Singapore’s URA celebrates 30 years of shaping the nation’s heritage conservation efforts

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) celebrates the 30th anniversary of its Conservation Programme, together with stakeholders and partners at the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Architectural Heritage Awards (AHA) on 21 October 2019.

Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, Desmond Lee,  marked this achievement  by unveiling an exhibition documenting Singapore’s conservation journey, and announcing the winner for this year’s AHA.

The URA’s Conservation Programme has strengthened its outreach to building owners and the heritage community. The goal is to recognise good practices of the professional industry and encourage more building owners to contribute to the heritage landscape. These stakeholders play a crucial role in protecting and sustaining Singapore’s built heritage, being responsible for the physical protection of conserved buildings.

“The support of building owners, the professional industry and the heritage community has been integral to our conservation efforts. Looking back on this journey, we celebrate not just 30 years of hard work, but also 30 years of partnerships, 30 years of trust,” the minister said.

Two projects were honoured for their restoration efforts; Temasek Shophouse, and the residential shophouse at 105 Onan Road. Both these projects were restored with a focus on sustainability, and went the extra mile to promote public enjoyment and understanding of each building’s history. – Construction + Online