Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority has launched an international competition to regenerate a 24-kilometre stretch of disused railway
Running north-to-south across the country, the former Keretapi Tanah Melayu railway once connected Singapore’s central business district with neighbouring Malaysia.
Following its closure four years ago, the 100 hectare rail line has been gradually transformed into an informal green corridor.
The competition seeks proposals to boost pedestrian and cycle access to this emerging park and create a ‘safe and inviting public space for exploration and discovery’.
According to the brief: ‘The goal is to transform the rail corridor into an inspired community space with an extraordinary experience, a unique gift and lasting legacy for all Singaporeans.’
Five shortlisted teams will receive an honorarium of around £120,000 and be invited to draw up a concept masterplan for the entire railway.
The finalists will also compete for a new community building at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station and a 17 hectare housing development at Choa Chu Kang.
Judges include URA chair Ng Lang and Gardens by the Bay chief executive Kiat W Tan. Teams must include a lead architect and landscape architect.
The deadline for submissions is 4pm local time on 23 April.