Project: Marina Bay Financial Centre Singapore
Over the space of ten years, Marina Bay Financial Centre in Singapore has literally risen from the seabed. For this masterpiece of sustainable design, Kaba has provided a very robust solution in building security.
Marina Bay is not just any old quarter in any old city. It is the most modern quarter of one of the world’s most exciting cities – the new face of Singapore. And at its heart is the recently completed financial complex, with its three towers, designed with sustainability in mind, gleaming impressively in the sunlight. In these monuments to “green architecture”, Kaba was responsible for installing the access control solutions.
Amongst the outstanding landmarks of the new center of Singapore are the three towers of Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC). They were designed by world famous architectural practice Kohn Pedersen Fox. The towers provide a total of approx 3 million ft2 of top-class office space, 1 million ft2 of residential space offering 649 luxury apartments, and over 176,000 ft2 of space for retailers. The development has attracted major banks such as Standard Chartered, which has set up Asia’s largest trading room in the complex extending across 500,000 ft2. Wellington International Management Co. have also moved in, as well as law firm Baker + McKenzie.
Belts and braces
Kaba Singapore was commissioned to install the master key system based on quattro pluS cylinders in all three towers. This solution is particularly well suited to systems with large locking plans. The keys have both a mechanical element and an electronic verification component. This means that a chip is fitted into the top of the key which checks user authorization when the key is inserted into a lock. If a user has had their access authorization withdrawn, the key will no longer work – the electronic component overrides the mechanical element.
Further, Argus HSB-02 sensor barriers with third-party badge readers provide for secure access to the building through ten lanes in Tower 1 and twelve lanes in Tower 2. The solution installed enables the facilities management team to secure the premises round the clock whilst giving visitors and tenants ease of access. An important advantage of both systems is that the facilities management staff can inspect all access rights with a few clicks of the mouse and amend them quickly and easily on their PC. If, for instance, a member of staff loses their badge, it can be blocked immediately on the computer by facilities management and the member of staff will be given a new badge loaded with their access rights. Kaba Singapore recently has been awarded for the second phase of MBFC.