Axis Capital Group Support Singapore’s Latest Landmark

Singapore is all ready for the latest infrastructure in the country. The South Beach, as the hotel is called is a largest mixed development which will soon be ready for business after seven years of work and frustrating delays.

South Beach is an ambitious project with two towers - of 34 and 45 storeys - comprising an office block, luxury homes and a Philippe Starck-designed hotel. The development will also have 37,000 sq ft of retail space. The hotel will have 654 luxury rooms and direct links to the Suntec City Convention Centre and Esplanade MRT station. It opens its doors this April.

Axis Capital Group, one of the leading construction companies in Singapore and Jakarta, Indonesia shows its support on the completion of the said infrastructure.

There will be 190 residential units, ranging from 950 sq ft two-bedders to 6,500 sq ft five-bedroom penthouses with their own swimming pools. The Non-Commissioned Officers Club building and three former army blocks, the site of Singapore's first national service enlistment exercise in 1967, will be incorporated into the project to house a 29,000 sq ft private club and hotel facilities.

South Beach is being developed by City Developments (CDL) and Malaysia's IOI Group.

The project was initially slated for completion in 2012, but was hit by delays.

The consortium that secured the 376,296 sq ft plot in 2007 had originally comprised Dubai World unit Istithmar, United States-based Elad Group and CDL, each holding a one-third stake. But the financial crisis in November 2008 led CDL to defer building plans, after which Elad and Istithmar both dropped out.

Preparations to market the project picked up after IOI Group entered the consortium in 2011. The project's residential unit prices are still under wraps. According to major reviews over recent decades Beach Road developed from a residential area into a key business district. The plan calls for two new high-rises to be built next to the historic South Beach Project structures. On completion, the North Tower will feature more than 30 floors and the South Tower more than 40 floors; offering space for offices, luxury apartments, a designer hotel and shops. Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. was awarded the building contract and required the lowest-possible use of manpower during the in-situ construction. The solution provided by Doka includes high- performing self climbing units, flexible formwork systems and facilities ensuring the safety of the construction crew. The automatic climbing formwork saves on crane use and minimizes the requirement for personnel. It also helps in keeping system utilization time low and thereby costs as well.

The building core is erected using the Automatic climbing formwork Xclimb 60 and Large-area formwork Top 50. The latter offers flexibility in adapting to the column and wall design. In addition, the hydraulic Automatic climbing formwork SKE100 will raise the concrete placing boom, thereby eliminating the need for a crane.

The Protection screen Xclimb 60 that is integrated into the exterior wall protects workers. It also offers construction progress that is not restricted by wind and weather.

Pre-assembled Dokamatic tables are planned for pouring the floor slabs. The table lifting system (TLS) takes care of raising the table formwork. As a result, unproductive wait-times are eliminated and site logistics optimized. The individual floors are poured on 7-day cycles. Doka engineers were involved as early as during the planning phase, providing recommendations for implementation as well as selection of efficient formwork system. A Doka Formwork instructor was present for onsite assembly support and instruction of the construction crew in correct handling.

The innovative design of the projecting roof for climate control has resulted in two Green Mark Platinum Awards. This micro-climatic feature extends along the entire building project and looks like a sail providing protection from insulation. Integrated photovoltaic cells convert solar energy into electricity. Additionally, well insulated glass facades absorb heat while the Sky Gardens promote thermal balancing.

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