Facts and Figures
Tampines is home to about 239,100 HDB residents, and we manage 66,599 flats in the town (as of 31 March 2015).
History of Tampines
Tampines was named after the ‘Tempinis’ tree which grew abundantly in the area.
In its early days, farmers and villagers in scattered squatter settlements dotted its otherwise barren landscape. A visitor to Tampines in the 1970s would have been greeted by undulating hillocks and deep craters formed as a result of sand quarrying. At its peak, there were more than 26 sand quarries in the area. The high plains in the vicinity were cut away to further level the area, resulting in 45 million cubic metres of sand that was later used as fill material for the East Coast Reclamation project.
Evolving Through The Years
In the beginning years of the town’s development, residents had to be resettled from the villages to make way for the infrastructure works. The process of building Tampines town took 10 years, with 3,720 residents resettled.
In October 1992, Tampines town was awarded the World Habitat Award in the Developed Country Category by the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) of the United Nations. The award recognises innovative and successful human settlements.
Today, Tampines has one of the most developed regional centres, serving a wide resident base in the Eastern part of Singapore.
Tampines Eco-green was opened in 2011. Showcasing different types of natural habitats such as freshwater wetlands and a secondary rainforest, the place is conveniently connected via the Tampines Biking Trail and Sunplaza Park.