URA appoints KCAP Architects&Planners to develop master plan proposals for Jurong Lake District

The Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has appointed KCAP Architects&Planners, leading a multi-disciplinary team consisting of SAA Architects, Arup, S333 and Lekker, as winning consultant for the development of a masterplan for Singapore’s Jurong Lake District. The team submitted the best conceptual masterplan for the site.

Integration of heritage and nature
The team developed a high-density mixed-use concept masterplan for the area around the future high-speed rail terminus in Singapore. The ambition is to develop the area into a new mixed-use business precinct and home to the future HSR terminus, which will further anchor Jurong Lake District as ‘a district of the future’ and as Singapore’s second Central Business District. A key focus of the winning conceptual plan submitted by KCAP and team involved the integration of new waterways and a series of green spaces within Jurong Lake District whilst manifesting a strong, distinctive identity.

Process
An evaluation panel comprising senior representatives and practitioners from government agencies, academia and industry selected KCAP and team out of five international shortlisted teams as the winning consultant. Following this, the team will work with URA and relevant agencies to draw up a detailed masterplan proposal for the district. There will be an exhibition of the proposal in mid-2017 to gather public feedback where after the team will work with URA to refine the plans.

Jurong Lake District
Jurong Lake District is a regional centre in west Singapore, planned as part of URA’s decentralisation efforts to create new commercial activities, amenities and recreational facilities outside the Central Area of Singapore. The new mixed-use precinct, Lakeside Gateway, is set within the Jurong Lake District and will function as a new international gateway into Singapore with the future High Speed Rail to Kuala-Lumpur, Malaysia.

The shortlisted teams submitted their conceptual master plan proposals in December 2016. An Evaluation Panel comprising senior representatives and practitioners from government agencies, academia, and industry, carefully assessed the proposals in four broad areas: master plan and urban design, district-level infrastructure and underground space optimisation, environmental sustainability, and innovativeness.

The proposal from the team led by KCAP best met the expectations and requirements of the RFP. At the heart of the proposal is its sensitive focus on water and greenery, which incorporates new waterways and a series of green spaces and connections that weave through the entire district to create a strong, distinctive identity.

Evaluation Panel members were similarly impressed with the proposed urban typology that integrates with the green setting beside Jurong Lake, which at the same time places emphasis on creating active, walkable streets and interactive public spaces. – Urban Redevelopment Authority

The appointed consultant will work with URA and relevant agencies to refine the master plan and draw up detailed proposals for the Jurong Lake District over the next few months. These proposals will be exhibited in mid-2017

Image Credits | © KCAP/SAA/Arup/S333/Lekker