Appointment of Consultants for Jurong Lake District and High-Speed Rail
Jurong is moving closer to becoming the 2nd CBD in Singapore and gateway to the rest of the world. It was announced 8 Feb 2017 that KCAP Architects & Planners (KCAP) has been appointed to be the leader of the consultant team (which consists of KCAP, SAA Architects, Arup, S333 and Lekker), to develop the detailed master plan for Jurong Lake District.
On the same day itself, Land Transport Authority (LTA) also appointed AECOM to conduct an advanced engineering study for the Singapore stretch of the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail (HSR) infrastructure.
Jurong Lake District
KCAP was involved in notable projects such as the planning the transformation of a former port area in Hamburg, Germany, into a new city. HafenCity in Hamburg is now a bustling city with workplaces, residences and facilities for culture, leisure, tourism retail and higher education.
KCAP’s vision of Jurong Lake District is a district with filled with greenery and water features. Waterways and series of green spaces and connections will weave through Jurong Lake District, integrating with Jurong Lake’s green setting.
The proposal from the team led by KCAP best met the expectations and requirements of the RFP. At the heart of the proposal is its sensitive focus on water and greenery, which incorporates new waterways and a series of green spaces and connections that weave through the entire district to create a strong, distinctive identity. The district will be made up of four large interconnected parks with interactive public spaces for socialising. The commute between parks, buildings with rooftop gardens, etc. via walking and cycling will be encouraged with pedestrian and cyclist-friendly streets.
Over the next few months leading to mid-2017, the master plan will be refined, and detailed proposals for the Jurong Lake District will be drawn up. It is understood that plan will be implemented in stages and residents of Jurong will witness the transformation of Jurong into a CBD over the next 10 to 30 years.
After the signing of a legally binding bilateral agreement on 13 December 2017, the implementation of Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High-Speed Rail (HSR) project, Singapore has kicked started by the appointment of AECOM in Singapore. AECOM will be conducting advanced engineering study which involves providing architectural, civil, electrical, mechanical and other design services required for the Jurong East terminus, tunnels, and the bridge across the Straits of Johor.
The aim of the HSR is to provide seamless travel between the capital cities of Singapore and Malaysia, cutting the travelling time from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur to 90 minutes. The 350-km line will also have other six stations linking up Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri. With Singapore’s appointment of AECOM, it is hopeful that the HSR is on track to completion on the targeted date of 31 December 2026.
What do these mean to people owning Jurong Property?
With the development of Jurong Lake District and HSR moving ahead, residents of Jurong leaving close to the developments will have to bear the sight and noise of construction. On the bright side, you get to witness the amazing transformation of a “ULU (“ULU” means rural in the Malay Language)” town into a vibrant city bustling with economic & recreational activity over the next ten years. Plus, if you own the property (not forgetting Westwood Residences), you will get feel the capital appreciation of your property over the next few years.