Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall

Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall

Victoria Theatre

TYLin provided civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering design services for the upgrade and preservation of Singapore’s famous Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall.

Established in 1862 and located in the heart of the Empress Place Civic District, the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall are among Singapore’s leading venues for the performing arts. 

The extensive restoration work included:

  • Excavation and construction of two basement levels within the conserved theatre façade walls, which had been built on shallow brick pedestals.
  • Underpinning part of the theatre façade wall to enable the underground structures to extend beneath the neighboring Old Parliament Lane and Atrium area.
  • Reinforcement of the old foundations 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 that 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, and the circular seating structure from steel trusses by the hangers.

Project Highlights:

  • To overcome technical challenges within tight space constraints, TYLin used innovative planning for the addition of modern fire protection, air-conditioning and other required mechanical and electrical systems.
  • 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.
  • The 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.


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)