A new and bigger Arrival Hall has opened at Changi Airport Terminal 1, increasing the terminal’s floor area by 35% to 8,500m2.
The new hall is part of a larger expansion plan for T1, estimated to boost the terminal’s handling capacity to 24 million passenger movements per annum. The terminal served about 3.2 million passengers in the first quarter of 2018.
With the recent opening of the new arrival zone; travellers will collect their bags and walk down a passageway before entering the public area which used to be the road outside the terminal.
Within the arrival hall is a new garden featuring palm trees of up to 15m in height, a feature pool and a diversity of flora incorporated with dragonfly topiaries and sculptures. This is the airport’s first garden situated in the public area.
Located next to East Coast Park with existing public and private housings in the surrounding, the 60-ha Bayshore Precinct will be a new lifestyle waterfront urban village for about 12,500 dwelling units of public and private housing when ready. A 1 km-long main street will anchor the precinct, which will have wider pavements to make a more pleasant walking and cycling experience for you.
Imagine a vibrant neighbourhood where the main street is lined with shops, cafes, grocery stores, childcare and elderly facilities within a short walk or bicycle ride from home. Residents can enjoy tree-lined walkways, or cycle along dedicated cycling paths to the nearby Bayshore MRT station and Bedok South MRT station.
Bayshore Precinct is also being planned as a future-ready community, which is sustainable, people-centric and car-lite with flexibility to accommodate change over time. In the future, the use of Autonomous Vehicles may present opportunities to free up space for parks, community facilities and other uses. The master plan will anticipate changes in technology in phases, providing resiliency to adapt to the changing needs.
The Mobilisation and Equipping Centre (MEC) in Selarang Camp houses everything that an NS unit needs to be ready for operations within hours of being recalled.
The use of automation reduces wait-times for NSmen. In addition, the Selarang MEC has humidity controlled storage facilities which ensure that equipment are well-maintained and ready for use.
At MEC, NSmen will use the self-service kiosks for in-processing and out-processing. All they have to do is scan their identification cards and they will be given their mobilisation slips with the equipping details. Read more about the reporting prcoess here.
Selarang MEC also adopts green technologies such as these solar panels - they utilise renewable energy as an alternate power source to the MEC.
Apart from this, light intensity controls and motion sensors are installed at common areas such as toilets and staircases to save electricity.
To reduce water usage, a dedicated storage container with a filtration system is also built within the MEC to channel used water into the container for recycling.
Archer Daniels Midland Company celebrated the opening of a cutting-edge flavor and ingredient creation, application, development and customer innovation center at the Biopolis research hub in Singapore. The opening of the 8,900-square foot (825-square meter) space will serve as the gateway to consumers in Southeast Asia and beyond and enable ADM to work closely with customers to create complete flavor and specialty ingredient solutions that meet consumer preferences for taste, nutrition, function and texture. It will be staffed by a team of food scientists, flavorists and applications experts, along with sales, marketing and regulatory personnel.
The new innovation center features a wide range of capabilities, including a food and flavor analytic lab; a beverage and dairy applications lab and pilot plant; a bakery and confectionery lab; a meat and savory lab; a sweet and savory creation lab; sensory evaluation facilities; and a customer innovation center.
Singapore is home to approximately 100 ADM employees. For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, they’re one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 32,000 employees serving customers in more than 160 countries.
Spanish frozen yogurt chain llaollao with a 4-year presence in Singapore, has closed down here and made way for Yolé, another European froyo brand.
D+1 Holding, the company that is the master franchisee of llaollao in Singapore, has terminated the master franchise of Singapore with llaollao Spain and ceased the operations of llaollao in Singapore. It has since acquired the rights to Yolé and converted all 29 llaollao outlets islandwide to the new brand last month.
Yolé embodies youthfulness, fun and dynamism. The brand’s core foundation lies strongly in the creative innovation of 4 fundamental product lines; mainly original frozen yogurt, multi-flavoured yogurt and soft ice cream, blended smoothies, and specialty desserts.
At Yolé , they give you the ultimate control to have it your way and customize your own dessert so they taste as good as they are for you. Choose between their original or flavoured frozen yogurt and top off your delectable dessert with fruits, all-time snack favourites and well-known sauces from Spain.
Be excited about what’s coming next as they combine the dual concept of traditional and natural ways of creating tastes with the innovation of flavours.
From Sunday, 14 January 2018, three new roads in Bidadari estate will be partially opened to serve the upcoming developments in the estate. The new roads are Bidadari Park Drive, Alkaff Crescent & Woodleigh Link
With the opening of the new roads, three new signalised junctions will also be commissioned in the area to regulate vehicular and pedestrian movement.
