NEWS: MIC: Building Innovative that leads industry in a new direction
Think of them as building blocks for grown-ups. MIC, Modular Integrated Construction, also known as Precast Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC), is a construction method in which freestanding volumetric modules are manufactured in factories and then transported to the work site. This method is prominently championed by the government of Singapore, who announced in September 2017 that by 2019, 35 percent of new housing projects will be constructed using the MIC method. While the trend has been slower to emerge in Hong Kong due to cost and space limitations involved with off-site construction, MIC is a method that is certainly worth exploring.
With MIC technology, freestanding volumetric modules are manufactured in factories and then transported to the work site to reduce manpower and increase time saved.
MIC explores unlimited possibilities
There are many benefits to using the MIC method when constructing a building. The time needed to construct a high-rise residential building is reduced if the MIC method is used, with the potential to save up to 50 percent of manpower productivity. With more activities moved off-site, levels of dust and noise pollution can also decrease, while the controlled environment of a factory means that site safety is also improved.
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) student dormitories, the first high-rise building adopting MIC technology in Singapore.
One prominent example of P&T Group’s use of the MIC method is the newly constructed Nanyang Technological University (NTU) student dormitories, Singapore’s first high-rise apartment complex built using the method.Comprised of six 13-storey buildings with over 1,600 accommodation units, each building contains three floors of on-site construction, and 10 floors built with MIC technology.
This project mirrors the Singapore Building & Construction Authority’s vision of increasing productivity by combining construction methods with innovative technology. The ground-breaking project has been applauded by the Singapore Building and Construction Authority and has won several industry awards including the BCA Green Mark Platinum 2014, BCA BIM Gold Award 2014 and BCA Universal Design Mark Gold Award 2015 (Design), among others, and has become an industry benchmark for the benefits of the MIC method.
P&T Group’s pioneering design led to the firm working closely on construction projects with the Housing Development Board (Singapore) and private developers using the MIC method, including West Terra @ Bukit Batok public housing project and The Brownstone Condominium.
NEWS: Innovating educational design: A multi-functional campus adapt to students’ needs
Campus design plays a key role in creating an effective learning environment for our next generation. With many years of experience in designing education institutions, P&T Group has adopted the latest design elements in response to Hong Kong’s increasing number of International Baccalaureate (IB) schools, which encourage proactive exploration in collaborative learning, community caring, and intellectual and emotional development. Set to open last month, Malvern College Hong Kong, a P&T project, provides students with a multi-functional campus that maximises the use of space through a vertically conceptualised design. The versatile space enhances students' physical and mental wellbeing, while fostering interpersonal communication and providing a learning environment adaptable to students’ needs.
Multi-functional campus allows students to realise their potential
The IB curriculum encourages both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in all aspects. To meet learning needs in a limited space, P&T designed a multi-purpose grass field on the roof, and a multi-level building encompassing an indoor sports hall, a 25-metre standard swimming pool, an open-plan library, an assembly hall, music rooms and a dance studio. The design encourages students to enjoy both physical and sedentary activities in a high-quality space.
P&T Group has turned Malvern College Hong Kong into a multi-functional campus
Multi-purpose grass field on the roof
Spaciousdesignenhancesstudents’ physical and mental wellbeing
Wall-less design is widely adopted throughout the campus to encourage students to make full use of the spacious learning environment. Students can open glass curtain walls and extra-large, double-leaf doors between classrooms and corridors to enable group study and class activities, while an open-plan library in the atrium can be seen from the hallways outside the classrooms. Joel Chan, Director of P&T Group, believes that the open-plan design not only maximises the use of space, but also allows a spatial environment for indoor activities bringing students from different classes together, as well as to meet students’ growing needs to be seen and valued. "The school suggested the concept of ‘passive surveillance’,” Chan said, “which aims at designing a highly visible area to bring students an open, transparent, and joyful learning environment."
Wall-less design is widely adopted throughout the campus
Co-creating a unique learning environment using information software
P&T Group worked closely with the school during the design process, ensuring the best possible outcome. By using Building Information Modeling(BIM) via the Cloud, the Group shared a 3D design model with the school to facilitate close discussion of each design detail to create the best learning environment. In 2016, the Group was awarded the Autodesk Hong Kong Building Information Modelling Award and the buildingSMART Building Information Modelling Award, recognition of P&T’s dedication to remaining at the forefront of building technology.
NEWS: Collaborate for success: P&T exhibits at Belt and Road Summit 2018
With the presence in over 70 cities across Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, P&T continues to have a positive impact on the living and the economic conditions along the Belt and Road Region. The architecture and engineering firm has ensured its place a key player in this growing region that, by 2050, is forecast to contribute 80 percent of global GDP growth. P&T’s importance to the Belt and Road Region has been recognised with an invitation to exhibit at Belt and Road Summit in June.
