There was no mistaking the sense of occasion that filled the air in The Kingsbury Hotel that April evening in Colombo. Representatives from Sri Lanka’s government agencies and prospective investors were among the many guests who witnessed the presentation of the Letter of Approval for the Development Control Regulations (DCR) of the Colombo Port City Development Project to the Sri Lankan authorities.
Port City Colombo is an upcoming city development built as an extension of the existing Colombo CBD. Spanning 269 hectares, it is a sea reclamation project that the authorities have earmarked to be “the hub of South Asia”, with numerous Grade A offices, medical and educational facilities, resorts and hotels, a marina and other lifestyle amenities planned. The title of the evening’s presentation, The Road To Prosperity, summed up their ambitions.
The DCR regulates the types of uses, development intensity, building conditions, utility and landscape requirements, and sustainability requirements on any plot. As such, it serves as an effective planning tool to guide development in a logical and orderly fashion.
“The DCR will benchmark standards for the rest of the country,” said the Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka, whom the project comes under. The DCR was prepared by Surbana Jurong and Atkins Acuity, a UK-based engineering consultancy. China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), whose parent company is China Communications Construction Company, is the investment company behind Colombo Port City.
This project is another feather in the cap for Surbana Jurong’s Planning Group, which has been making steady strides in Sri Lanka, having developed the master plans for the Trincomalee Metro Area and Western Region Megapolis, and the urban design of Colombo Port City.
Sri Lanka, 26 February 2018 – Ceywater Consultants (Pvt) Limited has recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Surbana Jurong Private Limited to drive growth and development in Sri Lanka through sustainable infrastructure development and management solutions.
Surbana Jurong, one of the largest Asia-based urban, industrial and infrastructure consulting firms, will collaborate with Ceywater Consultants, a dominant water and waste water works consultancy company in Sri Lanka to provide consultancy and design services across transport, water and environment, ports and coastal sectors.
Dr Uma Maheswaran, Chief Operating Officer for South Asia and Middle East, Surbana Jurong said, “Our partnership with Ceywater Consultants will allow us to provide our clients with a full suite of water and waste works consultancy and design services across infrastructure projects and management solutions. Leveraging both of our expertise, we can augment our contribution towards the development and growth of Sri Lanka.”
“This significant strategic partnership is a great milestone for Ceywater Consultants and will enable the two companies to instill a massive global presence and create opportunities to form a strong alliance for consultancy assignments of infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka and the region by initiating collaborative projects and human resource exchange programmes,” said Niroshan Gunaratne, Chief Executive Officer of Ceywater Consultants.
The MOU will capitalise on the recent Sri Lanka – Singapore Free Trade Agreement which aims to strengthen economic ties between the two countries and increase access to each other’s markets across professional, environmental, construction, tourism and travel-related services.
The MOU was signed by Ajith Wanniarachchi, Country Manager Sri Lanka, Surbana Jurong and Niroshan Gunaratne, Chief Executive Officer of Ceywater Consultants.
Established in 1983, Ceywater Consultants (Pvt) Limited has become the dominant water and waste water works consultancy company in Sri Lanka, a position achieved through effective delivery of landmark projects such as the Colombo Water Supply Master Plan Update and the JBIC funded Towns North of Colombo project. Operating from headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the Company has partnered on a number of projects across the island spanning water infrastructure, roads and bridges, storm water drainage, sewerage, rural and urban development projects of over USD1.5 billion in value.
Collaborating with Surbana Jurong, who has played an instrumental role in the development of Singapore’s urban, industrial and infrastructure landscape for more than five decades, this partnership will provide enhanced solutions to support nation building across Sri Lanka.
About Surbana JurongPrivate 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 developed over 50 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 Ceywater Consultants
Established in 1983, Ceywater Consultants (Pvt) Limited has grown to become the dominant water and waste water works consultancy company in the region, a position achieved through effective delivery of landmark projects such as the Colombo Water Supply Master Plan Update and the JBIC funded Towns North of Colombo project.
