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 medicalized care home for the elderly has several features including being almost entirely constructed from prefabricated modules (Prefabricated Pre-finished Volumetric Construction - PPVC). With a surface area of 9,000 m2, it will have a capacity of 243 beds on 9 floors. Each ward will be made up of 3 or 4 modules, put together like Legos, except that these pieces weigh between 10 and 15 tonnes each! In all, no less than 300 modules will be prefabricated and mounted on site.
In adopting the modular construction method, Dragages Singapore teams proposed an efficient alternative PPVC system which proves to be quicker and globally more cost-effective to carry out. Prefabricated units are produced in the plant, with most of their interior finishes, then assembled directly on site. Although this requires a highly rigorous approach from a programming point of view, the system saves up to 20% in construction time and substantially reduces dust and sound pollution on the site.
For the first time in 2006, Dragages Singapore implemented this prefabrication technique for bathrooms for The Sail@Marina Bay, a residential complex in Singapore bay. The extension of the Crowne Plaza, on the site of Changi airport, currently under construction, is now fully in PPVC. The second modular project carried out by Dragages Singapore teams, the Woodlands Crescent Nursing Home, will be opening in the summer of 2017.