Among the three new roads, Bidadari Park Drive road is a major road that will serve as the main transportation spine of Bidadari. It will eventually traverse the full length of the new estate, from Bartley Road to Upper Serangoon Road, serving residents throughout the estate.
Running alongside Bidadari Park Drive is Bidadari Greenway, which extends from the northern to the southern end of the estate. Featuring lush greenery, the 1.6km-long Bidadari Greenway will form a “green spine” connecting the housing developments to the Bidadari Park. It will be lined with rest spots, commercial and social communal facilities, creating opportunities for more community interaction. Pedestrian and cycling paths running through the greenway will also enable residents to walk and cycle seamlessly in the estate.
Singapore's first automated underground bicycle parking system, SecureMyBike is now open at Kampung Admiralty.
Designed to complement existing surface-level bicycle parking, the new facility can park over 500 bicycles in individual storage cells underground, providing shelter from the weather and preventing bicycle theft and vandalism. Parking your bicycles in SecureMyBike is easy and users can deposit or retrieve their cycling gear within a minute!
To get started, simply sign up for an account at one of the self-help registration kiosks in the SecureMyBike shop (Kampung Admiralty #01-16, located next to the parking kiosks).
Leveraging on science and technology, the CESP brings together subject-matter experts from sport science, nutrition, psychology, physiotherapy and human factors engineering to strengthen our soldiers' fitness, mental resilience, injury management and rehabiliation, as well as integration of soldier-level systems. In short, CESP will work towards making our soldiers “Soldier Strong”.
The Singapore headquarters will house the senior regional leadership teams of the Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare businesses and will work alongside the US hub to support its Global Headquarters in the UK to manage commercial activities around the world.
Located at One-North in the Rochester Park area of Singapore, it will enable GSK to better anticipate and respond to diverse healthcare needs across different markets, placing GSK in a leading position to support patients and consumers.
Hypermarket chain, Giant launched Vendmart at its Tampines and IMM Jurong hypermarkets. Vendmart is the 1st of Giant's continued commitment to your shopping experience and also the concept of several vending machines retailing products from local companies.
A total of 17 vending machines are available. One even dispenses popular local favorite, Chili Crabs!
One of the goals of the Vendmart initiative is to support local start-ups and entrepreneurs by giving them an avenue to promote their brand and products.
The Tuas Mega Port (Tuas Terminal) development is a testament to Singapore’s commitment to sustain its lead as a global maritime nation and to invest in port infrastructure. When completed, the 20 deep-water berths in Phase 1 of this development will be able to handle about 20 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per annum. The entire mega-terminal will have a total capacity of up to 65 million TEUs.
A major component of Singapore’s Next Generation Port vision, Tuas Mega Port will incorporate new features such as optimising land use by utilising both above and underground spaces for complementary purposes like storage facilities; enhancing the safety and security of the port waters via a next generation traffic management system; and increasing productivity and reducing labour costs through the use of technology like automated yard cranes and port equipment.
The Tuas Mega Port will be developed in four phases over the span of some 30 years, with the Phase 1 reclamation works scheduled to be completed by the early 2020s. The new port is about twice the size of Ang Mo Kio town.
Expanding the Group’s footprint in Asia, the 3,500 sq m state-of-the-art facility will offer world-class capabilities from perfume creation and technology innovation, to cutting-edge application labs and consumer insights. This Global Centre of Excellence houses the Group’s leadership teams for Hair Care, Soap Bars and Detergent Powders, uniting Firmenich’ s expertise in Fine Fragrance, Body Care and Home Care.
Founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895, Firmenich has created many of the world’s best-known perfumes and flavours that billions of consumers enjoy each day. Its passion for smell and taste is at the heart of its success. It is renowned for its world-class research and creativity, as well as its thought leadership in sustainability and exceptional understanding of consumer trends.
Each year, it invests 10% of its turnover in R&D, reflecting its continuous desire to understand, share and sublimate the best that nature has to offer. Firmenich had an annual turnover of 3.2 billion Swiss Francs at end June 2016.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded the first three civil contracts for Circle Line 6 (CCL6) totalling S$1.75 billion. Works on these three contracts are expected to commence by the end of 2017 and complete by 2025.
The 4-kilometre CCL6 will have three stations, and will close the loop for the Circle Line (CCL) by connecting HarbourFront Station to Marina Bay Station. When the CCL6 stations of Keppel, Cantonment and Prince Edward are completed in 2025, the CCL will have a total of 33 stations, including 12 interchange stations with other MRT lines. It will also expand the rail network to areas such as Spottiswoode and the southern edge of our existing CBD.
