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Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall

Singapore

Market Sector

Facilities

Type

Conservation

Services Provided

Mechanical and Electrical Engineering/ESD

Region

Asia Pacific

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First established in 1862 and located in the heart of the Empress Place Civic District, Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall are among Singapore’s leading venues for the performing arts. T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) provided Civil and Structural engineering and Mechanical & Electrical (M&E) engineering design services for the upgrade and preservation of this famous facility.

Restoration work included:

  • Excavation and construction of two basement levels within the conserved theatre façade walls, which had been constructed on shallow brick pedestals.
  • Underpinning part of the theatre façade wall to enable the underground structures to extend under the neighboring Old Parliament Lane and Atrium area.
  • Reinforcement of the old foundations in order to modernize the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall for world-class performances.
  • Removal of four pairs of existing columns in the Concert Hall and the addition of two pairs of steel columns, which are concealed in the conserved load bearing walls, to provide a column-free foyer space.
  • Suspension of the additional loads of the new spiral staircase and platform, located just above the foyer, as well as the circular seating structure, from steel trusses by the hangers.

To overcome complex technical challenges within tight space constraints, the TYLI team used innovative planning for the addition of modern fire protection, air-conditioning and other required M&E systems.

Project Highlights:

  • New underseat air-conditioning system provides comfortable temperatures and manages indoor air quality
  • Stringent acoustic demands were met, including Preferred Noise Criterion 15 for the Concert Hall and Noise Rating 20 for the Victoria Theatre.
  • The project marks the introduction of Singapore’s first underground substation with a creatively-conceived, natural ventilation system.
  • The mixed-mode ventilation system with spot cooling pushes naturally-cooled air into the large central atrium space.
Awards
Award for Structural Heritage, 2015
The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
Architectural Heritage Award (Category A), 2015
Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)
Design and Engineering Safety Excellence Award, 2015
Building and Construction Authority (BCA)
GoldPlus Award, 2013
Building and Construction Authority (BCA)
Green Mark Award, Gold Plus, 2012
Building and Construction Authority (BCA)