National Aerated Water Company
The site of Jui Residences was owned by former Singapore National Aerated Water and Beverage Company, well known for the everyday brand such as Sinalco and Kickapoo, which is still sold in various coffee shops in Singapore.
It was built and operated in the late 1920s by three Ching brothers, Ching Kwong Yew, Ching Kwong Kuen and Ching Kwong Lum. National Aerated Water Company oversaw the manufacturing and led the distribution through its distribution channels and partners. These Soda Drinks are a hit with the middle-aged and older generation and are a fond reminder of the beautiful heritage of this site that has to offer. Even after it ceased operation on the onset of year 1990s, there were no major operation on the site and was left idle and vacant due to a major tussle over the shares of the asset.
Developer Selangor Dredging Berhad (SDB) Champsworth Development is estimated to have paid $756 psf ppf for this bidding and plot. National Aerated Water Company had a fabulous view of Kallang River. Kallang River spans 10km, spanning from Lower Peirce Reservoir to the coastal of Nicoll along Nicoll Highway.
URA Directive – Conservation of Heritage Buildings
One of the unique characteristics and style of Jui Residences would be the conservation of the National Aerated Company Building. In a statement to The Straits Times on Thursday (Dec 15), a URA spokesman said: “We recognise the architectural and heritage value of the National Aerated Water Company’s building and its role as a landmark in the area.”This is a private property, and we will engage the building owner to explore the possibility of conserving the building.”
– Source: Straits Times
When the site was sold to Selangor Dredging Berhad (SDB) Champsworth Development, the Heritage Community was alarmed and concerned, the news and potential demolishing of the building, after all, bottled iconic and well-known beverages loved by Singaporeans such as Sinalco, Kickapoo Joy Juice, Royal Crown Cola, and Green Spot. You may be enjoyed them in the tall glass bottles before.
There was even a Facebook Page Set up called Save The National Aerated Water Company Building, in a plea to save it. The community has flagged the structure full of art-deco feel to the URA for conservation in 2007. Dr Yeo Kang Shua, from the Singapore University of Technology and Design, said that the building had a unique art deco appearance, and the building’s rear features consist of a unique saw-tooth roof design and structure. He said: “Its clever design allowed a lot of daylight into a very deep factory building, therefore, minimising the reliance on electricity.”
The assistant professor of architecture and sustainable design added: “I hope that the new owner appreciates the historical significance of the site to Singaporeans and is open to working with the authorities to work on a development plan that is sensitive to the historic structure.”