Aurecon has been appointed as consultant to Sato Kogyo (S) Pte Ltd, which has won a contract totalling approximately S$157 million from Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) to design and construct the expansion of the Sengkang-Punggol Light Rail Transit (SPLRT) depot. The project will boost the availability of trains and improve overall rail reliability to better serve the growing transport needs of residents in Sengkang and Punggol.
Sited above the North East Line’s depot in Sengkang, the 3.5-ha SPLRT depot will be expanded to 11.1 ha as part of efforts to increase its stabling capacity to accommodate 17 new two-car trains and create additional space for maintenance facilities. Upon completion in 2027, the expanded SPLRT depot will consist of two new reception tracks to shorten the train launching time and three new traction power substations to support the operations of the fleet’s two-car trains.
Prior to the appointment, Aurecon had worked closely with Sato Kogyo to put forth an innovative design proposal that optimises the depot’s layout. In its consultant role, Aurecon will provide architectural, civil, structural, building services and other design services required for the construction of the SPLRT depot expansion.
To ensure that the project will be carried out efficiently, effectively and safely without disruption to daily operations, Aurecon will adopt a user-centric approach from conceptualisation to design and construction. This includes tailoring the design construction sequence and methodology to accommodate the requirements of an operational rail network, as well as to deliver an expansion that seamlessly complements the existing North East Line depot technically and aesthetically.
Tan Eng Hong, project manager and technical director, buildings structures at Aurecon Singapore, said, “We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with LTA and with Sato Kogyo. My team and I are looking forward to providing innovative technical engineering solutions and advisory expertise to help enhance the operations of the LRT network in north-eastern Singapore and to keep Singapore moving safely and smoothly.”
Stephane Asselin, chief executive at Aurecon Asia, added, “We are excited to play a key role in realising this important infrastructure project in Singapore’s land transport development. This contract win affirms the breadth and depth of Aurecon’s rail and mass transit expertise. More significantly, this project will pave the way in Singapore’s journey towards achieving its vision for a reliable, people-centred and sustainable land transport system with about 360 km of rail network by the 2030s.”
Aurecon has a strong track record in securing and delivering rail and mass transit projects of varying scale and complexity locally and globally. In Singapore, Aurecon is working on the Cross Island Line (CR108) project to link Singapore’s longest fully underground MRT line to existing lines for seamless connectivity, as well as the J102 and J109 projects on the Jurong Region Line which will support the development of the western area of Singapore. In Hong Kong, the MTR Corporation also recently selected the Aurecon-WSP Joint Venture to plan and design the new Hung Shui Kiu Station of the Tuen Ma Line.
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