More airports needed for improved global connectivity among BRI countries

World Transport Convention 2018 WTC BRITS
Mr Liew delivering the keynote address at the recent Belt and Road International Transport Symposium.

Many countries have under-appreciated and under-built airports, resulting in a deficit in airport infrastructure that is inadequate in meeting increasing passenger demand, particularly in Asia and in many BRI countries that will see some of the strongest growth in the next two decades.

Surbana Jurong Chairman Liew Mun Leong shared this and other views on airport infrastructure at a keynote address at the recent Belt and Road International Transport Symposium (BRITS), a key forum of the World Transport Convention (WTC) 2018 held in Beijing on 20 June. WTC 2018 was hosted by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), China’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) and Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and organised by the China Highway and Transport Society (CHTS). The event, in its second year running, was well attended by over 5,000 officials, academics and executives involved in transport planning, engineering and technology.

In his speech titled “Airports – Crucial Infrastructure in Enhancing Global Connectivity Amongst BRI Countries”, Mr Liew shared his insights on the importance of airport infrastructure in enhancing connectivity and promoting economic progress. He highlighted the urgent need to build more airport infrastructure to cater to the booming air travel demand. In addition, he suggested that the contrarian economic principle of “Supply Driving Demand” was particularly relevant for the aviation industry due to the lengths of time required to plan, design and build an airport. Mr Liew also encouraged countries along the BRI to make use of the varied sources of infrastructure funding to expand their airport infrastructure, and engage private-sector partners with deep airport development expertise to help expand present airport capacities.

Surbana Jurong signs MOU with Zhejiang real-estate group to develop township in China

Zhejiang urban development in China MOU SZETC
Surbana Jurong was one of 14 companies which signed agreements at 13th Singapore-Zhejiang Economic and Trade Council (SZETC) meeting.

Surbana Jurong has signed an MOU with Zhejiang Communication Investment Real Estate Group to develop a new township as well as commercial and residential properties in China. Surbana Jurong’s Urban Planning & Design team will explore the development of the masterplan for the township and development management services for the project. The MOU was signed by North Asia CEO Michael Ng and Zhejiang Communication Investment Real Estate Group General Manager Dong Wei Guo, and reinforces Surbana Jurong’s commitment to participate in and contribute to the development of industrial cities in China.

Surbana Jurong was among 14 companies which signed agreements at the recent 13th Singapore-Zhejiang Economic and Trade Council (SZETC) meeting. The agreements were signed in the urban solutions, e-commerce, wholesale trade and logistics sectors, adding to the growing Singapore-Zhejiang collaboration. An Enterprise Singapore statement says these agreements “are in line with Zhejiang’s priorities in urban-rural development reforms, industrial upgrading, trade liberalisation and e-commerce to maintain its economic competitiveness”.

Surbana Jurong and Vanke sign MOU to jointly develop Industrial New Towns in China

Industrial New Towns
Vanke’s Jianzhou Dream Town will be first joint project by Surbana Jurong and Vanke.

Chengdu, Sichuan, People’s Republic of China, 15 March 2018 – Surbana Jurong (SJ) and Vanke Industrial Town (Midwest) Co., Ltd. (Vanke), a unit of China Vanke Co., today signed an agreement to jointly develop Industrial New Towns in China.

Under this agreement, SJ and Vanke will jointly develop Industrial New Town projects in China’s Midwest regions. Industrial New Town is the latest people-centric urban development model in China that integrates industrial developments and urban living. The aim is to create sustainable cities for residents to live and work in.

The partnership brings together the partners’ complementary strengths to provide a one-stop complete value-chain solution in urban and industrial development. It combines SJ’s global expertise in planning, design and engineering consultancy in urban and industrial sectors, with Vanke’s experience in China’s real estate development and management. The first project that both parties will jointly undertake will be Vanke’s Jianzhou Dream Town in Chengdu, with SJ providing the design for the city.

China Vanke Co. is China’s leading real estate company and urban development service provider. It is listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchange and is also a Fortune Global 500 company. In October last year, Vanke signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with the Chengdu Municipal People’s Government which will see the company invest RMB200 million in Industrial New Towns in eastern and southern Chengdu.