Ceywater Consultants have successfully executed projects across the island spanning water infrastructure, roads and bridges, storm water drainage, sewerage, rural and urban development projects. Our success has helped us cultivate a network of relationships with many international players including leading multilateral financial institutions, development agencies and global conglomerates.
In May 2017, widespread flooding and landslides struck Sri Lanka, causing severe damage to 12 districts, displacing half a million people. A total of 213 people lost their lives with 76 people missing. Nearly 25,000 houses were either completely or partially destroyed.
Sri Lankans gathered to support the flood and landslide victims, by providing much-needed essentials such as food, clothing and sanitation.
SMEC, member of the Surbana Jurong Group, Sri Lanka office supported the cause, by focusing their efforts specifically on the resettlement phase, and launching an appeal to The SMEC Foundation, through SAME Divisional CSR Committee. Financial support was provided to close to 100 families.
In July, SMEC employees visited the flood victims at their temporary camp shelter in Eheliyagoda, offering mattresses, gas cookers, gas cylinders and other kitchen necessities. The donations were well-received, with recipients expressing their appreciation and gratitude through their representative.
Senior delegates from the Surbana Jurong (SJ) Group and the Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development (JOIN) visited Colombo, Sri Lanka on 23 and 24 February 2017. The delegates included SJ Chairman Liew Mun Leong, Group CEO Wong Heang Fine, CEO International (Africa, Americas, ANZ, SAME) Andy Goodwin and JOIN President & CEO Takuma Hatano. This is the first time SJ and JOIN are jointly exploring opportunities in Sri Lanka, which builds on our MOU inked in September of last year to cooperate in overseas urban and infrastructure projects.
Sri Lanka is a key growth market for SJ. The Sri Lankan economy has grown steadily since 2004 and is projected to grow rapidly over the next 15 to 20 years. Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka, is an important administrative and economic centre, and due to its strategic location along the international shipping route, has been advancing as an international gateway to Sri Lanka. This has resulted in the finance and services sector becoming one of the biggest economic drivers in the city, which is experiencing high demand for office towers and commercial developments. Other sectors identified as key economic drivers include: Information Technology (IT), science and bio-medical; port, airport, logistics and other transport related services; tourism; and manufacturing.
The visiting delegation met with Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe and several key Principals from other Ministries including,
Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Devapriya Samarawickrama
Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva
Minister of Higher Education and Highways Lakshman Kiriella
Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga
Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Champika Ranawaka
On 24 February, SJ hosted a cocktail reception for key clients and partners at the Taj Samudra Hotel. Also in attendance were representatives from the Singapore High Commission, the Australian High Commission and the Japanese Embassy.
The trip was a resounding success, and gave the SJ Group a platform to showcase its project experience throughout Sri Lanka, which includes the Western Region Master Plan, the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway, the Colombo Port City Master Plan, the Northern Expressway and the Greater Colombo Wastewater Management Project.
In addition, SJ recently secured a new master planning project for the Trincomalee district in the northeast of Sri Lanka, which has been identified as one of the national growth centres. SJ’s role is to prepare a concept plan for Trincomalee district and an integrated detailed master plan for Trincomalee metro area. Project scope includes: vision and programming, socio-economic positioning, concept plan, detailed master plan, urban design plan for city centre and an implementation plan.
Singapore, 19 July, 2016 – Following Surbana Jurong’s recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sri Lanka to undertake the master planning of Trincomalee, the company has today signed another MOU with Sri Lanka’s investment promotion agency, Board of Investment to set up a technical consultancy services company which will provide professional services, such as feasibility studies, project management and project implementation for urbanisation and infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka and overseas.
Under the MOU, the consultancy company is expected to accelerate the project identification, planning and implementation process for urbanisation and infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka to attract top-tier investors.
The MOU was signed this afternoon by H.E. Mr. Nimal Weeraratne, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Singapore and Mr Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO for Surbana Jurong.
