For two years from 2014 to 2016, Singapore History Consultants Pte Ltd (SHC) had to carry out extensive works to solve myriad infrastructural and engineering issues in the Battlebox. The National Parks Board (NParks) also assisted with some of these works.
Whenever it rained, rainwater flooded the area near the Fort Canning Centre Entrance. SHC had to bring in mops and pails to remove the floodwater.
While SHC eventually managed to control the flooding at the entrance, it remained an issue throughout SHC’s management of the Battlebox.
SHC discovered that the gallery in the Engine Room flooded frequently. This was not only a safety hazard but it led to significant damage of all wooden frames and cabinets. Essentially, the gallery boards were rotting as they had been damaged by the water.
SHC managed to greatly reduce the incidence of flooding in the Engine Room. By 2016, SHC had converted it into a presentable room displaying artefacts, storyboards, and slides on a projector. Visitors also gained an authentic impression of the original Engine Room.
SHC inherited a confusing electrical wiring system, with no proper line drawings, which made troubleshooting electrical issues an uphill task. Thus, electrical fixtures were failing and on many occasions the team had to work in darkness. Portable lights had to be brought in, in the initial few months of work on-site.
By 2016, SHC had worked with electricians to build a dependable electrical system.
SHC managed to fix all faulty lights in the Battlebox, allowing most of its rooms to be open to visitors.
By 2016, SHC had converted the Battlebox into a museum fit to receive visitors.