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Sentosa revamp latest: EOI sought for Merlion Gateway redevelopment, new adventure attraction planned for Imbiah Hill

Sentosa upgrade continues: Merlion Gateway revamp, new adventure attraction on Imbiah Hill

Singapore’s Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) is seeking Expressions of Interest for the redevelopment of the island’s Merlion Gateway Precinct as part of an ongoing programme of rejuvenation.

The company has also launched a tender for proposals for a new adventure attraction within Imbiah Hill’s natural environment.

The Merlion Gateway Precinct encompasses the main pedestrian thoroughfare that connects guests between various transport nodes and attractions, leading from Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), past the Merlion Plaza and onto Sentosa’s beaches.

SDC is seeking to enhance connectivity and improve the guest experience throughout the 12-acre site.

The intention is to appoint an architect-led multi-disciplinary consultancy team later this year to prepare a comprehensive design development plan. A separate tender will be called for the construction works.

To minimise disturbance in such a high-traffic area, the work will be carried out in stages. Slated for completion in 2021, highlights are expected to include visitor engagement opportunities aplenty such as photo points, break-out spaces and aqua play.

“The redevelopment of the Merlion Gateway Precinct is a key near-term project that will pave the way for Sentosa’s next phase of growth,” explains Mr. Quek Swee Kuan, CEO of SDC.

“It forms an integral part of our constant efforts to enhance guest experience through improving accessibility and strengthening connectivity, amongst our various initiatives to rejuvenate Sentosa’s offerings to sustain our appeal to locals and tourists.”

Upping the thrill factor at Imbiah Hill

Plans are also afoot to ramp up the Imbiah thrill factor with a brand new adventure attraction.

SDC has launched a tender for proposals on an approximately one-hectare site between Imbiah Lookout and Siloso Beach.

The natural geography will allow designers to make the most of the site’s gradient to provide an entertaining and interactive experience. More details will be released after the evaluation of tender proposals.

“Sentosa has come a long way since 1972,” observes Quek. “As we work to bring even more fun to our guests, we are excited by the upcoming developments which will play a key role in ensuring that we sustain our position as the choice leisure and lifestyle treat for both locals and tourists in the years to come.”

In the longer term, SDC is also in the process of developing Sentosa’s 2030 Masterplan.

“Through this effort, we aim to further strengthen our position as a world-class leisure destination,” adds Quek.

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Charles is Managing Director at Blooloop. He attends numerous trade shows around the world and frequently speaks about trends and social media for the attractions industry at conferences. Outside of Blooloop his passions are diving, trees and cricket.

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