New Homes in Cherished Places

 

New Homes in Cherished Places

The variety of housing options in the Central Area is set to widen further in our mature city-fringe towns. New public housing in Queenstown, Toa Payoh and Bukit Merah will allow more people to enjoy the character, convenience and amenities of these familiar towns. Over the next 10-15 years, new public and private housing will also be developed around existing and upcoming MRT stations such as Mattar, Geylang Bahru, MacPherson, Dakota and Caldecott, where residents can enjoy improved accessibility to an expanded public transport network.

Artist's impression of Tiong Bahru View
Artist's impression of Tiong Bahru View
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In addition, two areas in the Central Region have been earmarked for exciting new housing districts – Kampong Bugis and Bidadari.

Kampong Bugis

Kampong Bugis will be developed as a high-density waterfront residential district in a lush garden setting, with accessible public and alternative transport links to reduce car usage. Located between two river channels flowing into Kallang Basin, Kampong Bugis will be an exemplary water-sensitive urban design precinct. We also see future residential developments with creative ‘fence-less’ designs that facilitate public enjoyment of the area.

Artist's impression of Kampong Bugis Precinct
Artist's impression of Kampong Bugis Precinct

The district will be developed as a pilot area for a car-reduced residential precinct. Public transport access via MRT and buses will be improved, and water taxis might even be introduced as an alternative mode of travel. To further promote the car-less lifestyle, bicycle and car sharing facilities are a posiibilty, and walking will be encouraged through abundant greenery and urban design features. Another idea being explored to minimise car presence in the neighbourhood is the provision of centralised basement car parking.

Attractive public parks and fenceless developments to support a pedestrian-friendly environment
Attractive public parks and fenceless developments to support a pedestrian-friendly environment

Bidadari Estate – A Community in a Garden

To meet housing demand for a growing population, Bidadari will be developed into a new public housing estate, with a distinct character and sense of history. Envisioned as a tranquil urban oasis, Bidadari Estate will build on the area’s rich heritage, cherished existing green spaces and multiple public transport links to create a garden living environment.

Envisioned as “A Community in a Garden”, Bidadari Estate will feature the centrally-located 10ha Bidadari Park, which will connect to a Central Green Spine. Bidadari Park will capitalise on the existing terrain, retain a cluster of mature trees, and accommodate a stormwater retention pond. Helping to mitigate flooding problems in the area, the retention pond harks back to the fondly remembered lake in the former Alkaff Gardens in the area. The existing Bidadari Memorial Garden will also be integrated within Bidadari Park. The Park will be connected to the wider residential estate through pockets of open spaces, with part of the tree-lined Upper Aljunied Road (from Upper Serangoon Road to Vernon Park) to be converted into a heritage walk for pedestrians.

Artist's impression of Bidadari Park
Artist's impression of Bidadari Park
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Bidadari Estate will be pedestrian and cyclist friendly, with seamless connections between transport nodes, the park and commercial developments. To provide for the needs of new and existing residents, Bidadari Estate will feature a wide range of amenities including a new commercial development next to Woodleigh MRT station. A bus interchange, neighbourhood police centre and other community facilities will be located nearby. Other amenities such as places of worship and healthcare facilities are also being planned for the estate.