Four out of six century-old shophouses along Gambier Street that were razed to the ground in a fire in 2009 will be rebuilt at a cost of RM3.45mil reports The Star.

Construction work started in July and the shops would be completed by September next year, said conservation architect and deputy chairman of Malaysian Institute of Architects Sarawak Chapter Mike Boon.

The design was approved by the State Planning Unit and accepted by property owners and it will also incorporated fire safety and environmental features, he said.

The rebuilt structure will retain the character of old Kuching in terms of history, context, streetscape, scale, height, rhythm, details, texture and colour, he said.

The original title conditions to these shophouses would not be affected by the rebuilding and property owners still had between 834 and 858 years to their land leases, Boon told a public briefing and dialogue session here on Friday night.