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The new 280-m-high integrated development will adopt prefabricated modular mechanical and electrical (M&E) services, including vertical risers and horizontal services. (Image: CapitaLand)

Work on a new 280-m-high integrated development in Singapore has recently started, scheduled for completion in the first half of 2021. Developed by a joint venture between CapitaLand Limited, CapitaLand Commercial Trust (CCT) and Mitsubishi Estate Co Ltd (MEC), the former Golden Shoe Car Park will be transformed into a 51-storey building comprising 635,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, a 299-unit Citadines serviced residence to be managed by The Ascott Limited and ancillary retail space. Main contractor on the project is Dragages Singapore Pte Ltd.

According to CapitaLand, it will be the first integrated development in Singapore to adopt prefabricated modular mechanical and electrical (M&E) services, including vertical risers and horizontal services. The M&E service modules will be fabricated at an off-site factory and transported on site for assembly, thereby achieving significant site productivity improvement through better coordination, workmanship and safety.

Digital construction technology and integrated digital delivery, from Building Information Modelling (BIM) to virtual design and construction and 3D printing, will also be employed for improved collaboration, added CapitaLand. Drones will be used as well to monitor construction progress and virtual reality will allow for more efficient design review, reducing the need for physical mockups and material wastage.

The concept architect for the project is Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), in collaboration with Carlo Ratti Associati. The project architect is RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd.

The new development is set to be one of the greenest buildings in the Raffles Place area with a four-storey Green Oasis, which will have a jungle gym, treetop cocoons, sky hammocks, a café, and a spiral stairway set within a botanical promenade. Complementing the government’s strategy for a car-lite Singapore, the development will also incorporate a cycling path in its perimeter, 165 bicycle lots and end-of-trip facilities for users. What’s more, the charm and heritage of the former Golden Shoe Car Park will be preserved, said CapitaLand, with the return of Market Street Food Centre.