HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland :Rejuvenation of East Coast Area Taking Shape
The Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre is the latest development at the Bedok Town Centre that has completed its revamp, as part of HDB’s Remaking our Heartland (ROH) plans for the East Coast area. The Opening Ceremony for this development will be held on Sunday, 11 January 2015, and will be graced by Senior Minister of State for National Development, and Trade and Industry, Lee Yi Shyan. It marks the official completion of the third major landmark at this revamped Bedok Town Centre - following the Bedok Mall (opened in Dec 2013) and the Bedok Integrated Transport Hub (opened in Nov 2014).
2 In conjunction with the Opening Ceremony for Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre, a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the upcoming Bedok Town Plaza and Heritage Corner will also be held. The Town Plaza and the Heritage corner will occupy the adjacent site, where the previous hawker centre - Block 207 Upper Changi Road - was located. Once this project is completed in the first half of 2016, residents can enjoy exciting community activities at the Town Plaza and dine at the food and beverage outlets that will be located within. A Heritage Corner will also be integrated with the Town Plaza, enabling residents to learn about the rich history of the Bedok and East Coast area, from the earliest recorded settlers to the modern town that we see today.
3 In the last few years, HDB’s ROH plans to transform Bedok Town Centre have made good progress. With the official opening of Bedok Mall, the Bedok Integrated Transport Hub and the Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre cum Multi-Storey Car Park, the residents can look forward to more new developments in Bedok Town Centre. Besides the upcoming Town Plaza and Heritage Corner, residents can also expect a new Bedok Integrated Complex that will house Kampong Chai Chee Community Club, Bedok Sports Centre, Bedok Polyclinic, an Eldercare Centre and Bedok Public Library. This development is slated to be completed by 2017. An enhanced Pedestrian Mall will provide seamless connectivity to existing and upcoming developments in the Bedok Town Centre from the second half of 2016.
4 Beyond the Bedok Town Centre, residents can look forward to a variety of enhancements. An Outdoor Play Corridor which provides dedicated cycling and pedestrian paths connecting Bedok Town Centre, to East Coast Park and Bedok Reservoir Park, will commence construction in the second half of 2015. A cycling network within East Coast, which will connect to main activity nodes such as MRT stations, schools and NCs will also be completed by first half 2017. In addition, a heritage trail, to be completed by first half 2016, will highlight the heritage sites in Bedok and East Coast area, allowing residents to deepen their knowledge on the history of this area.
5 HDB’s ROH plans for East Coast will also include eight Neighbourhood Centres (NCs) within Bedok Town. The NCs will be systematically rejuvenated, with upgrading works at two NCs at Chai Chee and Fengshan, currently underway, and scheduled to be completed by this year. The rest are under various stages of implementation, and on track for completion by 2016. Some of the possible new features that residents can look forward to may include:
6 Since the ROH plans were announced in January 2011, the East Coast area has been transformed holistically, including revitalising the Bedok Town Centre to provide more commercial, transport and residential options under one roof. The revamp will directly benefit about 250,000 residents, who are living in Bedok. Many other Singaporeans who live, work, or shop in the East Coast will similarly enjoy these improvements.
7 Residents and public can visit the ROH exhibition, situated in front of Block 209 New Upper Changi Road for more information on HDB’s ROH plans for the East Coast area. The exhibition will be open to the public from Sun, 11 January to the following Sun, 18 January (11 am to 9 pm).
Mature, middle-aged or young, HDB estates are homes to many generations of Singaporeans. Through the years, continuous innovation and upgrading programmes have ensured that the heartland remains our cherished home.
At the National Day Rally in 2007, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong unveiled exciting plans to transform young, middle-aged and mature HDB estates into more vibrant homes for Singaporeans, so as to meet the changing needs of an ever-evolving community. Following this, HDB drew up proposals that build on the unique identity and distinct personality of each estate, aimed at creating more endearing homes for our residents. This is the soul of HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland programme.
Punggol, Yishun and Dawson were unveiled as the first three towns that will undergo the makeover, illustrating how young, middle-aged and mature estates could be transformed: Realising the Vision for Young Estates, Rejuvenating Communities in Middle-Aged Estates and Regenerating Mature Estates. In 2011, East Coast, Hougang and Jurong Lake areas were announced for the second batch of the ROH programme.
The ROH proposals are on track and residents can look forward to a rejuvenated estate and a more vibrant living experience in years to come.