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City Campus Project

History

As early as 1998, the search was on for a permanent site for SMU, which temporarily resided at the Bukit Timah campus location during its first five years. As a management university, SMU needed a central location, and it seemed logical to place it in the Central Business District. Planners turned their focus to the Bras Basah area, where it was recognised that the synergy between SMU and Singapore's commercial world could best be achieved. There was historical precedent also, as the district had been home to key educational institutions for a century-and-a-half.

SMU's campus development in the heart of Singapore was in line with the Singapore government's commitment to business and education and also in accordance with the Urban Redevelopment Authority's vision for the development of the Bras Basah district. On 5 December 1998, the government made a public announcement regarding the campus location, and by June 2000 six architectural firms were shortlisted in the SMU Ubran and Architectural Design Competition. Realising the importance of involving the public in the design of a campus in such a central location, SMU held and exhibition of the shortlisted submissions as means of soliciting feedback form different quarters.

The designers and builders of the campus faced some specific challenges, the main one being that for the first time in Singapore a building was going up right on top an underground railway line the existing North-South line as well as the new Circle Line, to be completed in 2010. Architects also had to grapple with other extraneous factors, hurdles and restrictions construction of a road tunnel at Fort Canning , the realignment of Stamford Road and the existence of buried fibre-optic cables laid by telecommunications companies. There was even accommodation for an archaeological survey of the Bras Basah site to be carried out.

There was furthermore a mammoth effort to preserve the existing landscape and long-standing, mature trees as far as possible. An unprecedented tree-transplanting exercise involved the uprooting and re-planting of several mature trees growing in Bras Basah Park, while other trees were conserved in their original location. Notable in the conservation efforts was the transplanting of a 70-year old, full-canopy 21-metre rain tree with a crown 25 metres in diameter and weighing more than 37 tonnes. Special care was also taken by the contractors with a venerable bodhi tree, a highly sensitive plant and a species particularly significant in Hindu and Buddhist cultures.

On 2 June 2005, a handover of the campus by the main contractor to SMU took place, and on 31 July the university symbolically moved into it new home, in time for the start of the 2005/6 academic year. On 20 January 2006, Prime Minster Lee Hsien Loong officially opened SMU's new and permanent campus.

A new chapter in the success story of SMU and the University’s School of Law began on 20 January 2014, with the ground-breaking ceremony for the School’s own building, which is to be built at the open space between Armenian Street and Canning Rise. The building is expected to be completed by 2017. A key feature integrated into the new building is the Kwa Geok Choo Law Libray, named in memory of the late Madam Kwa Geok Choo, wife of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. The 2,600 square metres Law Library will take on a distinct architectural form that is reminiscent of a pearl. It will seat more than 500 people, and will be fully equipped with modern technology and wired for legal research in the 21st century. Also housed within the Law Building will be the David Marshall Moot Court, the SMU Pro Bono Centre and other research centres.

Chronology of Events

Date Events
5 Dec 1998 Public Announcement of the SMU Campus Site by Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Tony Tan
13 Mar 1999 Public Symposium on the Physical Development of the SMU City Campus at the Singapore Arts Museum
Over 400 people attended to give feedbacks and comments on what they would like to see in the new city campus.
16 Apr 1999 Launch of the Public Ideas Competition on the Physical Development of SMU
This was an essay competition for the public to voice out ideas on the campus development. 123 entries were received and 17 co-winners were awarded on 1 October 1999.
24 May 1999

