|Estimated HDB Resident Population ||109,300|
|HDB Flats Under Management||36,617|
Toa Payoh is HDB’s second satellite town. Formerly a swampland, initial resistance from squatters to clearance works delayed development for the town by two years. Squatters began moving out in 1962 with actual site preparation in 1964, and in time for HDB's second five-year building programme in 1965.
The town was developed based on the ‘Neighbourhood Principle’, which groups several neighbourhoods around a Town Centre. The town centre acts as a focal point for the entertainment and shopping needs of residents.
Toa Payoh is also the location for many significant events, namely the visits by Queen Elizabeth II in 1972, and again in 2006. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao also visited the town in 2007. Toa Payoh also hosted the South East Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games in 1973.
As one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates, Toa Payoh was the first to benefit from the Estate Renewal Strategy – an integrated and systematic approach to rejuvenate older HDB towns, making them more comparable with newer estates.
The estate renewal efforts not only made Toa Payoh young and vibrant again, but also enabled its residents to enjoy a better quality of life and enjoy an established, thriving community.
The town centre was transformed into a thriving and bustling commercial hub within five years.
Residents enjoy facilities at their doorstep such as an integrated transportation network with an underground MRT station and bus interchange at ground level, and social communal facilities (restaurants, shops, etc.)
An iconic representation of Singapore’s heartland and a pioneer HDB town, Toa Payoh is today a vibrant town and houses the HDB Hub, headquarters of the HDB.