Temasek Shophouse: Balancing Heritage Conservation and Urban Renewal

An Interview with:

Ivy Koh

Senior Principal Architect

Surbana Jurong Pte Ltd

Breathing new life into one of Orchard Road’s most striking heritage building, Temasek Shophouse is home to the philanthropic arm of Temasek Holdings – Temasek Trust.

Redesigned and repurposed for modern use, Temasek Shophouse was launched in 2019 as a 25,000-sq-ft co-working hub for social enterprises and “Cradle for Social Impact”.  Awarded the prestigious Green Mark GoldPLUS Award, Surbana Jurong provided multidisciplinary consultancy services for this project, including architecture, mechanical and electrical engineering, civil and structural engineering, quantity surveying, site survey as well as sustainability and resiliency solutions.

Ivy Koh, the project’s lead architect, shares the team’s challenges in the design and construction stages, and how work had to be aligned to an additional set of conservation guideline.

Q: Describe the original condition of the building when you first started the project.

A: The building was unoccupied for seven years when we took over the site, and the condition was not at its best. However, the structural condition was not too bad except for some spalling concrete observed on the beam and walls. Most of the decorative features were still intact with some degree of deterioration, and fenestrations were falling apart.

We also noticed that the original design has been altered prior to the shophouse being granted conservation status in Year 2000. The previous occupant added a new mezzanine level and covered the rear yard which created a dark interior, with areas of low headroom. There used to be a central void in the shophouse (not original) and it was cluttered with escalators and lift shaft. The main entrance was boarded up with metal shutters (refer to illustration A).

Illustration A. (Before taking over the site): Interiors with low headroom / central void with a cluster of escalators / uninviting frontage.

Q: What were three major changes that had to be made to the building to adapt it to its new function?

A: Envisioned to be a “Cradle for Social Impact”, it is a space to create the presence of a philanthropic entity in downtown Orchard that serves as catalyst for social and community activism.

With that in mind, the ground level was intended to be an open multi-purpose public space, the mezzanine floor will serve as a ground for collaboration between co-working partners, and the upper levels will house Temasek philanthropic companies

The first change was to create a more inviting entrance for the public and a sense of arrival.  This was done by restoring the first storey to its original height. The five-foot way was restored to its original ceiling height (refer to Illustration B) and existing mezzanine floor slab is modified accordingly. As a result, the space became brighter and more spacious.

The second major change was reinstating the rear façade, which faces Stamford Canal. Because of its visibility from Handy Road, with relatively high footfall traffic, it is therefore an important face of the shophouse. The existing blank wall was demolished to create an open garden, with a new inviting entrance. Instead of having a fully enclosed garden, we added a gate as the new entrance (refer to Illustration C).

The third change was the reconfiguration of floor slab. The new configuration created a grand void for visual connectivity.

Lastly, we converted the unused and inaccessible mechanical roof to a new garden terrace and meeting space.

Illustration B. Five-foot way restored to original ceiling height.
Illustration C. The reinstated rear façade, with aesthetic appeal and a welcoming entrance.

Q: What were the three biggest challenges when it came to its restoration, and how did the team overcame them?

A: The biggest challenge would have to be “site constraint”. Being on Orchard Road, there is no direct vehicular ingress to site. Orchard road is a no-stop zone and there is a permanent bus lane at the door step of the shophouse. Goods movement in and out from site was also a logistical challenge.

The Land Transport Authority then (LTA) granted approval for partial road closure during certain hours at night.  Hence, all waste disposal was done only during those hours. The rest of activities such as proper logistics planning must then be managed and implemented carefully.

The adjacent buildings were at least 60 years old, and they required thorough and continuous monitoring during construction. Additionally, the lift sits within 2 metre of the MRT 1st reserve line.

There is not much information about the original building design to fully understand how the building works. Most of the records focus on the external spaces and was back-dated to the 1950s. In order to understand the shophouse’s original design, we engaged Julian Davison, a leading historian specialized in Singapore building history. He wrote an extensive report on the owners (And yes! The building was owned by more than one person), original architect, the building plans and the prevalent architectural style during the original building construction. This indeed helped us to understand the building better.

Q: Which parts of the original building were conserved and why?

A: The external architecture elements is the identity of the building. Apart from being a recognizable feature in Orchard Road, the ornamentation shows the building’s original intent. The front façade shows a blend of Neo-Classical and Art Deco style, indicating that the building might have been built in the 1920s (this is confirmed on records found by Julian Davison).

On top of the two façade, we conserved the original concrete spiral staircase. The steps and balusters were carefully restored, painted (to highlight the dynamic shape), and illuminated to create a grand elevation.

For the interiors, we restored the spatial quality by opening the false ceiling. The once covered set of fanlights now brings in more daylight and brighten up the interior space (refer to Illustration D).

Illustration D. Conserving the original concrete spiral staircase and restoring the original interior spatial quality.

Q: Describe your interior design concept for the project.

A: Given this unique site, the interior design of the Temasek Shophouse is largely influenced by the distinct Art Deco architectural style of the building. The team took this element which is reflective of its heritage and roots, and reimagined it through modern lens. The team aimed to bring across a design that is true to the building’s origin while still projecting a spirit of optimism for the space.

Upon entering the Shophouse, one is greeted with an open Atrium that links levels one, one mezzanine, through two. Being the heart of the Shophouse, this open Atrium (with a cafe on the ground floor) allows staff and users to feel linked with the community spirit and activities that happen in this voluminous event space. Anchoring the Atrium are key features of an art-deco inspired screen spanning 3 storeys, integrated with a lush green wall, which aims to bring nature closer to staff and users. A distinctively designed and large art-deco inspired light feature suspends above the Atrium.

Offices, meeting rooms and lounge spaces are designed for flexible usage.

Pockets of green are introduced throughout the Shophouse to provide encounters with nature on every level. A bright palette is selected to complement the space that lets in natural light. The design team also continues to maintain art deco design details, recognisable by streamlined aesthetics to smaller details such as signage design. Meaningful art pieces and a collection of furniture made from recycled waste materials are introduced in selected spaces to also reflect the Foundation’s values and beliefs.

Q: The building has been awarded the Green Mark GoldPLUS Award. What are some of the features that enabled this to happen?

A: Stringent selection of energy-saving M&E equipment enables the building to operate more sustainably. On top of that, we changed all the glazing to have suitable u-value and shading coefficient.

We have also deliberately designed the spaces for natural light to flow through, reducing the reliance on artificial lighting (refer to Illustration E).

The use of hybrid cooling system including conventional fans, coupled with air-conditioning system helps to reduce the total energy consumption for cooling.

Programmatically, we have designed spaces for a sustainable lifestyle as well. There are green inspired arts, recycling centre, as well as sensor-activated lighting for restrooms and staircases.

Illustration E. Work spaces with natural daylight reduce the need for artificial lighting. And the use of hybrid cooling systems, including conventional fans, help in the reduction of energy consumption.

Q: Finally, what are some of your advice that you would give to designers embarking on conservation projects? 

A: A thorough study and examination of the existing building design and history is important. It serves to guide the design intervention. One should be respectful of the original design intent and spirit of the architecture. However, conservation is not about restoring the building to its original design. The design should focus on enhancing the heritage value of the architecture and make the building spaces relevant to current times. With that, the longevity of the building could be extended.

Temasek Shophouse has been conferred the 2019 Award for Restoration at the URA Architectural Heritage Awards, that recognises exemplary restoration of gazetted heritage buildings.

 Special thanks to the following divisions which have provided multidisciplinary consultancy services for this project:

  • Architecture
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Site Surveying
  • Sustainability and Resiliency Solutions


All photo credit: Temasek Shophouse. Hero image by Stillusion

This article was first published in Design and Architecture and is edited by SJ Academy for Perspectives, Surbana Jurong website.

Surbana Jurong scores its biggest win at Singapore’s BCA Awards 2019

Teams from Surbana Jurong and KTP at the BCA Awards presentation dinner on 29 May 2019.
Left: KTP Managing Director Aaron Foong receiving the Built Environment Leadership Award GoldPLUS for KTP from Singapore’s Minister of State for National Development and Manpower, Zaqy Mohamad. Mr Foong also picked up the Design and Engineering Safety Award for his work on The Arc. Right: Mr Eugene Seah, Surbana Jurong’s Senior Director, Special Projects, GCEO Office, collected the Built Environment Leadership Award GoldPLUS award for Surbana Jurong.

Surbana Jurong and KTP Consultants have swept a total of four awards at this year’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Awards:

Surbana Jurong’s Group Chief Corporate Officer Chong Lit Cheong receiving the Green Mark Platinum (Super Low Energy) Award.
  • Built Environment Leadership Award GoldPLUS – Surbana Jurong
  • Built Environment Leadership Award GoldPLUS – KTP Consultants
  • Green Mark Platinum (Super Low Energy) Award – Surbana Jurong Campus
  • Design and Engineering Safety Award – NTU The Arc (Qualified Person: Er. Aaron Foong

In addition, projects which the Surbana Jurong Group had a hand in picked up 39 BCA Awards this year. Surbana Jurong and member companies KTP and B+H were part of the project teams.

The awards span across several categories, including: Green Mark (environmental sustainability), construction excellence, construction productivity, design and engineering safety and universal design. The awards also underscore the value that the teams from SMM, Urban Development, Township, Digital Management Office, and Sustainability and Resiliency Office bring to all projects.



Surbana Jurong’s winning projects at the BCA Awards 2019

  Project Award
1 CapitaLand – Hoang Thanh Investment Co Ltd Green Mark Certified (Overseas Buildings) – Seasons Avenue
2 CapitaLand Ltd Green Mark Gold Plus Award – Peearl Bank Redevelopment
3 CGH Medical Centre Universal Design Mark GoldPlus
4 Daewoo E&C Construction Excellence Award (Excellence) for d’Nest Condominium Project
5 Dragages Singapore Pte Ltd Construction Excellence Awards (EXCELLENCE) for Woodlands Care Home
6 Dragages Singapore Pte Ltd Construction Excellence Awards (EXCELLENCE) for New Futura
7 Dragages Singapore Pte Ltd Construction Productivity Award-Projects 2019 – Gold
New Futura – Structural Consultant
8 Expand Construction Pte Ltd Construction Excellence Awards (EXCELLENCE) for EastBrook at Canberra
9 Expand Construction Pte Ltd Construction Productivity Awards-Projects 2019 – Gold
Buangkok Edgeview – Architectural, Structural and M&E Consultants
10 Ho Lee Construction Pte Ltd Construction Excellence Awards (EXCELLENCE) for Punggol Vue (Punggol West C32)
11 Kajima Overseas Asia Pte Ltd Construction Excellence Award (Excellence) for OUE Downtown
12 Kim Seng Heng Engineering Construction Pte Ltd Construction Excellence Awards (Merit) for Heartbeat @ Bedok
13 Lifelong Learning Institute Pte Ltd Green Mark Platinum Award – Lifelong Learning Institute
14 Ministry of Health Universal Design Mark 2019 GoldPLUS Award – Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic
15 Nakano Singapore (Pte) Ltd Construction Excellence Awards (EXCELLENCE) for Rivertrees Residences
16 Nanyang Technological University Green Mark Platinum (Super Low Energy) Award – NTU Block N3
17 Nanyang Technological University Green Mark Platinum (Zero Energy) Award – NTU Nanyang House
18 Nanyang Technological University Green Mark Platinum (Zero Energy) Award – NTU The Wave
19 Nanyang Technological University Green Mark Platinum (Zero Energy) Award  – NTU Nanyang Auditorium
20 Nanyang Technological University Green Mark Platinum (Zero Energy)  Award – School of Humanities and Social Sciences
21 Nanyang Technological University Green Mark Platinum (Zero Energy)  Award – NTU Block N1.1
22 Nanyang Technological University Green Mark Platinum (Zero Energy)  Award – NTU Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
23 Nanyang Technological University Green Mark Platinum (Zero Energy)  Award – NTU Administration Building
24 Nanyang Technological University Green Mark Platinum Award – Research Techno Plaza
25 Nanyang Technological University Green Mark Platinum Award – School of Art, Design and Media
26 Nanyang Technological University Green Mark Platinum Award – Nanyang Executive Centre
27 Nanyang Technological University Green Mark Platinum Award – Crescent and Pioneer Hall (Hall of Residence 17 and 18)
28 Nanyang Technological University Green Mark Platinum Award – South Academic Complex (Main South Spine, Block S1, S2, S2.1, S2.2, S3, S3.1, S3.2, S4)
29 Expand Construction Pte Ltd Construction Productivity Award- Hougang N9 C19
30 QingJian Realty (Sembawang) Pte Ltd Universal Design Mark 2019 Gold Award – The Visionaire
31 Rich Construction Company Pte Ltd Construction Excellence Awards (EXCELLENCE) for Bukit Batok N4 C14 & C15 (West Valley)
32 SGH Emergency Medicine Building Universal Design Mark Award GoldPlus (Design)
33 Takenaka Corporation Construction Excellence Awards (EXCELLENCE) for Changi Airport Terminal 4
34 Takenaka Corporation Construction Productivity Awards-Projects 2019 – Platinum
Changi Airport Terminal 4 – M&E Consultants
35 The Chevrons Green Mark Gold Plus Award – The SAF Warrant Officers and Specialists Club (THE CHEVRONS)
36 Tiong Aik Construction Pte Ltd Construction Excellence Awards (EXCELLENCE) for Marine Blue
37 Wee Hur Construction Pte Ltd Construction Productivity Awards-Projects 2019 – Gold
Matilda Court – Architectural, Structural and M&E Consultants
38 Welltech Construction Pte Ltd Construction Excellence Awards (EXCELLENCE) for Park Grove @ Yishun
39 Woh Hup (Private) Limited Construction Excellence Awards (EXCELLENCE) for SBF Center

Surbana Jurong, NTU and NRF launch S$61 million joint corporate laboratory to develop sustainable urban and industrial solutions

SJ NTU Corporate Lab
Left to right: Surbana Jurong’s Group Chief Corporate Officer, Chong Lit Cheong; Surbana Jurong’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Wong Heang Fine; Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance, Lawrence Wong; Prof Subra Suresh, President, NTU; Dr Cheong Wei Yang, Deputy CEO, National Research Foundation; Prof Lam Khin Yong, NTU Vice President (Research)

Singapore, 31 July 2018 – Surbana Jurong, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF) have set up a joint corporate laboratory to develop next-generation sustainable solutions to tackle industrial and complex urban challenges.

It will include research to explore underground storage systems, sustainable indoor solutions for buildings, and digital technologies to scale up productivity in the built environment.

The $61 million joint corporate lab is underlined by a five-year partnership, which leverages NTU’s strengths in engineering and sustainability research, and Surbana Jurong’s track record in providing urban, infrastructure and industrial solutions to its global customers.

Located at NTU, the SJ-NTU Corporate Lab was officially launched today by Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance.

The NRF facilitates the setting up of corporate labs via public-private partnerships. The SJ-NTU Corporate Lab is the 12th supported by NRF and the sixth such corporate lab at NTU.

NTU President Professor Subra Suresh said, “The current dramatic shift to a digital and sustainable economy requires societies to push the boundaries of urban and industrial innovation, and develop new technologies that balance the built and natural environments.

“The innovations developed at the SJ-NTU Corporate Lab will be tested on NTU’s Smart Campus, which is already pioneering the use of green construction technologies and is a testbed for innovations from autonomous electric vehicles to smart buildings and various applications of artificial intelligence.”

Mr Wong Heang Fine, Group Chief Executive Officer of Surbana Jurong said, “Rapid urbanisation, climate change and digitalisation are major trends that will continue to shape and transform the built environment. Leveraging Surbana Jurong’s global industry experience in the urban and infrastructure sectors and NTU’s world-class research capabilities, the SJ-NTU Corporate Lab aims to develop innovative and sustainable solutions that will alleviate near term urban challenges and improve lives for people around the world. The Lab will be working on projects which will not only be game changers for Singapore but will also help to further establish Singapore as a global hub for sustainable urban and infrastructure solutions.”

NRF Chief Executive Officer Professor Low Teck Seng said, “Singapore is well placed to be an international hub for sustainable urban solutions with our strong research and translation capabilities in areas such as energy efficiency, water, urban mobility and waste management. The partnership between Surbana Jurong and NTU underscores Singapore’s capability to translate research outcomes into solutions that can be adopted for city living that is green and comfortable for Singaporeans. It will also strengthen our ability to export next-generation smart and urban solutions to other cities facing similar challenges arising out of urbanisation.”

Championing sustainable solutions for the urban environment

The key objectives of the SJ-NTU Corporate Lab will be to translate research outcomes into practical and viable solutions that are focused around three core themes: digitalisation; green and sustainable urban solutions; and future of the industry and productivity.

Professor Lam Khin Yong, NTU’s Vice President for Research said, “The three key areas of research in the corporate lab draw on the strengths of NTU and Surbana Jurong as we both have expertise in engineering and in the translation of research into practical industry applications. With five recent corporate labs and a strong track record of working with industry players, NTU has the experience and confidence to ensure research innovations nurtured at the lab can be developed into relevant applications that benefit the industry and society.”

Kicking things off, researchers will be working on 11 projects that are aimed at optimising land usage, future-proofing buildings and infrastructure, and transforming the way buildings are designed and constructed.

For example, researchers will develop a thermal management system and an indoor air quality system that is not only energy efficient, but also uses a botanical solution to purify the air. Integrating selected plants with architectural and interior design, indoor air pollutants would be reduced while creating a natural and lush indoor environment.

Another project involves a chilled ceiling technology that uses special composite materials for ceiling panels which are linked to a central monitoring system. The composite panels transfer heat more effectively than conventional aluminium panels, reducing the need for air-conditioning and improving energy efficiency.

On the digital front, researchers will look into creating technologies to scan and map the external and internal parts of building structures such as piping networks, to create Building Information Models. The solution aims to improve the efficiency of facility managers and change the way buildings are managed and maintained.

Next-generation solutions for industry

The multidisciplinary Lab will include NTU scientists from various fields and Surbana Jurong professionals. In its fully operational state, the lab will have 70 researchers, including NTU undergraduates and PhD students.

For a start, researchers will explore underground storage spaces for storing liquefied natural gas (LNG) in industrial and urban areas so that space aboveground can be freed up for other uses. The storage of LNG within these spaces will be kept at below 162 degrees Celsius to ensure it remains in a liquefied state.

Asia’s first ‘Cold Lab’ that will develop ‘Cold Energy Capture’ and ‘Cold Energy Storage’ technologies will also be set up. These technologies harness cold temperatures produced during regasification, a process where LNG is converted back to natural gas at atmospheric temperature. The harnessed cold energy could power various industrial applications such as cooling systems in warehouses and data centres.

About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).

Ranked 12th in the world, NTU has been placed the world’s top young university for the past five years. The University’s main campus is frequently listed among the Top 15 most beautiful university campuses in the world and it has 57 Green Mark-certified (equivalent to LEED-certified) building projects comprising more than 230 buildings, of which 95% are certified Green Mark Platinum. Apart from its main campus, NTU also has a campus in Singapore’s healthcare district.

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About Surbana Jurong

Surbana Jurong is one of the largest Asia-based urban, industrial and infrastructure consulting firms in the world. Leveraging technology and creativity, Surbana Jurong provides best-in-class consultancy solutions across the entire value chain of the urbanisation, industrialisation and infrastructure domains.

Headquartered in Singapore, the Surbana Jurong Group has a global workforce of 14,000 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.

Surbana Jurong has a track record of close to 70years, and has built more than a million homes in Singapore, crafted master plans for more than 30 countries and developed over 100 industrial parks globally.

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

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About the National Research Foundation Singapore

The National Research Foundation (NRF) is a department within the Prime Minister’s Office. The NRF sets the national direction for research, innovation and enterprise (RIE) in Singapore. It seeks to invest in science, technology and engineering, build up the technological capacity of our companies, encourage innovation by industry to exploit new opportunities that drive economic growth, and facilitate public-private partnerships to address national challenges.

Under RIE2020, NRF is committed to create greater value in Singapore from our investment in research, innovation and enterprise through 1) closer integration of research thrusts, 2) stronger dynamic towards the best teams and ideas, 3) sharper focus on value creation, and 4) better optimised RIE manpower.

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Sharing insights on sustainable development in 6th ASEAN-EU Business Summit

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Group CEO Wong Heang Fine with fellow panellists (from left) Martin Hayes, President, SEA for Robert Bosch; Hicham Abel, Senior Vice President, Construction Chemicals, BASF Asia Pacific; Herry Cho, Head of Sustainable Finance ASEAN, ING Bank, and moderator Tay Woon Teck, Managing Director, RSM Risk Advisory.

Surbana Jurong’s Group CEO Wong Heang Fine was recently invited to speak at the plenary session of the 6th ASEAN-EU Business Summit. The Summit is a platform for business leaders, thought-leaders and policy makers to interact and debate the key business and trade issues of the day.

Titled “Urbanisation & Infrastructure in ASEAN”, the plenary session highlighted topics on how to make cities sustainable and liveable, and explores the infrastructure financing needs of the region. Heang Fine said that holistic and comprehensive planning is integral to achieving sustainable development, and support from policymakers to follow through the plan is equally important. He cited Singapore as an example of success due to its holistic long-term plan, and how the government and private sector can work together to build sustainable development.

He also shared that every city is unique and there is no one plan that can fit all. Ultimately, it is the “heartware”, that is, the political agenda and people’s motivation, to improve the liveability and sustainability of the city.

Surbana Jurong showcases future home innovations

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Head of Sustainability Tan Szue Hann giving a tour of the Future Home booth to Guest-of-Honour, Singapore’s Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee.

Surbana Jurong’s (SJ) Sustainability team, in collaboration with the Innovation Programme Office, was invited by Build Eco Xpo Asia, one of Southeast Asia’s leading green building exhibitions, to curate Future Home, to showcase how sustainable technologies can be seamlessly integrated in future homes.

The booth is composed of modular pockets of spaces, featuring smart technologies in an integrated living environment. These include new façade glass in the living room; domestic vegetable farming shelves in the kitchen; grey water recycling systems in the bathroom, where waste laundry water can be processed and looped back for non-potable use; home lighting systems that respond to ambient light conditions; as well as home safety monitoring systems.

future home
The Future Home booth.

It showcased the team’s capabilities and solutions, while offering visitors a vision into the future of low-carbon, environmentally resilient cities. Held from 12 to 14 September, the exhibition attracted thousands of building professionals from around the world.


Taking a rain check

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WDR simulation indicates the extent of inundation of any open space due to rain droplets carried by the wind. The red areas of Woodlands Health Campus are inundated by wind-driven rain, thus design solutions to counter this would be necessary

Do you sometimes forget to close the windows at home and after a sudden downpour, you find parts of your apartment ruined by rain? This is an example of Wind-Driven Rain (WDR), an important environmental factor that can significantly affect the durability of buildings.

The Sustainability team has developed its capabilities in WDR simulation, enabling it to demonstrate the effects of rain, carried by wind, into interior spaces that are either naturally-ventilated or with openings. Having successfully performed WDR simulation at the Woodlands Health Campus and Jurong Regional Line MRT Stations, SJ is currently working with the Institute of High Performance Computing to develop more advanced algorithms to further upgrade its capabilities.

The Sustainability team will extend its WDR simulation capabilities as part of its suite of services for Singapore projects. WDR simulation currently is a bonus for Green Mark version 5, (a green rating system from Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority to evaluate a building for its environmental performance and design) but as more and more projects achieve Green Mark Platinum, it could well be a prerequisite requirement in future. WDR is already compulsory for all upcoming Ministry of Health projects.

Tan Szue Hann, Head of Sustainability, said, “This will also be a value-add to significant projectsWe are also looking at algorithms that can apply for countries outside of Singapore, based on their climate and wind data. Our team’s in-house understanding of the architectural and engineering needs of the projects will cut down a lot of back-and-forth work. And while our projects have been buildings, this can be performed for overland infrastructure projects as well.”

The WDR simulations taskforce in the Sustainability team is driven by Rajesh Balachander, Praveen Hassan and Amanda Yeo.

Imagining a sustainable Singapore for the future

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The Straits Times, 5 August 2017

As Singapore enters midlife, it needs to begin to consider its urban future. After half a century of successful urban planning, what will define the new planning parameters, architecture and development over the next one or two decades? Click here to read more.

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


Surbana Jurong participates in Kazakhstan conference, held in conjunction with World Expo 2017

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Szue Hann sharing SJ’s sustainable planning strategies for cities at the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore’s Capability Building Programme on Multi-Energy Systems

Tan Szue Hann, Head of Sustainability at Surbana Jurong (SJ), and Praveen Hassan Chandrashekar, Senior Executive Associate (Sustainability), were invited by the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) and SECOE (Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence), to conduct two workshops on Multi-Energy Systems and Low Carbon Technologies, in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan. The workshop was held as part of the Ministry of Trade and Industry’s (MTI’s) Capability Building Programme for Central Asian Nations, in conjunction with the World Expo 2017 held in Astana.

Szue Hann and Praveen shared on “Sustainable Smart Cities and Planning for Multi-Energy Systems”, as well as “Planning for Low Energy Cities”, where participants from government agencies in Central Asia were introduced to SJ’s sustainable planning and energy optimisation methods.

