Recognition for technical excellence and innovation with two BCA Awards

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
7 September 2020

Arup’s Professional Engineers received highest honours at Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Design and Engineering Safety Awards this year. 

Er. Tan Yoong Heng and Er. Jason Tan Bok Leng were among the four Professional Engineers recognised, along with their teams, with an Excellence award for their innovative designs and engineering of challenging projects.

The prestigious Excellence awards were for the Thomson-East Coast Line Contract T203 TE2 Woodlands Station, which won in the Civil Engineering category, and for our work on Outram Community Hospital in the Institutional and Industrial category. Earlier this year, we also received the ACES Design Excellence Award for TE2 Woodlands Station and Outram Community Hospital.

These projects are testament to Arup's pursuit of technical excellence and total design approach. We challenged the norm and pushed the boundaries of design, leading to safer construction, simple and elegant designs, and ultimately better experiences for the end-users. ”

Tan Yoong Heng Singapore Office Leader

Designing better journeys

TE2 Woodlands Station was a project of scale as an interchange station: it is part of an intermodal transport hub and one of the largest Civil Defense stations in Singapore. For our team, this presented a user-experience challenge that focused on engineering a shorter walk for commuters travelling between the TE2 Woodlands Station and the existing North-South Line NS9 Woodlands Station, and from the station to the wider township. 

Our work resulted in designs for enhanced connectivity through an optimised rail alignment on both ends of TE2, an innovative design of a slender transfer link bridge between TE2 and NS9, and an underground link from the MRT station to the bus interchange.

Creating a connected campus and continuity of care

Our designs for the Outram Community Hospital had to be particularly sensitive to the confines of the hospital environment as well as proximity to a 100-year-old National Monument of Singapore and operational underground infrastructure.

Focusing on creating better connectivity, we engineered several key structures supporting the objective including a link bridge for patients transitioning between different stages of care from the adjacent Singapore General Hospital (SGH), smoother traffic connectivity within the wider SGH campus, and a highly challenging cross-campus underground logistics network facilitating the movement of goods.