Bishan Depot provides maintenance facilities for rolling stock and fixed installations in Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system. The 2km-long site is located some distance north of downtown Singapore on what was primarily marshland.
The buildings on the site include a main depot, an administration building that houses a training school, a fixed installations workshop (with full overhaul facilities), train wash buildings, a control tower and numerous utility structures.
The design of the buildings attempts to strike a balance with the aesthetics of the trains they serve. An insulated metal sandwich panel is used throughout as a cladding material, thereby affording a clean, uncluttered and low maintenance finish. The 10m-long panels are large but lightweight, and are mounted on steel supports.
Built at the start of construction of the Singapore MRT system, DP Architects pioneered this facility in collaboration with engineering consultants Electrowatt and rail consultants DE-Consult (now DB International). It was the first such facility in the Singapore metro network.