JTC has revolutionised its standard factory development with a new product concept that is 3-storey high and utilises a smaller footprint. Targeted at the Small and Medium Enterprises, the Small Footprint (SFP) Standard Factory units have floor areas ranging from 700 to 1,400 square metres, achieving a plot ratio of 1.19.
Traditionally, industrialists were often resistant to the use of multi-storey standard factory, citing material handling as a challenge. In developing this new concept, JTC has placed strong emphasis on the functionality and efficiency of the movement of materials within the factories. The factories incorporate many structural provisions, such as bolting points and removable concrete slabs, to enable different material handling systems of up to two tons, to be easily installed by the user without needing to modify the building structure. The structural provisions and the choice material handling systems will enable goods and machinery to be moved into, within and out of the factories fuss-free.
Beyond efficient systems, the SFP development also strives to minimise carbon footprint by adopting several environmental friendly features in the building design.
For example, the factories will be orientated with minimum east-west facing and will optimise energy efficiency through natural ventilation. Green roofs will be installed to lower the ambient heat of the development.
The SFP offers industrialists a 'win-win' solution. By taking up less land, these factories will free-up valuable space and potentially offer lower land rents for occupants, considering the relatively smaller land take-up as compared to a typical standard factory.
The development is under construction at a 1.51 hectare site at Tanjong Kling and 18 factory units are expected to be ready by end January 2013.