Bolkiah Garrison will soon get its very own multi-million Archives Building by June next year after a foundation-laying ceremony for the proposed project was held at its site yesterday. The event was inaugurated by Col (Rtd) Pg Dato Paduka Hj Azmansham Pg Hj Mohamed, Acting Permanent Secretary (Administration & Finance) at Ministry of Defence as the guest of honour.
Also present were Pg Hj Menudin Pg Lela Wijaya Pg Hj Yussof, the Director of Development and Works Services, senior officers at the ministry, as well as the prestigious project’s contractor and consultants. It has been awarded to Contractor Walltique Sdn Bhd for a value of $3.3 million. The consultants engaged include Perunding Alamreka Sdn Bhd as the architect, Jurutera OMC as the M&E Engineering Consultant, Petar Perunding Sdn Bhd as the Civil/Structural Engineering Consultants and Juruukur Bahan Utama DLA as the Quantity Surveyor.
The two-storey building will have a floor area of approximately 2,000 square metres. The design aspires to a modern simplicity and timeless aesthetics to withstand the 21st century’s changing place and styles.
The initial design concept was derived from the building’s overall form – a simple box-like profile. To make it more distinctive, modern design elements and local cultural identities were also carefully integrated. The building will comprise a lobby/reception and security, public reference section, general office, praying rooms, sorting zone, scanning area, index/cataloguing, an annex building (for temporary storage), fumigation and freezer rooms on the ground floor with the archives and storage room on top.