February 2013|ISSUE 4
From the Ground Up

By Siti Rohanah Koid

A true privilege and a once-in-a lifetime opportunity, says Anthony Seah of the chance to chair the inaugural LKCMedicine Campus Development and Infrastructure Committee, tasked to guide the planning and development of the LKCMedicine campus.

As Chief of Technical Services at CapitaLand Limited, the veteran builder and trained engineer is no stranger to architectural plans, material sample boards, piling works and authority approvals. But to be given the chance to steer the construction of Singapore’s newest medical school is something Seah
is thrilled about.

“The dual campus will be a landmark in Singapore’s education landscape. What is starkly unique is the campus will blend the old and new, reflective of Singapore’s own history. We have the School’s headquarters sited in a conserved 1900s building, providing the anchor to the School’s newly
built Clinical Sciences Building, a modern towering block. Also, its Novena campus is located in central Singapore, a return of sorts to Singapore’s previous medical hub,” says Seah.

Mr Anthony Seah

Seah is humble though about his role in building from the ground up, a state-of-the- art campus for Singapore’s future doctors.

“Credit must go to the committee members, forward-looking people who are single-minded about building the best campus for Singapore’s new generation of doctors.

“Our mandate is clear. We need to build a learner-centred campus that is modern and distinctive, that supports TBL plugged into mobile learning and that facilitates vital research activities that will not only
improve the lives of Singaporeans, but also redefine the future of medicine and healthcare as we know it today. The committee is privileged to be contributing to this development.”

Campus Development and Infrastructure Committee

Many would agree that building the LKCMedicine campus presents many steep challenges. Chief among them is the speed at which the campus is needed. Another is to construct new facilities in a
built-up area. A third challenge is to revive an antiquated building which holds plenty of fond memories for Singapore’s old generation of doctors. Of the three, Seah finds the last challenge most fulfilling.

“Block 107 presented the very rare challenge of injecting new life into what was once a beautiful building with distinct pre-war architecture. There were the elegant columns, foundation stone, wall
skirting, door frames and lattice windows from the 1900s, mostly in original condition but weather-beaten. The builders are to restore these historic features, even mimic their design elsewhere in the HQ building to complete the look, but while ensuring the modern corporate and educational needs of the School are met. I’m glad to report that the architects have managed to find the right balance,” Seah concludes.