Experts warn of hefty price tag for Singapore's underground ambitions
Major hurdles mean hefty price tag for subterranean works, experts say
As Singapore developers start gearing up for a subterranean future, experts have warned of the pitfalls of going underground.
They say plans for a possible network of tunnels, malls and research labs could fall foul of the island's patchy soil formations and built-up landscape.
These factors could push up costs and make life difficult for planners, who would need to get even more businesses on board.
On the other hand, burrowing into the earth could provide valuable room to build in space-scarce Singapore."Our land boundary is finite," said Professor Yong Kwet Yew of the National University of Singapore's civil and environment engineering department.
CITY BENEATH THE CITY
Plans for an underground science city beneath Kent Ridge Park are being studied. It could feature 192,000 sq m of rentable space and be a place of work for more than 4,000 researchers.