GSP Form

1. About Geylang Serai

Geylang Serai is one of the oldest Malay settlements within Paya Lebar Central, which is a key growth area over in the central eastern part of Singapore. Since 2008, the area has progressively developed into a lively commercial centre while retaining its unique cultural identity and remained a popular destination with the local Malay community till today. To further strengthen the identity and along with the recent completion of the new Wisma Geylang Serai, PA, together with the stakeholders in the precinct, are looking to anchor the area along Changi Road, stretching from Tanjong Katong Complex to Kampung Ubi Community Centre, as the Geylang Serai Cultural Belt (Fig 1). These plans to make Geylang Serai more culturally distinctive were unveiled by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the National Day Rally on 19 August 2018.

2. Competition Format

This Design Competition, Geylang Serai Cultural Belt Design Competition, will take the format of a Single-Stage Open Design Competition.

3. Eligibility to Participate

a) The competition is open to local practicing architects registered with the Board of Architects (BOA) who are aged 45 years or below on the date of submission for the competition.

b) The eligible architect registered for participation in the competition is required to form an MDT comprising of an Architect (AR), who is to be the registered Architect, a Civil & Structural Engineer (CS); a Mechanical & Electrical Engineer (ME); and a Quantity Surveyor (QS).

c) All members of the MDT are to be employed by firms that are listed on the Public Sector of Consultants (PSPC). Only PSPC-registered firms as listed under Panels 1 – 4 under the AR discipline and PSPC-registered firms as listed under Panels 3 & 4 for the CS, ME and QS disciplines are allowed to participate in this Design Competition.

d) Parties likely to be in conflict of interest are excluded from the Design Competition, including registered participating firms with owners, partners or employees having immediate family ties (parent, spouse, child, or sibling) with a member of the Jury or the Technical Evaluation Panel, or an employee of Housing Development Board, Urban Redevelopment Authority, National Environment Agency, Land Transport Authority or People’s Association, who is closely associated with the preparation and/or conduct of the Design Competition.

4. Design Vision and Intent for Competition Outcomes

a) The proposals submitted for the Design Competition are to focus on enhancing the key gateway to the precinct located at the junction of Geylang Road, Changi Road, Geylang Serai Road, and Joo Chiat Road. This junction is anchored by three key landmarks -Geylang Serai Market, Wisma Geylang Serai and Joo Chiat Complex. The proposed design strategy is to demonstrate the ability to stitch together these existing standalone buildings to enhance their current identity and give recognition to this location as the main node and focal point for the entire Geylang Serai Cultural Belt.

b) The Scope of Works for the design proposal hence focuses on three areas:

(i) Improvement works at Geylang Serai Market;

(ii) Improvement works at Joo Chiat Complex; and

(iii) Creation of a gateway at the junction of Geylang Road/ Changi Road/ Geylang Serai Road/ Joo Chiat Road.

(iv) The above enhancements under the Scope of Works are envisioned to showcase Geylang Serai’s strong heritage and cultural identity and reinforce the role of the area as the ‘go to’ destination to experience Malay culture. This Scope of Works represents an initial phase of enhancement works to the area and may be followed by future phases in other parts of the precinct to further rejuvenate the area. Hence, the design proposal should reflect an overall concept / theme and demonstrate how this can be scaled and adopted beyond the current scope of works across the entire cultural belt in future.

5. Registration

a) Only teams that have registered for the Competition will be allowed to participate.

b) Registration to participate in the Design Competition is to be made online via SIA Member Online (SMO) Portal (

c) Upon successful registration, the Promoter will allocate an identification number to each team. The numbering system will be at random.

6. Anonymity of Submission

a) To ensure the anonymity of all the submissions, all Architects registered to participate in the competition and the MDTs shall abide by the following 2-folders submission:

(i) All drawings, and other submission materials within Folder 1 – Design Proposal shall not bear any logo, motto, or other distinguishing feature of any kind to identify the registered Architects and MDTs; and

(ii) All Submission Forms and Curriculum Vitae of the key personnel representing the registered participating Architects and MDTs shall be submitted within Folder 2 – Team Composition and Track Records & Cost Estimates.

b) Any submission materials that fail to comply with the above requirements will not be accepted for evaluation by the Jury and the architect registered for the competition and the MDT will be disqualified from the competition.

7. Submission Materials

a) Folder 1:

(i) Max 2 x A1 sized landscape format drawings. The drawings are to include sketches, diagrams and text to clearly articulate the overall design and form, the design of the public realm and its relationship to the public circulation as well as highlight innovative design solutions, if applicable.

(ii) individual images used in boards and report,

b) Folder 2:

(i) Team composition & Track Records

(ii) breakdown of estimated construction cost,

c) Submission Forms.

8. Architect’s Fee and Prize Money for Stage 2 Finalists

a) The winning BOA-Registered Architect leading the MDT will be commissioned to develop the detailed design for construction and implementation. By agreement to enter into the Competition, the BOA-Registered Architect and the MDT agree to enter into a contract with HDB who will oversee the detailed design, tender and implementation of the works on site.

b) The winning BOA-Registered Architect and MDT will be appointed and engaged based on a combined professional fee of of the overall construction cost in lieu of the prize money, excluding non-fixed items. Submissions must include the percentage breakdown of fee allocation among the consultants within the MDT.

c) The prize money for the two merit schemes (2ndand 3rd prizes) is SGD$12,000 and SGD$6,000 respectively.

9. Briefing and Site Visits

a) An online briefing session will be arranged for registered participating teams by the Promoter after registration closes, at a date to be confirmed. All registered participating teams are encouraged to attend the online briefing session. Details will be shared in due course.

b) Kindly note that the briefing and site visits are not compulsory to participate in the competition. 

10. Question & Answer

a) All questions and requests for clarifications on the Design Competition, including the Terms and Conditions and the Design Brief and Technical Requirements, shall be made in writing by email (in English) before XX XXX 2020, 6pm (Singapore date and time), to the Promoter at [].

b) All emails are to clearly state “Geylang Serai Cultural Belt Design – Competition Query” as the subject heading. Only upon receipt of an acknowledgement email sent by the Promoter shall the query be officially registered for a response.

11. Jury Panel

a) Chair:

  • Dr Mohamad Maliki bin Osman, Mayor, South East District & Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence & Ministry of Foreign Affairs

b) Members:

(i) Mr Tan Han Juan, Assistant Chief Executive, People’s Association

(ii) Ms Hwang Yu-Ning, Chief Planner, Urban Redevelopment Authority

(iii) [HDB Representative]

(iv) [NEA Representative]

(v) Mr Rahmat Sawie, Community Representative; Geylang Serai Market Merchant Association

(vi) Mr Mohamed Zailani, Community Representative; Malay Activity Executive Committee Chairman

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