QUALITY HOMES WITH DEEP COMMUNITY BONDS
New homes near parks, reservoirs, and the sea extend the serenity of living across the North. Upcoming family-oriented developments like 3Gen flats as well as people-centric facilities, activity centres and services are also set to boost community life in the North.
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New homes along the waterfront such as EastBank @ Canberra, the new Build-To-Order development in Sembawang along Sungei Simpang Kiri, are located close to existing residential areas. This proximity will help new residents maintain connections to family and friends.
New public and private housing developments offer diverse options for all who wish to build a home amid the greenery and waterways of the North.
Spaces for Family Living
With four bedrooms, three bathrooms and other innovations, new Three-Generation (3Gen) flats in Yishun cater to multi-generational families living together where parents and their married children could better care for and support each other. These 3Gen flats have been designed to be elderly and wheelchair-friendly, and are also conveniently located near amenities. The layout of 3Gen flats has also been designed to optimise living space, like having an open kitchen.
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Middle-aged housing estates such as Yishun will be rejuvenated through the Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) exercise launched by the Housing & Development Board.
Residents can look forward to a new commercial and residential development integrated with an air-conditioned bus interchange, as well as the first Community Club located in a shopping mall, sited conveniently opposite the Yishun MRT station.
To create a more attractive environment and provide spaces for community bonding, the pedestrian mall in Yishun town centre has been upgraded with a plaza and green gateways. The Yishun Pond has also been improved with a new three-storey lookout tower, The Spiral@Yishun, to offer residents a panoramic view and easy access to Yishun Park via an overhead pedestrian bridge.
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Full array of amenities including educational institutions, community and social facilities, sports facilities, healthcare facilities and commercial nodes support our housing areas. More amenities will be introduced in existing and new housing areas in the North, ranging from new healthcare facilities to hawker centres and community clubs. When opportunity arises, these amenities and services will be clustered together to make it more accessible to the community and encourage social interaction.
Integrated Development in Woodlands
The integrated development located next to the Admiralty MRT Station is one such example. The one-stop hub brings together a number of amenities to better serve residents such as shops, a hawker centre, a childcare centre, two blocks of studio apartments with an activity centre for seniors, a medical centre with a senior care centre as well as a community plaza for all to enjoy.
ENHANCING CONNECTIVITY ACROSS THE NORTH
The North is now more connected to other areas across Singapore, with new links and public transport services shortening travel times. The expansion of cycling networks is also set to boost the mobility of residents by making it easier to travel within and between towns, as well as offering an accessible, cost-effective and sustainable mode of transport.
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Thomson Line (TSL)
The upcoming Thomson Line (TSL) will include three MRT stations in Woodlands and one station in Springleaf. When the new line is completed between 2019 and 2021, residents will enjoy more direct journeys to the city.
Parallel Bus Services to the City
Parallel bus services such as Service 850E and 951E serving Yishun and Woodlands, and the future City Direct service planned for Sembawang are good alternatives to the MRT for commuting to the city during the peak hour.
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Intra-Town Cycling Networks
Sembawang and Yishun are among the first seven towns in Singapore that will have their intra-town cycling networks expanded and upgraded to better support a smarter, more sustainable mode of transport. A new cycling network is also being studied in Woodlands.
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North-South Expressway (NSE)
Residents in Yishun, Woodlands and Sembawang will also be able to enjoy much shorter travelling times with the direct city connection provided by the North-South Expressway (NSE) come 2020.
HEARTBEAT OF THE NORTH
Regional Centres across Singapore serve as vibrant hubs for business and employment, providing diverse environments for businesses and job opportunities for residents closer to homes. In the North, the development of Woodlands as a Regional Centre over the next 10 to 15 years will bring fresh retail and job options closer to home.
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With the future cross-border rail link to Malaysia, Woodlands Regional Centre is set to come into its own as the Northern Gateway to Singapore. Featuring some 700,000m² of new commercial space and more than 100ha of developable land, the growth of the Woodlands Regional Centre will anchor the development of the North Coast Innovation Corridor.
More commercial and shopping options will progressively be made available in the Woodlands Central, with a future pedestrian mall running through the heart of the district
As a significant employment cluster, the Woodlands North Coast will bring jobs and commercial opportunities closer to home for residents of the North Region.
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New Industrial Clusters
Two new industrial clusters at Gambas Avenue and along Woodlands Avenue 9 and 12 will also be developed as a new manufacturing zone to meet the growing demands of the sector and provide jobs for residents.
International Furniture Park
The International Furniture Park at the heart of Sungei Kadut Industrial Estate will be developed as the epicentre of the region’s furniture industry, bringing together global industry players, top-quality furniture makers and designers
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Existing shopping malls such as North Point, Sembawang Shopping Centre and Causeway Point were newly renovated to bring more retail and dining options to the North. With upcoming developments at Yishun and Woodlands, residents can expect more choice and convenience in retail offerings.
Neighbourhood Centres (NCs)
Within new residential areas in Yishun and Sembawang, precinct shops and Neighbourhood Centres (NCs) will be developed to serve residents’ daily needs.
