Two weeks ago, Minister for National Development Mr Mah Bow Tan announced the government’s $1 billion plan for the second phase of HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) plans, which will benefit the Hougang, East Coast and Jurong Lake areas.
2Today, Minister Lim Boon Heng announced the details of HDB’s ROH plans for the Jurong Lake area. Residents can find out more and give their feedback at an exhibition to be held at the open space next to Jurong East MRT station. The details are as follows:
- 22 Jan (Sat), 5pm – 9pm
- 23 to 26 Jan (Sun to Wed), 10am to 9pm
- A location map is attached at ANNEX A (JPG 21KB)
3Jurong was developed as an industrial town in the early 1960s and played a key role in Singapore’s early industrialisation efforts. Since then, Jurong has grown into a modern and bustling town. But this part of the island still possesses good development potential and extensive opportunities for a holistic transformation.
4Minister Lim Boon Heng said, “The HDB’s ROH plans bring together many agencies – URA, NParks, PUB, LTA, NHB and the Jurong, West Coast and Holland-Bukit Panjang Town Councils – to breathe new life into the Jurong Lake area. There are plans to make the Jurong Lake District and Pandan reservoir a choice leisure destination; plans to rejuvenate the HDB heartland in the area; and there are also plans to create a new Jurong Regional Centre with F&B, commercial, office, residential and even hotel developments for business travellers and tourists. These ROH plans will not only benefit local residents and Singaporeans, but will bring the Jurong Lake area to the attention of international visitors.”
5Broadly, HDB’s ROH plans for the Jurong Lake area are guided by four key thrusts: Rejuvenation of the Town Centre, Outdoor Recreational Choices, Improved Connectivity and Heartland Heritage. The plans extend beyond the Jurong Lake District into the HDB heartlands.
(I) Rejuvenation of Town Centre
6Efforts to rejuvenate the town centre began with URA’s masterplan for the Jurong Lake District. About the size of 70 football fields, the new Jurong Regional Centre, otherwise known as the “Jurong Gateway”, is set to be the largest commercial hub outside the city centre. Some of these plans for the Regional Centre are underway:
- A new mall, JCube is slated for completion in 2012. Formerly known as the Jurong Entertainment Centre (JEC), the new mall will be twice the size of the old JEC with about 26,000 sqm of commercial space.
- An integrated healthcare hub comprising the 700-bed Jurong General Hospital (JGH) and 286-bed Jurong Community Hospital (JCH), which are slated for completion in 2014 and early 2015 respectively.
- A mixed-use development in the heart of the Jurong Regional Centre. Comprising shopping, entertainment, dining and office facilities, this will have a direct link to the Jurong East MRT station.
7Under the ROH plans, the new buzz and rejuvenation plans will extend from the Regional Centre all the way to the surrounding HDB heartlands. There will be a new pedestrian mall with a shaded plaza between the existing Jurong East Town Centre and the upcoming JCube mall. This dedicated pedestrian thoroughfare will connect residents and visitors seamlessly between Jurong East MRT station to the Lakeside where the Science Centre, Omni Theatre and Snow City are located.
8The existing Jurong East Town Centre and 10 neighbourhood centres nearby will also receive a new lease of life. This is HDB’s first massive plan to systematically rejuvenate HDB neighbourhood centres within the same region. The commercial (neighbourhood) centres that will benefit are as follows:
- Boon Lay Shopping Centre – Boon Lay Place
- Bukit Batok N1 NC – Bukit Batok Street 11
- Bukit Batok N2 NC – Bukit Batok East Avenue 4
- Jurong East Town Centre – Jurong Gateway Road
- Jurong East N2 NC (Yuhua Village) – Jurong East Street 24
- Jurong East N3NC (Yuhua Place) – Jurong East Street 31
- Jurong West N4NC – Jurong West Street 41
- Jurong West N5NC (Hong Kah Point ) – Jurong West Street 52
- Taman Jurong Shopping Centre – Yung Sheng Road
- Teban Gardens NC – Teban Gardens Road
- Teban Place – Teban Gardens Road
9 To create a unique character and identity for each of these centres, distinctive street furniture and landscaping could be introduced to the existing pedestrian malls and plazas, with additions of improved community spaces. For example, some neighbourhood centres will get new facilities such as community corners or family plazas where community activities can be held.