World Expo 2017
Participants and conductors of the SEAS / SECOE Workshop, including Szue Hann and Praveen (standing, 3rd and 4th from left)

“With SMEC’s presence in Central Asia, we intend to interface more closely with the local offices in that region, to bolster our infrastructure, planning and design work with Total Sustainability Solutions. We hope, through workshops such as these, we can create more awareness of the Singapore, SJ and SMEC brands, and aim to translate this into business opportunities for us,” said Szue Hann.

Szue Hann and Praveen were also part of the Singapore delegation at the launch of the Singapore Pavilion by Mdm Halimah Yacob, Singapore’s Speaker of Parliament, at the World Expo 2017 held in Astana. Themed “Future Energy”, the Expo aims to address the question: “How do we ensure safe and sustainable access to energy for all while reducing CO2 emissions?” The Expo (running from 10 June to 10 September), features pavilions from 115 countries and 22 international organisations, that showcase their respective strategies on renewable, sustainable energy generation and usage, and the ways to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Sharing insights on smart and sustainable innovations for a global market

Tan Szue Hann, Head, Sustainability (in grey jacket) at the Singapore-Denmark Smart City Roundtable Dialogue, sharing his expertise on the principles of taking smart and sustainable models to cities overseas

Surbana Jurong (SJ) recently showcased its thought leadership at the Singapore-Denmark Smart City Roundtable Dialogue held in Singapore. Tan Szue Hann, Head, Sustainability was invited by the Royal Danish Embassy to be on the panel for the forum, to share his thoughts on smart and sustainable business models for cities overseas.

The roundtable was in conjunction with the launch of a new partnership between Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU) and Danish consortium Smart City World Labs (SCWL) to spur green innovation to improve the sustainability and liveability of citiesThis partnership will see Singapore become a test bed for various green technologies, ranging from water and energy-saving innovations to green building systems and electric vehicles. Through SCWL, Singapore’s small and medium enterprises will benefit by gaining access to Danish and global markets that are ready to pay for these innovations while they are in the test phase.

Prior to the event, the Sustainability team was involved in discussions with NTU’s Energy Research Institute and SCWL on sustainability-driven solutions for buildings and cities including water recycling, energy monitoring, noise barriers for traffic, as well as smart building solutions, which could be adapted into SJ’s consultancy services.

Szue Hann said, “Singapore is one of the world’s most advanced countries in deploying smart urban solutions. We are proud that the Sustainability team is well-positioned to play a role and contribute our thought leadership both locally and globally in R&D collaborations such as the one between NTU and SCWL.”

The event was graced by the Ambassador of Denmark to Singapore, and attended by representatives from NTU, SPRING Singapore, Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority, and other industry professionals.


Sharing insights at the World Cities Summit events in Suzhou

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CEO, North Asia, Michael Ng (on screen, first from the right) addressing delegates at this year’s World Cities Summit Mayors Forum

Last week, Surbana Jurong showcased its thought leadership at the World Cities Summit (WCS) Mayors Forum and the World Cities Summit Young Leaders (WCSYL) Symposium held in China.

Hosted by the city of Suzhou, mayors, international organisations and industry leaders from cities across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the Oceania gathered to share best practices and urban innovations that promote liveable and sustainable cities.

The Forum is co-organised by Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities and the Urban Redevelopment Authority and is a flagship event of the WCS, which is held in Singapore biennially.

The global platform was a great opportunity for our experts to share their insights and position SJ as a thought leader in urbanisation, industrialisation and infrastructure development.

This year’s Mayors Forum was themed “Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Embracing the Future through Innovation and Collaboration”. Michael Ng, CEO, North Asia, shared his views on the importance of sustainable development as well as SJ’s strategy for development in East Asia.

Tan Szue Hann, Head, Sustainability and Tan Eng Kiat, Senior Principal Planner, Urban Planning, Singapore attended the concurrent World Cities Summit Young Leaders (WCSYL) Symposium, where a select group of change-makers from diverse sectors met to discuss and tackle urbanisation challenges.They engaged with Young Leaders from Singapore and other cities and initiated potential collaboration on sustainability projects.

Szue Hann and Eng Kiat are both members of the WCSYL, an invite-only professional network which provides a platform for discourse on urban issues.

They also had the opportunity to exchange views with Singapore’s Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong on culture and heritage and its influence on planning and urbanisation.

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Head of Sustainability Tan Szue Hann (second from right) leading group discussions at the Young Leaders Symposium

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Senior Principal Planner, Urban Planning Tan Eng Kiat (seated left) having a discussion at the Young Leaders Symposium