PROS Architects and Planners

Old Bilibid Infrastructure & Urban Renewal

Project Title & Location
Sta. Cruz, Manila, Philippines


Makati City, Metro Manila

Project Completion

November 1999

Associated Firms

ECT Consulting Engineers
Transportas Consulting

Services Provided
- Pre-Feasibility Study
- Master Plan
- Urban Design
- Development Guidelines
- Transport Study
- Financial Study

Known as the largest penitentiary under any American administration in the world, the site covers an area of 6.8 hectares. It consists of the Bilibid prison area, as this existed just before WW2, the Fabella Memorial Hospital and the Central Market along Fugoso Street.

Considerations in the design and planning of the Old Bilibid include the predominantly commercial and institutional uses, the large number of informal structures in the project site, and the traffic congestion in the area. Essentially an intermodal transport facility, the plan features a design strongly influenced by grade level definitions to allow traffic flow in and out of the project area as well as improve traffic flow in the vicinity. Divided into four quadrants, the development features the following:

Southwest Quadrant. LRT-2 Terminal and Shopping Center, Passenger Dock, Utilities, LRT-4 Terminal, Jeepney Stands and Concourse.

Southeast Quadrant. 25-story Landmark Building, Main Entrance Building, Commercial parcels of 1,100 to 2,300 square meters.

Northwest Quadrant. Businessman's Hotel, the 15-story Fabella Hospital, 15-story School of Nursing and Midwifery, and a multi-story Parking Garage with Residential Towers.

Northeast Quadrant. Bus Terminal and Central Market.

A central plaza, Plaza Bilibid occupies the core of the development with a Clock Tower at the center. Shops, boutiques and restaurants occupy restored radial buildings.