Atkins to plan “car-lite”, people-friendly district in Singapore

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin group, has been appointed by Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to provide masterplanning and urban design services for the 60ha Bayshore precinct in Singapore.

Home to around 12,000 families, Bayshore will be "a number of diverse micro-communities tied together by pedestrian-friendly connections", Atkins said, adding it wanted to make Bayshore a "standard-setter in healthy, liveable place-making".

Eli Konvitz, Atkins’ director for urban development and design in South East Asia, said the firm is seeking "a new form of urbanism that can be replicated elsewhere".

Lead designer for the project, Maulik Bansal 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."

Atkins’ ‘car-lite’ strategy aims to make streets support technology, such as the adoption of concepts like Connected Autonomous Vehicles, already under trial in Singapore.

Two MRT stations now under construction will be integrated into the plan.

Atkins said the project will be delivered by a multidisciplinary team comprising masterplanners, urban designers, architects, engineers and transport planners.

Image: "Bayshore will focus on putting people at the heart of the conversation" (Atkins)

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