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Old October 23rd, 2008, 03:08 PM   #241
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Marina Barrage completed, reservoir to be operational in less than 2 yrs

23 Oct 08



SINGAPORE: After three years of construction, the S$230 million Marina Barrage is ready. It dams up Singapore's river mouth, forming a reservoir - the Marina Reservoir - which has a catchment area that is one-sixth the size of Singapore.

Right now, the reservoir contains mainly sea water. But when the monsoon rains come, the sea water will be flushed out through the gates into the sea, making it a freshwater reservoir.

Marina Reservoir will be operational in less than two years. Pipes are also being constructed to take the water to the treatment plants where it will be purified before being pumped to homes.

The barrage's crest gates also help with flood control.

Yap Kheng Guan, Director in charge of Marina Barrage, PUB, said: "The gates actually block the water from going into the Marina Reservoir. That is very important because at times of high tide and heavy rains, many of the low lying areas will be subject to flooding. By blocking the sea water from coming in, we will be eliminating the tidal influence."

The drainage pumps located under a building are capable of draining an Olympic-sized swimming pool in one minute. They will be activated when there is excess water in the reservoir.

The building also boasts Singapore's largest solar field with 405 panels. The solar field helps reduce daytime lighting requirements by half at the building, which contains visitor galleries and food outlets.

So the next time you want to take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront or find out more about how Singapore manages its precious water resources, you could check out the Marina Barrage, which will be opened on November 1.

By Pearl Forss, Channel NewsAsia

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Old November 5th, 2008, 03:48 PM   #244
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Yes indeed ... great job Lord R-C !!
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Old November 10th, 2008, 03:35 PM   #245
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Thanks VRS and Veru!

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Old February 23rd, 2009, 02:51 PM   #246
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World's First Curved Double Helix Bridge Takes Shape

The new link which will complete the 3.5 km waterfront loop around Marina Bay is currently being pieced together, literally. When completed by end 2009, the new landmark Bridge at Marina Bay will serve as a direct link between Marina Centre and the Bayfront area and become a new destination attraction offering breathtaking views of the city.



The next time you are at the seating gallery of The Float at Marina Bay, take a peek at the adjacent construction site and you will notice a unique spiraling structure extending towards the upcoming Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort. This is the construction of the new double helix bridge, as many have affectionately called, which will link Marina Centre to the Bayfront area. The first helical segment of the pedestrian bridge was installed in early November, partially revealing its distinctive design.

URA’s plans for the new Bridge at Marina Bay were announced in March 2006. The link comprises two components – a vehicular bridge, which runs parallel to Sheares Bridge and connects the future Bayfront Avenue and the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort to Raffles Avenue at the junction with Temasek Avenue, and a pedestrian bridge, which is designed with a uniquely spiraling steel structure that resembles the double helix structure of DNA. When completed, the new bridge will make it possible to walk from Marina Centre to the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort in less than five minutes.

Besides being a connection, the new Bridge will be an attraction in its own right as it provides pedestrians and visitors a unique and memorable crossing experience, offering a panoramic view of the city skyline. There will be four viewing “pods” which overhang the water where you can stop to rest and watch events happening within the Bay.

At the northern end of the bridge, next to the seating gallery of The Float, construction will begin soon on Singapore’s first Art Park which will feature 27 art works by Singapore youths. These art works were selected from 136 entries submitted in a competition in March 2006 to express ideas based on the theme “Aspirations for Life in Singapore”.

Visitors can look forward to a fun-filled and interactive experience at the Art Park. There will be a landscaped maze featuring a 4.5-metre high sculpture taking the form of a girl on top of a mountain. There will also be a rock wall featuring 18 drawings of Singapore icons and an area with interactive ‘hop-scotch’ lighted floor tiles.

Designed by Australian architects Cox Group and engineers Arup Pte Ltd, together with Singapore-based Architects 61, the 280-metre pedestrian bridge is the world’s first curved double helix bridge. The construction is an engineering feat which requires great precision in the fabrication and assembly process that is possible only with today’s advanced technologies.

Individual segments of the bridge are fabricated off-site, due to the sensitive nature of the special duplex stainless steel used, before they are delivered on-site for actual assembly.





http://www.ura.gov.sg/skyline/skylin...06/text/01.htm
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Old February 24th, 2009, 03:34 AM   #247
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Marina Bay Sands - January 2009 update

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Old March 6th, 2009, 04:42 PM   #248
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Soaking Up Life By The Bay

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All eyes are on the construction work taking place round-the-clock in Marina Bay. Singapore's largest urban transformation project is shaping up into a host of exciting developments, including the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Marina Bay Financial Centre and Gardens by the Bay.

