This month our Singapore studio celebrates its 10 year anniversary, following the opening of our first Singapore studio in One Raffles Tower back in 2012. We marked the opening with an official reception at the British High Commissioners residence, Eden Hall in Singapore in 2013. Judith Slater, Deputy High Commissioner together with Philip Hickson, Director of Investment at UKTI attended with well over 100 guests from the Singapore built environment industry. Here we look back to some of the highlights of operating in Singapore and South East Asia over the past ten years.
In 2015 we completed our first education project in the region. The University of Reading Malaysia in EduCity, Johor Bahru captures and translates the essence of the University’s UK campus, and supports up to 3,000 students and 400 staff. The design is based on a simple forum approach with accommodation around a covered heart space. Its translucent roof protects this space form direct sunlight and rain and forms a lush green environment. The project was a finalist in the World Architecture Festival Awards.
The following year we were commissioned by the Papua New Guinea Port Authority to create a new masterplan for the 40 ha Port Moresby to include four hotels, commercial, retail and entertainment space, over 2,000 apartments, a maritime quarter with liner berth and private marina, together with a 20,000 sq m convention centre.