Government initiative.

Gurney Wharf will be created on land to be reclaimed by Tanjung Pinang Development Sdn Bhd (TPD), a subsidiary of premier lifestyle property developer Eastern & Oriental Berhad (E&O).

The proposed concept masterplan for Gurney Wharf was articulated through a series of curated images, photographs and illustrations displayed at a public exhiition themed “My Gurney Wharf” at a popular retail mall here.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a press conference led by Penang Chief Minister Y.A.B. Lim Guan Eng together with Penang State Executive Councillor and Local Government, Traffic Management and Environment Committee Chairman YB Chow Kon Yeow was held on the same day. Also present at the press conference were State Assemblywoman for Pulau Tikus, YB Yap Soo Huey, and Member of Parliament for Bukit Bendera, YB Zairil Khir Johari.

“Acknowledging the importance of Gurney Drive and the emotional attachment it brings forth in the hearts and minds of Penangites, the State is proud to propose a masterplan concept to create a new iconic waterfront destination for Penang, for the benefit of the people of Penang, and one that Penangites would be proud to call their own,” said Lim.

Lim commended E&O for the Group’s initiative in engaging award-winning international consultants at its own cost to prepare the proposed masterplan concept. The consultants—GDP Architects for the overall masterplan, Grant Associates for landscaping and Jerde for retail F&B—are highly acclaimed with an impressive portfolio that includes the Aga Khan-award winning Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (GDP), Gardens by the Bay in Singapore (Grant) and Roppongi Hills, Japan (Jerde).

“Drawing inspiration from some of the world’s best public spaces we aspire to create a spacious, multi-functional public park-in-the-city that is international in standard yet one hundred per cent Penang in spirit.”

Chow added that, “In creating this exemplar public park, we are adopting a people-centric approach to ensure that the outcome is more than just a well-designed physical space. It will be where Penangites can fully enjoy the island’s sea frontage, where communities gather for wholesome outdoor activities and most importantly, where pride of place and a sense of belonging is fostered.

The proposed Gurney Wharf concept masterplan encompasses four distinct character areas: Seaside Retail F&B, Water Gardens, Beach and Coastal Grove.
The Seaside Retail F&B celebrates Penang’s vibrant seafront brought to life by elements such as a waterfronting public promenade, seafront dining facilities including the island’s famed hawker fare and a pier walk.

The Water Gardens area will be defined by lush gardens, ponds and wetlands with its most distinctive feature being landscaped water gardens with innovative storm water filtration systems. Modelled after Singapore’s success with this at Gardens on the Bay, this is a pioneering system in Malaysia which is aesthetically outstanding as it is functional.

Chow said with the Beach area, Penangites would gain greater access to the waterfront area that includes a public beach as well as a public promenade. “Penangites will have access to nearly 400 meters of specially-created sandy beach which is literally, a stroll through the park,” he said.
Within the Coastal Grove, Chow said there would be a skate park for teens and youth, not far from the casuarinas lining the present Gurney Drive. Chow added, “The existing casuarinas are a signature of Gurney Drive and will be mindfully preserved.”

Lim rounded up by saying “In enabling easy access to the waterfront for everybody, the proposed concept masterplan incorporates two pedestrian retail underpasses with direct access from Pulau Tikus. Conveniences such as underpass lifts and escalators, separate pedestrian walkways and cycling paths as well as ramps for wheelchairs and strollers have also be included in the design. There will also be close to 1500 car park bays above and below ground level.

In compliance with regulatory requirements to ensure public safety, fencing would have to be built along the perimeter of the development site prior to commencement of works. Fencing works is anticipated to start in end-February.”

Chow concluded by saying “The anti-climb fencing made of mesh material will be installed along the stretch of the existing Gurney Drive from the Jalan Pangkor end right up to the Gurney Drive roundabout. As the fencing will be secured on the far side of the existing seawall, the public will have continued access to the Gurney Drive promenade for their daily activities.

As an added measure, the fencing would be installed with planter boxes to create an aesthetically comfortable public place while the mesh material ensures unhindered flow of sea breeze into Gurney Drive.