Surbana Jurong Group CEO, Mr Wong Heang Fine said, “We are very pleased to be part of this joint initiative. Having developed the Western Region Megapolis Plan (WRMP) and now in the process of developing a Master Plan for the Trincomalee Metro Area (TMA) in Sri Lanka, Surbana Jurong is well-positioned to help Sri Lanka attract investments by providing consultancy services in project feasibility studies and project implementation. Through this company, Surbana Jurong intends to tap on and build up a core local Sri Lankan technical base to support its urban and infrastructure consultancy works in Sri Lanka and globally.”
The joint initiative will encompass both domestic and overseas consultancy work, giving Sri Lankan professionals the opportunities to develop cutting edge management tools in urban redevelopment and implementation of infrastructure projects.
“We are in the process of strengthening Sri Lanka’s position as a more attractive investment destination. The establishment of such a consultancy will help our efforts in making sharper and more accurate assessments of Sri Lanka’s investment potential and priorities,” said the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Singapore, Mr. Nimal Weeraratne.
Surbana Jurong is one of Asia’s consultancy powerhouses for urbanisation and infrastructure developments.
We have a distinguished track record in shaping Singapore’s urban and industrial landscape over the last 50 years and we deliver total urbanisation, infrastructure and engineering solutions to support sustainable social and economic growth for our clients.
Our multi-disciplinary team of specialists provides one-stop complete value chain consultancy services harnessed through years of successfully completing a wide array of projects in more than 200 cities in over 50 countries worldwide. We have designed and completed more than a million homes in Singapore, completed masterplans for over 30 countries and developed more than 50 industrial parks around the world.
In June 2015, Surbana Jurong acquired two companies – KTP Consultants Pte Ltd in Singapore and Sino-Sun Architects & Engineers Co. Ltd in China. These two acquisitions grew our staff strength by 25%, strengthened our infrastructure development capabilities and brought our market reach in China to 16 cities.
We announced in November 2015 that we had taken up a 20% equity stake in China’s CITICC (Africa) Holding Limited, a USD300 million investment platform set up between International Financing Company (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group and Chinese multinational construction and engineering company, CITIC Construction Co., Ltd – which would see us potentially developing 30,000 affordable homes in Africa in the next five years.
Surbana Jurong also took up a 8.4% stake (USD 9.25 mil) in an American software company, FLUX Factory, Inc, a spin-off from Google X, which builds collaborative cloud-based software tool used for building design, urban solutions and master planning, which will grow our sustainable and building design capabilities.
With over 600 international and local awards under our belt, we have what it takes to understand, anticipate and exceed our clients’ expectations. Today, Surbana Jurong employs over 4,000 employees from 40 nationalities in 26 offices across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Surbana Jurong has signed a MOU with the Government of Sri Lanka to develop Trincomalee. This project aims to develop 1,363 sq km of Trincomalee Metro Area to become a resilient economic hub in Sri Lanka, which is vibrant and liveable with a distinct urban identity in the region.
Surbana Jurong was tasked to come up with a Concept Plan and Detailed Master Plan for the Trincomalee Metro Area (TMA) to organise, improve and accelerate the social, economic and physical developments in North Central Metropolitan Region (NCMR), Sri Lanka; and uplift the reisdent’s quality of life.
Trincomalee’s strategic location allows it to be developed as hub for commerce, agriculture, fisheries, food industries and tourism.Under this Plan, we addressed the environmental sustainability challenges, and ensured a holistic live, work and play environment for all residents, safeguarding space to anticipate all the social, economic and environmental needs.
In the MOU, Surbana Jurong will be providing services in areas to develop the Concept Master Plan including Transportation, Infrastructure, Environmental and Implementation proposals for the Metro Area. Other area of collaboration includes setting up of the Master Plan Online Database. This project is supported by the Singapore government to open up doors for downstream economic and knowledge sharing opportunities between the 2 countries.