Governmental push for greater efficiency and effectiveness in land-use planning has led to a rise in mixed-use developments designed with a live-work-play concept in Singapore. Moving towards construction productivity as well, the combination of the two has presented the unique opportunity of using Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) in mixed-use building types such as The Woodleigh Residences and The Woodleigh Mall.
The development integrates with the existing Woodleigh MRT Station and houses 28,000sqm of retail, 11 residential towers of 11-storey each, a 6,000sqm community club and a 2,100sqm Neighbourhood Police Centre. Its 667 dwelling unit types are achieved through the use of 2,360 PPVC modules. To navigate the tight site and construction complexities, forward planning strategically set the residential towers in a horse-shoe configuration. This opened up a tower-free central zone during construction which enabled critical manoeuvring of crawler cranes to safely launch and install the PPVC modules. It also functions as temporary space for PPVC storage, thereby reducing interruption to the construction process.
To further minimise the impact on its natural environs while maximising views of the landscaped surrounds, the architectural scheme set the podium back from the conserved trees and adopted a curvilinear form to accommodate the tree crowns. A stormwater treatment system is also integrated; channelling run-off via an extensive network of drains using gravity feed. Concealed by lush landscaping which enhances the living environment and communal spaces, the design leverages biophilic elements to ensure only filtered stormwater is discharged from the development into Alkaff Lake.