Mr Teo Eng Cheong, CEO International (Singapore, Southeast Asia and North Asia) of Surbana Jurong said, “Surbana Jurong is proud to partner Vanke in the sustainable long-term development of Chengdu. Designing sustainable cities that integrate work and play is a hallmark of Surbana Jurong and reflects our philosophy of ‘Building Cities, Shaping Lives’. With over fifty years of experience in urbanisation, industrialisation and infrastructure development in global projects, we are excited to work with Vanke in transforming Chengdu to a smart city for the people.”

Mr Wang Haiwu, Senior Vice President of China Vanke Co., Ltd. and Chief Executive of Midwest Region (王海武, 万科集团高级副总裁, 万科中西部区域本首席执行官) said, “As China’s leading developer and urban development service provider, Vanke is committed to develop the Midwest regions to bring about sustainable growth for the regional economy. Our mission here is to focus on developing the city, while supporting industries and the government (“聚焦城市, 助力产业, 服务政府”). Our partnership with Surbana Jurong is another big step towards people-focused development, and we will jointly advance Industrial New Town concepts that will be the benchmark of sustainable living.”

Further to this MOU, the partners will explore setting up a joint venture.

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Left to right: Shi Fei, General Manager of Vanke Industrial Town (Midwest) Co., Ltd., Wang Haiwu, Senior Vice President of China Vanke Co., Ltd. and Chief Executive of Midwest Region, Teo Eng Cheong, CEO International (Singapore, Southeast Asia and North Asia) of Surbana Jurong, and Michael Ng, CEO, North Asia of Surbana Jurong.

About Surbana Jurong Private Limited
Surbana Jurong Private Limited (SJ) is one of the largest Asia-based urban, industrial and infrastructure consulting firms. Leveraging technology and creativity, SJ provides one-stop consultancy solutions across the entire value chain of the urbanisation, industrialisation and infrastructure domains.

Headquartered in Singapore, the SJ Group has a global workforce of 13,500 employees in more than 120 offices across over 40 countries in Asia, Australia, UK, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, and an annual turnover of around S$1.5 billion.

SJ has a track record of over 50 years, and has built more than a million homes in Singapore, crafted master plans for more than 30 countries and planned over 100 industrial parks globally.

SJ’s motto ‘Building Cities, Shaping Lives’ reflects its belief that development is more than just steel and concrete. SJ creates spaces and designs infrastructure where people live, work and play, shaping cities into homes with sustainable jobs where communities and businesses can flourish.

About China Vanke Co., Ltd.
China Vanke Co., Ltd. was established in 1984. After 30 years of development, it has become a leading real estate company and urban development service provider in China since it entered the housing market over thirty years ago in 1988. The Group centres on the three most vibrant economic circles nationwide and hub cities in Midwest China. In July 2016, the Group was first listed on Fortune Global 500, ranking 356th. In 2017, the Group ranked 307th.

The Group strategically positions itself as an “integrated urban development service provider”, and upholds the vision of “building quality housing for ordinary people and building housing acceptable for occupation”. The Company adhered to two main development policies of synchronous development with the municipalities and its customers. The core business of the Group includes property development and property service. In recent years, the Group is focused on the position of “integrated urban development service provider”, actively explores expansion in business layout and has stepped into the commercial property, logistics property, long-term rental apartments, skiing business, pension and education businesses on the basis of consolidation of core business advantages.

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Gongqing win for Surbana Jurong in China

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Surbana Jurong and Sino-Sun, member of the Surbana Jurong Group, are collaborating on the master planning and architectural design of the township in Jiangxi, China.

Gongqing town was a country town brimming with potential. Situated close to Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province, it was re-zoned for urban development, and recently, Surbana Jurong and Sino-Sun, member of the Surbana Jurong Group, jointly embarked on architectural design for the township, fulfilling the local government’s wish to create an integrated, mixed-use development there.

Last year, the team won the project to conduct the master planning for the 48ha greenfield project there, with a total GFA estimated at 1.2 million sqm. The plan revolves around a 3km-long looped garden that winds through high- and low-rise residential blocks, commercial buildings, an international school, and healthcare and recreational facilities.

By linking the sub-plots and functions together with this green pathway, a “walkable” and vibrant town is born. Jiangxi province, in southeast China, is also home to the Jiujiang port city and Jingdezhen, China’s famous home of porcelain-making.

The project is expected to be completed in Q3 2019.

Surbana Jurong wins landscape architecture award for project in China

Ju River Wetland ecological park
Existing ponds and wetlands are preserved in SJ’s design to allow visitors to experience the original Ju River environment.