P&T’s exhibit at the HKSAR Government Belt and Road Summit
The Belt and Road Summit brought together senior government officials, representatives of international institutions, business leaders and industry experts from countries along the Belt and Road to exchange views on multilateral co-operation and to explore new business opportunities arising from the Initiative.
P&T director Edward Yeung exchanging business cards with an attendee
A P&T representative introduces the Group’s architecture projects to senior government officials, representatives of international institutions, business leaders and industry experts from countries along and beyond the Belt and Road
With an extensive portfolio and dedication to design excellence which dates 150 years, P&T had no shortage of works to exhibit at the Belt and Road Summit, from commercial buildings to hotels, serviced apartments to comprehensive development properties, including two Thailand projects recently awarded at the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2018, Aira One and Laviq Sukhumvit, the award-winning 4 Bourdillon in Lagos, Nigeria, Africa and the upcoming InterContinental Hotel, Mina al Arab, UAE.
Continuous contribution along the Belt and Road
P&T’s presence and impact have become increasingly relevant in the Belt and Road Region. P&T are working closely with leading Vietnam property developer BRG Group to complete several master planning and development projects, including the development of Nhật Tân-Nội Bài, which aims at enhancing socioeconomic development at Hanoi with roads, rails, water supply and other important infrastructure. During the Vietnam-Singapore Business Forum held in April 2018, P&T Group Director Mr. Leung Wai Man signed a Memorandum of Understanding with BRG Group Chairwoman Mdm Nguyễn Thị Nga for further cooperation on future projects.
P&T Group Director Mr. Leung Wai Man (first from the left) and BRG Group Chairwoman Mdm Nguyễn Thị Nga (second from the right)
The ratification took place in the presence of His Excellency Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
P&T Group’s upcoming highlights along the regions include Empower Headquarters in Dubai, UAE, under construction, is a mixed-use property that encompasses a 17-storey, 3-star hotel, 11-storey residential building, 9-storey office building and 3-storey multi-purpose building. P&T was recognised again this year by respected industry publication MEP Middle East as one of the region’s Top 20 consultants in the mechanical, electrical and plumbing field in the region.
With large-scale collaborative projects along the Belt and Road, it is partnerships such as this that will see P&T continue to be a leading player in the ongoing development of the region.
NEWS: Joint HD-ArchSD Departmental Architectural Tour to Malvern College
Housing Department and Architectural Services Department organized a visit tour to our new school project Malvern College Hong Kong Campus, our architects Aaron Chan and Plato Tso gave them a sharing session about the school design concept, as well as a study tour visiting features of the project. It is always our pleasure to share our successful projects to the industry!
NEWS: P&T YOUNG TALENT SHINES AT VENICE BIENNALE 2018
The Venice Biennale of Architecture needs no introduction to those with even a passing interest in the field. The six-month event holds a singular position among the design set, acting as a showcase of ideas from established and emerging architects who represent their home countries on a global stage. For the 16th edition of the event, 94 architects from around the world were selected to take part in the Hong Kong Exhibition Vertical Fabric: density in landscape. As a response to the wider 2018 Biennale theme of freespace, the exhibition frames a discourse of vertical architecture and urbanism, providing Hong Kong’s slender towers a dialogue with the world through the realisation of 111 towers designed by the architects.
P&T encourages its young architects to put forward their brightest ideas as part of an inhouse idea competition, the winner of which has the opportunity to present at the main event in Venice. This opportunity enables young talents to put their fresh and quality ideas into practice. A concept idea called Braided Space proposed by Architect Bella Yang is selected to represent P&T at the Hong Kong Exhibition Pavilion in Venice.
Braided Space: Exploring Highly Adaptive Carbon Fibre
This tower reimagines the traditional typical high-rise as a multi-functional space, with a carbon fibre prefabricated cantilever structural system that allows it to transform to suit new economic, societal, environmental or cultural demands.
P&T representative architect Bella Yang and Chief Curator Professor Wang Weijen were pictured beside P&T exhibit in Venice - Braided Space
The design explores the possibilities of carbon fibre because it is relatively light-weight, durable, non-corroding in nature and efficient in the prefabrication process, which utilises a triaxial braiding machine to elaborate a new material language. The structure itself is comprised of a permanent infrastructure and several fixed carbon fibre cantilevers, to support the slab and glass envelope. The carbon fibre cantilever can be fabricated offsite, and assembled or disassembled at site on demand, meaning the structure itself can be adapted as needed. And such material use thus paves the way for more diversity in urban design.
P&T exhibit in Venice - Braided Space