Three old schools to be conserved

Three former school buildings are to be conserved. They are the former Chong Cheng School at Aliwal Street, the former Anglo-Chinese School at Cairnhill Road and the modern block of the former St Anthony’s Convent at Middle Road.

Minister of State for National Development, Mr Lee Yi Shyan said although the schools have moved to other locations, the buildings, with their distinctive facades, remain familiar and memorable landmarks.

He said the three schools will add to the over 7,000 buildings that have been conserved all across Singapore since 1989.

Mr Lee was speaking at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Architectural Heritage Awards ceremony on Monday at Clifford Pier Building.

The 78-year-old Pier is also one of 7,000 conserved buildings.

Mr Lee said have it’s no mean feat for Singapore to have this number of conserved buildings, given its small size and rapid pace of development.

He said it forms part of the effort to preserve “shared memory”, which Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke on in his National Day Rally speech this year.

The URA Architectural Heritage Awards aims to promote and inspire quality restoration of preserved monuments and conserved buildings in Singapore.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 3 Oct 2011

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