Raffles Place Park Redevelopment Design Competition 2024

Artist impression of re-imagined park – As shown in Draft Master Plan 2019 exhibition. Credits: URA

Join us to re-imagine Raffles Place Park (RPP)!

As part of ongoing rejuvenation efforts and to integrate nature into our Central Business District (CBD), NParks and URA are launching a single stage Design Competition, seeking fresh and innovative design ideas that can transform RPP into a signature urban park and prominent public space that will promote social life, engender a sense of belonging and lovability in the CBD community.

Artist impression of re-imagined park – As shown in Draft Master Plan 2019 exhibition. Credits: URA

Join us to re-imagine Raffles Place Park (RPP)!

As part of ongoing rejuvenation efforts and to integrate nature into our Central Business District (CBD), NParks and URA are launching a single stage Design Competition, seeking fresh and innovative design ideas that can transform RPP into a signature urban park and prominent public space that will promote social life, engender a sense of belonging and lovability in the CBD community.

About Raffles Place Park

RPP is located in the heart of our CBD, with good connectivity to Singapore River, Civic District and Marina Bay.
The park has historically been the centre of civic life in the CBD, from its origins as a mercantile square in the 1800s to its current role as an urban park since the 1960s. Located above the Raffles Place MRT interchange Station where about 150,000 commuters pass through daily, there are opportunities to shape the park and strengthen its offerings as a welcoming, inclusive place of rest, respite, and social activities.

The Providore. Credits: URA
Weekday office crowd. Credits: URA
#RPChairs. Credits: URA
UNWIND @ Raffles Place movie screening. Credits: Raffles Place Alliance

SCOPE OF COMPETITION

The Competition is looking for ideas to:

    1. Strengthen identity of the Raffles Place Park as a signature urban park and prominent public space in the heart of the CBD
    2. Improve overall park experience; and
    3. Increase opportunities for activation.

The Competition is open to practicing architects registered with the Board of Architects, who are required to form a MDT comprising the following disciplines:

    • Architecture (AR) (Principal Consultant);
    • Landscape Architecture (LA);
    • Civil & Structural Engineering (CS);
    • Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (M&E); and
    • Quantity Surveying (QS).

Register in the link below to find out more!
More details can be found in the Design Brief upon registration.

LOCATION

Raffles Place Park has historically been the centre of civic life in the CBD, from its origins as a mercantile square in the 1800s to its current role as an urban park since the 1960s.

The rejuvenation of Raffles Place Park is timely as the CBD re-positions to be more mixed-use and evolve into an attractive precinct, vibrant even on weekends and after office hours.

The proposals should promote social life in Raffles Place, engender a sense of belonging, lovability in the CBD community, and elevate health and wellbeing.

PRIZES

The winning MDT will be appointed and engaged to provide Multi-Disciplinary (Architectural, Landscape Architectural, Civil & Structural Engineering, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, Quantity Surveying) Consultancy Services based on a combined professional fee of 14% of the Final Project Construction Cost in lieu of the prize money.

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

TIMELINE

20 June 2024 Registration Opens
27 June 2024 Briefing Session
29 July 2024 Deadline for Questions and Request for Clarification
12 Aug 2024 Posting of all Answers to Questions and Requests for Clarification
12 Sep 2024, 12pm Registration Close & Submission Deadline
Sep/Oct 2024 Evaluation/Judging
Nov 2024 Announcement of Winner and Merit Prizes
Nov 2024 Public Exhibition of Submissions
2026 Construction Begin
2028 Construction Complete
Please note that the dates are tentative and subject to changes. MDTs will be informed of any changes to the programme.

ELIGIBILITY

The Architect is required to form an MDT comprising the following:

    • An Architect (AR), who a registered Architect (QP) with the BOA;
    • A Landscape Architect (LA), who is an accredited Landscape Architect with SILA;
    • A Civil & Structural Engineer (CS) who is a registered Engineer (QP) with the PEB;
    • A Mechanical & Electrical Engineer (ME);
    • A Quantity Surveyor (QS).

Please refer to clause 1.9 Requirements for Participation in the Competition Brief for more details.

