Record number of 177 submissions received for Skyrise Greenery Awards 2017
08 Nov 2017
The National Parks Board (NParks) received a record number of 177 submissions for the Skyrise Greenery Awards (SGA) in 2017, 40% more than the 123 submissions received in 2015. This underscores the increasing importance developers and building owners place on skyrise greenery as an innovative form of greening in a highly urbanised and land-scarce setting like Singapore.
Submissions from building owners, developers, architects, landscape architects and consultants, were assessed across five categories: Commercial/ Industrial, Community Facility, Educational Institution, Residential (Multi-Units), and Residential (Small-Scale).
Fourteen developments will receive the Skyrise Greenery Awards 2017, with Kampung Admiralty being recognised as an “Outstanding Project”. The integrated development, which brings together a mix of public facilities and services under one roof, is an excellent example of how greenery can be incorporated into community facilities. With its “Vertical Kampung” design concept, the development is zoned into three tiers - retail shops and a community plaza occupy the lower stratum, a hawker centre and medical centre are sited in the mid stratum, and two HDB blocks comprising elderly-friendly flats with community spaces such as eldercare and childcare facilities with a Community Park are located on the upper stratum. Lush and pervasive greenery cascading from the rooftop and throughout the entire development provides visual relief for both visitors within the building, as well as residents in neighbouring residential blocks. An edible garden plot on the topmost roof offers an essential communal focal point for residents and building tenants to engage with one another and share their passion for gardening. In addition, wheelchair accessible planter boxes have been incorporated into the community garden, making the garden a more inclusive one. For more information about the recipients of the Skyrise Greenery Awards 2017, please refer to Factsheet A.
“Developers and building owners who adopt skyrise greenery play an important role in enhancing our City in a Garden vertically through innovative green architecture. The Skyrise Greenery Awards seek to highlight outstanding local developments that have sky gardens and vertical greenery creatively and seamlessly integrated into their building projects,” said Dr Leong Chee Chiew, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of National Parks Board and Commissioner of Parks and Recreation.
The winners will receive their awards from Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development at the opening ceremony of the GreenUrbanScape Asia and International Skyrise Greenery Conference 2017 at the Singapore Expo on 9 November 2017.
At the event, 14 developments will also receive the Landscape Excellence Assessment Framework (LEAF) certification. Mr Lee will be presenting plaques to three new developments and 11 existing developments in recognition of their excellence in greenery provision and management. Among these developments, SkyParc@Dawson, Eco Sanctuary, The Glades and NUS Ventus will be recognised as Outstanding Projects. These developments have set new benchmarks in urban greenery provision, landscape management and biodiversity enhancement. For more information about the LEAF-certified developments, please refer to Factsheet B.
NUS Ventus, which was carefully designed around several mature trees and built to seamlessly integrate its natural surroundings, boasts a prominent green wall in addition to a diverse planting palette which attracts a wide range of biodiversity. A community garden on its rooftop allows staff to engage with one another through a shared passion for gardening. Ventus will receive both the Skyrise Greenery Award and LEAF Certification, and is the only development to be given both accolades this year.
Recipients of the Skyrise Greenery Awards 2017
- Kampung Admiralty (Community Facility)
- Oasia Hotel Downtown (Commercial/ Industrial)
- NUS Ventus (Educational Institution)
- OUE Twin Peaks (Multi-Units Residential)
- The Farm at One Farrer (Edible Garden)
- Taman Jurong Zone D RC (Edible Garden)
- Eco-Community Garden at Our Tampines Hub (Edible Garden)
- NTUC Health Nursing Home (Jurong West) (Therapeutic Garden)
- Ren Ci @ Bukit Batok St 52 (Therapeutic Garden)
- Banyan Home @ Pelangi Village (Community Involvement)
- SP Agri Farm (Community Involvement)
- Sentosa Express (Public Infrastructure)
- Bukit Batok West Shopping Centre (Public Infrastructure)
- Shell Tampines Ave 2 (Public Infrastructure)
LEAF-Certified Developments 2017
- The Brownstone
- Eco Sanctuary*
- The Hillier and hillV2
- ITE College East
- Jewel @ Buangkok
- Taxi Deck @ Changi Airport
- The Glades*
- The Siena
- NUS Ventus*
- Yale-NUS College
Factsheet A: Skyrise Greenery Awards 2017
Factsheet B: Landscape Excellence Assessment Framework
Factsheet C: Skyrise Greenery in Singapore