About the Southern Ridges
Developer: The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore
Owner: Ministry of National Development, Singapore
Architect: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers, IJP Corporation Ltd
Why the the Southern Ridges?
The Southern Ridges is a nine-kilometre chain of green, open spaces spanning the rolling hills of Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Kent Ridge Park, before ending at West Coast Park at the south-western part of Singapore.
Singapore has limited land. Today, the 4.9million population shares 710 square kilometres of land. The challenge is how to maintain a good quality of life in an increasingly dense built-environment and balance the needs of competing uses, yet provide a leisure option. Through careful planning and innovative use of limited space, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the national land use planning and conservation authority of Singapore, was able to open up new leisure options.
The Southern Ridges project is one such example. The project has innovatively linked up three isolated existing hill parks into a large expanse of nature reserve through simple structures such as bridges, elevated walkways, as well as nature trails, and a new attraction for the public to enjoy and learn about horticulture and nature.
Since its opening, the Southern Ridges has been visited by over half a million people. In particular, the design of the bridges garnered not just local but international attention. Located at the south-western part of Singapore, the Southern Ridges comprises a 9-kilometre chain of green, open spaces spanning the rolling hills of Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Kent Ridge Park and Clementi Woods before ending at the West Coast Park. It is an area rich in history and is home to some of nature’s greatest gifts of flora and fauna. It is also one of the best spots in Singapore to catch panoramic views of the city, its harbour and the Southern Islands.
The Southern Ridges…
- The project is a unique example of how the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the national planning and conservation authority of Singapore, was able to open up new leisure options and create a recreational destination through careful planning and innovative use of limited space.
- The project has innovatively linked up the three existing hill parks into a large expanse of nature reserve through simple structures such as bridges, elevated walkways, as well as nature trails. Now, the visitors can traverse a 9-km trail that brings them through the forest, over hilltops and into the hill parks for a unique experience with nature.
- The bridges, Henderson Waves and Alexandra Arch and the elevated walkway (Forest
Walk) are popular with the residents and tourists. They have received both local and international awards in the fields of design, architecture and engineering.
- By working closely with a partner agency to convert an old nursery into a gardening hub and open it to the public, the area becomes more accessible and attracts more visitors.
- Before 2002, the three hill parks i.e. Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Kent Ridge Park were separated by major arterial roads, inaccessible nursery and dense vegetation; and were recognised in isolation and by their distinct group of the visitors. Through the project, they are now collectively and affectionately known as ‘the Southern Ridges’.