Plans are in the works to clean up Boat Quay's cluttered waterfront promenade and revamp the area to provide outdoor diners with clearer, unobstructed views of the Singapore River.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority launched a tender on Thursday for consultants to study how the outdoor dining areas along the 330m stretch can be improved.
Proposed changes include replacing existing canopies and partitions with structures, such as retractable roofs, that do not block the view of the river. Signs and menu boards that obstruct the public walkway will also be removed.
The initiative is the idea of the Singapore River One, an organisation set up in August 2012 to manage Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay. It has been consulting stakeholders about the proposed revamp.
"Boat Quay has seen low visitorship over the years due to negative public reviews and its lacklustre appearance," said its chairman Wilson Tan.
The area has long been plagued by negative public reviews and complaints about touting and overcharging. Huge menu boards and canopies of different colours and logos line the promenade, giving it an inconsistent and disorganised feel.
Earlier this month, Singapore River One formed a dedicated Boat Quay sub-committee made up of 10 to 12 business owners who will provide feedback and ideas on how to improve business.
URA's tender for consultants closes on April 3. Construction work will only go ahead if a majority of stakeholders agree to proposed changes.