And for people who like to be outdoors or enjoy wonderful views of the bay, URA is building the new waterfront promenade around Marina Bay. It creates a continuous route along the waterfront and links up the necklace of attractions at the Marina Centre, Collyer Quay and Bayfront areas. The promenade, designed by Australian architects, The Cox Group, in collaboration with Architects 61, is part of our plan to make Marina Bay a lifestyle destination for everyone on the island.

Besides taking in panoramic views of the bay and watching the new skyline take shape before their eyes, visitors will have better access to the waters edge and water taxis. They can also enjoy interesting features such as a cool "mist walk" or indulge in a playful splash at the "dancing water jets".

The waterfront promenade will be constructed at an estimated cost of S$35 million. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009, in tandem with the double-helix pedestrian bridge — a world first and the longest pedestrian bridge in Singapore.

Waterfront Promenade at Bayfront

A two-tier promenade has been planned along the Bayfront. Visitors can stroll or jog on the granite-paved upper-level promenade while the lower level timber boardwalk will incorporate water-taxi landing points and berthing points for boats. There are a number of things you can do here:

Get close to the water

The lower level boardwalk featuring tiered-seating and steps allows visitors to go right down to the water's edge, and double up as seats for watching events and activities taking place within the Bay, such as the Marina Bay Countdown on every New Year's Eve.

Immerse in a cool mist walk



Enjoy a cool, multi-sensory experience as you go through the mist walk, a 300 m long sculptural, tubular stainless steel structure with fine spray misters to lower daytime temperatures. The interactive misters are programmed to spray clouds of mist using a system of sensors that monitors the ambient temperature, relative humidity and people movement.

Have fun with water



A family-oriented public open space, with a series of linear water features will be created at the southern corner of the Bay. These include dancing water jets to engage the young and old alike.

Be served at a one-stop visitor centre



A Visitor Centre with information, exhibition and ticketing facilities and a small café will be located within this area. As part of the efforts to make Marina Bay an eco-friendly district, the Visitor Centre will also include sustainable design features, such as natural ventilation, natural daylighting and solar roof panels.




The stretch of the waterfront promenade along Marina Boulevard will be a shaded tropical walk with flowering shrubs and shade trees to create a lush and delightful experience. It will include three 'Breeze Shelters' — pavilions with large solar-powered fans — which will provide a cool and breezy 'pause point' for visitors to rest.

This part of the promenade will also include a continuous seat along the seawall to allow visitors to rest and soak in views of the bay. Multi-functional smart poles will provide power outlets and speaker points to be used during events. There are plans to introduce public art work along the promenade, to provide a visually engaging experience for visitors and enhance the sense of community and identity in Marina Bay. The promenade will be lit with attractive night lighting integrated into the design features.
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OMG!! the would be international cruise terminal looks like a sinking titanic!




looks like a sinking ship!!
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Old March 17th, 2009, 11:42 PM   #250
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I think it looks like some WW2 warship in Razzle-Dazzle camouflage
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Old March 18th, 2009, 12:11 AM   #251
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nice plans
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Old March 18th, 2009, 06:27 AM   #252
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It was supposed to look like a wave...
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New cruise terminal to be ready by end-2011

19 Mar 09



IN A nod to the Republic's ambition to become an international cruise centre, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) gave a glimpse of its new cruise terminal at a shipping event in Miami, Florida, on Tuesday which attracted industry bigwigs.
The new terminal will boast berths that can accommodate the world's largest ships.

It will help Singapore achieve its ambition of becoming a cruise hub for the region by doubling the handling capacity of the current HarbourFront terminal, which is already struggling to cope with the growing number of ships and people arriving there.

Worse, the existing terminal at HarbourFront has a height restriction of 52m, making it impossible for many bigger ships to dock there.

The new terminal at Marina South will not have any size or height restrictions.

However, it will be ready only by 2011, a year later than originally planned. No reason for the delay was given in STB's press statement.

Miami's Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention is an important annual event at which shipping industry movers and shakers meet to discuss the latest developments.

