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Old May 6th, 2009, 02:03 PM   #261
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The double helix bridge looks really good.

I hope the Marina Reservoir reduces the water bill, incredibly expensive.
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Old May 7th, 2009, 10:31 AM   #262
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Marina Barrage Bags Top Honours at International Environmental Engineering Awards

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Singapore, May 7, 2009 - (ACN Newswire) - Marina Barrage, Singapore's latest waterfront icon was conferred the Superior Achievement Award - the highest honour of the competition for the best project entry - at the AAEE Annual Awards Luncheon held in Washington, DC, USA yesterday.

Widely considered to be the most prestigious of professional, peer-recognition awards focused exclusively on the environmental engineering field, the award defines the best in environmental engineering practice: a holistic environmental perspective, innovation, proven performance and customer satisfaction, and contribution to an improved quality of life and economic efficiency. The Marina Barrage beat 33 other entries to take home the top prize in this year's competition organised by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE), becoming the second project outside of USA to win the award, in the last decade.

Debra R. Reinhart, President of AAEE said, "The AAEE's Superior Achievement Award is a highly recognised global award by the international environmental engineering field.

"Singapore PUB's accomplishment in clinching the award is well-illustrated by Marina Barrage which provides a sustainable urban water solution for all." Conceptualised and managed by PUB, the national water agency of Singapore, the Marina Barrage spans the southern end of the Marina Channel, which opens out into the sea. More than just an ordinary dam, the Barrage is a unique engineering masterpiece that fulfills three purposes for Singapore. It boosts Singapore's water supply by creating Singapore's 15th reservoir and its first reservoir in the city centre. The barrage also acts as a tidal barrier to alleviate flooding in the low-lying parts of the city such as Chinatown and Little India. With water activities and river cruises made possible by a consistent water level all year round, the reservoir is set to become the city's latest lifestyle attraction.

"The Marina Barrage is a showcase of urban water sustainability. By going beyond water supply and flood control, the Marina Barrage demonstrates how an urban water solution can be effectively utilised to meet water needs and at the same time, enhance the living environment for a better quality of life. This is important, as cities continue to grow and urbanise, they will require water solutions that can be sustained for generations to come," said Mr Yap Kheng Guan, PUB's Director of 3P Network and Project Director of Marina Barrage, who received the award on behalf of PUB at the luncheon.

Apart from creating a freshwater lake ideal for water activities, the Marina Barrage is also a lifestyle destination in itself. With a view of the city skyline, the grass-turfed roof provides a unique space for community events. Since its opening six months ago, the Marina Barrage has been a hive of activities, with more than a quarter million visitors and host to more than 40 local and international events, including the National Day celebrations for the last two years and the 2009 New Year's Eve Countdown Party.

Come next year, it will also be the venue for the rowing and canoeing competitions of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. "The Marina Barrage clearly fulfills all of AAEE's stringent criteria for recognition," added Dr Brendan M Harley, Senior Vice President of CDM, the project consultant for Marina Barrage. "We join PUB Singapore in our deep appreciation for being selected by our peers for this Superior Achievement Award. What's most gratifying, though, is seeing Marina Barrage at work every day, creating an important urban freshwater reservoir, protecting the downtown area from severe flooding, and enhancing Singapore with a new lifestyle attraction.

"The Superior Achievement Award is a fitting tribute to years of visionary planning and engineering collaboration between PUB Singapore, CDM, and the many contributing parties who helped realise the project's successful implementation," he said. The award from the AAEE is the latest in a string of accolades that the Marina Barrage has garnered in the last 2 years. In 2007, it clinched the Institution of Engineers Singapore Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award and the ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award. More recently, it was bestowed the Grand Conceptor award - the overall grand prize - at the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts' 2009 Engineering Excellence Awards.

Reaffirming its status as a showcase of urban water sustainability around the world, the Marina Barrage also made its international broadcast debut on Discovery's Channel's much-watched 'Man-Made Marvel' series in August last year.

"The Marina Barrage is a symbol of Singapore's success in water management. With three functions fused into one facility, it exemplifies PUB's integrated water management approach, and more importantly, the foresight of our leaders in planning this engineering feat. We are excited about the transformation it will bring to Singapore's waterscape and hope that the community will work with us to make Marina Barrage a success," added Mr Yap.

The competition, which began in 1989, is open to all organisations and companies around the world, and the International Water Association (IWA) will recognise winners from this competition as automatic entries in its 2010 biennial Project Innovation Awards.


About PUB

PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. It is the water agency that manages Singapore's water supply, water catchment and sewerage in an integrated way. PUB won the 2007 Stockholm Industry Water Award and was named Water Agency of the Year at the Global Water Awards 2006.
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Old May 11th, 2009, 03:42 PM   #263
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Looks like both bridges are coming along nicely. Would they be ready before F1? It seems a bit of a blight on the eyes
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Old May 13th, 2009, 07:17 AM   #265
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The bridges and art park are expected to open end of year I think (around the same time as the Marina Bay Sands).
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Old May 13th, 2009, 11:18 AM   #266
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Hows the progress on the art park now?
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Old May 13th, 2009, 08:48 PM   #267
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A lot of crane

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Marina Bay Sands It's perfect hotel.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 04:59 PM   #268
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The art park should open at the same time as the bridge. However the Gardens by the Bay project is not expected to open for at least a year.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 08:30 PM   #269
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It will be interesting to see the construction of the skypark soon
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Old May 28th, 2009, 03:34 PM   #270
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pics downloaded from Google Earth posted on 10 Mar 2009. Stitching done by panaromastudio downloaded from the net.