Round-table Discussions with Non-Business Stakeholders

  • National Heritage Board
  • National Arts Council
  • National Library Board
  • National Parks Board
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
  • Local Arts Groups
25 May 1999 Round-table Discussion with Architects on Urban Design
This meeting was jointly organized with the School of Architecture, National University of Singapore. Singapore Institute of Architects council members and about 30 local architects were invited to participate in the discussions.
28 May 1999 Round-table Discussion with Business Stakeholders
The attendees included representatives from the MPH Bookstore, Cathay Organisation, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Pidemco Land, YMCA and the many hotels adjacent to the sites.
31 May 1999 Public Ideas Competition closed
123 entries were received. A jury consisting of 13 judges representing a broad range of interest selected 17 co-equal winners. The winning ideas were clustered around a few discrete themes: the Modern Business University, the Green Campus, a prominent Campus Center, revitalisation of the park and architectural heritage.
16 Jun 1999 Round-table Discussion with Religious Groups
A wide spectrum of multi-religious groups representing over 10 institutions, including the cathedral, churches, synagogue, Chinese temples and Hindu temples, participated in a cordial and fruitful discussion, to add value to the campus development and student activities.
1 Oct 1999 Award of the Public Ideas Competition
17 winners of the Public Ideas Competition were awarded during the opening ceremony of the new SMU office. A press release on these ideas was issued.
3 Nov 1999 Formation of SMU Core Planning Team
The objective of the core planning team is to lead a collective planning process with experts and organize a series of consultations and discussions with the professionals and public, to arrive at alternatives to approaching the problem.
10 - 12 Jan 2000
Master Planning - Brainstorming Sessions
The Core Planning Team brainstormed and produced 3 schemes for the master plan. Other members who participated in the brainstorming sessions included eminent local architects and the building authorities (Urban Redevelopment Authority, Land Transport Authority and National Parks Board).
15 Jan 2000 Open Architects Urban Design Workshop at Rendezvous Hotel
Over 70 local architects participated in the workshop. The SMU Core Planning Team presented three schemes of the master plan and received many feedback for consideration in the development of the final masterplan.
23 Feb 2000 Presentation of Master Plan to the URA
The proposed master plan was presented to the URA and LTA. The URA was happy with the solutions and added some constructive points.
25 Feb 2000 URA's Approval of the Final SMU Master Plan
31 Mar 2000 Public Announcement of the SMU Master Plan
1 Apr 2000 Registration Open for the SMU Urban and Architectural Design Competition
8 May 2000 Closing Date for Registration
An unprecedented record of 421 registrations from over 43 countries was received from both local and overseas firms.
17 May 2000 Stage One Briefing at CHIJMES Hall
About 400 architects, including 150 foreign architects, attended this briefing.
21 Jun 2000 Close of the Stage One Competition
172 design submissions from 35 countries were received at the close of the Stage One Competition.
26 - 27 Jun 2000
Judging of Stage One Competition
6 architectural firms were shortlisted to proceed to Stage Two of the Competition, while 7 architectural firms were also recommended for Honourable Mention by the panel of Jury. Shortlisted foreign firms without local partners were required to team up, before proceeding to Stage Two.
16 Oct 2000 Close of Stage Two Competition
The six shortlisted teams submitted their designs.
19 - 20 Oct 2000
Judging of Stage Two Competition
The judging and presentation to the Jury took place at the School of Architecture, National University of Singapore.
21 - 24 Oct 2000
Public Feedback Exhibition at the Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SICEC)
As part of SMU's objective to involve the public in this national competition, a feedback exhibition of the six Stage Two design submissions was held for the public to view the six designs and provide feedback, which was compiled for the jury's consideration, before their recommendation of the final winner(s).
31 Oct 2000 Jury Recommendation
The Jury made their recommendation after reviewing the public feedback.
7 Nov 2000 Jury Recommendation Submitted to the Board of Trustees
The SMU Board of Trustees accepted the jury's recommendation.
7 Dec 2000 Public Announcement of the Winners of the SMU Urban and Architectural Design Competition
9 - 13 Dec 2000
Public Exhibition of all Stage One and Stage Two submissions at the Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SICEC)
5 Oct 2002 Public Notice on the Pre-Qualification of Contractors for Piled Foundation and Basement Structure Works
22 Mar 2002 Award of Piled Foundation and Basement Structure Works
27 Mar 2002 Groundbreaking Ceremony for Phase 1A of the SMU City Campus Development Project
27 Jan 2003 Public Tender for Main Contract 1000 (School of Economics & Social Sciences) and Main Contract 2000 (School of Accountancy, Lee Kong Chian School of Business , School of Information Systems/Campus Centre and Li Ka Shing Library)
7 Mar 2003

