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Prefab childcare centre built in just 4 1/2 months

Prefab method a quick fix amid surging demand for such facilities

Published on Jan 8, 2014 8:12 AM
 
The My First Skool childcare centre at Block 269, Compassvale Link, is believed to be the first such facility to be built using prefabricated components. Parts, such as walls or doors, are assembled elsewhere, then transported to the construction site to be installed. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

First, it was HDB flats. Now, childcare centres are also being built more quickly via prefabrication in a move to ease the supply crunch.

NTUC First Campus, the biggest childcare operator here, has recently built a childcare centre in Sengkang by a method that has been used for decades to help shave the time to construct flats.

The childcare centre - believed to be the first such facility to use the prefabrication method - was finished in just 41/2 months.

It would have taken six to eight months to build if conventional methods were used, contractors estimate.

 
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Background story

WORKING SMART

(Prefabrication) is one of the efficient and economical ways to go if we want to ramp up childcare places rapidly.

- Dr Ho Nyok Yong, president of the Singapore Contractors Association