The 24km Rail Corridor will have rooms for a variety of recreation options such as paved cycling paths, rest shelters, active event spaces as well as quiet rainforest viewing platforms.
These are ideas presented in the winning Concept Master Plan following URA’s ‘Rail Corridor – An Inspired and Extraordinary Community Space’ Request for Proposal (RFP) for the 24km Rail Corridor in March. The winning Concept Master Plan, announced yesterday (9 Nov), was the creative work of Japanese architectural firm Nikken Sekkei, in collaboration with local landscape firm Tierra Design.
The Concept Master Plan proposed creating 122 access points along the Rail Corridor that are within a five-minute walk from the nearest housing estate or workplace. To create a comfortable experience for users, the team proposed 21 “platforms” along the corridor that will house amenities, such as toilets, water points, shower facilities and bicycle-rental vending machines. These spots will resemble train platforms, in a nod to the corridor’s history.
The team also proposed eight distinctively-themed stretches, with design strategies aiming to integrate existing water bodies and greenery to create an ecologically richer environment. Four of these will be community nodes, while the other four, will be key activity nodes. There will be spaces for people to enjoy activities like outdoor film screenings as well as a forest walk and observation tower to view nature unobtrusively.
URA launched the ‘Rail Corridor – An Inspired and Extraordinary Community Space’ RFP on 18 March 2015, inviting design professionals to develop a Concept Master Plan and concept proposals for the Rail Corridor. Five teams were then shortlisted for the second stage of the RFP, based on the strength of their statement of design intent for the Rail Corridor and quality of their team composition organisation and track record.
Prior to this, URA consulted the public and interest groups to shape common aspirations for the Rail Corridor. Singaporeans, young and old, were engaged through exhibitions, public workshops and ideas competitions. URA also consulted Rail Corridor Partnership, a dedicated community group comprising passionate individuals, with expertise in areas such as nature conservation, heritage and cycling. The concept brief was then put together from these ground-up ideas and RFP was launched.
At the launch of an exhibition on the winning proposals yesterday, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said, “The RFP exercise that we have done has allowed us to transform ideas and aspirations into quality concept plans and designs. But, these are still not the finalised plans. This is a broad concept plan that design professionals have worked with from the ideas which came from the community. What we want to do is to hear ideas from Singaporeans on these proposals.”
The public is invited to give feedback at the exhibition, which will run till 28 November at The URA Centre on Maxwell Road, online at http://ura.sg/railrfp or on this discussion thread from now until the end of March 2016.
Come join us! What are your views of the design? What activities would you like to see at the 24km Rail Corridor?
Source: " Rail Corridor takes shape as winning plan is picked" (The Straits Times, 10 November 2015) and URA.
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