With CCL6, commuters will enjoy a direct route between areas in the west like Pasir Panjang and Kent Ridge and key employment areas in the Central Business District, as well as upcoming developments in the Marina Bay area. Commuters travelling from areas like Paya Lebar and Mountbatten will also enjoy faster access to the retail and office centres in the HarbourFront area.
As an orbital line, CCL enhances overall connectivity and capacity, and strengthens the resilience of the MRT network by connecting the existing radial lines and creating multiple routes between stations. For example, a commuter travelling from Jurong East to Marina Bay will have the alternate option of transferring to the Circle Line at Buona Vista Station.
To cater to future needs, Kim Chuan Depot will be expanded to almost double its capacity from 70 to 133 trains. The integrated depot will also house 550 buses, which will allow us to optimise land use. The expansion of the depot will be completed at about the same time as CCL6 in 2025.
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) officially opened The Island Defence Training Institute, a new training institute at Clementi Camp on 31st July where up to 18,000 active soldiers and national servicemen (NSmen) will be trained in counter-terrorism and homeland security.
A further 15,000 personnel every year will undergo training for other island defence roles.
The training will focus on further developing individual skill sets acquired from the SAF's current urban operations training, and adapting them to homeland security operations. The training will cover: (i) scenario-based simulation and live-firing for homeland security operations; (ii) search and arrest procedures to be undertaken by SAF personnel; (iii) knowledge of legal powers and rights of private defence; and (iv) retractable truncheon drills. NS units will undergo refresher training during their In-Camp Training (ICT) so that their skills are kept current and they can be readily deployed for operations.
To ensure that training is realistic and effective, the IDTI will leverage training technology such as Judgmental Video Simulation Training at the Infantry Gunnery and Tactical Simulator, which has been updated to include multiple homeland security operations scenarios. Conducted in 50m ranges, this training puts soldiers through simulated homeland security operations scenarios, and exercises their ability to decide to shoot or not depending on whether the target is friend or foe. This increases operational readiness by allowing soldiers to exercise their thinking and decision-making processes in a highly immersive environment, and better prepares them to manage complex homeland security operations.
Coca-Cola which has a global portfolio comprising more than 500 brands, unveiled a new S$79 million storage and distribution centre in Tuas on 19th July.
The 6,000-sqm facility, is located right across the road from Coca-Cola’s concentrate plant, and is designed to drive efficiency and support the company’s growing business in Asia Pacific.
Coca-Cola’s concentrate plant and distribution centre in Tuas are both operated by Pacific Refreshments Private Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company. Together, they will produce and distribute more than 200 different concentrates for brands such as Coca-Cola, Fanta, Schweppes, Heaven & Earth, Sprite, Pwerade and Minute Maid.
As Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay turns 15 this year, the national performing arts centre will be adding a new venue to its stable, enabling it to create more unique Singapore stories and shared experiences for society through the arts.
To be completed in 2021, the new building situated along the Esplanade Waterfront will feature a flexible theatre which can seat about 550 people and an outdoor activities plaza integrated with popular dining outlets at the Esplanade Annexe.
This waterfront theatre hopes to inspire our young and nurture the next generation of artists, by commissioning and producing more new works by Singapore artists and companies and taking them from home to the world stage.
With the new 550-seat waterfront theatre, Esplanade will be able to:
Develop and present a wider range of quality arts programmes for schools that inspire and challenge the young; develop in future generations empathy, curiosity and creativity; and provide them new perspectives on different cultures and our society.
Allow Singapore’s promising community, youth and traditional arts groups, especially in theatre and dance, to take that next step to reach a wider audience along Esplanade’s busy waterfront.
Work closely with both Singapore and regional artists to create new works and to take these artists and works beyond Singapore.
Present a greater diversity of leading artists and productions that inspire, given that, a majority of works produced today for major arts festivals are for a medium-sized space.
Going car-lite in the Jurong Lake District (JLD), Singapore’s second Central Business District, is now easier with the completion of a 15km dedicated cycling path network.
JLD is the 8th intra-town cycling path network in Singapore. This is part of the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) long term plan to progressively construct dedicated cycling path networks in all HDB towns to enhance first and last mile connections.
With the new cycling path network, residents can cycle more safely and seamlessly from their homes to public transport nodes or their offices in the vicinity. The cycling path network will also enable families and groups of cyclists to explore the scenic Jurong Lake Gardens all the way to Taman Jurong via the existing park connector.
By end 2020, the JLD cycling path network will also be integrated with the neighbouring Taman Jurong estate, which will have its own cycling path network.