JURY & JUDGING CRITERIA

Ms Kartini Omar-Hor (NParks Group Director for Park Development & Design, and Jurong Lake Gardens)
Ar Chou Mei (URA, Group Director Conservation & Urban Design)
Dr Srilalitha Gopalakrishnan (SILA President)
Ar Melvin Tan (SIA President)
Prof Hwang Yun Hye (NUS. Associate Professor (Practice))

JUDGING CRITERIA

    • Capture succinctly the vision, objectives and intent of the Design Brief;
    • Respond creatively to the Design Brief and context of the site, in particular, respecting the qualities, history and character of the surroundings but yet is bold and visionary
    • Are conceptually coherent and consistent;
    • Have unique, attractive and place-making characteristics that leverages and yet addresses its unique location in the CBD;
    • Are physically, intellectually, socially and culturally inclusive to all visitors and users;
    • Are practical, economically feasible and financially sustainable;
    • Are designed for safety, buildability and ease of maintenance.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Both Online & Physical submission are required.
The venue of the physical submission is at the URA Building, Level 2, Gallery Room

Physical submission requirements:

    • Two (2) A1-sized landscape format boards

Digital submission requirements:

    • Two (2) A1-sized landscape format drawings following the provided template.
    • Team Composition and Track Records & Cost Estimates.
    • Completed Submission Form.

All questions and requests for clarifications on the Design Competition, including the Terms and Conditions, the Design Brief and Technical Requirements, shall be made in writing by email before 29 July 2024, to the Promoter at design_competition@sia.org.sg.

FAQ

EF QUESTION ANSWER
1 Does the LA for the team need to be SILA registered? Refer to Clause 1.9.4 of the Competition Brief, The Landscape Architect firm must be either a) Registered with Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA) or equivalent;Or b) The director of the firm is an Accredited Landscape Architect recognised by SILA Accreditation programme and Registry or is a Full Member of SILA or possesses such other equivalent accreditation.
2 Hi, if we are part of an Architectural Design consultancy office that is not licenced locally, are we able to partner with a local practice to enter the competition? Yes. The local architecture QP who leads the MDT needs to be BOA and PSPC registered. Refer to Clause 1.9 of the competition brief for the Requirement s for Participation.
3 As per 1.2.2 of the brief, only “PSPC-registered firms listed under Panels 3 & 4 for the CS, ME, and QS disciplines are allowed to participate in this Design Competition”. For the avoidance of doubt, pls confirm CS, ME, and QS under Panel 1 and 2 strictly NOT ACCEPTED Refer to Clause 1.2.2 & 1.9.3 of the competition brief, only PSPC-registered firms as listed under Panels 3 & 4 for the CS, ME, and QS disciplines are allowed to participate in this Design Competition.
4 Is the 12k prize money in addition to the 14% MDT fee or will be off set as part of the fee? The 12K prize money is for the 2nd placed merit scheme. Refer to Clause 1.12.3. The winning MDT will be appointed and engaged to provide Multi-Disciplinary (Architectural, Landscape Architectural, Civil & Structural Engineering, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, Quantity Surveying) Consultancy Services based on a combined professional fee of 14% of the Final Project Construction Cost in lieu of the prize money. Refer to clause 1.12.2 of the competition brief.
5 Can 2 sole proprietor archi firms collaborate to qualify for the minimum PSPC tier? ie to make up the minimum required no of QPs / personnel headcount via a consortium arrangement? Refer to Clause 1.9.3. of the competition brief and information on PSPC can be found from BCA website
6 The SILA website’s full member listing has only 154 accredited professionals. Whereas there more than 1000 registered architects who can qualify. If every qualified architect can only participate with a SILA accredited professional on board – then the teams that do not secure a SILA-accredited landscape collaborator are at a disadvantage. I believe the interest in this competition is high. Would NParks would willing to consider or be open to the participation of experienced landscape professionals who are not SILA accredited? Refer to Clause 1.9.4 of the competition brief. Also refer to Clause 1.6.3 of the competition brief, “each eligible Architect who is registered for the competition will be allowed a maximum of one submission”. There are no restriction to other disciplines.
7 Do we need to form the MDT before registering? There are very limited landscaping/M&E/CS/QS consultants which are qualified. Refer to Clause 1.9 of the competition brief for the requirements of participation.
Note: Clarifications regarding submission details and competition information will be provided after eligible participants have registered for the competition. It will be issued with the Competition Brief, Submission Documents and Appendixes.

The competition is jointly organised by URA & NParks with the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) as the appointed Promoter

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