Update – Jan 2018 (submitted by reader)



  1. rotipandai
    February 23rd, 2016 at 16:25 | #1

    wua…….lai liao lai liao. Don’t blink your eyes ya! wah lan eh, si peh sui leh! Lai huat chai ah!!!!
    Quickly place your bets!

  2. watergun
    February 23rd, 2016 at 17:28 | #2

    There’s an opportunity to make this more iconic than Central Park New York.

  3. Eric
    February 23rd, 2016 at 18:28 | #3

    sui….sui la… kuan lu lan shu meh … lu wu share bo??

  4. Apenangnite
    February 23rd, 2016 at 18:51 | #4

    It will be AWESOME, but I reckon we should not place the hawker center right next to the sea? No offence but we all can agree that the hawkers and some people will surely put the sea’s cleanliness in stake?

    “seafront dining facilities including the island’s famed hawker fare and a pier walk.” I heavily object this…

  5. Ah Chan
    February 23rd, 2016 at 18:55 | #5

    Seafront condo all affected. Paragon sink liau.. Government land somemore..

  6. rotipandai
    February 23rd, 2016 at 23:03 | #6


    I think the location of the food court is justified. Why? Because :-

    (1) Hawker food is the pride of Penang. It deserves the centrestage.
    (2) Take this opportunity to engineer human behavior. Rent out the food stalls cheaply to operators, but once they are caught violating strict cleanliness rules, they will be kicked out, then other operator can take over the stall. In other words, operators who follow strict cleanliness rules will be rewarded with cheap rent and good business (and therefore good money), and the previlage will be taken away if found to be breaking rules. Simple concept, but effective.

  7. rotipandai
    February 23rd, 2016 at 23:04 | #7

    By the way, I like to thousands of parking lots available everywhere, under the expressway, under the food court etc. Sui!!

  8. Sam
    February 24th, 2016 at 07:23 | #8

    @Ah Chan
    From the plan announced, there will not have any high-rise and hence no blocking of seaview to the condo there. It will in fact, enhance the value of those seafront condos as it will be “uniquely very exclusive” then on(as in Penang island).

  9. Ah Chan
    February 24th, 2016 at 09:08 | #9

    Who can 100% sure that in future no more high rise in front of it? Rule is made by human.. They can change anytime..anywhere.. Just wait &see.. In front of highway is good enough to pollute this area..

  10. rotipandai
    February 24th, 2016 at 10:14 | #10

    @Ah Chan

    Nothing can be 100% sure in this world. You just have to learn to adapt to uncertainties, and create opportunities from it. Let me tell you, this will be a once-in-50-year opportunity. Place your bets now, or you will regret all the way into your coffin.

  11. Riang
    February 24th, 2016 at 10:14 | #11

    Ah Chan :
    Who can 100% sure that in future no more high rise in front of it? Rule is made by human.. They can change anytime..anywhere.. Just wait &see.. In front of highway is good enough to pollute this area..

    So… stay unchanged in this area, no land development, no grow no pain, is that what you prefer? Nobody expect 100% assurance plan, everything needs the begin, no risk no gain, with challenge ahead we get hope, meet the road block then we fight…. at least, just my 2cents thought.  

  12. Ah Chan
    February 24th, 2016 at 10:44 | #12

    Those Multimillionaire will be happy with the plan? Highway plan in front of condo &seaside nature environment damage affected. Reclaim land at Seri Tanjung pinang.. causing allthis happening. More to come.
    We have reserve government in front of paragon as it is part of plan.. No one will know.. What is next.. More congested to come..

  13. PGKIA
    February 24th, 2016 at 11:21 | #13

    Nice plan, I like those art designer. Great design! But ho…. really will dream come true bo? Don’t end up like second bridge …. haha……

  14. Ah Jib
    February 24th, 2016 at 11:34 | #14

    Dream sure will come truth. lol

  15. Riang
    February 24th, 2016 at 11:51 | #15

    Simple said, from State government perspective, if they don develop and sacrifice to overcome traffic jam again, they are the one get blamed again and sink in next election… nature environment vs development, this will be never ending debate story, but I prefer to start something than nothing.

