Surbana Jurong to design Royal Star Tower condo-hotel in Vietnam’s Ha Long City

Royal Star Tower Vietnam architecture

Royal Star Tower as envisioned for the Ha Long coastline in Quang Ninh province.

Surbana Jurong was appointed by Royale Star Ha Long Joint Stock Company (RSHL) to provide the architectural concept and basic design for a mixed-use condominium-hotel complex in Ha Long City in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. The 30-storey condo-hotel, known as Royal Star Tower, is envisioned to be an iconic development in the precinct.

Spanning a gross floor area of 120,000sqm, the complex will be designed with a good mix of residential, commercial and recreational spaces. The top two floors are reserved for 10 luxurious penthouses with spectacular sea views, a rooftop sky garden and infinity pool. The win may be credited to Surbana Jurong’s design capabilities and experience in urban developments.

Surbana Jurong wins 28 accolades at BCA Awards 2018

SkyResidence @ Dawson BCA Awards Surbana Jurong
SkyResidence @ Dawson

Surbana Jurong increased its haul of accolades at the recent Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Awards, scoring three more than the 25 won last year. This is the largest haul for the Group at the awards since participating as a newly merged entity in 2015. Among the awards won were the BCA Construction Excellence and BCA Green Mark for Buildings awards.

NUS SDE4 BCA Awards Surbana Jurong
NUS School of Design & Environment, SDE 4

The projects also span diverse sectors – from public and private residential buildings, to food processing centres, government buildings and healthcare – which reflects the comprehensive suite of solutions offered by Surbana Jurong

“As one of the largest Asia-based urban, industrial and infrastructure consultancies, winning the BCA awards is a testament to the quality of our work and underscores our continued design and engineering excellence,“ said Surbana Jurong GCEO Wong Heang Fine about the scoop of awards.

Bedok Food City BCA Awards Surbana Jurong
Bedok Food City

At Surbana Jurong, we believe that development is more than just steel and concrete. Surbana Jurong approaches all our projects with the same philosophy – that what we design and build must be socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. We create spaces and design infrastructure where people live, work and play, shaping cities into homes with sustainable jobs where communities and businesses can flourish. We also embrace the use of technology such as BIM and artificial intelligence, to enhance our business performance and offer our clients better solutions. BCA is Singapore’s regulatory body for the building and construction industry under the Ministry of National Development.

Buangkok Square Neighbourhood Centre BCA Awards Surbana Jurong
Buangkok Square Neighbourhood Centre

Surbana Jurong’s winning projects at the BCA Awards 2018

BCA Construction Excellence 2018
1. Hillsta

BCA Construction Productivity Award (Projects) 2018
2. Residential Halls at Nanyang Crescent, NTU – Platinum
3. Clementi Ridges – Gold
4. Woodlands Care Home – Gold

BCA Universal Design Mark 2018
5. The Visionaire – Gold

BCA Green Mark Award 2018
6. Bedok Food City – Platinum
7. Buangkok Square Neighbourhood Centre – Platinum
8. Customs Operations Command at Jalan Bahar – Platinum
9. JTC Poultry Processing Hub – Platinum
10. NUS School of Design & Environment, SDE 4 – Platinum
11. Outram Community Hospital – Platinum
12. Selarang Park Complex – Platinum
13. Seletar Airport Passenger Terminal – Platinum
14. SkyResidence @ Dawson – Platinum
15. State Courts Towers – Platinum
16. Buangkok Edgeview – Gold PLUS   
17. NIM Collection – Gold PLUS   
18. iNz Residence – Gold PLUS   
19. The Visionaire – Gold PLUS  
20. Adult Disability Home+Day Activity Centre – Gold
21. Anchorvale Parkview – Gold
22. Blossom Spring @ Yishun – Gold
23. Geylang C43B + Park – Gold
24. Kallang Fire Station – Gold
25. Keat Hong Garden – Gold
26. Selarang Park Complex, Phase 1 – Gold
27. Yung Kuang Court (Jurong West N1 C31) – Gold
28. Overseas – Hangzhou Riverfront Mansion – Certified

Surbana Jurong wins BCI Asia Top 10 Architects Award

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Michael Vong, Deputy Managing Director, Building Consultancy Services(centre) flanked by Xavier Courboin, Managing Director & Marketing Director Asia for building materials firm Technal (left) and BCI Asia’s Chairman, Dr Matthias Krups.

