Practising designers and students in the field of architecture and landscape design are invited to join the “Bukit Merah Town Centre Placemaking Challenge” and co-create innovative and appealing design ideas for the upgrading of the Town Centre, as part of HDB’s Remaking our Heartlands (ROH) Programme. Click here to download the Information Package.


The sites within Bukit Merah Town Centre to be rejuvenated are:

  1. Lower Plaza and staircase connecting to the Upper Plaza
  2. Upper Plaza (Pedestrian Malls)

Site Layout

1. Lower Plaza and staircase connecting to the Upper Plaza

2. Upper Plaza (Pedestrian Malls)


The Challenge is open to all Singapore-based practising designers or students in architecture and landscape design-related fields on an individual, team or firm basis.

Teams may also involve artists as part of their teams to increase their proposal’s artistic value.


Practising designers and students in the field of architecture and landscape design are invited to submit a concept design encompassing both upper and lower plaza areas of the Town Centre.

The submitted concepts shall incorporate community’s feedback garnered earlier by HDB, retain the nostalgic essence of the Town Centre, while injecting fresh ideas that can encourage a sense of relaxation and play that bring the communities of all demographics and abilities together.

The top winning design will be adapted for implementation by HDB. The winning participant shall help to maintain the original design intent, as much as possible, by providing advice during the final design proposal check-in session(s).


As a reference, the total estimated construction cost for the upper and lower plaza and the staircase shall not exceed SGD 4 million. This includes Professional Engineer’s endorsement, fabrication till installation, 12 months of Defects Liability Period (DLP) from date of completion.


A Jury will be formed to judge the entries, consisting of community, industry, and agency representatives. The Jury shall shortlist the top three entries based on how the design concepts:

  • Respond to the community’s aspirations and activates the public spaces;
  • Engage the users meaningfully;
  • Are designed for feasible implementation and production;
  • Are original and appealing;
  • Of architectural quality; and
  • Are clearly presented in the submission.


To encourage the community to have a greater say over the winning design, the top three winning entries shortlisted by the Jury will be put up for a public vote online to determine the Top Winner:

  • Prize for Top Winner: SGD 15,000
  • Prizes for 2 Merit Winners: SGD 5,000 each

Only the shortlisted entries will be contacted via email.

The prize monies shall be disbursed according to the Milestone Payment Schedule. The Jury reserves the right not to award certain prizes depending on the quality of submissions received.

1Upon announcement of Top and Merit Winners$10,000 for Top Winner; $5,000 for 2 Merit Winners each
2Upon completion of HDB’s proposed design or one year after disbursement of the 1st tranche, whichever is earlier.S$5,000 for Top Winner


Step 1: Registration (Closes 15 July 2024, 2359hrs)
Participants must register for the Challenge via the Registration Form. Registration for the Challenge represents acceptance of all Terms and Conditions of the Challenge.

Participants will receive a response ID upon successful registration. The response ID is required for the submission. All entries should only indicate the last 6 digits of the response ID provided upon registration.

Step 2: Submission (Closes 16 July 2024, 2359hrs)
Participants are required to submit the following files via the Submission Form:

  • One A0 panel
  • A4 write-up (up to 4 pages)

Participant will receive an acknowledgment email upon successful submission.

Participants may submit multiple entries, but the same participant will only have one submission shortlisted as a prize-winning entry, if so chosen by the Jury.

HDB reserves the right to change the Terms of this Challenge and prior notice will be given to all registered participants via their registered email address by SIA Secretariat.


16 May 2024Launch of the Challenge
30 May 2024Final Queries to SIA Secretariat at bukitmerahtcchallenge@sia.org.sg
15 July 2024, 2359hrsRegistration Deadline
16 July 2024, 2359hrsSubmission Deadline
August 2024Announcement of shortlisted entries and online voting of Top Winner
September 2024

Announcement of Top Winner

Design development

2027Project completion

*The timeline is indicative and subject to change.

The competition is organised by the Housing & Development Board (HDB) with the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) as the appointed Promoter.

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