Empress Place and Esplanade Park, Singapore

LocationEmpress Place and Esplanade Park, Singapore
ClientStamford Property Services 
Architect COX Richardson

Context is currently involved in the enhancement of this important civic heart in Singapore for the 50th Anniversary of the Garden City in 2015. Esplanade Park and Empress Place are part of the necklace of parklands that ring the iconic Marina Bay. The colonial heritage landscapes incorporate the Queen Elizabeth Walk, the settings for the Victoria Theatre, National Art Gallery and the Asian Civilizations Museum, Esplanade Park, Connaught Drive and the Padang or Cricket Ground.

The competition winning entry by the team highlights improvements to the waterfront promenades and parklands, including the creation of a civic lawn fronting the Victoria Theatre, new events spaces, streetscape improvements, new playground, two sets of water steps, special lighting, new signage, street furnishings and extensive landscaping for the precinct. Building on the significance of the site as a major tourist destination, special provisions have also been made for tourist buses and a Heritage Trail through the site.

Special provision has been made for the Formula One Grand Prix and Defence Force march past events held regularly in the precinct.

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