Expanding the Kim Chuan Depot

The Kim Chuan Depot is now being expanded to the world’s largest of its kind as part of a project to close the circle on the MRT Circle Line.

The Depot, an underground stabling and maintenance facility for Singapore’s driverless MRT trains, was designed in 2001 and 2002 with DB International’s involvement and has been in operation since 2009.

Above ground, Singapore’s largest bus depot is also being designed to handle 550 rigid, articulated and double-decker buses.

In October 2014, DB International’s experts for depots, railway alignment, and operations successfully presented the general layout, “Rail Depot & Alignment,” to the steering committee of Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA), DB International’s end customer in the project. That set the stage for the second Value Engineering Workshop in late November, which was headed by the Australian Centre for Value Management (ACVM). The design team, consisting of T.Y.Lin, DP Architects, MVA (Systra), ARUP and DB International, used this forum to evaluate the sustainability of the overall project together with LTA (the main client) and representatives from Singapore’s Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Transport, Building and Construction Authority, Housing and Development Board, and National Parks Board.

This work brought the preliminary design phase to a close. It is the second of four project phases in which DB International is providing consulting services for its client T.Y.Lin.

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