With a high-tech biometric entry system and dedicated facilities such as an on-site canteen and a prayer room for Muslim workers, Paya Lebar Quarter might not seem like an average construction site.

Underlying these measures is a focus on safety and productivity.

Said Mr Richard Paine, managing director of Lendlease's Paya Lebar Quarter: "By being a supportive workplace that cares for our workers, we will be able to improve their lives and enable them to be more productive."

Paya Lebar Quarter is a mixed development with seven buildings: one for retail, three for commercial use and three for residential use.

The worksite is an example of better welfare and safety for construction workers, whose work conditions have been in the spotlight due to deaths and injuries. Of the 55 workplace deaths so far this year, 20 were in the construction industry.

At Paya Lebar Quarter, a biometric entry system uses facial recognition to track each worker's hours, ensuring they do not work more than the maximum. It also allows the site management to track the ratio of supervisors to workers, to ensure adequate frontline supervision.