Green light for Singapore’s Paya Lebar Quarter featuring landscape design by Grant Associates

17 JANUARY 2017, SINGAPORE
Summary
Paya Lebar Quarter, a mixed-use development covering 3.9 hectares in the heart of Singapore, has won planning approval as developers unveil full details of the S$3.2 billion scheme.

Paya Lebar Quarter, a mixed-use development covering 3.9 hectares in the heart of Singapore, has won planning approval as developers unveil full details of the scheme.

The S$3.2 billion landmark development by Lendlease and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) will feature three Grade A office towers, three premier residential blocks and over 200 shops with an exciting range of indoor and outdoor dining offers.

Grant Associates has created a landscape strategy for over 100,000 sq ft of public realm across the new quarter, which is situated in the historic and cultural districts of Joo Chiat and Katong. The landscape strategy will use water and green space to unify the different public spaces comprising the complete development, dovetailing with designs by the scheme's architect DP Architects.

Grant Associates’ landscape concept draws its inspiration in part from an adjacent pocket park and nearby mature heritage trees, including a prominent Banyan tree that formerly stood on the edge of the Geylang Canal. The overall landscape design is influenced by the motifs found in Malaysian songket - a traditional handwoven brocade. Details of the strategy are as follows:

Landscape strategy

Paya Lebar Quarter is comprised of three distinct landscape typologies – the Plaza, Promenade & Elevated Terraces, and an outdoor children’s playground:

  • The Plaza responds to the most urban part of the site and provides a distinctive new urban plaza that has the versatility to cater for events and cultural celebrations.
  • The Promenade reveals a greener character through the residential part of the development with a series of unfolding vertical landscapes that connect the buildings to their surrounding landscape. This includes a large residential elevated deck and associated building terraces.
  • An outdoor children’s playground provides opportunity for play among magnificent trees. Inspired by a mature Banyan tree that previously grew at the site, the playground uses elevated walkways to enable people to engage and interact with different parts of the trees and their canopies.

The public realm for Paya Lebar Quarter sets an important benchmark for urban sustainability in Paya Lebar. This includes a fully integrated and dedicated cycle way that is connected to the adjacent Path Connector Network (PCN) as well as a sequence of richly planted songket themed vertical garden terraces for the façade of the residential car park.

In addition, the public realm features an integrated Active Beautiful and Clean (ABC) water storey in the form of terraced rain gardens to cleanse urban storm water run-off before re-directing it back into the Geylang Canal.

Paya Lebar Quarter is due for completion in the second half of 2018.

Mike Wood, Senior Associate at Grant Associates, comments: “From the outset, the vision for the Paya Lebar Quarter public realm has been to generate an exciting sequence of spaces that is completely integrated with the rest of the built development. It was to be a distinctly ‘green’ complement to a strong urban framework. Paya Lebar Quarter will define a new benchmark for the development of urban public realm in the east and Singapore as a whole.

“It would be a missed opportunity if Paya Lebar Quarter's public realm were to become just more green space. Instead, our vision for the development is to create a unique place for people to experience the fusion of nature and water in a variety of ways including through quiet relaxation, events, play and drama, all within the context of a 24-hour a day lifestyle.”

Richard Paine, Managing Director at Lendlease, comments: “A generous balance between green space and the built environment is key to forging a unique identity for Paya Lebar Quarter. Planted areas and water features help to unify the different elements of the development, as well as providing a new public realm for the community.”

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"From the outset, the vision for the Paya Lebar Quarter public realm has been to generate an exciting sequence of spaces that is completely integrated with the rest of the built development. It was to be a distinctly ‘green’ complement to a strong urban framework. Paya Lebar Quarter will define a new benchmark for the development of urban public realm in the east and Singapore as a whole. It would be a missed opportunity if Paya Lebar Quarter's public realm were to become just more green space. Instead, our vision for the development is to create a unique place for people to experience the fusion of nature and water in a variety of ways including through quiet relaxation, events, play and drama, all within the context of a 24-hour a day lifestyle." Mike Wood, Senior Associate at Grant Associates
"A generous balance between green space and the built environment is key to forging a unique identity for Paya Lebar Quarter. Planted areas and water features help to unify the different elements of the development, as well as providing a new public realm for the community." Richard Paine, Managing Director at Lendlease
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About Grant Associates

Grant Associates is a British Landscape Architecture consultancy specialising in creative, visionary design of both urban and rural environments worldwide, working with some of the world’s leading architects and designers.

Inspired by the connection between people and nature Grant Associates fuses nature and technology in imaginative ways to create cutting edge design built around a concern for the social and environmental quality of life.

Grant Associates has experience in all scales and types of ecological and landscape development including strategic landscape planning, master planning, urban design and regeneration and landscapes for housing, education, sport, recreation, visitor attractions and commerce.

For more information visit www.grant-associates.uk.com