At the event, STB's director for destination marketing and cruises, Mr Chew Tiong Heng, said: 'Even amid the current economic climate, the STB is committed to delivering this key infrastructure by the end of 2011 to help position Singapore as a regional cruise hub.

'We believe the terminal's rooftop, depicting a modern interpretation of low rolling waves will be a very welcoming sight to passengers as their cruise ships sail into Singapore.'

The new cruise terminal was designed by a collaboration between United States-based Ajamil and Partners and local firm RSP Architects Planners and Engineers.

The ground-breaking for the project is expected to begin in the next quarter.

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Fantastic gorgeous photography Lord R-C ....very artistic work !!
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Thank you Veru! No touch-ups though, just the blessing of the evening sun after a tropical shower!
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The casino resort will really extend the city around Marina Bay and make that concept a reality.
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Remaking goes on in good times and bad

New round of reviews begins this year on blueprint for Singapore's long-term physical development

18 April 09



THE Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will begin this year a new round of reviews for Concept Plan 2011, a blueprint that maps out the long-term vision for Singapore's physical development.

URA's review, which will be done with various ministries and government agencies, will examine Singapore's land use and infrastructure needs to cater to an increased population and also the changing profile of its resident population and economy.

The Concept Plan review's 'ultimate aim must be to ensure that we will continue to have a good quality living environment in Singapore, one that will take into account the needs of not just the young, but also of the old, and a growing population which will consist of people from many, many different parts of the world', said National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan.

As part of Concept Plan 2011, URA will also actively seek views from the public, Mr Mah said in his keynote speech at the URA Corporate Plan Seminar yesterday.

He also highlighted that one of Singapore's key strengths is its long-term integrated planning approach. 'Few cities in the world have a holistic planning framework like ours . . . ,' Mr Mah said. He cited a case in point. Despite the dismal economic climate when URA started planning the development and infrastructure for Marina Bay, just before the start of the last downturn in 2000, the government remained focused on building up Marina Bay. 'And because we planned ahead, we were able to attract foreign investments into the Bay when the economy started to pick up and then when it boomed,' Mr Mah said.

He also also stressed that efforts to remake Singapore must continue in both good and bad times if the island is to be a key node in the network of global cities. It was as a result of forward planning, and effective and consistent implementation that a new Singapore city is taking shape fast. He painted a picture of the 'new iconic signature skyline' emerging at Marina Bay. The double helix bridge, Art Park, Gardens by the Bay and new waterfront promenade will be progressively completed by 2011. Then, there are the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort and the first phase of Marina Bay Financial Centre which will be operational by 2010. The government has invested nearly $5.7 billion in infrastructure works in Marina Bay so far and will continue to pump in more money to support its future growth and boost connectivity with the existing city, Mr Mah added.

The prime Orchard Road shopping belt is also being rejuvenated with new malls. Singapore will have a new generation of regional commercial districts, such as Jurong Lake District. And the island will become an even more exciting playground with a wider range of leisure and recreational options. Singapore's park connector network will be tripled to 300 km over the next five to 10 years, joining up into a continuous loop around the island. URA is also developing scenic walks along Singapore's coastline.

The Ministry of National Development and URA will be launching a programme called 'My New Singapore' to encourage Singaporeans to rediscover Singapore.

'The programme will comprise a series of events and activities which will reach out to Singaporeans. We invite everybody to see the new developments and visit new leisure destinations. We will show Singaporeans the plans that we have for their neighbourhoods, bring them to see the new Marina Bay, let them enjoy the parks and park connectors. And I hope that when Singaporeans rediscover Singapore, they will realise what a special little city we have, and perhaps, we will love our city even more,' Mr Mah said.

He even suggested Singaporeans may want to shop, eat and sightsee in Singapore. 'Perhaps during this downturn, it is timely for Singaporeans to take time to get to know our city better. Enjoy what we have to offer here in Singapore, and maybe save a little bit of money at the same time.'

URA will hold the 'My Endearing Home' roving exhibition at major malls between May and August this year to present Singaporeans a chance to learn about plans for their immediate neighbourhoods and for the city, and 'discover that there is much to treasure on our island'.

A Marina Bay Festival will be held in the later part of 2010 that will showcase the waterfront promenade and new developments to both locals and foreign visitors.

NParks will also press on with its efforts to green Singapore and conserve the island's natural heritage.

By KALPANA RASHIWALA
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