The BBR Group is well-positioned to meet the urbanisation challenge in South East Asia with its ability and proven track record to combine innovative engineering with specialist know-how in the built-environment. It has business presence in key markets in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.
First listed on the Singapore SESDAQ in 1997, it was subsequently upgraded to the Mainboard in September 2006. With a market capitalisation of over S$80 million, it stands as a reliable and trusted business partner for both general and specialised construction projects in both public and private sectors in Singapore and the region.
Incorporated in Singapore on 7 July 1993, BBR Holdings (S) Ltd (the “Group”) was established in partnership with the Swiss-based BBR Bureau (later known as BBR Holding Ltd, Switzerland) (“BBR”).
The origin of BBR can be traced back to 1944 when three Swiss engineers, Max Birkenmaier, Antonio Brandestini and Mirko Robin Ros, explored the efficiencies that can be achieved by using pre-tensioned reinforcement for concrete support girders. The main benefit was that pre- or post-tensioned concrete slabs would require less concrete than traditionally reinforced slabs but yet could perform the same structural function. Since then, BBR has developed a complete range of pre-stressing and post-tensioning systems, ground anchors and stay cable anchorages, covering all structural engineering applications. Throughout the decades, BBR has constantly updated itself to meet market requirements and operated successfully on the international scene. BBR and its affiliated companies, joint-ventures and franchisees (collectively referred to as the “BBR Network”) provides state-of-the-art technologies and engineering solutions worldwide in a wide variety of structures, such as bridges, buildings, marine structures, tanks, towers and in all types of geotechnical applications, spanning some 50 countries from around the world.
BBR VT International Ltd, the technical headquarters of the BBR Network located in Switzerland, is a company formed by BBR together with equity participation by some members of the BBR Network to facilitate the technical development of BBR’s technologies and to regulate the licensee arrangements entered into between the Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary, BBR Construction Systems Pte Ltd and the BBR VT International Ltd, allowing the Group right to use the technology and trademarks granted under the franchisee agreement and to use the “BBR” brand name in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam for a term of five years.
In 1999, the Group added Property Development as one of its business segments with a focus on developing residential properties. The projects undertaken by the Property Development division include Lush on Holland Hill, a freehold condominium development with 12-storey blocks, Bliss @Kovan, a freehold site to be developed into a five-storey condominium development consisting of 140 units, Nassim Hill, a freehold development comprising 16 triplex units with basement carparks, and Lake Life, a proposed development for 546 units of executive condominium on a 99-yaer leasehold land at Yuan Ching/Tal Ching Road, Jurong.
In 2001, the Group strengthened its general construction capabilities with the acquisition of Singapore Piling & Civil Engineering Private Limited (“SPACE”), and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Singa Development Pte Ltd (“Singa”). SPACE was incorporated in 1970 and is registered with the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (“BCA”) under the “A1” classification for both General Building (CW01) and Civil Engineering (CW02) since 1984. “A1” is the highest classification of registration under the BCA that enables SPACE to tender public sector contracts of unlimited value.
In 2013, the Group established a new Green Technology division to carry out system integration and distribution of renewable energy.
Our Competitive Strength
Strong Track Record
The Group’s capabilities in combining innovative engineering with specialist know-how is reflected in the projects which the Group has undertaken. The Group’s flexibility in serving varied client needs has enabled the Group to develop different market niches. Projects completed by the Group come from both public and private sectors, and include industrial buildings, factories and warehouses, national institutions, places of worship, office buildings, commercial complexes, infrastructure, shopping centres, and residential buildings.
Notable projects completed by the Group over the years include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters Complex, Asian Civilisation Museum at Empress Place, Tampines Mall, Upper Serangoon Viaduct, PUB Deep Tunnel Sewerage System, People’s Association Headquarters, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple, HDB Dew Spring at Yishun, Singapore Island Country Club, Bridge BR8 in Putrajaya, Malaysia and Industrial Ring Road Project in Bangkok, Thailand.
Access to Latest Technical Know-How via the BBR Network
The Group is part of the Swiss-based BBR Network which is reputed for its high-technology engineering and construction excellence for the past few decades. As a member of the BBR Network, the Group is able to access the latest technical know-how and resources and participate in the exchange of information within the global network.
With its headquarters in Switzerland, the BBR Network is recognised as one of the leading group of specialised engineering contractors in the field of post-tensioning, stay cable, geotechnical and construction engineering. BBR technologies have been applied worldwide in a wide variety of structures, such as bridges, buildings, marine structures, tanks, towers and in all types of geotechnical applications.
Expertise in High Specification Construction Methods
The Group has been able to deliver a wide range of project specifications, which enable it to develop its niche in the infrastructure market as well as in the building and construction industry. The Group is able to offer its customers sophisticated and innovative construction engineering solutions, thereby securing new project wins in general construction, many of which are from repeat customers.
Via the BBR Network, the Group has access to the latest engineering and construction technology and engineering methods. Combined with techniques developed locally for the regional markets, the Group’s strong expertise and vast experience in specialised engineering has enabled it to secure landmark projects such as the construction of the Pulau Sekati Bridge at Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.
The Group’s strength in bored piling in the area of specialised engineering is also widely recognised in the building and construction industry. Where foundation piling works are required, the Group’s expertise in bored piling has been extensively applied in condominium and commercial building projects as well as general construction projects undertaken by the Group, such as Fusionopolis Phase 5, the National Art Gallery and the construction of HDB flats.
The Group strives to maintain its competitive edge through enhancing its proprietary technology, cost effectiveness and greater efficiency in project management.
Established Brand Name
The BBR brand name is an established one through 20 years of industry experience and is well-recognised as one of the leading specialised engineering contractors in the field of post-tensioning, stay cables and related construction engineering.
The Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Singapore Piling & Civil Engineering Private Limited, is recognised as one of the most reputable general contractors in Singapore and has more than 40 years of experience in construction. It is also graded “A1” by BCA in the Contractors Registration System for General Building as well as Civil Engineering categories which allows it an unlimited tendering limit. Singa Development Pte Ltd, incorporated in 1979, and another wholly-owned subsidiary of the Group, has a “A2” and “B2” registration with the BCA for General Building and Civil Engineering, respectively.
The Group has also won a number of awards and accolades such as the Green and Gracious Builder Star Award, Construction Excellence Award, Construction Productivity Award and Quality Mark (QM) Star Award awarded by the BCA for Lush on Holland Hill, a property developed by the Group.
Business that Complement One Another
The Group is able to leverage on its experience and expertise in the fields of general construction and specialised engineering to deliver a one-stop service to its customers and its own property development arm. The Group possesses the in-house expertise and equipment to provide services which complement the general construction business.
In addition, the property development business of the Group is able to benefit from the Group’s experience in general building works and relationships established with sub-contractors and suppliers from its other business segments to achieve better cost effectiveness.
Experienced and committed Management Team
The Group has a strong management team with more than 30 years of experience on average in the industries which the Group operates in. The Group’s Chief Executive Office and Executive Director, Mr. Tan Kheng Hwee Andrew, and who is also a founding member of the Group, has been instrumental to the growth and development of the Group. The Group’s management team has an in-depth knowledge of the industry and business and has over the years built up invaluable business relationships with key players within the industry. Led by a dynamic and hands-on management team, the Group believes it is able to maintain its competitive edge in the highly competitive business environment in which it operates.