  16. Ah Chan
    February 24th, 2016 at 12:07 | #16

    Anyhow the consideration must always come for nature environment is 1st priority. You can start something but don’t end up with dreaming& killing our nature environment. This is the effect from reclaim land of seri tanjung pinang.

  17. Investor
    February 24th, 2016 at 12:34 | #17

    @Ah Chan
    You can’t have the cake and eat it too. Which development in this world has zero impact on nature? It is just a balance. Look at Singapore and the speed Singapore reclaims land.

  18. Pondok
    February 24th, 2016 at 12:52 | #18

    Will the access road leading to the Gurney Wharf free from toll?

  19. Ah long
    February 24th, 2016 at 13:40 | #19

    @Ah Chan

    Muddy sea to sandy beach and park.. of course want la..

  20. Rick
    February 24th, 2016 at 15:45 | #20

    loved the vast space of greenery but where is the car park or half of the greenery we see in the pictures will be turned into parking lot eventually ?

  21. james
    February 24th, 2016 at 17:41 | #21

    @Ah Chan

    Bravo to our state government. this is a great project, our next generation will appreciate this for the years to come, I mean, I really cant imagine our Gurney to remain in current state forever where we always run in overly populated and congested roads.

  22. I support Gurney Wharf
    February 24th, 2016 at 21:00 | #22

    @Ah Chan
    so you prefer smelly muddy bank?

    prefer current disorganized traffic chaos?

    people like you are the reason we cant have nice things

  23. Ralph
    February 24th, 2016 at 21:44 | #23

    @Ah Chan
    “more congested to come”? you must be kidding around here! The existing of entire gurney drive is congested enough RIGHT NOW and i am pretty sure this project which comes with the proposed PORR (Penang Outer Ring Road) will benefit all of us to solve the congested problem that we facing RIGHT NOW. Don’t you think so??

  24. rose
    February 25th, 2016 at 08:51 | #24

    well, it’s nice, but if you want it to be iconic, you have to do better than those kampung houses on stilts above the water at the edge of the beach there. You have to get the best architect in Malaysia to build something that features remarkable engineering feats. Something grand, that symbolizes what the people of penang stand for and believe in. Something that would inspire.

  25. CS
    February 25th, 2016 at 09:21 | #25

    8 lanes highway also traffic jam. Penang must be having more cars than Beijing liao…

  26. Ha Ha
    February 25th, 2016 at 11:54 | #26

    Ha Ha Ha Ha. Another big project announced, another dream.
    Suddenly, so many big projects announced in recent months, really can do boh ?
    I really like the “Artist Impression”. Ha Ha Ha Ha.

  27. leong
    February 25th, 2016 at 12:22 | #27

    Yes, new look for Gurney….Good

  28. Phang
    February 25th, 2016 at 13:31 | #28

    Fantastic idea.Can’t wait for it to happen.I used to morning walk along gurney drive and the mud there is horrible.State government doing a good job with such excellent proposal but its down to the people of Penang to decide.We will be catching up with our neighbour one day.Good one.

  29. Natura
    February 25th, 2016 at 14:55 | #29

    Please get the people of Penang’s feedback first. Nature comes first! We do not want another huge project which kills the nature and causes climate change! We should start thinking on how we should keep the place to it’s originality instead of trying to recreate another Gardens by the Bay. That’s totally not original! Does the state take into consideration how these artificial construction will affect the island? We should stop digging the grounds and stop building more malls and F&B!!

  30. Sien
    February 25th, 2016 at 16:19 | #30


    Seems like the feedback by the forumers here are very positive.. Don’t always use nature to anti establishment la.. if you think the smelly mud is so valuable, feel free to keep some before it completely gone..

  31. what_when
    February 25th, 2016 at 17:38 | #31


    ya lah everything keep, heritage area run-down shoplots keep, muddy gurney drive keep, smelly jelutong dump site keep, keep this keep that.


    Then please throw away your handphone, ipad, TV, cars, because all these consume nature resources, and you must preserve the nature!!!

  32. Brosco
    February 25th, 2016 at 17:55 | #32

    I m Penang Lang. This is a very great idea I could say. Love it!

  33. kayabun
    February 25th, 2016 at 18:27 | #33

    The few little buildings on stilts over the water look very pathetic! How can it be iconic? Iconic means a structure/building that features amazing engineering feats that inspires!

  34. Nick
    February 25th, 2016 at 19:06 | #34

    Ai yo, where got climate change, this project can help beautify the current eye sore and help smoothen the traffic flow only. The only downside is property price in penang will not be coming down, that also means for those folks who was hoping the property prices to crash, may need to wait a little longer.. but patience mesti ada, as what goes up, must come down. Keep calm.

  35. Sam
    February 26th, 2016 at 10:43 | #35

    This announcement is only very preliminary, it still needs a lot of fundings to develop after reclamation. Surprisingly, some people(eg. CAP,SAM) just jumped out to protest this and that with sort of warped and twisted logic.
    Won’t be surprised as and if the proposal should “suspend” after reclamation completion
    due to fundings, more and more accusations would sure rain on the govt again…and again)))?

  36. PGKia
    February 26th, 2016 at 13:54 | #36

    I believe this project will benefits penang lang a lot….

  37. PGKia
    February 26th, 2016 at 14:12 | #37

    Ah Chan :@Riang Anyhow the consideration must always come for nature environment is 1st priority. You can start something but don’t end up with dreaming& killing our nature environment. This is the effect from reclaim land of seri tanjung pinang.

    If the existing seafront full of coral or Mangrove. then i agree should keep nature environment.. but that place now no value at all now… Fish oso don’t want to swim in that area.. i don’t think it will impact a lot to recreate it so Penang Kia can enjoy the good place for relax… hope make sense..

  38. Pondok
    February 26th, 2016 at 16:08 | #38

    The 8 lanes highway kena toll or not?
    If kena toll, then only the privileged can enjoy the park….

  39. Investor
    February 26th, 2016 at 16:23 | #39

    If kena toll, park at Kalawi and walk there… short walk anyway.

  40. Michael
    February 27th, 2016 at 08:08 | #40

    Next East Coast Park in the making. If one knows the history of East Coast Park Singapore, the piece of land is reclaim land and today this greenery Park is one of the popular site for East Singaporeans to go to. One of the reason why many expats like to stay near there at Marine Parade is due to the close proximity to East Coast Park. And property prices around that area is doing very well for surburb area.

  41. Bluff
    February 27th, 2016 at 11:11 | #41

    Nothing in Malaysia or rather Penang that is comparable to
    Singapore. Be it in education, airport and services, city planning,
    transportations and government of the day.
    It will become the “Nonsense Parkway”.Don’t dream it will not

  42. Frank
    February 27th, 2016 at 12:46 | #42

    Bluff :
    Nothing in Malaysia or rather Penang that is comparable to
    Singapore. Be it in education, airport and services, city planning,
    transportations and government of the day.
    It will become the “Nonsense Parkway”.Don’t dream it will not

    Be optimistic bro.

  43. Nick
    February 27th, 2016 at 13:14 | #43

    Bluff :
    Nothing in Malaysia or rather Penang that is comparable to
    Singapore. Be it in education, airport and services, city planning,
    transportations and government of the day.
    It will become the “Nonsense Parkway”.Don’t dream it will not

    Ya, dont be self pity, many see Penang as a blessed place to live in, i myself would not choose to live in a place where water is short and chewing gum is forbidden, oh ya, forgot to mention, singaporean are migrating else where when they earn enough cos they dont see sg as a good place to grow old with.

  44. Bluff
    February 27th, 2016 at 13:20 | #44

    You just have to “eat” up your word. Optimistic failed to exist in Malaysia.
    You have learned this word only from a book.

  45. Phang
    February 27th, 2016 at 15:27 | #45

    Agree,we are far behind Singapore in all departments but at least our Pg government is trying to be closer to them.Whats the problem.

  46. Bluff
    February 27th, 2016 at 15:50 | #46

    The problem arises when someone tries to promote and rationalised.

  47. Bluff
    February 27th, 2016 at 16:27 | #47

    Self praise is no praise. Yes, you have chosen a blessed country with corruptions.

