More NTU campus housing by July 2014
Two new residential halls are designed along sustainability principles and will bring residents closer to the enchantment of living by water’s edge
A view of lush greenery or the tranquil waters is what awaits students and faculty at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) when work on two new residential halls is completed in two years’ time.
NTU has started construction of the two new residential halls this month. The halls are expected to add an additional 1,250 places for students and 30 apartments to house hall fellows, faculty members and their families. The buildings will be ready by July 2014, in time for the academic year 2014-15.
The new halls are the latest addition to the University’s on-campus housing. Eight apartment blocks, resembling Y-shaped tree branches, will be built around a centrally-linked common space that will feature cultural and sports plazas flanked by a recreation pond. Three gazebos will serve as look-out spots along the pond, providing meeting or party spaces by the water. As these will be open spaces, they can also be enjoyed by members of the public.
Located at the corner of Lien Ying Chow Drive and Nanyang Crescent, the halls will be the first buildings that visitors will see upon entering NTU from Pioneer Road North. The $82 million project will also include a 200-seat multipurpose hall, gymnasium, and functional facilities.
The new residential halls are part of NTU’s plan to add 5,000 new hostel places, comprising single and shared rooms, by 2015. Based on current demand projections, this will enable every undergraduate who desires to stay on campus to be able to do so. At present, there are 9,200 places spread over 16 halls of residence. A new graduate hall, to be ready by early 2013, will house an additional 690 places for graduate students, resulting in more than double the current places available. NTU will build an additional six new residential halls by 2015.
Associate Professor Kwok Kian Woon, NTU’s Associate Provost in charge of Student Life said, “The project represents the start of a new growth phase for the University’s on-campus housing since 2006. The two new halls will have more open spaces and more common areas for students of different backgrounds to meet, exchange ideas and know each other better. I am confident that our new residential facilities will strongly appeal to our students’ interests and aspirations, and meet their needs and expectations well into the next decade and beyond.”
Students’ ideas incorporated into design
For the last two years, NTU project managers have been working with the Students’ Union to get their feedback on the design and features of on-campus housing. Among the ideas that were incorporated into the design is the addition of a sports plaza, comprising a half-basketball court, and barbeque pits.
Mr Ramanan Kumarasamy, NTU Students' Union President said, “It is not often that we get to work on such a transformative project. It shows that the University deeply cares for the well-being of its students. As seniors, we really appreciate being given the chance to have our say. Such continuous engagement will enable the University to better anticipate the needs of students in the future.”
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Feisal Abdul Rahman
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Corporate Communications Office
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About Nanyang Technological University
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).
A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.
Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg