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UK firms in running for Singapore business district jackpot

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Allies and Morrison, S333 and Grimshaw have all been shortlisted to masterplan Singapore’s second central business district (CBD)

The three London practices feature among five teams chosen to draw up rival proposals for the city’s 112 hectare Jurong Lakeside Gateway site.

A total of 35 multi-disciplinary teams applied to participate in the prestigious competition organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Singapore.

The full shortlist

  • Allies and Morrison, Architects 61, Arup, Atelier Ten, Grant Associates
  • Grimshaw Architects, DP Architects, Arup, Gustafson Porter, Netatech, GreenhilLi
  • KCAP Architects & Planners, SAA Architects, Arup, S333, Lekker
  • Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers, Arup, Tierra Design, Ohtori Consultants, Studio Lapis, teamLab, Nipek, Yashima Design, KPMG, Langdon & Seah
  • Nikken Sekkei, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers, Arup, DHI

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.

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.

Finalists now have until the end of the year to draw up their conceptual masterplans for the site. 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.

Judges include University of Pennsylvania architecture professor Marilyn Jordan Taylor and Safdie Architects founder Moshe Safdie.

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.


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  • Surely a slightly unusual shortlist, with Arup figuring in all the teams and RSP in two of them.

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