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Brit reveals latest Singapore masterplan vision

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S333 has unveiled the latest version of its competition-winning masterplan for Singapore’s second central business district (CBD)

The London practice – working with Dutch firm KCAP Architects & Planners, SAA Architects, Arup, and Lekker – was chosen over rival bids featuring Allies and Morrison and Grimshaw to transform city’s 112 hectare Jurong Lakeside Gateway site in February.

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

Since winning the competition the team has worked with the URA to develop more detailed proposals which will feature in a public exhibition until 17 September.

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.

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

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
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