SOON, it will be a pleasant experience walking along Singapore's Rail Corridor, the former railway track that runs from Tanjong Pagar to Woodlands.
Along the 24km stretch, users can stop at four activity nodes to watch performances or chill out with a cup of coffee. These are just some of the possible uses for the nodes - at Buona Vista, the Bukit Timah Railway Station area, the former Bukit Timah fire station and Kranji - which will support a range of activities.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Wednesday launched the 'Rail Corridor - An Inspired and Extraordinary Community Space' request for proposal, inviting design professionals to develop a concept master plan and concept proposals for the Rail Corridor.
According to URA, the concept master plan and concept proposals should create a unique and endearing Rail Corridor experience. It should have a clear design approach that includes proposals for a community connector, amenities, and programming for community use.
Besides the four activity nodes, the participating teams are to propose concept designs for two special-interest areas, namely the former Tanjong Pagar railway station and for the stretch of the Rail Corridor at Choa Chu Kang.
Interested teams should submit information on their team composition and organisation, track record, as well as a statement of design intent for the Rail Corridor to URA by April 23, 2015.
The successful team of consultants will be announced in October. There will be a public exhibition of all shortlisted submissions from October to December. The public will be invited to give their feedback on the concept master plan and concept proposals.