The Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel in Singapore is expanding and that obviously involves plenty of construction. The twist: A lot of it won’t be taking place at Changi but off-site.
Space constraints in the airport area lead the developers to a new approach which is to assemble the new wing in modules that are prepared off site at a more convenient location.
Maybe you have been to the Crowne Plaza Changi before and remember the style of the building and it’s lush tropical garden and swimming pool. It’s probably one of my favorite airport hotels worldwide even though the rooms are quite compact. Now the hotel decided to expand and is in the process of completing a 10-story extension of the current building.
The Straits Times (access here) highlighted in what fashion this project will be accomplished.
Game-changing construction technology, such as a building method that involves stacking fully-furnished rooms together on-site, is crucial for the future of Singapore’s construction industry, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Thursday. …
The extension is being built using Prefabricated Pre-finished Volumetric Construction (PPVC), which involves building entire units – in this case, hotel rooms – in factory conditions elsewhere, then assembling them on-site.
This technology also helped overcome constraints of the building site, noted Ms Irene Meta, senior vice-president of development and projects at OUE Limited, the developer of the project.
The extension site was very small with limited access due to its location within the airport. But the PPVC method meant that fewer vehicle trips were required and less work needed to be done there, making it ideal for the project. Assembly of the modules is also quieter than conventional methods, which means less disturbance for hotel guests. …
This cuts the time taken on-site from installing the first room till completion to four months, compared to 12 months using conventional methods.
For sure this method will vastly speed up the process and at the same time keep the on-site disturbance for guests and airport facilities at a minimum. On top of it it can be done much faster.
I have encountered pre-manufactured rooms, especially bathrooms, in Japan and compared to traditionally built structure it feels a bit different. Not uncomfortable but just different, you know when you step and the floor or knock on the wall and it sounds hollow.
Anything that keeps renovation and building works at a fast pace and minimum distraction level is fine in my book. I used the CP Changi a lot about 6 years ago but recently I’ve only been staying once or twice a year. I’m looking forward to see what came out of this project and how the new rooms compare to the old ones.