  48. Nick
    February 27th, 2016 at 16:46 | #48

    Yup, i love this country with its shortcomings

  49. Ranee
    February 28th, 2016 at 11:10 | #49

    Don’t forget there are many Malaysians who work in the Singapore government sectors.
    To be success or not its all depend on the leader of government.
    Singapore former PM Mr. Lee previously had remarked as surprised to see Penang basically no change as compare to his last visit Penang 20+ years ago…..
    Penang government is slowly catching up and make changes as late is better than never.
    I think Penang government should straight away implement good projects which benefit to Penangites rather than waiting for the feed back and so on ….which is a waste of time.

  50. Feiloh
    February 28th, 2016 at 15:38 | #50

    Great idea…more greenery to gurney…add value to the property there in the long term….

  51. Daniel
    February 29th, 2016 at 01:28 | #51

    As long as they don’t build new apartments/condominiums but instead improve the traffic conditions in Gurney, then no concern from majority of the Penangnites.

  52. MikeyT
    February 29th, 2016 at 13:28 | #52

    Excellent idea. we will have more greens, park, playground, cycling lanes etc in place of current mud,muddy surface, stench of rubbish and mudskippers..

  53. Victor
    March 3rd, 2016 at 21:15 | #53

    Good works..! New image for Gurney and Penang in the future..Be positive and optimistic ..and let Penang be a garden city one day..! Our sons and children will benefit from these..

    Bravo..our nation golden sons….!

  54. JJ
    March 4th, 2016 at 13:50 | #54

    Wish it starts as soon as possible. Locals and foreigners are fed up with all those mud scene. I still remember the good old time walking along the Gurney having nice hawker food and able to walk on the beach too. Please bring it back with better shape!!

    Love Penang

  55. Xpid
    March 5th, 2016 at 17:52 | #55

    for more updates

    You guys can check it up on Facebook


  56. Ben
    March 9th, 2016 at 12:01 | #56

    The reserved land earmarked by the state government is actually reserved for of Ewein build more buildings. Please check the wellness city of dreams page. I guess the state didnt come clean on this issue. only a fraction of the land will be reserved for a parl.

  57. Pen
    March 9th, 2016 at 12:39 | #57


    How abt the reserved land next to Tamarind?

  58. GoppalBalan
    March 9th, 2016 at 16:21 | #58

    yes…. it’s not about the idea…. the idea is awesome… but it’s Malaysian attitude of littering…. Malaysians are still very third world…. maybe just stick to fine dining and seafood…. I presume the oriental seafood might have to relocate to here…. plus Malaysian food seller and operators too lack civic sense and awareness of social responsibility to take care of the environment… they think money money money only…

  59. BL Tan
    March 13th, 2016 at 01:35 | #59

    A reclamation to solve the past 8 years drainage failure at Gurney Drive……Nothing spectacular!

  60. James
    March 13th, 2016 at 21:47 | #60

    @BL Tan
    Ya, nothing spectacular, but what is?

  61. BL Tan
    March 14th, 2016 at 22:10 | #61

    Out of international standard, cannot match other world city wharf…….A hospital will be build in the front end for wellness, rehabilitation & recovery. I think better change the whole sketch to Medical City, can help Penangites generate extra income.

  62. James
    March 14th, 2016 at 22:50 | #62

    @BL Tan
    Which international wharf? Name? Given u the choice, u would choose to be their citizen? But do u think u will be treated as one of their kind? Or someone who deemed inferior to them?

  63. James
    March 14th, 2016 at 23:01 | #63

    I see no point we keep on playing the self pity tune and sing praise to others. This attitude will only weaken one nation in long run. See to it as a parent who keep telling to their own children that they are nobody,,, and sure enough, the children will be ended up as u know how! And if you are a parent, please dont discourage them but give them support instead.

  64. BL Tan
    March 15th, 2016 at 00:07 | #64

    Internatianal standard? Plaese go to Karpal Singh Drive and count how many tikus hide in between. Wake up from your day dream, study the plan carefully. It’s actually half public park and half wellness centre. The wellness centre is situated just in front of the IJM roundabout!

