Eco-Link @ BKE
A short movie of our Eco-Link project.
The Eco-Link @ BKE is an ecological bridge that connects Bukit Timah Nature Reserve with the Central Catchment Nature Reserve over the Bukit Timah Expressway. The bridge is designed to be fully forested and enable wildlife to cross between the Nature Reserves that were previously fragmented.Designing for animals:
The bridge was designed with an understanding of animal behaviour as a fully vegetated bridge able to support mature native forest without the need for maintenance or irrigation.
Research and knowledge of animal behaviour influenced all aspects of the design from the slope angles, vegetation types, habitat options, hazards, funnel fencing, though to safety and requirements for minimal maintenance.
The design maximises the usable area and width for the planting and animal use for the ecological crossing.
The design included options to encourage and guide animals to the ecological link with design provision for the possible future implementation of funnel fencing. Escape ramps and escape hatches/flaps have been specifically designed to be incorporated into the funnel fencing should it be implemented in the future.
The intended users range from the deer, monkeys and pangolins, through to reptiles, birds, and insects.
Camera traps and studies at the location have already recorded many animals using the bridge that have never been recorded on the other side before. Project Cost:
S$ 16 MillionCompletion:
August 2013, Greening Oct/Nov 2013Design: Stephen Caffyn Landscape Design
, YWL Engineering Pte Ltd, for LTA/ NParksContractor:
Eng Lee Engineering Pte LtdSize:
50m wide (narrowest point) and 65m long.www.land-arch.netwww.facebook.com/StephenCaffynLandscapeDesign/
Rendered in Lumion 6 Pro
Model was produced a while ago in SketchUp (see below for original SketchUp version) and very quickly recently added into Lumion. Have not spent much time adjusting the planting to date.
Render time 1.28 secs per frame
Intel i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz, 32GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
Included: Our early SketchUp, photos upon completion, and 1No. photo taken Jan 2016 showing the tree growth on the bridge at present.