Public Notice on the Pre-Qualification of Contractors for Nominated Sub-Contract Works

  • Integrated Security Systems
  • Electrical Services
  • Fire Protection Services
21 Mar 2003 Public Tender for Main Contract 3000 ( Administration Building ) for the Victoria Project
21 Mar 2003 Public Tender for Sewer Diversion Works ( Victoria Project)
4 Apr 2003 Public Tender for Instrumentation and Monitoring Works within Existing MRT Tunnels Sub-Contract (Victoria Project)
23 May 2003 Public Tender for Aluminium and Glass Curtain Walling, Cladding and Canopies Nominated Sub-Contract (Bras Basah Project)
11 Jun 2003 Award of Water Features Sub-Contract
20 Jun 2003 Public Tender for Structured Cabling System Nominated Sub-Contract
4 Jul 2003 Public Tender for Landscape Works Nominated Sub-Contract
4 Jul 2003 Public Tender for Supply of Sanitarywares, Fittings and Accessories Nominated Sub-Contract (Bras Basah Project)
8 Aug 2003 Public Tender for Supply and Installation of Architectural Precast Concrete External Walls Nominated Sub-Contract (Bras Basah Project)
15 Aug 2003 Public Tender External Cladding, Aluminium and Glass Curtain Walling and Skylights Nominated Sub-Contract (Victoria Project)
29 Aug 2003 Public Tender for Supply and Installation of Façade Cleaning Equipment Nominated Sub-Contract (Bras Basah Project)
29 Aug 2003 Public Tender for Supply and Installation of Ironmongery Nominated Sub-Contract (Bras Basah Project)
12 Sep 2003 Award of Public Tender for Supply and Installation of Ironmongery Nominated Sub-Contract (Bras Basah Project)
12 Sep 2003 Public Tender for Supply and Installation of Ironmongery Nominated Sub-Contract (Victoria Project)
22 Sep 2003 Award of Public Tender for Main Contract 3000 ( Administration Building ) for the Victoria Project
1 Oct 2003 Award of Public Tender for Main Contract 1000 (School of Economics & Social Sciences) and Main Contract 2000 ( School of Accountancy , School of Business , Campus Centre and Library )
31 Oct 2003 Public Tender for Supply and Installation of Stoneworks Nominated Sub-Contract (Bras Basah Project)
31 Oct 2003 Public Tender for Supply and Installation of Stoneworks Nominated Sub-Contract (Victoria Project)
7 Nov 2003 Tender for the Integrated Building Management System Services (Bras Basah and Victoria Project)
10 Dec 2003 Award of Tender for Aircondition and Mechanical Ventilation Services Nominated Sub-Contract (Bras Basah Project)
15 Dec 2003 Award of Tender for Electrical Services Nominated Sub-Contract (Bras Basah Project)
30 Dec 2003 Award of Public Tender for Structured Cabling System Nominated Sub-Contract
2 Jan 2004 Award of Public Tender for Supply and Installation of Architectural Precast Concrete External Walls Nominated Sub-Contract (Bras Basah Project)
19 Jan 2004 Award of Tender for Plumbing and Sanitary Services (Bras Basah Project)
13 Feb 2004 Public Tender for the Design, Supply and Installation of Tensile Membrane Roofing Nominated Sub-Contract (Bras Basah Project)
16 Feb 2004 Award of Tender for Fire Protection Services Nominated Sub-Contract (Bras Basah Project)
29 Mar 2004 Award of Public Tender for Supply of Sanitarywares, Fittings and Accessories Nominated Sub-Contract (Bras Basah Project)
2 Apr 2004 Public Tender for Interior Works Nominated Sub-Contract (Bras Basah Project)
2 Apr 2004 Award of Public Tender for Supply and Installation of Stoneworks Nominated Sub-Contract (Bras Basah Project)
12 Apr 2004 Award of Public Tender External Cladding, Aluminium and Glass Curtain Walling and Skylights Nominated Sub-Contract (Victoria Project)
