Oriented towards the coastline, The WAVES (an acronym for Waterfront for All, innoVation, Enterprise and Sustainability) is an integrated waterfront development launched by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Expected to complete by end of 2025, it will house research institutes and start-ups; facilitate testbeds and trials of decarbonisation technologies for maritime innovation; and provide spaces for maritime training programmes to attract and develop talent for the industry.

The project is designed to become a focal point of maritime innovation and decarbonisation, supporting Maritime Singapore to capture new opportunities through connectivity, capabilities and careers. It will be segmented into three zones—research; collaboration; and public recreation—each dedicated to a discrete purpose.

The research cluster will drive innovation and spur collaborative research through its shared facilities and infrastructure. Dedicated labs are complemented by interwoven spaces for collaboration, such as meeting and event facilities, to foster cooperation. Co-working spaces will also be available within the development for hosting seminars and workshops. Furthermore, in line with the recently launched Maritime Singapore Decarbonisation Blueprint that aims at reducing emissions from Singapore’s port terminals and harbour craft, research firms and start-ups can carry out end-to-end testing for decarbonisation projects, conduct live demonstrations and showcase latest technologies with well-equipped facilities at The WAVES.

This project will serve as an inclusive space for the public with integrated play and learn facilities, including a gallery that showcases the vibrancy and history of the maritime sector; waterfront and rooftop green spaces; and food and beverage amenities. The public can enjoy and feel connected to the sea while catching an upfront glimpse into the workings of the maritime industry. – Construction+ Online


Project Name
Expected Completion Date
Lead Consultant & Architect
DP Architects
Sustainability & Decarbonisation Consultancy
DP Sustainable Design; Ramboll
Cost Consultancy
AECOM Singapore
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore