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Old August 10th, 2003, 01:48 PM   #1
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General Construction News

Just to kickstart this trhead...heres the tallest U/C in Singapore rite now:

One Raffles Quay

The One Raffles Quay project is a bi-tower development under construction in Singapore. This development sits on the first site to be publicly sold in the new downtown, the first being allocated by the government for the building of One Marina Boulevard (formerly NTUC Centre).

The taller block, north tower, will reach 245 metres with 50 storeys, and be the fifth tallest in Singapore when it is completed by 2005. The second block, south tower, will be 140 metres tall with 28 storeys.

The developer is a joint venture between Hong Kong based Cheong Kong Holdings & HongKong Land and local developer Keppel Land.

The following are renderings of the project:

Early rendering by Meinhardt Private Ltd:


Latest rendering by Meinhardt Private Ltd:


By Keppel Land Ltd:
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Old August 10th, 2003, 01:48 PM   #2
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Currently, sub-structure work has just been completed by Bachy Soletanche Singapore. The following text is stated in their site:

"The site is being built on a geologically challanging area with at one end of the site a 40m layer of very soft Marine Clay overlaying hard S3 Bouldery Clay and the other only 15m of soft material before reaching the very hard bouldery clay. The foundations and basement is further complicated by having a underground railway running right across it, indeed the North Tower foundations stradle the tunnels.

Bachy Soletanche set to the task in September 2002 and are due to complete by the end of February 2003. Due to the nature of the ground, hard S3 bouldery clay, BSS called in several of our specialist operators from Hong Kong who are very experienced to heavy chiselling in similar ground conditions."

The following construction photos are also provided by Bachy Soletanche:



September 2002:


Three rigs working looking North


Looking South, Econ's pile test in foreground

November 2002:


General site view (One Marina Boulevard can be seen being built in the background)


Working on the MRT screen wall (One Marina Boulevard to the left)

The latest pictures of the construction status as of last month can be seen here at skycrapers.com, with some shots taken by me.
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Old August 10th, 2003, 01:56 PM   #3
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Well, there are 18 storey residential towers(3 of them) being built opposite my house.

Called NUOVO, it is expected to be completed in 31 Jan 2005, but I think it will be sooner.

2 of the towers have already reached the 18th floor, and one is at 16 and rising fast. the construction took only about 9 months(so far).

All the units were snapped up on the first two days and people waited for hours before the opening.
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Old August 10th, 2003, 02:11 PM   #4
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Lets see..theres the Icon, Duxton Plains housing, Changi Airport T3 and the new National Library. Looks like huaiwei will be busy visiting construction sites
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Old August 11th, 2003, 12:36 PM   #5
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I went to the ICON 3 times!!
It seems that the site is still grass, and they are busy building more showflats.
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Old August 11th, 2003, 02:01 PM   #6
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I passed by the site too a few days ago. Got one shot of the showflat entrance..hahaha. Will post when I upload it later.
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Old August 11th, 2003, 04:39 PM   #7
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Some exclusive stuff!!

Maybank being built!



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Old August 11th, 2003, 04:46 PM   #8
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This is even better!!

REPUBLIC PLAZA on the rite, 1 Finlayson Green on the left. COOL!!!

BEFORE:



CONSTRUCTING:



NOW:

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It's a shame they demolished all those neo-classical buildings to build Republic Plaza, which is the most unremarkable of Singapore's 3 tallest. Kurokawa's approach seems to be to overlay his grand scheme over the site, which inevitably means bulldoze everything on the site, including heritage buildings. Shame. And Republic Plaza is one of his worst major towers as well - not in the same class as UOB or OUB.
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Old August 13th, 2003, 06:26 AM   #10
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erm Blabbyboy, Republic Plaza was built long after those classical buildings were gone....I dun think u can directly pin all the blame on that building alone!
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I never knew Republic Plaza was that BIG!!
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OMG... Singapore has changed a lot
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WOW!!!

Is this Raffles Place???? What a change!

Anyway the old Raffles Place looks nice too and IMO the Raffles Place MRT station entrance looks 'old'....hehehe
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Damnly incradible!!!...just incredible of changes!!
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Another one being built in the New Downtown:

One Marina Boulevard

Formerly known as NTUC (National Trades Union Congress) Centre, this tower is the first building to undergo construction in Singapore's New Downtown. Originally built to house the headquaters of the NTUC, it was allocated the prime space by the government. The name change occurred recently in light of a change in tenant mix.

The 32 storey tower will be completed next year, offering 48,000 square metres (516,672 sq ft) of prime office space. The last beam was hoisted into place early last month, 18 months after the groundbreaking ceremony on the 28th February 2002.

