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Surbana tops list of HDB Design Awards winners this year

Six awards will be presented next Wednesday, the Housing and Development Board announced.

SINGAPORE: National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan will present six Housing and Development Board (HDB) Design Awards at this year's HDB Awards ceremony, to be held next Wednesday (Sep 10).

The HDB Design Awards are for architectural consultants which have contributed in designing quality housing for Singaporeans. The recipients include Surbana International Consultants, ADDP Architects and HDB Building Research Institute.

The full list of awards and recipients is as follows:


Surbana's Segar Grove and Commonwealth 10 projects stood out for their outstanding designs, said HDB, which added that the projects "epitomise HDB’s emphasis on quality homes, designed for functionality and residents’ comfort".

Surbana's architects took around 10 months to conceptualise the design for the Segar Grove Build-to-Order flats in Bukit Panjang, which included plans to incorporate an elevated "floating platform" in the area. The architects' efforts paid off when they nabbed an HDB design award. Their company won four out of the six design awards.

Mr Mohd Asaduz Zaman, senior vice-president (Architectural) at Surbana International Consultants, talked about the green inspiration behind Segar Grove: "We wanted to create a very cosy and kind of a green environment. So, in that way ... you are living in a park kind of setting."

In keeping with the green theme, Surbana also used 45 species of plants. Mr Fong Chun Wah, group director of development and procurement at HDB, said: "HDB is looking at this whole area of sustainability and greenery to make sure that our flats, when we design them, are sustainable, easy to maintain by residents and energy efficient.

He added that greenery is also used to "soften the hard landscape of our estates so that it creates a very conducive environment for residents".


Commonwealth 10's skyline and communal facilities amid greenery. (Photo: HDB)

One of the members of the judging panel, Forum Architects Director Tan Kok Hiang, said: "HDB's designs have increased in sophistication in recent years. Its designs focus on appropriate urban responses that result in better physical and visual connectivity with its neighbours.

"In some estates, the focus has gone beyond the physical landscape to consider the cultural and historical milieu of the place. The emphasis has shifted from 'space-making' to 'place-making'."

AWARDS FOR CONSTRUCTION QUALITY

HDB will also give out seven awards for construction quality. Among the winners, Fernvale Foliage in Sengkang stood out. Built by Straits Construction Singapore, it achieved the highest score of 94.2 under the Construction Quality Assessment System.

Introduced by the Building and Construction Authority in 1989, it is the de facto national benchmark for construction quality. Quality of construction is measured in three main areas - structural, architectural, as well as mechanical and electrical works.