Two UK design teams win a prestigious competition to design two gardens in downtown Singapore

Two teams made up mostly of British firms have been selected in an international competition to design a public garden each on Singapore’s bay front.

Grant Associates, a landscape architect based in Bath, together with architect Wilkinson Eyre and environmental consultant Atelier 10 will work on a garden at Marina South.

Landscape designer Gustafson Porter, engineer Ove Arup, consultant Davis Langdon & Seah Singapore Pte will work up designs for a site at Marina East.

The two teams beat off competition from 70 other entries from 24 countries.

The Gardens by the Bay scheme, organised by Singapore’s National Parks Board, will open in phases from 2010.

Gustafson Porter was previously responsible for the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park and the National Botanical Gardens of Wales.

Grant Associate’s recent projects include the New Islington Millennium Village in Manchester and Chongqing Botanical Garden in China.

Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Fumihiko Maki, whose design for a building at the World Trade Centre in New York was unveiled today, was a member of the international jury. He said the gardens would have a huge impact on Singapore.

He said: “Because of their very strategic position in the centre of the city, these gardens, when fully realised, will bring tremendous change to the character of the downtown and surrounding areas.”