Surbana Jurong (SJ), one of the largest Asia-based urban and infrastructure consulting firms, last Friday (18 January) unveiled its new campus and global headquarters in Singapore.

Named ‘Surbana Jurong Campus’, the 68,915 square meter development will be built in Jurong Innovation District (JID) and can accommodate up to 4,000 employees.

Designed by Safdie Surbana Jurong, a collaboration between Safdie Architects and Surbana Jurong established in 2017, it demonstrates what a sustainable, people-centric and future-ready workplace would look like. SJ’s multi-disciplinary team of experts will undertake the entire development from start to end.

Wong Heang Fine, Group Chief Executive Officer of Surbana Jurong, said: “The building of our global headquarters represents SJ’s growth ambition, and signals our continued confidence in Singapore as a strategic urban and infrastructure hub. With its myriad of new-generation working spaces, our new Campus is envisaged to be a conducive and lively environment for meaningful collaboration and to nurture innovation as we explore new ways to address urban challenges and reinvent cities. We also hope that a world-class workspace will further attract and retain global talents.”

Left to right: Wong Fong Fui, Chairman of Boustead; Ng Chiang Ling, CEO of M&G Real Estate Asia; Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO of Surbana Jurong; Liew Mun Leong, Chairman of Surbana Jurong; Dr Loo Choon Yong, Chairman of JTC and; Moshe Safdie, Principal of Safdie Architects at Surbana Jurong Campus’s groundbreaking event.

Facilitating stronger teamwork and knowledge sharing

Once completed in 2021, the Campus will support SJ's rapid growth by facilitating stronger teamwork and knowledge sharing among its talent. It will also serve as the nerve centre for research and development of innovation for the built environment as SJ transitions to applied research to create and bring practical and viable solutions to the industry and community.

The Campus’ location in JID provides the Company access to a vibrant and collaborative ecosystem of R&D and capability developers, startups, and technology enablers for potential collaborations to accelerate the adoption of smart technologies and solutions.

Driving innovation

To drive innovation, the Campus will be a living lab with dedicated spaces for research and test-bedding of new ideas, including test-bedding future-ready solutions developed by the SJ-NTU Corporate Lab, a joint corporate laboratory set up by SJ, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) and the National Research Foundation Singapore.

Ng Lang, Chief Executive Officer of JTC, said: “The Surbana Jurong Campus will be a critical piece of the collaborative ecosystem of researchers, capability developers, enablers and adopters in Jurong Innovation District. Surbana Jurong’s capabilities in sustainable urban planning are well-aligned to Jurong Innovation District’s vision to test-bed innovations in urban solutions and smart technologies.”

Artist impression of Surbana Jurong Campus.

The building of Surbana Jurong Campus will also embrace the use of digital technologies to scale up productivity and efficiency.

The development will leverage Building Information Modelling (BIM) and extend it to a comprehensive Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD). The latter fully integrates processes and stakeholders along the development value chain through advanced info-communications technology and smart technologies.

Additionally, SJ will apply its proprietary solutions such as BIM:FM technology to the facilities management process to increase productivity and achieve cost savings for long-term building maintenance and operational cycle. The construction will also utilise the Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) approach with the use of precast materials, a signature competency of SJ utilised in its affordable housing projects.

Sustainable and cost-effective

In line with SJ’s commitment towards delivering sustainable urban solutions, the Campus is designed to meet Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) Green Mark Platinum Certification for Super Low Energy Building.

Green technologies used include:

  • Solar photovoltaic technology which will yield around 340MWH of renewable energy annually.
  • Rain gardens and bio-swale to enhance water sustenance.
  • Smart lighting control
  • Underfloor air-distribution system
  • Predictive smart building control systems such as live energy and water management dashboards.

Artist impression of Surbana Jurong Campus.

To fund the development of the Campus, SJ adopted a ‘develop and lease’ model. The Campus is being developed by Surbana Jurong Capital, the investment arm of SJ, which secured 100% funding for the development of the property and subsequent lease agreement for the entire land lease tenure from M&G Real Estate. This arrangement provided SJ with a compelling, long-term and cost-effective solution in developing the property for its use.

The Campus is a result of strong collaboration and on-going support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).

Photos / Safdie Surbana Jurong