Surbana Jurong (SJ) has been recognised for its exemplary landscape design work at the IFLA Asia-Pac Landscape Architecture Awards 2017. The team earned an Honourable Mention for its landscape master planning work for the “12km Han Cheng Riverfront with 700Ha Theme Park” project in ShaanXi, China. It is the first cultural-tourism project undertaken by SJ.

IFLA Asia-Pac Landscape Architecture Awards 2017
Oliver (right) receiving the award in Bangkok from Pongsak Laomanacharoen, President of the Thai Association of Landscape Architects.

The project team, led by Oliver Ng, Deputy Director of Landscape Planning and Design, had to overcome many challenges to meet project requirements, chief of which is to have a sustainable development that can transform the city’s economy and reduce its reliance on agriculture while preserving the local culture. The team’s winning proposal centres on an innovative Integrated Hub that will connect visitors to a community and sports hub, an agriculture and exposition park, and the Ju River Wetland ecological park. Special care was taken to protect the rich heritage of the historic city while enhancing its surrounding geography and biodiversity along the 12km riverfront.

This includes creating buffer zones and using softscape materials to form a cohesive landscape. The design also features an integrated storm water management and cleansing system which will help cleanse and retain water at the site for future use, especially when the city faces water shortages during the summer.

Surbana Jurong inks MOU and master plan contract with Wuzhou Port Economic Zone

wuzhou port economic zone masterplanning China

Surbana Jurong has clinched a contract this month to provide detailed control master planning consultancy services for the 23.5sqkm Wuzhou Port Economic Zone Start-up Area.

The project team, led by Ms Mao Whey Ying (Deputy CEO, International), travelled to Wuzhou City from 18-20 April 2016. Ms Mao signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Wuzhou Port Economic Zone to enhance collaboration in various sectors such as park management, investment attraction strategies, and training opportunities.

Surbana Jurong will partner Guangxi Hualan Planning & Design Institute for the regulatory plan submission. This is a downstream project following the consultancy services for the conceptual master plan of the 61sqkm Wuzhou Port Economic Zone secured in Dec 2014.

Surbana Jurong China office clinches 3 new Project Management services contracts

Joint Venture Company, Surbana-Enjoytown (Hangzhou) Secures Project Management Services Contract in Guali, Zhejiang, P.R. China

Surbana-Enjoytown (Hangzhou) Project Management Co. Ltd (SEPM), a joint venture company between Surbana & Enjoytown is proud to be appointed by Hangzhou Junyuan-Enjoytown Investment Management Co. Ltd to provide Project Management services for its new integrated mixed use development in Guali, Zhejiang.

The scope of Project Management services include Design Co-ordination, Tender Administration, Procurement packages review/co-ordination, on-site Project Management, Operations and Facility Management consultancy.

This new mixed integrated development will be similar to Singapore’s Clementi New Town. The development encompasses a new bus terminal, public and basement carparks, cineplex, hotel, commercial, retail, shopping, kindergarten, library and 4 residential blocks. It is aimed to provide convenience to the local residents and transit passengers. The project is located in Guali, Zhejiang with an estimated land area of 32,000sqm and a GFA of 110,000sqm.

This is the first project of its kind to be developed in Zhejiang, China and it is also the first project that SEPM secured.

Proposed Design Co-ordination for Construction Drawing and Project Management Services for Suzhou HYC Electronic Technology Co Ltd

Located in Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, P.R. China, the project covers a land area of 23,392.22sqm and it has a total GFA of 56,205.11sqm. The total aboveground GFA is about 45,757,20sqm (which includes a manufacturing facility with a GFA of 36,381.61sqm, an office building with GFA of 8,209.29sqm and ancillary etc). The total underground GFA is 10,477.91sqm.

The services provided include Design Co-ordination for Construction Drawing and Project Management (includes Tender Administration).

This is the first project that is developed by a local client. The China team has leveraged on their track records in the industrial fields especially in Suzhou, SIP to meet client’s requirement and adhere to the local codes.

Proposed Project Management Services for Infosys Campus Project (Building 5 & 6) in Shanghai Zi Zhu Science-Based Industrial Park

This project is located in Shanghai Zi Zhu Science-Based Industrial Park, Shanghai Min Hang Development Zone, Shanghai, P.R. China. The land area is 61,074sqm. The total GFA is 247,328sqf (23,002sqm), and it includes GFA for SPB 5 at 121,489sqf & SPB 6 at 121,947sqf and others (Gate House etc) GFA at 3,892sqf.

