Surbana Jurong signs up as ICMS partner to champion global cost classification system


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The partnership declaration was signed by Seah Choo Meng, Surbana Jurong’s Senior Advisor in Group CEO’s Office and Group Chief Compliance Officer, and Dexter See, RICS’ Managing Director, ASEAN

Surbana Jurong is one of the first companies in the world to sign up as partner to the global International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS).

Representing Surbana Jurong at the signing ceremony was Seah Choo Meng, Senior Advisor in Group CEO’s Office and Group Chief Compliance Officer, and also a Chartered Quantity Surveyor by profession. The partnership declaration was signed with RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), which initiated the ICMS as a cost classification system that aims to provide global consistency in classifying, defining, measuring, analysing and presenting entire construction costs at a project, regional, state, national or international level.

ICMS, written by a group of independent industry leaders, is the product of collaboration between more than 40 global standards bodies. Globalisation of the construction business has increased the need to make meaningful comparative analysis of cost measurement between countries, not least by international organisations such as the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund, various regional development banks, non-governmental organisations and the United Nations.

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Seah Choo Meng, a Chartered Quantity Surveyor by profession, goes on camera for a programme for the World Built Environment Forum organised by RICS

For a start, Surbana Jurong’s Key Account Management will gather project data based on ICMS input for easier information searches on project track records and building intelligence.

Surbana Jurong to design and build new fresh food distribution centre for NTUC

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Mr Seah Kian Peng, CEO of NTUC Co-operative Ltd, and Mr Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO of SJ, signed the contract to appoint SJ to provide consultancy services for a new fresh food distribution centre

Surbana Jurong (SJ) has been appointed by NTUC Fairprice Co-operative Ltd (NTUC), the largest supermarket chain in Singapore, to provide multi-disciplinary consultancy services for a new fresh food distribution centre.

The 2.8ha development will consist of a 40-m-high Automatic Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS), multi-temperature cold-rooms, ancillary office and facilities. It will be used as a distribution centre for the receiving, sorting, storage and distribution of fresh food for NTUC. The scope of works includes architecture, civil and structural engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, and quantity surveying.

“In this project, we will be taking special care to ensure that the cold-rooms are designed to handle condensation, as well as meet cold chain and fire safety requirements,” said Michael Vong, Project Director and Deputy Managing Director, Building Consultancy Services (Urban Development 1). “We have assembled a team who recently completed the JTC Foodhub project and will be tapping on their experience to deliver this project successfully.” The project is targeted for completion in early 2021.

Surbana Jurong reaches project milestone with groundbreaking ceremony of cancer treatment centre

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Mr Yeo Choon Chong (right), Deputy CEO of Urban Development 1, receives a token of appreciation from Dr Djeng Shih Kien, Chairman of Singapore Institute of Advanced Medicine Holdings, at the groundbreaking ceremony

Surbana Jurong’s (SJ) Healthcare and Life Sciences team from Urban Development 1, Singapore, recently celebrated a project milestone with the groundbreaking ceremony of Singapore Institute of Advanced Medicine Holdings’ (SAM) new oncology centre. Based in Biopolis, the international biomedical research hub of Singapore, the new Advanced Medicine Oncology Centre will provide world-class imaging, treatment delivery and clinical informatics technologies. The new centre will be a significant step taken to address the region’s fast-growing number of people confronted with cancer.

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Revit 3-D view of the compact proton therapy facility, nested into an existing building

Upon completion, the oncology centre will be the first in Singapore to offer non-invasive cancer radiation treatment, such as proton therapy. Through proton therapy (a type of radiation treatment that uses protons or positively charged particles), patients will be able to receive painless radiation treatment through the skin from a machine outside the body. Hence, the centre is an important development in Singapore’s healthcare sector, which is set to benefit thousands of patients in the future.

SJ is providing multidisciplinary consultancy services for this project, including architecture, civil and structural, mechanical and engineering, quantity surveying, as well as project management. The project is targeted for completion by December 2018.

The challenges faced by the SJ team are in the planning and design of the extremely compact proton therapy equipment facilities. In addition, the team must also work together with both the equipment vendor and the contractors, to plan and design the move-in path for the heavy and sensitive equipment. Equally challenging is the design and construction of the heavy radiation shielding bunker, to be incorporated into an existing building that had no prior structural provisions.