Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin group, has been appointed by Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to provide innovative masterplanning and urban design services for Bayshore precinct in Singapore. Atkins’ approach to creating a number of diverse micro-communities tied together by pedestrian-friendly connections marks Bayshore as a standard-setter in healthy, liveable place-making. SNC-Lavalin acquired WS Atkins plc on July 3, 2017.
Bayshore precinct is a 60ha residential-led development, in an important and highly-visible location, which will house around 12,000 families. URA aspires for the new development to capitalise on the existing greenery and new strong public transport connections to the rest of Singapore. With Atkins’ expertise in sustainable masterplanning and the implementation of a ‘car-lite’ strategy, the attractive living environment will create a strong sense of community.
Eli Konvitz, Atkins’ director for urban development and design in South East Asia, said: “Our approach is to create an exemplar development for Singapore, a new form of urbanism that can be replicated elsewhere. Bayshore precinct will be an adaptive system that maximises outcomes from the interacting aspects –people living, working, playing in and travelling through the area.”
Maulik Bansal, Atkins’ lead designer for the project, added: “Bayshore will focus on putting people at the heart of the conversation, exploring how communities form around shared spaces, how people interact with them, what choices they have, and how our approach to place-making enables community ownership and a sense of belonging.”
Fundamental to this vision is placing Bayshore at the forefront of the ‘streets as a destination’ movement. Where roads were once dedicated to vehicles travelling from one place to another, we see the streets as vibrant public spaces and places to visit in their own right.
Atkins’ ‘car-lite’ strategy is central to the vision for Bayshore, where streets will support the progress of technology, and in turn respond to changes in behaviors and expectations of the travelling public, such as the adoption of concepts like Connected Autonomous Vehicles, already under trial in areas of Singapore.
Other elements key to the Bayshore masterplan include integration of the two MRT stations currently under construction, one of which includes an integrated transport node; integration of open spaces, weaving blue and green networks through the dynamic and diverse community open spaces into the masterplan; and flexibility and adaptability to allow implementation of the masterplan to adjust over time.
The project will be delivered by a multidisciplinary team comprising masterplanners, urban designers, architects, engineers and transport planners.