Bath architects help design Singapore's City in a Garden

Kenneth Er, chief operating officer of Gardens by the Bay and a forest ecologist, explains what the project seeks to achieve

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A team of landscape architects from Bath have helped design part of what are believed to be the world's largest gardens in Singapore.

The workforce from Grant Associates have just completed more than half of the 101-hectare tropical garden.

Director Andrew Grant said its brief had been to make an amazing tropical garden and make it the favourite place for Singaporeans.

The project is part of Singapore's City in a Garden vision.

The scheme is designed to raise the profile of the city.

Mr Grant said a key part of its design is the super tree structure - made out of steel - and the tropical plants which typically live in the rainforest providing a vertical garden.

A walkway showing the super trees The Gardens by the Bay project is built on reclaimed land in Singapore's new downtown at Marina Bay

"These are 25 to 50m-tall (82-164ft) and also do a lot of environmental things.

"They have photovoltaic [solar] panels at the top and are also used for vents for some of the energy centres and conservatories.

"It's so fantastic to be part of the garden - it's really a once-in-a-lifetime project and thrilling for people using it," he added.

The Gardens by the Bay project is built on reclaimed land in Singapore's new downtown at Marina Bay.

Grant Associates was appointed in 2006 by the National Parks Board of Singapore to masterplan Bay South Garden, the first and largest of the three planned gardens at the site.

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