30 Years of Partnership with Singapore

ISSUE #57 – Dragages Singapore is a construction partner on many high-profi le projects in Singapore and the region.

Sportshub

Dragages Singapore is a leading engineering and construction fi rm in Southeast Asia and a member of Bouygues Construction, one of the foremost construction groups in the world. The company was originally set up in Singapore in 1984 to build Newton MRT station.

Singapore has always been a very dynamic and challenging market, where clients and public authorities are open to new products and technologies, as well as very demanding in terms of quality and sustainable development. As a result of a fruitful and long-term partnership with the Singaporean authorities, all recent Dragages projects have reached more than 90% in the government’s CONQUAS quality assessment scale and are certified under the Green Mark scheme.

The dome of the National Stadium is the largest free-span structure in the world

TAKING PART IN SINGAPORE INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

Dragages has completed a number of prestigious projects in Singapore, among them the Ritz Carlton hotel in 1996, the Fullerton Building’s transformation into a 5-star hotel in 2000, and numerous high-end residential developments such as The Sail @ Marina Bay (2008), Scotts Highpark (2008), Cube8 and 368 Thomson (2014), Sculptura@Ardmore Park (2015) as well as Quayside W Residences (2011) and Cape Royal (2014) in Sentosa. One of Dragages’ key projects is the Singapore Sports Hub. Part of a private-public partnership (PPP) agreement signed with the Singapore Sports Council, the contract covers the financing, design, construction, and operation of the facility for the next 25 years.

THE SINGAPORE SPORTS HUB

The Sports Hub is the world’s largest sports infrastructure PPP project. The work, entirely carried out by Dragages Singapore, involved more than 250 staff and 3,000 workers during four years, from 2010 to 2014.

Located on a 35ha site, the Singapore Sports Hub does not only host the National Stadium: the new iconic destination was conceived as a real ecosystem, gathering major sports facilities (OCBC Aquatic Centre, OCBC Arena, Water Sports Centre) and a myriad of recreational community facilities (Sports Hub Library and Museum, Kallang Wave Mall, Sports Promenade, Stadium Riverside Walk…).

With a span measuring 310 wide, the dome of the National Stadium is the largest free-span structure in the world.  An engineering marvel, the arena features an ultra-lightweight retractable roof, which can open or close in 20 minutes. The dome form serves as a canopy to shield the venue from sun and rain, ensuring that the spectator experience is comfortable in all types of weather.

The new National Stadium also benefits from a unique cooling system specifically created for Singapore’s tropical climate.

The stadium was designed and built to maximise the use of natural ventilation with the addition of a cooling system providing thermal comfort to the spectators.

Known as the only stadium in the world custom built to host football, rugby, cricket, and athletics events all in one venue, and thanks to the 30,000 seats fitted on moving tiers, it only takes 48 hours to change the configuration, compared to 80 hours in the Stade de France in Paris.

As a result of Dragages Singapore’s dedication to achieving a sustainable design and construction for the entire project, the Singapore Sports Hub was awarded Green Mark Gold Plus by Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority, an outstanding result for a major stadium and multi-sports facility, in comparison to its peers around the world.

 

By Ludwig Reichhold, Managing Director, Dragages Singapore,
a member of Bouygues Construction Group

 

Article published in the FOCUS Magazine “SG50” – May 2015