The building's design was the result of a competition that attracted 57 entries. DP Architect's design, which emphasised on the liberal use of glass to project a friendly image, was awarded the contract at the ceremony held on the 16th August 2001. Another key element of the desing features three large sky gardens, located on three different levels, each facing a different direction.



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News release from the NTUC, dated 11/07/2003:

Source: http://www.ntuc.org.sg/myunion/featu...033313110715JP

One Marina Boulevard - A Modern Home For The Labour Movement

Come 2004, the labour movement will move into its spanking new building at the gateway to the new Downtown at the junction of Raffles Quay and the proposed Marina Boulevard. To be known as One Marina Boulevard, the building will house the new "NTUC Centre" which offers a host of amenities to better serve all union members. NTUC News gives a peek of what's in-store and outlines other related issues.

Since the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) was set up in 1961, it has kept faith with the basic aim of trade unionism: looking after the interests of workers.

Its headquarters, which was then located in the six-storey Singapore Conference Hall along Shenton Way, was a symbol of strong trade unionism and a home to many union leaders who assembled there for meetings and gatherings.

The building was known affectionately as the NTUC Trade Union House and it became synonymous to the many achievements of the labour movement. Over the years, it witnessed the growth of the NTUC and how it has protected workers' interests and fostered industrial harmony.

The next 30 years saw Singapore's economy growing by leaps and bounds, and this was most evidently noted by the tall office buildings that sprung up within the Central Business District along Shenton Way.

All these while, the NTUC continues to carry out its important role of safeguarding the well-being of workers and reinforcing strong tripartism between the various social partners.

In 1990, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong announced that the Government would build a new home for the NTUC, probably in Marina South.

He said: "As the commercial district would expand to Marina South sooner or later, NTUC should be there, in the heart of the new city which they will help to build. There, they would be able to rub shoulders as equals with management, proud that they as much as their employers, have contributed to the stability and prosperity of Singapore."

Speaking at the May Day Dinner in 1990, PM Goh also spoke on the need for a new NTUC building. "Today, it (NTUC Trade Union House) is dwarfed by many new and tall office buildings. It does not now adequately reflect the national importance of NTUC and its contribution to our national prosperity," he said.

The Prime Minister also added: "This time we should not make the same mistake of making it a small building."

Making headway

In August 2001, the NTUC embarked on the project of building its new home. A land parcel located at the gateway to the new Downtown at the junction of Raffles Quay and the proposed Marina Boulevard was allocated by the Government to the Singapore Labour Foundation (SLF).

The rectangular plot of land covers 3,715 square metres. The NTUC offices and facilities will occupy about one quarter of the available space, while the rest of the space will be for lease.

Though the land was allocated to SLF without tender, SLF has to pay market value for the land as determined by the Chief Valuer. In November 2001, it paid the market price of $140.6 million (or $270 psf GFA) for the development of the new building.

The total development cost is $282 million. As the space occupied by NTUC is only about 26 per cent of the total floor area, the development cost for the NTUC space works out to be $75 million, or 26 per cent of $282 million.

Hence, as promised by PM Goh in 1996 when he said that the Government would provide a grant for NTUC's new home as a recognition of the key role that the labour movement has played in Singapore's success, the Government paid $75 million to SLF for the space occupied by NTUC. The balance cost of $207 million is financed by SLF. SLF does not collect rental from NTUC for the space that it occupies.

The design of NTUC's new home was awarded to DP Architects Pte Ltd after they won a competition for the design of the building. Construction works commenced after a groundbreaking ceremony officiated by National Development Minister and SLF Chairman Mah Bow Tan on 28 February 2002.

Seeking a balance

Being a prime 'Grade A' commercial building which is very well-located and well-designed with high specifications to attract corporate users, the tower is named "One Marina Boulevard".

On the other hand, the floors occupied by the NTUC Headquarters will be known as "NTUC Centre". The name and logo of NTUC will be prominently displayed on the facades of the building.

SLF is confident that the public will refer to the building as the NTUC Centre, just as the Singapore Conference Hall in Shenton Way was popularly referred to as the NTUC Conference Hall for years.

It is envisaged that One Marina Boulevard will be an icon of the labour movement and an important and visible symbol of workers' achievements. The building's location at the new downtown symbolises the labour movement's tripartite partnership with businesses and the Government, working hand-in-hand towards Singapore's progress.

Capturing the aspirations of the labour movement

The new One Marina Boulevard (OMB) building overlooking Marina Bay has been aptly summarised by architectural firm DP Architects as a building for and of the workers and the labour movement.

The architects stayed true to the NTUC's aspirations - to design a building that is original, contemporary and forward looking to capture the dynamic and progressive nature of the labour movement in Singapore.