ENRICHING OUR NATURAL GREEN AND BLUE ASSETS
With large expanses of green and blue spaces including the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, the North Region is an ideal retreat for those looking to get close to nature.
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To give residents better access to the waterways and nature areas of this region, a number of these spaces will be enhanced as recreational areas. These enhancements will be carefully designed and sensitive to existing eco-systems and environments.
Admiralty Park, the largest park in the North Region, will be transformed into one of three Destination Parks in Singapore, the other being East Coast Park and Jurong Lake Park. The hilly terrain here opens up many exciting possibilities to explore, including the possibility of having giant slides and climbing slopes that the whole family can enjoy together.
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Located in a green setting by the former Admiralty House (a national monument), the future Sembawang Community Hub will be a one-stop centre for residents. Designed for social interaction and bonding, the hub brings together a cluster of sports and community amenities and services for all.
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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve has been extended to include a new 38ha Wetland Park, to bring nature closer to visitors. Public access will be improved, and there will be new facilities and a trail network that encourage experiential learning whilst protecting and enhancing the rich biodiversity and habitats.
Kranji Marshes, a freshwater marsh habitat teeming with birdlife, will also be made more accessible to the public. To protect and showcase the area’s natural heritage, URA has worked closely with NParks and the Nature Society (Singapore) to protect the more sensitive areas. In future, boardwalks, nature trails, bird-watching hides and rest points will also be provided for the public.
BLENDING OUR BUILT AND NATURAL HERITAGE
While synonymous with nature, the North is also dotted with buildings and sites that recall fascinating stories of the past. Upcoming developments will enhance the identity of the North while offering opportunities for the public to learn about their shared heritage.
NEW LEASE OF LIFE FOR HERITAGE SITES
Former Admiralty House
As a national monument, the former Admiralty House is set to be a centrepiece of the future Sembawang Community Hub and enrich the community development with its rich heritage. It will give the fresh sporting, recreational and community amenities in a park setting an added dimension.
Cashin House, a former residence extending out to sea in Lim Chu Kang, will become a new visitor gateway to the western part of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. The house will be restored and converted into a recreational spot, capitalising on its rustic waterfront environment combined with a seamless green link to the much-loved Nature Reserve.
STRENGTHENING OUR NATURAL HERITAGE
As an area of important local identity, Springleaf Park along Upper Thomson Road will be enhanced with a visitor centre, a pavilion, bridges and lookouts around Sungei Seletar. These enhancements are to be completed in 2014. In the future, Springleaf Park will be extended along the banks of Sungei Seletar, creating a green link between the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and Lower Seletar Reservoir.
Jalan Gemala was recently added to the list of Nature Areas to recognise and protect its rich wet grassland habitat. The conservation of this area will also help to ensure the sustainability of the nearby Kranji Marshes.
PUBLIC SPACES FOR COMMUNITY BONDING
Amidst the built and natural heritage in the North, new town plazas and public spaces will bring people together to create a stronger sense of identity and home.
Set against the backdrop of the Yishun Town Garden, a new town plaza will add vibrancy to the Yishun town centre. It will provide activity spaces and a seamless connection to the new integrated transport hub and MRT station.
The new People’s Plaza located at the integrated development in Woodlands will be an open space surrounded by shops and community farms to bring residents from the development and the larger community together. Woodlands will also see a future pedestrian mall connecting Woodlands Central to the North Coast.
WOODLANDS REGIONAL CENTRE
“A vibrant live-work-play business hub set in a lush green northern waterfront”
With new transport connections, fresh commercial space and room to grow, Woodlands Regional Centre is set to realise its full potential as Singapore’s Northern Gateway. As well as providing a direct connection to the city centre, the Thomson MRT line will host an interchange station with the future cross-border rail link to Malaysia. Comprising the districts of Woodlands Central and Woodlands North Coast, Woodlands Regional Centre has 700,000sqm of new commercial space planned and more than 100ha of developable land for expansion, which is comparable to other regional hubs such as Jurong Lake District and Tampines Regional Centre.
- CREATING TRANSPORT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENTS
- CAPITALISING ON THE WATERFRONT
- CREATING DISTINCTIVE DISTRICTS AND PRECINCTS
- ENHANCING CONNECTIVITY AND GREEN NETWORKS
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Developing around the existing Woodlands MRT and the Bus Interchange, as well as the new Thomson Line stations at Woodlands and Woodlands North.
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Extending the waterfront park and enhancing connectivity to the waterfront via a pair of signature green boulevards and a pedestrian mall that connects the two districts of Woodlands Central and Woodlands North Coast.
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Woodlands Central: Retail and mixed use cluster
Woodlands North Coast: Business and residential cluster, with 4 unique precincts
- Admiralty Park & Waterfront Residential Precincts: Waterfront and garden residences
- Central Boulevard Mixed Use Precinct: Office and business park uses along signature green boulevards
- Northshore Innovation Precinct: Business opportunities for SMEs
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Growing the network of park connectors and cycling paths, and connecting to the 150km Round Island Route and Rail Corridor.