To complement the cycling path network, LTA has been increasing bicycle parking facilities in JLD. The bicycle parking capacity at Chinese Garden and Lakeside MRT stations has been ramped up by close to 50 per cent since 2014, bringing the total capacity at both stations to more than 600 lots. LTA will continue to monitor the demand of bicycle parking in Jurong, and look at enhancing the provision of parking facilities at various locations such as the major transport nodes.
Following JR Vending's well-received Chef-In-Box VendCafe pilot project (jointly facilitated by Spring Singapore and the Housing Board) at Anchovale Drive, you can now find their new branch at Ang Mo Kio MRT station.
VendCafe's concept is about a cluster of vending machines which dispense hot meals around the clock.
A 3rd VendCafe will follow very soon this month and it is located at Lakeside MRT station. Both the Ang Mo Kio and Lakeside VendCafes will open from 7am to 11pm daily.
Ang Mo Kio MRT station's VendCafe has over 90 food and beverage options for any hungry or curious people. The ready-to-be-dispensed meals are cooked and packaged daily at a central kitchen, and will be replenished twice a day by an on-site staff member.
It will become easier to go car-lite in the city, with the transformation of Bencoolen Street, and as the Government lines up a series of other infrastructural projects and initiatives to make walking, cycling, and riding public transport more pleasant and conducive.
Bencoolen Street has been revitalised, with 2 of the 4 original car lanes converted into wider walking spaces for pedestrians, and a dedicated cycling path. Pedestrians can now enjoy the lush greenery along the open walkway, and take comfortable walks using the sheltered link-ways connecting various transport nodes to nearby developments, such as Manulife Centre and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).
To inject vibrancy into the streetscape, the Urban Redevelopment Authoriry (URA) and Land Transport Authority (LTA) collaborated with students and alumni from NAFA to design and install a series of unique benches that line Bencoolen Street today. More than 125 new bicycle parking lots have also been installed at key destinations along the street.
The dedicated cycling path along Bencoolen Street will connect to existing and future cycling routes all over Singapore. The Bencoolen Street cycling path will link up to Queenstown-City to the west, Bishan-City and the North South Corridor to the north, and the Central Area cycling network to the south. The Central Area cycling network extends from the Marina Bay area, and connects to the eastern part of Singapore via the East Coast Park.
Luxury vacuum and small appliance manufacturer Dyson opened its £330 million research and development centre at The Science Park in February.
Dyson's new centre as well as its advanced manufacturing team will add another 190 jobs over the next five years. It now employs 1,100 people across the new techonology centre and its West Park facility.
The Technology Centre will concentrate on "connected technology and intelligent machines" and hire employees with expertise in AI, machine intelligence and software development.
The Tuas Viaduct is Singapore’s first twin-tier road-rail integrated viaduct, and is part of the Tuas West Extension project. The Land Transport Authority will open the Tuas Viaduct from 6am on Saturday, 18 February 2017, to enhance transport connectivity to businesses in Tuas.
The 4.8km viaduct will provide a faster route to Tuas South by allowing motorists to bypass Pioneer Road. The completed viaduct provides better transport connections for the future Tuas Port, and other upcoming industrial developments within the area.
This ambitious project saw several construction challengs such as the diversion of major utilities serving Tuas and piling for the support columns that went as deep as 60m into the ground.
US tech giant Google's Singapore office which serves as its Asia-Pacific headquarters, is now at Mapletree Business City (Pasir Panjang).
Google opened their first Singapore office in 2007, a tiny space along Collyer Quay occupied by just 24 people. Since then, Asia’s grown, Singapore’s grown and they've grown in Singapore. They now need room for 1,000 Googlers working on new products and projects across Asia for our users, customers and partners. And they also want more room for the community around them —the kind of place that’s useful for gatherings of developers, students, founders, and kids to connect with Googlers and, sometimes, even prime ministers and ministers of trade.
Google has also announced that they’re bringing Code in the Community to 3,000 young Singaporeans from less well-to-do backgrounds. It’s a multi-year, multi-level computer science and computational thinking course to get even more Singaporean kids excited about the potential of technology. They're partnering with Singapore’s four ethnic Self-Help Groups—the Chinese Development Assistance Council, Singapore Indian Development Association, The Eurasian Association and Yayasan Mendaki—to hold weekend classes for kids aged 8 to 15, with an equal mix of boys and girls. The program, which starts in early 2017, will be run by 21C Girls and Saturday Kids at four Community Centers around the island for three years. Google’s support for Code in the Community is made possible through their Data Center Community Grants and RISE Awards programs.