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Bukit Timah Campus wins URA Architectural Heritage Award

05 October 2012

Minister Tan (left) presenting the award to Mr Joseph Mullinix, NUS Deputy President (Administration)

Lauded for its work in restoring, recovering and upgrading of its historic structures, NUS' Bukit Timah Campus is among the five conservation buildings to be presented with the Architectural Heritage Awards 2012 by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Singapore. The award, presented at a ceremony held on 5 October, recognised the campus' efforts in adhering to the quality restoration principles of maximum retention, sensitive restoration and careful repair of its buildings which are listed as national monuments.

Presenting the awards was Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Singapore's Acting Minister for Manpower and Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of National Development. Mr Tan said: "Conservation buildings ultimately are only as good and meaningful as the people who cherish them, restore, maintain and responsibly use them."

Describing Bukit Timah Campus as "a beautifully-restored campus", Mr Tan, who pursued a Master in Public Management at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy on its grounds, said that it continues to inspire its present-day students and enhance the memories of many past cohorts of students.

The Bukit Timah Campus was first the home of Raffles College in 1928 which later became the University of Singapore, the nation's first full-fledged university. The campus' buildings, namely Oei Tiong Ham, Manasseh Meyer, Federal and Eu Tong Sen Blocks, Block A and the Library Block, were gazetted as national monuments.

Today, the campus houses the NUS Faculty of Law, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy as well as various research institutes. The buildings have been adapted for reuse as modern classrooms and lecture theatres equipped with the latest technology.

Established in 1995, the annual Architectural Heritage Awards aim to encourage owners, developers, professionals and contractors to pay attention to quality restoration of their heritage buildings for continued use as well as to promote public awareness and appreciation of quality restoration of monuments and buildings with preservation and conservation status in Singapore. To date, a total of 112 projects have received the Awards.