Friday, October 5, 2012

Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, Subordinate Courts slated for conservation

Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, Subordinate Courts slated for conservation

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Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, Subordinate Courts slated for conservation
SINGAPORE: The Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital in Serangoon Road and the Subordinate Courts in Havelock Road have been slated for conservation.
These buildings will retain their original facade, key architectural and structural characteristics, even as they undergo expansion and restoration works.
The Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital was one of the earliest hospital buildings in Singapore.
Founded in 1910 by a group of Cantonese immigrants for the poor and needy, the hospital has become a landmark in Serangoon Road.
It has also contributed to the well—known Malay name for the area, Rumah Miskin, which means home for the poor.
Deputy director of Conservation Management at the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Mr Kelvin Ang Kah Eng, said: "Once you conserve a building, you conserve the use. It means that continuity of memory, of a place and a space is also conserved. It’s not just a building."
The plan to retain the heritage of these historically—significant buildings was announced by Acting Minister for Manpower and Senior Minister of State for National Development Tan Chuan—Jin on Friday.
Mr Tan also presented the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Architectural Heritage Awards 2012 to five projects for their efforts in restoring and retaining the original architectural character of the buildings.
The winners are a boutique hotel, The Sultan, which was formerly the premises of a printing press; the National University of Singapore Bukit Timah campus; the International Arbitration Centre in Maxwell Road; a pre—war bungalow turned premium furniture gallery, Space Asia Hub, in Bencoolen Street; and a traditional residential home in Joo Chiat Terrace.

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