The 32-storey structure is planned to be convenient for both vehicular and pedestrian movement and to make their circulation as efficient as possible. The various usable areas of the building are strategically placed to create distinct articulation of user types and therefore promote clarity of direction.

Fully-equipped

Other than housing the NTUC Headquarters, OMB will have a 600-seat auditorium, meeting and training rooms, a one-stop customer service centre for union members, as well as retail and medical facilities. These amenities will enable the NTUC to better serve its 420,000 union members.

About 320 staff from the NTUC Administration & Research Unit, Singapore Labour Foundation, NTUC Link, NTUC Eldercare, NTUC Media, Ong Teng Cheong Institute and ICFTU-APRO will be moving to OMB in early 2004.

Visual connection

The first storey is a highly-accessible and visible space that establishes a visual connection between the city on one side and the future waterfront promenade on the other.

Covered walkways surround the building on all sides and provide weatherproof access and urban connectivity. The typical office floor is a larger than usual 1,800 square metres around a central core and is designed with a generous ceiling height.

OMB will stand out as a vertical form characterised by its purity and simplicity in what is otherwise a busy-looking skyline.

A consistency of geometric form not only results in more efficient office spaces but also creates a sense of stability which parallels the spirit of the labour force.

The simplicity of the glass and granite curtain wall system that DPA have designed, works with the proportions of the building form to create an elegant fašade and a contemporary corporate image.

Reinforcing the "garden city" image

Landscaped sky lobbies carved out of the building form provide an opportunity for vertical landscaping for the building, reinforcing the "garden city" image and incorporating a sense of playfulness to the otherwise structured form.

The curtain wall itself is also not a bland "wrap" around the building as many modern building skins tend to be. The fašade facing the bay has a more animated character to represent the life and dynamism of the activities on the bay, while the city side, which faces the Central Business District, is designed with a more cohesive, business-like and solid character.

Dual character

In addition, the bayfront fašade is designed with a dual character. During the day, stark clean lines and elegant glass skin reflects adjacent sea view and skyline, exuding an understated corporate image. In the evening, this corporate skin "disappears" and the interior of the building is expressed as lit components behind the fašade.

OMB is targeted to be completed in early 2004. When completed, it will be the new home of the NTUC and its affiliates with remaining office spaces being leased to other public institutions and companies.

The pride of workers

"Our former home at the conference hall was a very well-recognised location and it symbolises the contributions of the labour movement to society. The same significance has been retained in the new One Marina Boulevard. It expresses the confidence that Government and society has in the responsible labour movement led by the NTUC. It is also an expectation that we continue to be constructive and responsible in the future."
Mr Heng Chee How, NTUC Deputy Secretary-General

"I have been working with NTUC since 1978 and I have really seen a progression of the premises, especially the working environment for staff. The new building is our Government's recognition of the contributions of the labour movement towards the economic development and prosperity of Singapore. I will be glad to see the building completed. It is a very good gesture on the part of our Government."
Mdm Halimah Yacob, NTUC Assistant Secretary-General

"I'm glad that the new NTUC building will be back in the heart of the city, to be part of the action. I hope that the building, being near to the river, will bring good luck and prosperity to all workers."
Mr Thomas Thomas, General Secretary, Singapore Shell Employees' Union
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wow, so many, will it eva stop?
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Can i ask ? what's buiding that look like the glassy Boat getting along the riverside which underneth the MayBank Building ? (in HUAWEI 2nd pic Post
 
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Can i ask ? what's buiding that look like the glassy Boat getting along the riverside which underneth the MayBank Building ? (in HUAWEI 2nd pic Post
You mean for this picture?



That low rise building is called "One Fullerton". Hope it helps.
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ONE FULLERTON


At the dawn of the New Millennium, a landmark of the future is set to take its place at the historic mouth of the Singapore River. Located at the strategic crossroads of the Raffles Place business district, Suntec City and the Esplanade Theatres-On-The-Bay, One Fullerton will be a recognisable symbol of Singapore. With more than 6,000 square metres of mixed office and restaurant space in one prime location, One Fullerton is the new heart of the Marina Bay waterfront.

Al-fresco diners and tourists alike will be drawn by the sea-breeze, the sound of waves lapping against the sea wall, and the stunning backdrop of Singapore's skyline at Raffles Place and Marina.

This unparalleled location, with 370 carparking spaces, can be easily accessed on foot from the nearby Raffles Place MRT station, by car from Nicoll Highway Extension or Battery Road (via tunnel), and even by water taxi.



Its where the merlion is located and one of the trendier clubs, Centro is located there. At night the strobe lights and beats of the dance floor can be seen and heard outside on the street
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