(II) Outdoor Recreational Choices
10The Jurong Lake region is a unique blend of housing estates in close proximity to two large reservoirs i.e. Jurong Lake and Pandan Reservoir. These major water bodies create plenty of recreational opportunities for the residents and visitors ranging from nature walks, fishing, bird watching and more exciting water-based activities such as kayaking, dragon boating, sailing and canoeing. Over the next 10 to 15 years, the Lakeside (comprising 220 ha of land and 70 ha of water body) will be developed into a world-class leisure destination for residents and visitors. There will be new attractions, waterfront hotels, parks and promenades added around the scenic lake. It will truly be a ‘water playground’. Two new parks will be created in the vacant space near the Jurong East MRT station and Toh Guan.
(III) Improved Connectivity
11For residents to fully enjoy the benefits of the new Jurong Regional Centre and new recreational options, improving connectivity in the area will be a key area of focus. A comprehensive network for pedestrians and cyclists will be created to enhance accessibility for residents from the nearby housing estates to the key attractions and facilities, including MRT stations. To be developed progressively over the next 5 years, this will be the first comprehensive pedestrian and cycling network in the West connecting main nodes like Bukit Batok Town Centre, Jurong Regional Centre, Jurong Lake, Pandan Reservoir and the neighbourhood centres in the heartland.
12This network will be at least 24 km long. When completed, the network will connect residents from the Bukit Batok area to Jurong East MRT station and into the heart of activity at the Jurong Gateway. Besides bringing them into the heart of commercial activity, residents can also look forward to major routes where they can walk or cycle on weekends or evenings to Jurong Lake, Pandan Reservoir or even as far as the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Dedicated cycling paths will be provided to give both cyclists and pedestrians ample space. Supporting infrastructure such as bicycle parks and clear signages will also be put up. Where feasible, the landscaped area beside the pedestrian and cycling path could also incorporate green features such as bioswales. In short, the new pedestrian and cycling network will enable residents to re-discover and enjoy the many attractions and facilities in the Jurong Lake area.
(IV) Heartland Heritage
13HDB will be working with the relevant agencies to create a heritage corner in the Jurong East town centre. To be located along the new pedestrian mall, the heritage corner will enable the younger generation to learn about the area’s rich history, and allow the older generation to reminisce about the area’s early years.
14Residents in the Jurong Lake area can look forward to new homes in the area. Two new public housing sites, comprising about 1,200 new flats, are planned to be rolled out progressively over the next 5 years. They could cater to new families or upgraders seeking homes in this established part of the island.
15Prominently located on both sides of Bukit Batok Avenue 1, these landmark public housing projects will give the area a whole new look and a stronger identity. Their premium designs will create a distinct identity for the Jurong Lake area, and demarcate the transition between Jurong East and Bukit Batok towns.
16Residents of Jurong Lake area will see their living environment enhanced through various upgrading programmes, such as the Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) Home Improvement Programme (HIP) and the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP). In addition to the convenience of direct lift access, the homes of eligible residents could also be given a facelift though improved toilets, or even a brand new gate and door.
17In addition to those blocks that have been completed or selected for various upgrading programmes, a further 460 blocks are eligible for HIP, 21 precincts for NRP, and 14 blocks for LUP.
Overall, the HDB’s ROH plans are set to transform the Jurong Lake area into the next “big thing” in the West region. This transformation reflects the Jurong Lake story, which will directly benefit some 274,000 residents living in the estates surrounding Jurong Lake. Many other Singaporeans who visit, work, or shop in the Jurong Lake area will also enjoy the enhancements. Further details of the ROH plans are attached in ANNEX B.