RFP | Master for Singapore’s Second CBD


This week the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) launched a Request for Proposal (RFP), inviting multi-disciplinary teams to develop master plan proposals for Singapore’s Jurong Lake District.

URA is looking for multi-disciplinary teams to develop proposals for a Jurong Lake District Master Plan. A key focus of this master planning exercise involves developing proposals for Lakeside Gateway, a new mixed-use business precinct and home to the future HSR terminus, which will anchor Jurong Lake District as ‘A District of the Future’ and Singapore’s second CBD.

Participating teams will be developing proposals for the following components of the Jurong Lake District Master Plan:

  1. Detailed master plan for Lakeside Gateway, including strategies to seamlessly integrate the new precinct with Jurong Gateway, Lakeside, as well as the Teban Gardens and Pandan Gardens area to the south;
  2. Strategies to shape a distinctive identity for Jurong Lake District;
  3. Possible revisions to land uses of surrounding areas that will strengthen the position of Jurong Lake District as Singapore’s second CBD. Examples of these areas are Jurong West to the west, and Teban Gardens and Pandan Gardens to the south;
  4. Car-lite and connectivity plans for Jurong Lake District and its surroundings. Examples include a comprehensive network of infrastructure and facilities catering to active mobility options (e.g. walking, cycling and Personal Mobility Devices) that links up to existing and future developments throughout the District;
  5. Urban design guidelines, landscaping and public space strategies, and plans to create, improve, and integrate green and blue spaces;
  6. Plans for the possible adaptive reuse of the former Jurong Town Hall and current Science Centre buildings, to strengthen the heritage memories of Jurong;
  7. Plans for possible district-level infrastructure, utilities and urban systems. Examples include a district cooling system, common services tunnel, pneumatic refuse conveyance system, and urban logistics;
  8. An underground space plan catering to different uses throughout the District. The objective is to optimise overall land use and improve pedestrian experience in underground spaces; and
  9. Environmental sustainability strategies to mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect and improve energy efficiency, resource usage, and overall thermal comfort throughout the District.

The RFP comprises two stages. Interested teams are first required to submit their interest to participate in the RFP. Up to five shortlisted teams will then develop their Concept Master Plans for Jurong Lake District.

The team with the best Concept Master Plan will be appointed in February 2017, and work with URA and partner agencies to draw up the Draft Master Plan for the District. There will be a public exhibition of the Jurong Lake District Draft Master Plan around 3Q2017.

More information at the URA website

Image Credit | Courtesy of URA

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