Surbana Jurong has been named one of Singapore’s top 10 firms for architecture for 14 years running.

The BCI Asia Awards gave out its annual Top Ten Awards recently at a ceremony that recognises the country’s leading developers and architecture firms that have made the greatest contributions to the region’s built environment.

The awards, which were started in 2003, is one of the most anticipated and coveted awards for the construction sector in Southeast Asia, namely Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong SAR. Surbana Jurong has won the accolade every year since its inception.

The awards are given out by BCI Media Group, which covers Asia-Pacific building and construction news. Michael Vong, Deputy Managing Director, Building Consultancy Services, received the award for Surbana Jurong.

This award is a testament to Surbana Jurong’s longstanding position as one of the top architecture firms in Singapore. It lends due recognition to all our architects and technical staff, validating their hard work and commitment to delivering sound design and overall architectural excellence.

Gongqing win for Surbana Jurong in China

Surbana Jurong and Sino-Sun, member of the Surbana Jurong Group, are collaborating on the master planning and architectural design of the township in Jiangxi, China.

Gongqing town was a country town brimming with potential. Situated close to Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province, it was re-zoned for urban development, and recently, Surbana Jurong and Sino-Sun, member of the Surbana Jurong Group, jointly embarked on architectural design for the township, fulfilling the local government’s wish to create an integrated, mixed-use development there.

Last year, the team won the project to conduct the master planning for the 48ha greenfield project there, with a total GFA estimated at 1.2 million sqm. The plan revolves around a 3km-long looped garden that winds through high- and low-rise residential blocks, commercial buildings, an international school, and healthcare and recreational facilities.

By linking the sub-plots and functions together with this green pathway, a “walkable” and vibrant town is born. Jiangxi province, in southeast China, is also home to the Jiujiang port city and Jingdezhen, China’s famous home of porcelain-making.

The project is expected to be completed in Q3 2019.

An interview with Mr Rick Yeo, Surbana Jurong’s Senior Principal Architectural Associate

An interview with Mr Rick Yeo, Surbana Jurong's Senior Principal Architectural Associate
In the spotlight: An interview with Mr Rick Yeo on working overseas

It takes attitude, aptitude and adaptability to undertake an overseas work assignment. Sharing stories of personal experience and challenges, Mr Rick Yeo, from BCS Architecture Studio 1, explains why.

Working on international projects, it is necessary to travel for client meetings, presentations and to better understand the country and its operating environment. For Rick, the opportunity for an overseas job posting was initially borne out of necessity. “I have been working on projects in China for the longest time. I was travelling so much for business that I’d figure it was the right time for me to be posted there. Too many red-eye flights to China and the hotel nights do wear you down.”

Rick, who was posted to China in 2013 and has since returned to Singapore, shares: “When working overseas, I had the opportunity to pick up in-depth market knowledge and cultivate networks. The experience opened my mind and heart to other specialisations outside of architecture as I was involved in other aspects of business operations including management and business development, all of which are valuable exposure for career and personal development.”

Working in a foreign land, it is important to have the right attitude. It also helps to have a strong network of teammates who provide strength and support. Rick shares, “Throughout my two years in China, I am very grateful for colleagues and teammates who always stand ready to lend support. I am thankful for the collaborative work culture in SJ. A special shout-out for my band of dedicated brothers & sisters in SJ China Ops.” Working abroad is certainly challenging and exciting at the same time. He adds, “For colleagues who are presented with the opportunity to work overseas, my advice is to keep an open mind and go for it. After all, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.”


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Surbana Jurong emerges top in design competition and secures one of its largest HDB projects

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Surbana Jurong has clinched one of its largest HDB project to-date after it emerged top in a design competition organised by the Housing and Development Board. We will be providing multi-disciplinary services including architecture, C&S engineering, M&E engineering, cost & contracts management and project management services.

Both Surbana Jurong and CESMA were two of the top five finalists in the competition, pitching against other renowned architectural firms. Surbana Jurong’s submission stood out amidst intense competition, and it won following a Quality Fee Method (QFM) of evaluation which recognises the quality of design as a key criteria.

The new HDB project is a built-to-order (BTO) development in Tampines North (Plots N6 C8-10). It comprises residential, commercial and social facilities and is situated near the main park in the newly master planned Tampines North. This new north region is built as an extension of the existing Tampines estate and will feature a new linear park linking it to the existing Tampines Eco Green and Sun Plaza parks. When completed in 2017, the project will house 2,020 dwelling units.