April 2016

Award of the Woodlands Crescent Nursing Home Project

In mid-February, Singapore’s Ministry of Health awarded Dragages Singapore the Woodlands Crescent Nursing Home project, situated in the northern part of Pulau Ujong Island. This medical home for the elderly will be entirely built by Prefabricated Pre-finished Volumetric Construction (PPVC). With a surface area of 9,000 sqm, it will house 243 beds on 9 floors. Each ward will be made up of 3 or 4 modules, to be put together like Legos, except these pieces weigh between 10 and 15 tonnes each! In total, more than 300 modules will be prefabricated and installed on site.

In adopting the modular construction method, the Ministry of Health aims to achieve higher production efficiency. Procedures of works demand high precision in terms of works programme and coordination as prefabricated units are to be produced in the plant, with most of the interior finishes completed before assembling works on site. It is anticipated that construction time will be reduced up to 20% while dust and sound pollution will be kept to the minimum on site.

Adoption of PPVC by Dragages Singapore
For the first time in 2006, Dragages Singapore implemented this prefabrication technique for bathrooms in The Sail @ Marina Bay, a residential complex in Singapore bay. The undergoing extension of the Crowne Plaza, located on the Changi airport is entirely built by PPVC, an exemplar of modular construction method. The Woodlands Crescent Nursing Home is the second modular construction project carried out by Dragages Singapore.