MRT Circle Line

We were appointed by the lead engineering consultant for the US$7billion Phase 1 of MRT Circle Line. Masterplanning and urban integration issues were key factors in the planning and design of all stations.

Our work was carried out in close consultation with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). We designed each station to enhance its local urban character and support the city’s long-term planning strategy. All transport infrastructure was planned to safeguard the integrity of the city Master Plan, a statutory land use plan that guides allowable land use and development density.

We undertook a series of feasibility studies to investigate how stations could best integrate with their surrounding urban environment. Downtown stations were planned to connect into the city’s network of underground passageways, with direct links into adjacent hotels, shopping malls and other developments.

We also worked with our engineering colleagues to minimise disruption to the city during construction works, for example, by reducing the extent of construction sites to avoid busy road junctions.

Our team also undertook preliminary design of the Kim Chuan Depot to provide stabling and maintenance facilities for Circle Line trains and the Operation Control Centre. The depot covers 11 hectares and it was decided to construct it below ground to enable future oversite property development. On its opening in 2009, it became the world’s largest underground depot.


Transport Client
Singapore Land Transport Authority

Design Stages
2000 - 2001
Concept & Scheme Design

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