Dragages Singapore: ‘Game-changer’ in modular construction

Standing at 140m tall, the 40-storey towers of The Clement Canopy are the world’s tallest concrete modular towers using PPVC modules (Picture: Dragages Singapore)
Standing at 140m tall, the 40-storey residential twin towers of The Clement Canopy private condominium at Clementi Avenue 1 are considered the world’s tallest concrete modular towers using prefabricated prefinished volumetric construction (PPVC) method. The towers contain a total of 505 residential units that were fully sold and completed in 1Q2019. The keys have been handed over to the owners, and some residents have already moved in.
Jointly developed by Singapore-listed UOL Group and United Industrial Corp (UIC), The Clement Canopy was completed about six months ahead of the original schedule of 4Q2020.
Using the conventional construction method, the towers would have taken 30 to 36 months to complete. With the PPVC method, construction time is reduced to 24 to 30 months, which means a 20-30% time-saving, said Pierre-Eric Saint-André, deputy CEO for Bouygues Bâtiment International and CEO for Asia Pacific at a press conference in Singapore on June 27.
(From left) Khor Yew Chai, director of PPVC Dragages Singapore; Pierre-Eric Saint-André, deputy CEO for Bouygues Bâtiment International and CEO for Asia Pacific; and Julien Esch, managing director of Dragages Singapore (Picture: Samuel Isaac Chua/EdgeProp Singapore)
Considered a world leader in modular construction, Bouygues Bâtiment International is the parent company of Dragages Singapore, the construction firm that built The Clement Canopy. Bouygues Bâtiment International is a subsidiary of Paris-headquartered French industrial group, Bouygues Construction, which was founded in 1952. It had 129,000 employees as at 2017, with group turnover and income of €12.4 billion and €1.5 billion respectively in 2018.

Cost savings and scale

Since November 2014, Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has stipulated that selected sites offered in the Government Land Sales (GLS) programme need to adopt the use of PPVC for at least 65% of the total constructed floor area within residential developments.
For instance, four sites offered for sale under the GLS programme this year came with a PPVC requirement. These were the private condo site at Clementi Avenue 1, where a joint venture between UOL and UIC emerged as the...