ConstructionPlusAsia News: URA preservation-revitalisation and redevelopment projects

The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, visited the Urban Renewal Authority (URA)’s preservation-revitalisation project 618 Shanghai Street in Mong Kok and the Peel Street/Graham Street Development Scheme project in Central on 9 January 2020 to learn more about their latest developments.

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ConstructionPlusAsia News: Construction Year in Review & Forecast Indonesia 2019

In 2020, the national total of construction starts (building and civil projects, excluding oil and gas) is predicted to experience a contraction of -5.50 per cent compared to 2019.

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ConstructionPlusAsia News: Singapore’s Construction Sector Grew by 2.1 per cent in 4Q 2019

Singapore’s economy grew by 0.8 per cent on a year-on-year basis in the fourth quarter of 2019, extending its 0.7 per cent growth in the previous quarter.

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Author: Nirmal Kishnani

This book unpacks misconceptions about sustainability, and examines the designer’s role in bridging human-made and natural systems. The 16 built projects featured here bear testimony to an ecological worldview. Each is an extraordinary act of ecopuncture that aims to better its world in different ways, and for different reasons. This book is a resource for theorists, researchers, policymakers, planners, developers, and designers. It has 432 pages featuring projects from India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Republic of China and Vietnam.

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Singapore’s Construction Industry Grew by 2.9 per cent in 3Q 2019

Singapore’s GDP grew by 0.5 per cent on a year-on year basis in the third quarter of 2019, slightly higher than the 0.2 per cent growth in the previous quarter. On a quarter-on-quarter seasonally-adjusted annualised basis, the economy expanded by 2.1 per cent, a turnaround from the 2.7 per cent contraction in the preceding quarter.

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20 March 2020: BCI Equinox Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Date: 20 March 2020
Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Venue: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

BCI Equinox is a series of evening boutique exhibitions held across Asia designed to connect architects, interior designers and design specifiers with product suppliers.

Unlike the larger tradeshows and exhibitions, the more intimate and relaxed environment of BCI Equinox means specifiers can easily engage with suppliers and manufacturers over drinks and canapés whilst discovering the latest in new building product innovations.

  • Free for architects, interior designers and design specifiers to attend
  • Held in major cities across Asia: Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia
  • Each event runs for 2 to 3 hours
  • Features a variety of exhibitors
  • Drinks and canapés are provided throughout the event
  • Entertainment – for added fun, at each event we like to include something different in the form of entertainment to keep our guests guessing. This could be a dazzling light show or an unsuspecting flash mob – you won’t know until you go.

To see what BCI Equinox is like, click here to see our time lapse video from an Equinox event in Asia.

Johor – Singapore RTS link agreement to be signed by April 2020

In May 2019, Singapore and Malaysia signed a supplementary agreement to suspend the construction of the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link Project until 30 September and an additional of one-month extension to the suspension until end of October 2019.

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Singapore’s URA celebrates 30 years of shaping the nation’s heritage conservation efforts

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) celebrates the 30th anniversary of its Conservation Programme, together with stakeholders and partners at the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Architectural Heritage Awards (AHA) on 21 October 2019.

Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, Desmond Lee,  marked this achievement by unveiling an exhibition documenting Singapore’s conservation journey, and announcing the winner for this year’s AHA.

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29 November 2019: RICS Real Estate Investment-Risk Management Summit 2019

Event:  RICS Real Estate Investment-Risk Management Summit 2019

Date: 29 November 2019 (Friday)
Fee: From HK$1,400
Registration enquiry: Ms Karina Cheung (
Sponsor enquiry: Ms Karina Cheung (  Mr Peter Au (

After a decade of expansion, Asia’s real estate markets are facing rising headwinds. Increases in barriers to trade, uncertainty and debt are all contributing headwinds. As traditional lenders face more stringent regulations, alternative forms of financing have emerged to fill the void, resulting in different types of risk.

Combined with interest rates that appear to be “lower for longer”, the competition for assets in Asia Pacific’s established real estate hubs has intensified. Some market participants have reacted by altering their risk appetites, looking towards new locations and alternative assets in their search for yield. When paired with more balance between west and east in the global economic order, this appears to have resulted in a change in the established patterns of capital flows.

Our expert speakers will explore investment strategies in the real estate asset class, its place in multi-asset portfolios, as well as allocations between traditional and alternative real estate assets.

Highlighted topics

Session one: The global economic outlook

  • The macroeconomic and geopolitics shaping Hong Kong’s market
  • RICS Global Monitor: International real estate investment market analysis

Session two: Risk management in real estate investment

  • Challenges faced by CIOs and risk departments in real estate investment
  • Emerging risks for 2020 and beyond

Session three: Utilising data and technologies to inform investment

  • Availability and accuracy of data and its importance to investment
  • Panel discussion: the application of FinTech in property investment

Session four: A shifting investment landscape and real estate’s place within it

  • Hong Kong’s investor appetite – changes and opportunities
  • Panel Discussion: Diversification with the real estate investment class


5 November 2019: Green Building Award 2019

Green Building Award 2019 – Award Presentation Dinner

Date: 5 November 2019 (Tuesday)
Venue: JW Marriott Ballroom, Level 3, JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
6:30pm – 7:30pm    Cocktail Reception |
7:30pm – 10:30pm   Dinner and Award Presentation Ceremony

The Green Building Award is jointly organised by the Professional Green Building Council (PGBC) and the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC). Inaugurated by PGBC in 2006, the Award aims to provide recognition to building-related projects and organisation with outstanding performance and contributions in sustainability and the built environment and also to transform the mainstream market towards wider adoption of sustainable planning, design, construction, management, operation, maintenance, renovation and decommissioning of buildings.

With the theme of ‘Inspiring the Next Generation • Excellence in Sustainable Built Environment’, the Green Building Award 2019 (GBA 2019) with an award presentation dinner will be held on 5 November this year. We are most honoured to have the presence and participation of Mr Michael WONG Wai-lun, Secretary for Development as the Guest-of-Honour and Honorary Advisor and Mr WONG Kam-sing, Secretary for Environment as Special VIP Guest of the Dinner.

Please visit  to learn more about the Award!