Property & Construction Business Group Update - Q1 2015

By Richard Warburton (Arcadis), Chairperson of the Property & Construction Business Group
Singapore celebrates 50 years of independence this year. The speed at which the city-state has developed in this period is testament to the country’s sustained focus on pushing the boundaries and embracing new and innovative thinking.
 
A great example of this can be seen in the recent announcement that Singapore will seek to become the world’s first ‘smart nation.’ As part of this drive, it will aim to build a fully wired infrastructure that enables it to collect data and intelligence that will allow it to deliver better services in a range of areas, including healthcare and transportation, and access to key resources like water and electricity.

 

If Singapore is successful, it will be the first nation to fully connect its entire infrastructure, and will be in a strong position to address some of the major challenges that are affecting many of the world’s most iconic, cities including rapid levels of urbanisation, an aging population, and mobility. Recent ARCADIS research reveals that when measured against three main indices (People, Planet & Profit), Singapore is among the top 10 most sustainable cities in the world and the most environmentally sustainable city in Asia.

 

This will not come as a surprise to anyone who lives or does business in Singapore. However, the study also highlighted the growing challenge facing our cities in the future. With the population of Singapore continuing to grow, the city will need to push the boundaries again over the next 50 years.

 

The government recognises this, and should be commended for the forward-looking plans it has already made. A focus on strengthening both transport and social infrastructure will facilitate more efficient living and enable Singapore to continue to offer its citizens a first-class quality of life.

 

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