The construction of Marina Sand has progressed so fast.


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Old May 28th, 2009, 07:05 PM   #271
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I can't help but to comment that having windows only on 2 sides for the towers on the edges is a bad idea. They could use some windows on the side,
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Old May 30th, 2009, 08:17 AM   #272
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Old May 30th, 2009, 09:39 AM   #273
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It must be great to work in that small, boxy building. The view is nice!
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It must be great to work in that small, boxy building. The view is nice!
The building is actually the power sub-station of a concert hall (Esplanade, Theatres by The Bay). Nobody works there :P
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New footbridge for Marina Bay

11 Jun 09

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PEDESTRIANS will have more space on a new, broader bridge to be built between the Esplanade and Merlion Park.
To cost an estimated $20 million, the structure will curve over a 220m distance through Marina Bay and complement the existing eight-lane Esplanade Bridge used by vehicles.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), in documents released this week, could not say when the bridge will be completed. It is now sourcing for consultants for the project.

The 6-m-wide bridge is being built mainly to improve the pedestrian's trek between the Esplanade and Merlion Park.

The Esplanade Bridge's 2-m-wide walkway was built before the two tourist landmarks were redeveloped and thus not designed to take large numbers of people, said the URA.

During the National Day Parade and New Year's Eve, for example, hundreds of people are known to jostle there for a good view of the fireworks that are a fixture on the programmes of these two events.

Bottlenecks also occur on on either end of the walkway on the staircases, which were designed as emergency escape routes, not as part of a pedestrian route.

And when marathons are held in the downtown area, the entire Esplanade bridge has sometimes needed to be closed off to traffic. The new bridge, at thrice the width of the walkway, will thus accommodate such sporting events.

When completed, the curved bridge will become part of a smooth 3.5km pedestrian route around Marina Bay linking its various attractions.

On the other side of the bay, another pedestrian bridge, one shaped like a double helix, is taking shape next to one being built for vehicles.
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The bay is a favourite public venue for city-wide events.
Crowds gathering for a rehearsed National Day show.

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Over S$27.5b invested in Marina Bay from private and public sectors

29 Jul 09



SINGAPORE: More than S$27.5 billion has been invested so far in the new business and financial district in Marina Bay and the government is planning to pump in a further S$1 billion in infrastructure works there over the next 10 to 15 years.

Singapore's National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan announced this at the topping out ceremony for the construction of the Marina Bay Financial Centre on Wednesday morning.

He also said there are some signs of speculation in the recent frenzy in the property market.

The government announced in April that Marina Bay had attracted total investments of over S$22 billion, of which S$5.7 billion was from the government and S$16.5 billion was from the private sector.

And just three months later, that figure, which includes government and private sector investments, has risen to over S$27.5 billion.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority said the increase of S$1.8 billion in government investment is largely due to higher construction costs for the Marina Coastal Expressway.

It said more funds are also being pumped in by various developers for their projects which have seen private investments grow by over S$3.5 billion.

The new financial district is expected to generate quality office space to rival those in Tokyo, New York and London.

And the manager of the Marina Bay Financial Centre said more companies have been expressing interest in leasing office space in the area despite the recession.

Wilson Kwong, general manager, Raffles Quay Asset Management, said: "At the moment, phases 1 and 2, for the office section, it is 61 per cent pre-committed.

"Anchor tenants at the Marina Bay Financial Centre include Standard Chartered Bank, which is taking up 500,000 square feet, and DBS, which is taking up 700, 000 square feet. All in all, the Marina Bay Financial Centre will offer nearly 3 million square feet of office space."

Speaking to reporters at the topping out ceremony for the centre, Singapore's National Development Minister, Mah Bow Tan, also commented on the recent property market frenzy. He said it is unclear what is driving the demand.

According to figures published by the Urban Redevelopment Authority, about 7,000 uncompleted private residential units were sold by developers in the first half of this year. That already surpasses the roughly 4,200 units sold for the whole of last year.

Mr Mah said: "It's a bit early to say whether there is a speculative bubble or property bubble building up. Obviously, it is not in everybody's interest for such a bubble to form because if it does, and when the bubble bursts, which it inevitably must, then a lot of people will get hurt.

Mr Mah said he is unsure whether the current demand is sustainable as Singapore's economy is still expected to contract this year.

He said: "For a market to be healthy, the demand must be based on certain economic fundamentals, so if you look at the economic fundamentals today, you will see that there is still uncertainty."

Mr Mah stressed that there is sufficient supply and he urges buyers to study the figures carefully before making any decisions. There are currently 38,000 unsold residential units in Singapore and there is going to be more coming onstream. And this number is not inclusive of public housing.

The government will be putting out more information through the Urban Redevelopment Authority website to help buyers make informed choices.

Mr Mah also said the government is prepared to inject more supply through the government land sales programme if necessary.

The government will be studying the land sales programme for 2010 in the months ahead. For this half of the year, the figure is already fixed.

Mr Mah also said that the government is prepared to bring back the Confirmed List on the government land sales programme in future if there is a need to increase supply.

Earlier in June, it was announced that Singapore will suspend the Confirmed List of the Government Land Sales programme for another six months due to the market downturn.

But it is not just private property that is seeing a demand surge, sales of five-room HDB flats also rose 80 per cent to 2,713 units over the first quarter of this year.

When asked about this sales figure, Mr Mah said he is unsure if it is long-term demand for bigger flats. He said sales of larger flats were actually low for many years and what is happening now could be a rightful correction.

Mr Mah added there will be more 4-room than 5-room HDB flats put up for sale in the next build-to-order project. - CNA/vm


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