LTA Wins Top Accolade at International Tunnelling Awards

News Releases 12 Nov 2016 Downtown Line 3 (DTL3)

  • DTL3 Fort Canning Station Wins Top Tunnelling Project of the Year Award
  • ION Orchard Underground Link a finalist of the Renovation-Upgrading Project of the Year Award

    The Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) project to construct Fort Canning Station and tunnels as part of the Downtown Line Stage 3 (DTL3) won the “Tunnelling Project of The Year” award at the 2nd International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA)[1] awards held on 11th November.

2.  The Ion Orchard Link project which upgraded the underground pedestrian link between Orchard MRT station and Tang Plaza was also one of the three finalists for the “Renovation-Upgrading Project of the Year”. More information about the two LTA projects can be found in the Annex.

3.  The ITA awards held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre recognises the most ground-breaking achievements and young personalities in underground infrastructures worldwide.  It acknowledges excellence in engineering, safety, and environmental aspects of the most impressive tunnelling works and innovations. This year, there are 98 entries from 25 countries which competed for awards in nine categories. These entries, which included huge-scale infrastructure projects and more specific ground-breaking technical innovations, were reviewed by a 17-strong judging panel of civil engineers and experts industry.

4.  Mr Chua Chong Kheng, Deputy Chief Executive (Infrastructure and Development) of LTA, said: “We are honoured to be recognised for these two projects which have tested us with their engineering challenges and enriched our engineers. Through these projects, our engineers paid even greater attention to the intricacies and complexities of developing transport infrastructures underground, because land in Singapore may be scarce, but space is not. We hope that these two outstanding projects would spur our engineers on to overcome the challenges they face in the development of underground transport infrastructure as LTA continues to expand our transport network.”

Annex: More information about the two LTA projects

[1] 9ITA is a recognised Non-Governmental Organisation which is engaged with the United Nations in several programs of UN Habitat and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. ITA is the place where the tunneling community shares knowledge and promotes the use of underground space.  


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