Surbana Jurong China office has been the Project Manager and Construction Manager of Infosys Technologies (Shanghai) Co., Ltd since the start of development in 2011. Earlier this year, the team was appointed to continue its Project Management services to Infosys. The services include Project Management for building 5&6 and Final Account for building 1&2.

SJ China signs new contract and 2 MOUs at 11th Singapore-Zhejiang Economic and Trade Council Meeting

Surbana Jurong China signs new contract and 2 MOUs at 11th Singapore-Zhejiang Economic and Trade Council Meeting

Surbana Jurong signed a contract and two Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) at the 11th Singapore-Zhejiang Economic and Trade Council Meeting held in Shaoxing on 10 November 2015, highlighting strong business ties Surbana Jurong have with our partners in the Zhejiang Province. The Council is co-chaired by Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Ms. Liang Liming, Zhejiang Vice Governor.

Jurong International Constructors (Suzhou) Co Ltd and Huzhou Fengrun Property Co., Ltd signed a contract to enlarge the scope for design coordination in addition to current project management services for their mixed development project in Huzhou City’s CBD area . This enlarged scope is an endorsement of Surbana Jurong’s professional and quality project management services.

Bringing new life to the city of Guali, the first MOU is a collaboration between Surbana Jurong Private Limited and Hangzhou Guali Government to provide consultancy services in the township development and city management for Guali Town. In addition, Surbana Jurong will also study the implementation of an Integrated Estate Management System (IEMS) for this town. The project aims to improve the delivery of the municipal services and lifestyle of the residents through the IEMS, which leverages on IT systems and business process reengineering.

The second MOU is a tripartite agreement signed by Surbana Jurong Private Limited with Hangzhou Bay Shangyu Economic and Technological Development Area and Surbana EnjoyTown (Hangzhou) Project Management Co. Ltd. The collaboration is for Development Management Consultancy Service including industry positioning, master-planning, operation management to the 7.4 sq km Hangzhou Bay Science and Technology Park with our JV company, Surbana EnjoyTown undertaking the project management service.

This proposed ‘Singapore-styled’ park will comprise a Keyi College of Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, 1000 mu tourism scenic lake, 10,000 sq m of Innovation Industry Park, public and living amenities. This project is an exciting opportunity for Surbana Jurong to demonstrate its strong experience in providing an aligned cross disciplinary practical solution that builds a community that can work, live, learn and play together.

To facilitate knowledge exchange, Surbana Jurong gave a presentation on the Singapore-styled township planning in Shaoxing Binhai on the sidelines of the event. The audience was given an insight into Surbana Jurong’s combined research, design thinking and creativity, and how it helps develop vibrant, liveable and sustainable cities for economic growth and human interaction.

Surbana Jurong sets its sights on being a global leader

Surbana Jurong sets its sights on being a global leader
The Straits Times, 23 June 2015

The newly merged entity of Surbana International Consultants and Jurong International Holdings aims to become one of the global big boys in infrastructural and urban development consultancy. Click here to read more

(The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission)

Surbana Jurong Private Limited launched, makes two acquisitions in Singapore & China

surbana jurong class a architectural design license KTP sinosun

Singapore, 22 June 2015 – Surbana International Consultants Holdings Pte Ltd (“Surbana”), and JURONG International Holdings Pte Ltd (“JIH”) today announced that, after their merger, they will be named Surbana Jurong Private Limited (Surbana Jurong).

Mr Liew Mun Leong, Chairman of Surbana Jurong said, “Surbana and Jurong International are the corporatised technical arms of HDB and JTC respectively. They are one of the largest Singapore technical institutions responsible for HDB townships, JTC industrial estates and infrastructure developments in Singapore. When they are merged and integrated, they will have the capabilities and capacity to provide one stop complete value chain consultancy services to the development industry in Singapore and abroad. Urbanisation and infrastructure development is forecasted to be one of the largest growing industries in the world in the 21st century. Surbana Jurong will be well time and poised to be groomed into one of Asia’s consultancy powerhouses to capture this global business using Singapore as the showcase city. The strategic focus is to build technical competency and scale and we need to grow organically and through mergers & acquisitions.”

