In December 2014, we completed the relocation of Roche Diagnostics Asia Pacific headquarters from Central Plaza to Aperia, a new BCA Green Mark Platinum building located within the Kallang industrial development in Singapore.
Appointed in April 2014, we provided full project management and cost management services from inception through to completion. Our role included management of authority approvals, communications, design, procurement, contracts, landlord and stakeholder liaison, change, construction as well as migration of 300 staff from the former 40,000sqft office to the new premises, and the reinstatement of the Central Plaza office.
The new 61,000sqft headquarters boasts a regional training centre, combinable meeting rooms and pantries for town hall functions, discussion areas, 12,000sqft of laboratories and workshop spaces, along with AccuChek Extra Care Customer Service for diabetic patients.
The laboratories and workshop spaces come with combinable configurations for training and exhibition modes that meet with the complex technical requirements for medical diagnostics equipment, consumables, and reagents preparation and testing. Designated storage areas including hardware storage, cold storage for different types of diagnostic reagents and high-security spare parts storage were also fitted out in the relevant laboratories and workshops.
Working in close collaboration with the client, the project was monitored rigorously every step of the way, identifying critical milestones to avoid potential risks and developing mitigation strategies for a successful completion. Examples included strict tracking and proactive management of procurement processes to ensure timely delivery of long lead items such as the 400 height adjustable workstations and the AV and IT equipment including the meeting room booking system. This was all done in line with compliance to their corporate Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) requirements and implementation of Environmental Monitoring Systems to monitor leakage in water systems and high temperature in server rooms.
A rigorous change control process was also implemented by our team to keep the budget intact and works on track. This involved setting up the change management system and pre-set protocols like procurement plans, tracking of design issues and construction micro-schedules to ensure risks were effectively managed.
Our team worked seamlessly throughout the project, overcoming all challenges whilst ensuring a smooth delivery despite its aggressive timeline. We have developed an excellent working relationship with the client over the months and look forward to more partnerships in the near future.