Creating Tomorrow’s Industry Spaces
In the 1960s, to kickstart Singapore’s industrialisation drive, JTC was given the daunting task to transform Jurong’s swampland into a successful industrial township. Over the years, as the focus shifted towards high technology and subsequently knowledge-based economy, projects like Jurong Island and one-north were conceptualised to house key growth industries. To support the future economy, JTC has continued to develop innovative and future-ready solutions.
JTC’s facilities aim to cluster companies together to encourage more collaboration among them, and provide shared infrastructure and common services to help industrialists reduce their capital and operating costs.
Some of these developments include the JTC Food Hub @ Senoko, trendSpace and JTC nanoSpace @ Tampines. We also developed the JTC LaunchPad @ one-north, which houses 800 start-ups and 50 enablers.
Master-developing Workplaces of the Future
Today, with the progress towards Industry 4.0 and the advent of digital technology such as big data and the internet of things will not only transform the way we work, but also shape the work spaces of the future.
In response to this shift, JTC is masterplanning and developing new, future-ready estates such as the Jurong Innovation District and Punggol Digital District, which will offer a vibrant and seamlessly connected environment that is conducive for the workforce of the future.
The Jurong Innovation District (JID) is a next generation district that will host smart factories, provide new platforms for innovation, and facilitate cross-industry collaboration. The district will also be a living lab where the latest ideas and technologies will be test-bedded and deployed; catalysing new, cutting edge industry clusters and providing a platform for creation and discovery.
Situated within Punggol North, the Punggol Digital District (PDD) will be a vibrant mixed-use business district which is integrated with the new Singapore Institute of Technology campus. Housing key growth industries such as digital and cyber security, PDD aims to foster strong collaborations between industry and academia, as well as facilitate test-bedding and prototyping of new innovations. The District will feature green links to the waterfront, as well as public spaces for the community to gather and enjoy, providing an attractive work-live-learn-play environment.
Driving Innovation, Productivity and Sustainability
With JTC’s involvement across the whole development value chain from planning and design to construction and facilities management, we have been looking at how we can do things better, faster and more sustainably to address challenges like productivity and manpower constraints, as well as rising costs. As such, we have been test-bedding, developing and adopting innovative technologies and processes that will enhance construction productivity and facilities management in our estates and developments.
JTC has worked with partners such as NTU, local startups and private companies to develop robots that will help us build and manage our facilities more productively, and to eliminate workplace safety risks. One such robot is PictoBot, an autonomous robot that can spray-paint the interiors of industrial buildings, saving time and manpower while improving safety. The other is the QuicaBot, a building inspector robot that can move autonomously to scan a room in about half the time taken for manual inspection.