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Competition: Jurong Lake District masterplan, Singapore

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Singapore has launched an international competition to masterplan the city-state’s second central business district (Deadline: 5 September)

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

The project will create between 4 and 5 million m² of development surrounding a new terminus for the planned Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail link.



Source: Image by Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority

The proposed Jurong Gateway Lakeside site – currently a country club

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 competition site, has been a major commercial and recreational ‘growth zone’ for the city since 2008.



Source: Image by Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority

Competition site: Jurong Gateway Lakeside

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

The proposed central business district 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, public spaces, hotels and waterfront homes.

Entries must also include strategies to integrate the development with the nearby Jurong Gateway, Lakeside, Teban Gardens and Pandan Gardens areas. And they should identity possible new uses for the historic Jurong Town Hall and Science Centre buildings, which occupy parts of the site.

The competition organisers also want to see innovative district cooling and pneumatic waste conveyance systems in the submissions.

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 site in September.

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

How to apply


The deadline for submissions is 5 September

Contact details

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

Tel: +65 6221 6666

Visit the competition announcement for more information

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

New Delhi Railway Station case study case study: Q&A with Neil Bennett

The infrastructure partner at Farrells discusses lesson learned designing an upgraded rail hub and surrounding mixed-use district for New Delhi, India



Neil bennett

How will your New Delhi Railway Station project create a new commercial hub surrounding the transformed transport interchange?

The new paradigm for work, and indeed life, is more and more about proximity – both physical and virtual – and connectivity. Areas where innovation, growth and human activity will occur lie at the connected overlap of a city’s physical, economic and virtual assets.

This is where our new high-speed stations lie in the economic and social climate. It is no accident that almost half of the people coming to St Pancras International station choose to go there to meet, shop and eat only. It is a ‘place of exchange’ at the overlap of transport and the public realm.

Farrells’ New Delhi high-speed station seeks to provide all of these conditions, to make a catalyst for growth in and around the station; and to make a place, a literal destination where people want to come. The transport hub is designed as an attractor, as a linear connector and a place where the surrounding neighbourhoods join. We have for instance introduced green links which stitch together the city fabric across the rail fan of the station. These landscaped links connect public open spaces at the core of each new development node – a connector and enabler not a divider.



New Delhi Station by Farrells

What considerations are important when masterplanning a central business district next to a major transport hub?

For Farrells, place is the client – the shape of the place, the uses that will inhabit it and the ability to flex to future change are all paramount. The station itself has a key place as the heart of the central business district, a distinctive destination, and a permeable heart, creating the central ‘place of exchange’. From that flows the armature of public thoroughfares and spaces which form the generator of growth and life. Thinking through the phased delivery of these is vital, to shape a real place at every stage, within a dynamic framework capable of flexing to accommodate change.

The buildings themselves come last, but these must create the conditions for the new overlaps of public and private, of permanent and fleeting, the overlap at the edge of buildings where our new societies live and work.



New Delhi Station by Farrells