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Old August 20th, 2006, 12:25 AM   #101
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wow such an amazing developement.
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Old August 20th, 2006, 02:18 PM   #102
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Old August 20th, 2006, 04:52 PM   #103
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wow that's cool
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Old August 21st, 2006, 06:22 AM   #104
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Old August 31st, 2006, 03:39 AM   #105
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construction activity is set to increase

$25m to reduce jams and dust in Marina building zone


31 Aug 06

Internal road system, barge terminals for ferrying of debris and construction materials

THE Government is spending $25 million to minimise the traffic and environmental impact of Singapore's biggest concentration of construction works - in Marina Bay.
Between next year and 2012, mega projects like the integrated resort, the Business and Financial Centre and the downtown MRT extension will come up there.

An internal road system will be built to provide direct access to the East Coast Parkway and enhance connectivity within the building zone. The network is seven lane- km long in total.

Two barge terminals will also be constructed by the sea - one to transport dumped materials such as earth and debris to a landfill to be determined by the Maritime and Port Authority, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

The other terminal will receive construction materials from the west and east of Singapore.

These facilities are the efforts of a task force initiated by the LTA. It comprises members from various government agencies, including the Urban Redevelopment Autho- rity and the National Environment Agency.

The measures are necessary because up to 21 million tonnes of construction materials and exca- vated earth are expected to be transported to and from the site over the next three years.

Mr Chuai Chip Tiong, deputy chairman of the Inter-Agency Task Force, estimates that up to 5,000 truck trips could be made per day if the barge terminals were not provided.

'If nothing is done, we will expect a very high volume and frequency of trucks laden with construction material, travelling into and out of the Marina Bay area,' he said. 'These could bring about adverse traffic and environmental impact on public roads, especially in the city area.'

With the measures, only a fraction of the anticipated truck traffic will go on public roads. The builders will also need far fewer trucks, since the barge terminals are nearby and turnaround time is shortened.

The task force expects the internal road system to be completed by next March. Come 2012, part of this network will form permanent roads in the new downtown.

Meanwhile, before the downtown MRT extension is built, the LTA will construct a $6.4 million Common Utility Trench to house utilities that are currently in the path of the new MRT line.


By Christopher Tan, Senior Correspondent
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Old August 31st, 2006, 09:20 AM   #106
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Two international designers picked to develop master plan for Gardens by the Bay

6 Sep 06

By Amy Yeong

Two international landscape design teams have been named joint winners of an international master plan competition to conceptualise and create the master plan for Gardens by the Bay, which is set to be the crown jewel of Singapore's Garden City.

The winning entries are for Marina East and Marina South Gardens. No winner was chosen for the Garden at Marina Centre as NParks will be seeking public feedback on this.

The competition, organised by the National Parks Board and launched in January, attracted over 70 entries from 170 firms from 24 countries. Of these, eight were shortlisted and they presented their submissions to an 11-member international jury.


Winning design by Grant Associates, a landscape architecture consultancy based in Bath, England

The team that created the winning design for the Garden at Marina South is Grant Associates, a landscape architecture consultancy based in Bath, England. Grant Associates' recent projects include the Chongqing Botanical Garden in China and the New Islington Millennium Village in Manchester. It collaborated with several other design companies such as Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Atelier One, Atelier Ten, Land Design Studios and Meinhardt Infrastructure on the winning design.

Grant Associates' design philosophy for the Gardens sees the Marina South Garden as an "intelligent" space, which will have "Edutainment Gardens" as well as event spaces, show gardens and a conservatory.

The judges say Grant Associate's design "captures the essence of a Garden in a downtown setting - the experience of colour and vibrancy all year round. This was achieved by the strategic location of display gardens and activity spaces, with careful consideration given to day and night programming."

The team that created the winning design for the Garden at Marina East is Gustafson Porter, an international landscape design practice based in London. Its recent projects include the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in London's Hyde Park, and the Great Glasshouse at the National Botanical Garden of Wales.


Winning design by Gustafson Porter, an international landscape design practice based in London

The judges say that Gustafson Porter's design concept for the Garden at Marina East "positioned it as a key Garden, leveraging off the attractive views it offers of the city skyline, looking across the water." The design's strength lies in "the way it addressed the site conditions, thereby bringing forth the essence of Marina Bay in a subtle and elegant manner."

Both winning teams also collaborated with Davis Langdon & Seah Singapore, which provided cost and management services.

Mr Mah Bow Tan, Minister for National Development, said the Gardens by the Bay would "exemplify the Garden in our Garden City", by adding colour and vibrancy through flowers and coloured foliage.

"It will showcase the best of tropical horticulture and floral displays. It will be a central park for all residents and visitors alike," said the minister at the launch of the Gardens by the Bay Master Plan exhibition at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and the official opening of the redeveloped Tanglin Core this morning.

He said that the judges were impressed with how the designers pushed the envelope of design, while taking into account the climate, culture and context of Singapore.

"They strived to come up with something iconic and innovative, and at the same time ensuring that their designs would blend in well with the surrounding developments at Marina Bay," added Mr Mah.

On the two winning designs, he said both teams had very unique design concepts that encompassed aesthetic elements that were "implementable and flexible."

"Grant Associates' strength showed in their design for the garden at Marina South, while Gustafson Porter excelled in their design for Marina East," he added.

But the Minister emphasised that the designs were not the final blueprints, and both teams would continue to work with NParks to develop the details of the designs.

Members of the public can view an exhibition of the winning designs and scale models at the Function Hall in the new Botany Centre, Tanglin Core, at the Singapore Botanic Gardens from now to Sept 24, from 7am to 8pm daily. The winning designs can also be viewed on the Gardens by the Bay website ( http://www.gardensbythebay.org.sg).

The exibition also serves to canvas feedback from the public, and their ideas and views would be taken into account in the detailed design stage.
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Old September 7th, 2006, 01:38 PM   #108
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another great development worth waitin for.............
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Old September 8th, 2006, 04:12 AM   #109
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more details...the new gardens will themselves become a Singapore attraction by themselves

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Old September 8th, 2006, 01:11 PM   #110
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Looks nice.
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Old September 9th, 2006, 04:37 PM   #111
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yup here is a larger rendering of one of the features within the Marina South portion of the park.



You can visit this website for more details on the Gardens:

http://www.gardensbythebay.org.sg
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Old September 9th, 2006, 07:14 PM   #113
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amazing

too good to be true !
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Old September 9th, 2006, 09:00 PM   #114
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That is really cool. It reminds me a little of Parc Guell in Barcelona, only with a very modern and definitely Singapore feel.
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Old September 10th, 2006, 03:56 PM   #115
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Well...I cant wait for the renderings to be put into reality in a few years time

Somebody should make a trip down to the Botanic Gardens to take pics of the masterplan models and exhibits
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oh they display it in Botanic Garden??
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Ya me to this will be great for singapore
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Old September 10th, 2006, 05:37 PM   #118
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this is the sort of development singapore needs to compete for tourism dollars coming to the Asian region. it will an exciting time for singapore. this will bring competition to nearby destinations like Hong Kong which they have Disneyland, Genting in Malaysia and Bangkok.

I think Genting in Malaysia will be feeling the heat, hence they will have to offer new development to become competitive and attract tourism dollars. There have been rumours that Shanghai might be getting a disneyland to better compete with all these asian destinations with strong economic development and projects.
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oh they display it in Botanic Garden??
yup

at the Function Hall in the new Botany Centre, Tanglin Core, at the Singapore Botanic Gardens from now to Sept 24, from 7am to 8pm daily.
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