  65. James
    March 15th, 2016 at 07:03 | #65

    @BL Tan
    Such harsh bashing even when a good project is carried out. Which international wharf you been dreaming for?

  66. MK
    March 15th, 2016 at 09:20 | #66

    @BL Tan

    Talk is cheap…

  67. BL Tan
    March 15th, 2016 at 21:38 | #67

    @BL Tan
    No strong comment lah, just small feedback & minor talk only.
    I support & dream of competency, accountability, transparency.
    Just not so happy as the medi component was not shown in Komtar & Gurney Plaza.

  68. BL Tan
    March 15th, 2016 at 23:13 | #68

    Project wise, I agreed with you……it’s a good project.
    I passed by Gurney Drive everyday.
    Fence very decorative…….achieved international standard.
    Nice & speedy works from the contractor……achieved international safety standard as well.

  69. Environmentalist
    December 12th, 2016 at 15:25 | #69

    Actually the current gurney drive’s condition is terrible….other than the sea front, there is nothing else left. Fresh sea breeze? Smelly; beautiful scenery? Muddy yucky zone; Recreational? Only Foreign workers and some local malays spending their days there.

    As a Penangite whom love the environment, I dare not bring my friends to walk there anymore…..

    Therefore, this is a good try for the State Government to rejuvenate Gurney Drive. After the concept done, what is next? Enforcement and Maintenance!

    Funding wise, I think E&O will funds it if not mistaken, as to exchange for STP2 reclaimation (pls correct me if I am wrong).

  70. Daniel
    December 13th, 2016 at 12:34 | #70

    Is it the Gurney Wharf and STP2 reclaimation on the same time?

  71. Don
    December 17th, 2016 at 04:28 | #71

    Who is paying to build all this?? I don’t trust E&O involvement… suspect they might have a deal behind-the-curtain to later build a cluster of high-density condos like Andaman at Quayside.

  72. Pg Lang
    February 12th, 2017 at 23:39 | #72

    The small buildings protruding into the sea are really a sore to the eyes. The legs of the buildings could get eroded over time and accumulate nasty looking sea slimes and parasitic sea creatures. Somemore If hawkers are allowed by the sea, can imagine this Gurney Wharf is just going to end up like the old esplanade (padang kota lama) hawker centre, which is dirty, smelly, and the sea is seriously polluted.

    Will be nice if those small.buildings are not going to be built there, and no hawker activity is allowed there. Just reserved the land as a greenery park.

  73. C B Wah
    March 10th, 2017 at 16:08 | #73

    Since the project in the early stage, propose to include 6 lanes for International Dragon Race, this will further enhance Penang water sport activities, curently the race at Telok Bahang Dam, not very well eqiup and less attractive to internatinal team to come forward and local’s team as well, this will frther improve penang water sport activities.

  74. PBBinvest
    March 10th, 2017 at 23:14 | #74

    @C B Wah
    good suggestion!

  75. Trudy
    August 5th, 2021 at 17:16 | #75

    Any new updates wit Gurney Wharf? seems exciting. I just returned to Penang. So this conversation is so interesting but nothing after 2017.

  76. JJ POP
    August 5th, 2021 at 23:17 | #76

    Trudy :
    Any new updates wit Gurney Wharf? seems exciting. I just returned to Penang. So this conversation is so interesting but nothing after 2017.

    many sands are there

  77. WoofWharf
    July 25th, 2022 at 16:51 | #77

    It’s been 6 years, this project still not yet complete? zzz…
    just a small piece land also took so long, Andaman Island then need another 50 years to complete?

  78. jack
    July 26th, 2022 at 09:56 | #78

    WoofWharf :
    It’s been 6 years, this project still not yet complete? zzz…
    just a small piece land also took so long, Andaman Island then need another 50 years to complete?

    Build park no incentive for developers. Build condos more incentive, bet Andaman island gonna complete first before gurney wharf.

  79. WoofWharf
    July 26th, 2022 at 11:05 | #79


    Later like Penang LRT took forever to complete :(

  80. FaithBian
    July 26th, 2022 at 14:04 | #80

    This is Malaysia’s developer speed. Get used to it.

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