Maxwell Chambers wins URA Architectural Heritage Award

SINGAPORE - The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Architectural Heritage Award was presented today to the stately neo-classical Maxwell Chambers located in Tanjong Pagar in recognition for their efforts in heritage building conservation and restoration.

The award presented at a ceremony with guest-of-honour Acting Minister for Manpower and Minister of State for National Development Tan Chuan-Jin, aims to promote quality restoration of monuments and buildings with preservation and conservation status in Singapore.

The former Customs House building clinched the award under Category B for integrated "old" and "new" developments.

URA noted that the four-storey conservation building along Maxwell Road was "impressively refurbished" through an "intriguing fusion of old and new".

Chief executive of Maxwell Chambers Mr Ban Jiun Ean said they took into consideration integrated modern facilities while refurbishing the building. He is deeply appreciative of the award which "recognises that Maxwell Chambers represents a unique blend of old and new."

During the renovation process, they took into consideration of integrating modern dispute resolution facilities with the historic features of the building.

Today, the conservation building prides itself as being the world's first integrated dispute resolution complex with best-of-class hearing facilities. The building has hosted over 400 local and international arbitration hearings since it re-opened in 2009.

It houses 14 custom-designed and fully equipped hearing rooms and 12 preparation rooms used for meetings, seminars and conferences.

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