SINGAPORE: The Concept Master Plan for the 24-kilometre Rail Corridor has been awarded to a design team comprising Japanese firm Nikken Sekkei and local landscape firm Tierra Design.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority on Monday (Nov 9) announced the winners of the Rail Corridor Request for Proposal (RFP) awards.
The winning Concept Master Plan is themed “Lines of Life”. It plans to create community-centric spaces and experiences throughout the length of the Corridor. The concept proposals include enhancing the natural vegetation among most stretches of the Rail Corridor to create places of respite and enrich the ‘green corridor’ experience. At the same time, activity nodes are proposed all along the Rail Corridor where the public can enjoy various activities ranging from nature-based recreation, arts and cultural events, to community activities.
"The URA from the start saw an opportunity for us to work closely with the community to develop this into a very special community space. But above that, we also see enormous opportunity for us to use the Rail Corridor to enhance land around the route in a way for us to support future growth in Singapore," said Mr Ng Lang, URA CEO and chairperson of the RFP evaluation panel.
Plans for the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station as part of the Rail Corridor revamp (Photo: Sherlyn Goh)
The Singapore-Japanese team plans to have 122 access points throughout, within a five-minute walk from the nearest housing estate or workplace.
"If the corridor is well connected to the neighbourhood, maybe people will use the space more. And many people's lines of life will be aggregated in that corridor. So that's the image of our design idea," said Mr Wataru Tanaka, executive officer of Nikken Sekkei.
NEW HOUSING ESTATE FOR CHOA CHUA KANG
Integrated housing precinct at Choa Chu Kang as part of the Rail Corridor redevelopment (Photo: Sherlyn Goh)
The Concept Designs for an urban-green-blue-tapestry at Choa Chu Kang as well as the interim reuse of the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station were awarded to the team from MKPL Architects and Turenscape International.
It was announced on Monday that a16-hectare site will be turned into housing units, surrounded by nature.
At Choa Chu Kang, the proposal was to create an attractive and ecologically-richer environment along the Rail Corridor. This would mean widening a part of the Rail Corridor and transforming it into a 50 metre-wide linear forest and ecological corridor by introducing new landscapes and planting. The linear forest will also be seamlessly integrated with existing greenery, water bodies and future housing.
TANJONG PAGAR RAILWAY TO BE HOME TO GREEN COMMUNITY SPACE
There are also plans to turn the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station as a multi-functional community building over the next 20 years. This includes creating a new green community space in front of the building, named Station Green, as well as other amenities such as a heritage gallery, auditorium and commercial spaces.
Exhibition for the Rail Corridor plans at URA Centre Atrium (Photo: Sherlyn Goh)
URA also launched an exhibition of the awarded proposals, which will be held at the URA Centre Atrium from Nov 9 to 28. Throughout this period, the public is invited to give their feedback on the proposals.
Speaking at the launch of the exhibition, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said: "Next month, we'll be launching the 'Future of Us' exhibition to launch the next chapter of the Singapore story. As part of this exhibition, we will be having a series of converations on how we can build our future together."
"One of the conversations is on the Future of Greening, and the Rail Corridor project will be one of many projects which will be the topic of conversation so that we can again discuss and co create together a more liveable environment for Singaporeans. So there will be more opportunities for Singaporeans to continue this dialogue on your aspirations for the Rail Corridor, and also on other green, community spaces in Singapore," he added.
National Development Minister Lawrence Wong at an exhibition on plans for the Rail Corridor (Photo: Sherlyn Goh)
URA also announced the proposed conservation of the two steel truss bridges along the Rail Corridor in Bukit Timah. The bridge across Bukit Timah/Dunearn Road spans 45 metres, and is the only Baltimore truss bridge in Singapore. It is a popular spot for photo-taking and is widely used by Rail Corridor users. The bridge across Upper Bukit Timah Road spans 60 meters and is the only Pratt truss bridge in Singapore.