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More sites to be tendered for integrated prefab facilities in Singapore

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Opening of the SEF Spacehub, an Integrated Construction and Prefabrication Hub that makes precast concrete components in a high-tech way.

SEVERAL state land tenders for the development of multi-storey integrated prefabrication facilities will be rolled out over the next four years as the Singapore government continues its productivity push for the construction sector.

The government aims to have about 10 "integrated construction and prefabrication hubs" (ICPHs) operational by 2020, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Lee Yi Shyan said on Wednesday, adding that four land tenders for ICPHs have already been launched.

He was speaking at the official opening for SEF SpaceHub at Kaki Bukit, which was the first ICPH public tender that the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) awarded. The second public tender was also at Kaki Bukit, awarded to Straits Construction, while the third went to Soil-Build. The fourth tender is still "ongoing", Mr Lee added.

The proposed lease term for the ICPH sites will be 30 years, the BCA said in a statement.

Mr Lee said in his speech that construction site productivity has "steadily improved" at an average of 1.4 per cent per year over the past four years, with productivity going up 2 per cent in 2014 from the previous year.

He added that he would use public projects and government land sales to "encourage" the local construction industry to use more prefabricated prefinished volumetric construction (PPVC) and prefabricated bathroom units.

SEF SpaceHub project director Raymond Chan said the facility was "probably the most integrated precast facility in the world" and has the world's tallest fully automated racking system for storing prefabricated components.

The facility also includes a five-storey precast concrete components production factory, a four-storey office, a seven-storey workers' dormitory and a concrete batching plant with underground storage.