Surbana Jurong, Singapore’s largest urbanisation and infrastructure consultancy also announced the strategic acquisition of two companies today, KTP Consultants Pte Ltd (“KTP”) in Singapore and Sinosun Architects & Engineers Co. Ltd (“Sinosun”) in China.

Mr Liew Mun Leong added, “The formation of Surbana Jurong Private Limited and our first two acquisitions done soon after the signing of the merger agreement in February this year demonstrate our determination to build up the company to become Asia’s consultancy powerhouse for urbanisation and infrastructure developments. We are well underway to achieve building our staffing strength to 6000 within the next three to five years. Scale is a key strategy for successful international urbanisation and infrastructure consultancies.”
“These two acquisitions will immediately grow our staff strength by 25% (from 3200 to 4000) as well as strengthen our infrastructure development capabilities in Singapore and the region. It will also bring our market reach in China from 9 to 16 cities. Both acquisitions are part of our growth strategy to expand our international footprint, grow our capabilities in emerging sectors as well as enhance our capabilities in undertaking infrastructure development projects,” said Mr Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO of Surbana Jurong Private Limited.

KTP is a leading multi-disciplinary engineering (Civil & Structural, Mechanical & Electrical) firm with more than 40 years track record in engineering and project management in Singapore. It has a large private sector client base in Singapore in the residential, commercial, hospitality, healthcare, aviation, infrastructure and utilities sectors. KTP has regional offices in Malaysia, the Philippines, China and the Middle East.

Sinosun is a China based multi-disciplinary local design institute specialising in providing building architectural, mechanical & electrical and civil & structural design consultancy services. It is one of the top 20 privately-owned design institutes in China and has offices in Beijing and ten other cities in China. Sinosun has a Class A architectural design license that is the highest qualification of its kind for design services in China. It is an essential requirement for companies operating design practices in China.

Added Mr Wong Heang Fine “KTP will augment Surbana Jurong’s Civil & Structural (C&S) capabilities and we will leverage on KTP’s established relationships with major private developers and contractors to gain immediate market access to the private sector market in Singapore, Malaysia & Myanmar. Separately The Sinosun acquisition will substantially expand our presence in China. It will complement the service offerings we have in Surbana Jurong. Sinosun’s Class A architectural design license together with Jurong’s master planning and project management license will give us the depth and breadth to offer our multi disciplinary services throughout China.”

Said Mr Wong Heang Fine “The infrastructure sector in Asia is set to be a key growth sector over the next 50 years with spending expected to rise. A PwC report estimates that infrastructure spending is projected to grow from $4 trillion per year in 2012 to more than $9 trillion per year by 2025. It estimates that the Asia-Pacific market will represent nearly 60% of global infrastructure spending by 2025. With mergers and acquisitions, Surbana Jurong will be better placed to secure many of these jobs moving forward.”

Mr Yeo Choon Chong, Managing Director for KTP Consultants Pte Ltd said: “We are delighted to join the Surbana Jurong family. Combined with Surbana Jurong, we will have formidable bench strength in our multi disciplinary engineering practice and be able to offer customers total engineering and sustainable urban solutions.”

Said Mr Xu Jianwei, General Manager for Sinosun Architects & Engineers Co. Ltd: “We share Surbana Jurong’s vision of developing an end-to-end engineering, urbanisation and design solutions platform to serve the China market. Sinosun provides a ready pool of highly skilled local design and engineering talents who can help grow Surbana Jurong’s presence in China. We will also be able to attract the best talents as Surbana Jurong offers career opportunities in its many overseas operations.”

About Surbana Jurong Private Limited

We deliver total urban, infrastructure and engineering solutions to support social and economic growth.

As Asia’s consultancy powerhouse for urbanization, industrial and infrastructure developments, we have a distinguished track record in shaping Singapore’s landscape over the last 50 years.

Our multi-disciplinary team of specialists provides industry-leading solutions harnessed through years of successfully completing a wide array of projects in over 51 countries across 167 cities. We have built more than a million homes in Singapore, completed masterplans for over 30 countries and developed 49 industrial parks around the world.

With over 357 international & local awards under our belt, we have what it takes to understand, anticipate and exceed our clients’ expectations. Today, Surbana Jurong employs 3,200 employees from 38 nationalities in 20 offices across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.