Restoring St James Power Station, one brick at a time

The conservation building is one of this year’s architectural heritage award winners

HOW do you treat a building that is nearly a century old? With much patience and tender loving care.

That was what the team at W Architects did when it was commissioned by Mapletree Investments to restore St James Power Station. 

Opened in 1927, the power station was designed by municipal architect Alexander Gordon to meet the growing industrial and domestic needs for electricity.

For the restoration project, W Architects also worked with Studio Lapis, an architectural heritage conservation firm.

Ho Weng Hin, Studio Lapis’ founder partner, says one of the biggest challenges of the project was restoring the fair-faced brickwork on an unprecedented scale – which quickly became rather taxing for...



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