Singapore Sports Hub
Year: 2003 – 2007
Developer/ Contractor: Singapore Sports Council/ Dragages Singapore
Tasks: Transport master planning, Traffic Impact Assessment Study, Traffic Scheme Design
Singapore Sports Hub is an integrated sports facility with several components including a 55,000 seat stadium, a 10,000 seat indoor stadium, swimming pools, shopping malls and Stadium MRT station close to the stadium. Dragages won the contract on a PPP (Public-Private Partnership) contract, which meant design, and construction cost by the contractor and maintain/use for 25 years before returning to Singapore government. DPA architect was the designer, Arup was the main consultant and Ali was the traffic/transport specialist consultant in Duffill Watts Pte Ltd working on this project. The task included transport master planning and detailed design traffic impact assessment study (TIA) for the overall scheme.
Challenges and Achievements:
The proposed site was within 3km of Central Business District of Singapore well within an urban environment. There were three main roads connecting to the site including two expressways ECP and KPE and Nicoll Highway.
The local road network leading to these roads were arterial roads insufficient to carry almost 7,000 vehicles per hour in and out of the Sports Hub in one hour. Major delays caused due to vehicle screening arriving to the site and for this simulation, models were developed to determine the optimum number of screening lanes to cause minimum disruption. In addition, a comprehensive study of local road network including 12 main junctions were simulated using VISSIM for before and different scenarios during event times. Practical recommendations for road widening, access and junction improvements were made to cope with the peak demands. Other notable challenge was the management of over 55,000 visitors particularly during departure time including channelizing to key points such as MRT stations, taxi and bus locations, carpark with over 4000 parking lots and pedestrian network. It was identified that crowd control locations would be an important feature of design to ensure there is lapsed time for safe movement of pedestrians. STEPS micro simulation was used to assess pedestrian movements during arrival and departure of a peak event. As a result of the detailed pedestrian study, practical and innovative ideas were offered to ensure safe and efficient pedestrian movements to and fro key nodes within and outside the Sports Hub.