14 Apr 2004 Award of Public Tender for Supply and Installation of Façade Cleaning Equipment Nominated Sub-Contract (Bras Basah Project)
5 May 2004 Award of Tender for the Integrated Building Management System Services (Bras Basah and Victoria Project)
5 May 2004 Award of Public Tender for Landscape Works Nominated Sub-Contract
5 May 2004 Award of Public Tender for Supply and Installation of Façade Cleaning Equipment Nominated Sub-Contract (Victoria Project)
5 May 2004 Award of Public Tender for Supply and Delivery of Sanitarywares, Tapwares, Sanitary Fittings and Accessories Nominated Sub-Contract (Victoria Project)
7 May 2004 Award of Public Tender for Supply and Installation of Ironmongery Nominated Sub-Contract (Victoria Project)
10 May 2004 Award of Tender for Security Services (Bras Basah and Victoria Projects)
14 May 2004 Public Tender for Supply and Delivery of Light Fittings and Supply and Installation of Cold Cathode / Neon Lights as a Domestic Sub-Contractor to the Electrical Services Nominated Sub-Contractor (Bras Basah Project)
26 Aug 2004 Award of Public Tender for Supply and Installation of Stoneworks Nominated Sub-Contract (Victoria Project)
13 Sep 2004 Award of Public Tender for Supply and Delivery of Light Fittings and Supply and Installation of Cold Cathode / Neon Lights as a Domestic Sub-Contractor to the Electrical Services Nominated Sub-Contractor (Bras Basah Project)
18 Oct 2004 Topping-Out Ceremony for the SMU City Campus (Bras Basah Project)
27 Oct 2004 Public Tender for the Supply and Delivery of Light Fittings and Supply and Installation of Cold Cathode / Neon Lights as a Domestic Sub-Contractor to the Electrical Services Nominated Sub-Contractor (Victoria Project)
29 Oct 2004 Public Tender for the Supply and Installation of Signage Nominated Sub-Contract Tender (Bras Basah Project)
29 Oct 2004 Public Tender for the Supply and Installation of Signage Nominated Sub-Contract Tender (Victoria Project)
24 Dec 2004 Public Tender for Office System Furniture Domestic Sub-Contract Tender (Bras Basah Project)
24 Dec 2004 Public Tender for Office System Furniture Domestic Sub-Contract Tender (Victoria Project)
24 Dec 2004 Award of Public Tender for Supply and Delivery of Light Fittings and Supply and Installation of Cold Cathode / Neon Lights as a Domestic Sub-Contractor to the Electrical Services Nominated Sub-Contractor (Victoria Project)
18 Jan 2005 Award of Public Tender for the Supply and Installation of Signage Nominated Sub-Contract Tender (Bras Basah Project)
18 Jan 2005 Award of Public Tender for the Supply and Installation of Signage Nominated Sub-Contract Tender (Victoria Project)
28 Jan 2005 Public Tender for Supply and Delivery of Office Furniture Direct Contract (Bras Basah Project)
4 Feb 2005 Award of Public Tender for Office System Furniture Domestic Sub-Contract Tender (Bras Basah Project)

 

Project Consultants List

Consultancy Services Consultant
PROJECT MANAGER PM Link Pte Ltd
ARCHITECT KNTA Architects
DESIGN CONSULTANTS KNTA Architects and Edward Cullinan Architects
CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Maunsell Consultants (Singapore) Pte Ltd
MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEER Beca Carter Hollings and Ferner (S.E. Asia) Pte Ltd
QUANTITY SURVEYOR Davis Langdon & Seah Singapore Pte Ltd
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT CICADA Pte Ltd
RISK AND FIRE ENGINEER Arup Energy
TRAFFIC ENGINEER WS Atkins Singapore Pte Ltd
ACOUSTIC ENGINEER Acviron Acoustics Consultants Pte Ltd
SECURITY AND TECHNOLOGY ENGINEER CCD Australia (S) Pte Ltd
SPECIALIST LIGHTING CONSULTANTS Parsons Brinckerhoff Pte Ltd

Last updated on 16 Nov 2017.