Grant Associates helps Asia’s leading leisure destination reimagine Singaporean islands

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Vision for new island playground in a global city unveiled

A major conceptual masterplan to reinvent the Singaporean islands of Sentosa and Pulau Brani as a global leisure and recreation destination, set within a biodiverse tropical landscape, has been unveiled.

Landscape architect Grant Associates is leading a multidisciplinary design team on the project with architects WilkinsonEyre, working in close collaboration with the Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC). 

The team, located both locally in Singapore and internationally, include ARUP, Atelier Ten, Biodiversity by Design, Team Leisure, Nipek, Knight Frank, Arcadis, Architecture 61, Web Earth and MET Studio.  Many of the team previously worked together on the design of Singapore’s internationally acclaimed Gardens by the Bay.

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‘An island playground in a global city’

Known as the Sentosa-Brani Master Plan, the comprehensive blueprint for re-imagining the islands will be rolled out in phases over the next two to three decades.

It will see SDC leverage the islands’ natural attributes, from ridges to coral reefs, to form the backdrop for world-class leisure attractions, as well as lively night-time offerings. Transport connections to, and within, the islands will also be enhanced.

New public realms, which are authentic in character and environmentally sustainable, will also be created, including rejuvenated beaches and expanded nature and heritage trails.

The redeveloped islands will feature five distinct zones – Vibrant Cluster, Island Heart, Waterfront, Ridgeline, and Beachfront. Each will deliver unique experiences, with the zones progressively taking on a more leisurely and naturalistic character as visitors travel further from the urban heartlands towards the islands’ edges.

The plan to reinvent Sentosa-Brani forms part of a wider Government-backed scheme to rejuvenate Singapore’s Greater Southern Waterfront (GSW), which has been made possible by the proposed relocation of Singapore’s ports in 2027.

“The Sentosa-Brani Master Plan represents a bold future vision for Singapore as a major international leisure and attraction destination, aligned with an internationally significant landscape framework. This has been designed to protect and enhance the biodiversity of these islands whilst creating distinctive settings for the existing and proposed developments. The Plan represents the input of many consultants working alongside the SDC client team to imagine a future identity for the Sentosa-Brani environment where fun, play and nature come together to create a unique new place for global travellers and Singaporeans.” 

Andrew Grant, Founder and Director at Grant Associates

“WilkinsonEyre is delighted to be working once more with Grant Associates on these exciting and ambitious proposals, that unite the best in landscape and architectural design in a bold new vision for Sentosa-Brani.”

Paul Baker, Director at WilkinsonEyre
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About Grant Associates

Grant Associates is a pioneering international landscape architecture practice. Our work reconnects people with nature in insightful, delightful and distinctive ways whilst addressing the global challenges of urbanisation, the climate crisis and biodiversity extinction.

Our design process is underpinned by a knowledge of human behaviour, nature and ecological science combined with innovative design technology. We bring original thinking, creative collaboration and are exploring what regenerative design and the circular economy means to landscape architecture.

Our varied portfolio includes ambitious large-scale, landmark projects through to small, local ventures.