Adhering to the “3Rs” principles of maximum retention, sensitive restoration and careful repair, the recent restoration not only rejuvenated the fabric and space of the building but also, its reuse as a hub for trade associations has renewed the spirit of its original design and purpose.
WSP provided full architectural and engineering consultancy services to the restoration works, alongside Forum Architects as the monument design specialist, for this project.
On winning the award, WSP’s Mr Cheang Kum Cheong, Head of Architecture & Planning, Singapore said, “Receiving the award for Restoration at the 2018 URA Architectural Heritage Award is an honour for the WSP team in Singapore. The Jurong Town Hall is synonymous with Singapore’s nation building in the early days, and the team is privileged to be deeply involved in the restoration works of this gazetted monument. This enriching experience provided the team with a profound sense of history and the Singapore identity.
The building was first completed in the 1970s. The project team faced numerous challenges such as locating existing roof leakages, major revamp of the entire building’s cooling system, and railing heights that did not align with the current building codes. The team managed to overcome some of the challenges, for example, through obtaining a waiver from the authorities for preservation purposes.”
“The project has also achieved the BCA Green Mark Platinum award. The team incorporated several green features in the project, including natural ventilation at the main entrance and central atrium space of the building,” added Mr Victor Loo, Associate and project team member of WSP Singapore.