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Singapore opens new CBD masterplan contest

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The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Singapore has launched an international competition to masterplan the city-state’s second central business district (CBD)

Open to multidisciplinary teams of architects, urban planners and urban designers, the two-stage contest seeks ‘delightful and inclusive’ proposals for the city’s 112 hectare Jurong Lakeside Gateway site.

The project will create between 4 and 5 million square metres of development surrounding a new terminus for the planned Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail link.

Minister for national development Lawrence Wong commented: ‘The district will drive Singapore’s growth in the future economy, and cater to the diverse needs of businesses, residents, visitors, and Singaporeans from all walks of life.

‘It will be a distinctive new gateway to Singapore, distinguished by its high connectivity, accessibility and environmentally-friendly features, where smart and green mobility options are the choice modes of commute.’

He continued: ‘The district will be a hub for smart innovations, and home to sustainable urban infrastructure that will boost productivity and manpower efficiency.

‘Most of all, Jurong Lake District will stand out as a delightful and inclusive destination for the community, defined by its greenery, extensive water bodies, built heritage, and vibrant public spaces.’

Jurong Gateway – located immediately north of the contest site – has been a major commercial and recreational ‘growth zone’ for the city since 2008.

Planned to complete in 2022, the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail link will reduce journey times between the two cities – currently three hours by air or seven hours by train – to just 99 minutes.

The proposed CBD and rail terminus will occupy the site of an existing country club and golf course overlooking Jurong Lake and south of the Jurong Gateway area.

The development is expected to feature offices, retail, entertainment facilities, new public spaces, hotels and waterfront homes.

Strategies to integrate the development with the nearby Jurong Gateway, Lakeside, Teban Gardens and Pandan Gardens areas are required. Proposals should also identity possible new uses for the historic Jurong Town Hall and Science Centre buildings which also currently occupy parts of the site.

Concepts which include innovative district cooling and pneumatic waste conveyance systems are furthermore encouraged.

First round applications must outline team members, analyse key challenges concerning the project and propose initial approaches to the site.

Up to five shortlisted teams will be invited to draw up conceptual masterplans for the high-profile site in September.

The winning team – set to be announced January 2017 – will work with the URA to draw up a detailed masterplan which will be exhibited for public consultation later next year.

The deadline for submissions is 5 September.

How to apply

Visit the competition announcement for more information

Interested teams may download the ‘Request for Proposal’ documents from Singapore’s Government Electronic Business Centre portal

Contact details

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore
45 Maxwell Road
The URA Centre
Singapore 069118

Tel: +65 6221 6666

Q+A with URA director for urban design (west) Tracey Hwang



Tracey Hwang

Why does Singapore need a new ‘delightful and inclusive’ CBD and why is Jurong Lake the right location?

Jurong Lake District is centrally located in the western region of Singapore, where more than one million residents live. The district has been progressing well as a new growth area since its initial blueprint was unveiled in 2008. It will be home to the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail terminus. In addition, it will be served by four local rail lines, and a hub for integrating bus services that links up to the rail lines and other amenities.

The site presents an opportunity for us to grow the district further. We can plan and develop a highly connected mixed-use business district to support Singapore’s future economic growth. The direct high-speed rail link to Kuala Lumpur makes it attractive to businesses.

As this is a place where businesses, residents and visitors from all walks of life converge, we have placed strong emphasis on making the district inclusive and delightful, to ensure that the diverse community will have quality spaces to live, work, learn and play. For instance, there will be flexible office spaces for businesses to collaborate and grow, a wide range of amenities and recreational facilities for everyone to enjoy, as well as networks for smart and green mobility options linking developments in the district that make commuting seamless, environmentally-friendly and enjoyable. To shape a delightful environment for the community, we will also capitalise on the district’s unique lake setting to create vibrant public spaces that are integrated with greenery and waterways.

What sort of architects are you hoping will apply?

The purpose of the request for proposal is to invite high-quality, innovative ideas world-wide in the master planning of the district. We are agnostic to the size of firms, but track record is important. As this is a fairly complex project that requires good local knowledge, there is a requirement to team up with a local-based firm.

We will assess the track record and experience of each team, as well as the quality of their submissions. We are looking for proposals that demonstrate a clear understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities involved in the master planning of the district, with comprehensive strategies to address them. In particular, they must be forward-looking, innovative, and compelling. We look forward to working with diverse teams to shape an outstanding plan that will contribute towards realising the vision and goals for Jurong Lake District.


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