Download the Challenge Brief and Annexes here


All participants must register for the Challenge by 15 July 2024, 2359hrs (SGT). Registration for the Challenge represents acceptance of all Terms and Conditions of the Challenge.


The submission must be completed and be submitted by 16 July 2024, 2359hrs (SGT). Participants will receive an acknowledgement email upon successful submission.


Entrant may send queries in English by email to SIA Secretariat at Such email shall clearly state “BUKIT MERAH TC CHALLENGE” as the subject heading. Only upon receipt of an acknowledgement email sent by the SIA Secretariat shall the query be officially registered for a response.

Deadline for submission of questions is 16 June 2024. Responses to all queries will be made known via posting on FAQ before 30 June 2024.

  1. Am I only allowed to design within the boundaries of the 3 sites within the Town Centre?
    Yes. The boundaries of the Challenge are to guide participants on the extent of the area that they are expected to design.
  2. There are existing users and tenants on site today, does my proposal need to assume that these users and tenants will remain on site in future?
    Yes. Participants will also have to take into account the future users of the Town Centre based on the upcoming developments.
  3. Will the winning ideas from the Challenge be implemented?
    Yes. The concept with the highest votes will win the Top Prize and shall be adapted by HDB for implementation.
  4. Am I allowed to submit multiple entries?
    Yes, you are allowed to submit multiple entries.
  5. How many members can a group entry comprise?
    There is no limit to the number of group members that can be involved in one submission.
  6. If I am overseas during the period of the Challenge, can I still participate?
    Yes, as long as you are largely based in Singapore. Registration and submission should adhere to the instructions given in this brief and panels will be presented anonymously to the Jury for evaluation. Please ensure that your submission is uploaded on the submission platform at by 16 Jul 2024, 2359hrs (Singapore Time).
  7. Am I allowed to arrange for site visit to the Bukit Merah Town Centre?
    The Bukit Merah Town Centre is publicly accessible. You are strongly encouraged to conduct your own site visits at various times and days of the week to develop the proposals.
  8. There was an earlier exhibition on the Remaking Our Heartlands plans for Bukit Merah back in 2023. Some perspectives of the upgrading at the Bukit Merah Town Centre were on display then and also on HDB’s webpages. How would the design ideas from this Challenge be used alongside those earlier perspectives?
    The perspectives showcased at the earlier exhibition and online were for reference purposes, where HDB’s intention to further engage the community to co-create these public spaces were made known. This Challenge would build upon the earlier engagements and concepts, where creative and skilled minds of the architecture field shall help to further detail meaningful design concepts.
  9. If I am a student, will I lose out to working professionals or professional architectural firms?
    The anonymity of registered participants will be preserved throughout the judging process.
    The identity behind each submission will not be made known to the judges nor the public during the voting stage.
  10. I still have unanswered queries, where do I direct my questions to?
    Please email HDB’s appointed promoter at by 16 June 2024.

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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