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Owner of $14m Sentosa Cove villa sues developer over alleged defects

A $14 million Sentosa Cove dream home turned into an “uninhabitable” nightmare for the owner of the four-storey waterfront villa, who has taken the developer to court to hold it responsible for some 492 alleged defects. Businessman Thio…

Dr M’s ‘crooked bridge’ may be revived, says Johor MB

The Johor state government will be having a meeting with the Singapore government on the possibility of reviving the “crooked bridge” project linking Johor and Singapore. Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian said the meeting, which will be…

Koufu meets Jurong West hawkers over tray-return fees

Hawker Mgmt met at least six hawkers from Jurong West Hawker Centre on Tues who had signed a petition to call for the removal of charges for a tray-return programme. Koufu Group’s chief development officer David Yang told…

AHTC trial: WP’s Low Thia Khiang concedes he did not do the ‘responsible’ thing to check on MA contract

The former secretary-general of WP Low Thia Khiang acknowledged on Tues that he did not check the contract with AHTC previous MA, CPG Facilities Mgmt, before releasing the company from its obligations. This emerged as Mr Low took…

PUB takes contractor to task for polluting Bukit Timah canal with silt from construction site

A contractor will be taken to task for polluting a canal in Bukit Timah with silt, PUB said on Tues. PUB said that it had investigated and confirmed the material discharged into the canal after a heavy downpour…

Surbana Jurong acquires two architectural firms

Surbana Jurong is acquiring two major architectural firms, Canadian firm B+H and Singapore firm SAA Architects, in a move that boosts its ability to take on ambitious projects, particularly in sectors such as healthcare and hospitality. Previous moves…

10 recycling bins later, we find out if Singaporeans actually know what they’re for

2001 was the year Singapore’s cityscape changed. Yet many of us didn’t even realise it at the time. As Singapore entered the new millennium, blue recycling bins started rolling out to every housing estate in accordance with NEA…

Two new nursing homes to open in Bukit Batok, Bukit Panjang by 2020

Two new nursing homes, with a total capacity of 570 beds, will open in Bukit Batok and Bukit Panjang by the end of 2020. The homes, operated by Vanguard Health, will include facilities to cater to patients with…

NEA should not let hawker centre operator get away with setting ‘unfair’ agreements

I find the response from NEA to the petition filed by stallholders at the Jurong West Hawker Centre unsatisfactory, as it fails to address the problem at hand (“Petition lodged by hawkers paying the price for tray returns…

JID to house advanced manufacturing campus

An advanced manufacturing campus where firms can embrace Industry 4.0 capabilities is being curated at JID with more such Factories of the Future (FOF) to be set up in the district over the next two years. Firms will…

Wheelock Properties to be delisted on Oct 18

Wheelock Properties will be delisted on Oct 18, 9am, following the close of the voluntary unconditional general offer earlier in the month by parent Wheelock and Company. At the close of the offer, the parent’s stake stood at…

Record 26 buildings, bridges go purple for special needs community

Enveloped in purple, a record number of 26 buildings and bridges across Singapore will display nightly their support of the special needs community. Yesterday, some of these bricks-and-mortar “supporters” were given a special cheer by a convoy of…

Are pest control firms’ wildlife removal methods regulated?

I read with sadness that the pest control company used the barbaric method of pouring hot water into a pipe to drive a reticulated python out from it (Python bites woman on second floor of HDB block; Oct…

Have a demerit point system for building professionals

Over the past year, I have endured various problems and inconveniences arising from the reconstruction of our neighbour’s house. These included repeated flooding in different parts of our property, the severing of our front lamp post and the…

Too many additional charges in new hawker centre model

Extensive consultations with a wide range of stakeholders in the not-for-profit hawker centre model have shown that the new system is not producing the desired results (Teething problems with new hawker centre model; Oct 14). We need to…

Time to end not-for-profit hawker centre experiment

NEA’s policy innovation with privately managed “social enterprise” hawker centres is an experiment that should be abandoned (Teething problems with new hawker centre model; Oct 14). It is clear that the policy has caused undue hardship for hawkers…

Burger King stops giving plastic straws and lids for dine-in customers

Burger King has followed KFC’s footsteps, and stopped giving plastic straws and lids for cold drinks to its dine-in customers as of Mon. However, customers can still request for them at the fast-food chain’s 42 outlets, while they…

Are buyers eyeing new homes over resale properties?

After home cooling measures were rolled out in July, developer home sales were hit by panic buying and plummeted 63% to 616 units in Aug from the 1,724 units sold in July. By Sept, the worries may have…

Developers gear up for flurry of launches before year-end

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After selling 7,220 private homes in the first nine months, developers are gearing up for a final burst of launch activity before taking the traditional year-end breather. Oxley Holdings is due to begin its preview soon for the…

Singapore’s role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

A race is on globally to see which nations will lead on the digitised, IoT-enabled and data-driven manufacturing front. The overall “readiness” of countries in Asia is relatively high, with digitally savvy workforces and national agendas ranging from…

Analysts keep Keppel REIT at ‘buy’ on more positive rental reversions to come

Analysts have maintained their ‘buy’ calls on Keppel REIT (KREIT) after the latter’s 3Q and 9M results came in broadly in line with their expectations. 3Q18 net property income declined 10.9% y-o-y due to lower contributions from Ocean…

RHB overweight on SREITs despite interest rates worry

RHB is reiterating its “overweight” rating on SREITs, as it believes that selective SREITs still offer value for investors, despite lingering concerns over rising interest rates. In a Tues report, analyst Vijay Natarajan says, “While we do not…

3 developers to ‘add’ as Singapore’s property price momentum slows: CGS-CIMB

CGS-CIMB Research is maintaining its “neutral” stance on Singapore’s property sector post the release of recent URA data, which reflected higher Sept monthly home sales of 944 transactions, up 51% m-o-m and 42% y-o-y. In a Mon report,…

TEE Intl subsidiaries secure new engineering contracts worth $58 mil

TEE Intl’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, PBT Engg and Trans Equatorial Engg, have been awarded new engg contracts worth $58 million to carry out AEI and M&E works for both repeat and new clients. These include PBT’s appointment by CAG…

The changing faces of co-working spaces

When chiropractor Dr Kevin Tomassini opened his own practice earlier this year, he did so in a co-working space – one that provided more than the usual access to a desk, Internet service and power sockets. The space…

Singapore office market poised for steady long-term growth

Office assets in Singapore’s CBD have remained firmly on the radar of investors, who continue to pick up assets at record pricing and compressed yields in 2018. For instance, Twenty Anson and 55 Market St were transacted at…

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