Bidadari to become an urban oasis

Bidadari to become an urban oasis

SINGAPORE - Once the site of a cemetery for different racial groups, Bidadari estate is slated to be transformed into an urban oasis with 11,000 homes.

Plans unveiled for 3 new housing estates

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    Located in the central region of Singapore, Bidadari is bounded by Bartley Road to the north, Upper Serangoon Road to the west, Sennett Estate to the south and Mount Vernon Road to the east.

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    Bidadari, located near Serangoon, will have a park a tenth of its total size as well as a cycling path for its six neighbourhoods. These will serve residents of its 11,000 flats.

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    Bidadari Estate will be a tranquil urban oasis, where residents can relax and connect with family and friends in a garden-like setting.

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    Some of the plans for Bidadari Estate include six distinctive neighbourhoods, each with unique identities through the use of varied building forms that respond to the different characteristics of Bidadari; and public spaces for community gathering and events within a garden-like setting.

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    Tampines North is envisioned to be a new "green shoot" and extension of Tampines Town. The vision for Tampines North is "Tampines in Bloom: Budding Communities within a Green Tapestry".

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    Guided by this vision, Tampines North will capitalise on its existing greenery and proximity to Tampines Town to create an attractive living environment, through five key strategies.

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    A "Blossoms Walk" within the Boulevard Park will create a local yet distinct identity; and a 10 ha Quarry Park which could connect to Pasir Ris Town in the future.

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    Under the Phase 2 master plan for Punggol New Town unveiled in Oct 2012, Punggol will feature seven distinctive eco-town districts, each with a unique identity and character.

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    Capitalising on its proximity to the waterfront and taking inspiration from its heritage, the Matilda district of Punggol is set to be an attractive waterfront housing district with many flats commanding waterfront views.

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    Planning for Matilda was inspired by the 'verandah' feature of the old Matilda House and its surrounding lush greenery. Hence the vision of Matilda District - Verandah by the Waterfront".

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    Some of the new plans for Punggol Matilda include new housing forms with integrated landscaped decks that provide "door-step" accessibility to the precinct amenities; and a Community Street leading to the waterfront, designed as an urban verandah with "living rooms" as rest points for residents to sit and chat.

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    In addition, leafy walkways will provide seamless sheltered connectivity between the residential precincts and the waterfront promenade; and there will be a vibrant waterfront shopping mall, as well as recreational amenities and parks for community events.

With its rolling and undulating topography, Bidadari will have a 10ha green lung in the heart of its 93ha estate, offering residents ample space for recreation.

A man-made lake, inspired by the one found previously in the former Alkaff Lake Gardens there, will also be created in this new park.

The master plan for Bidadari, together with those for two other estates - Tampines North and Punggol Matilda - were unveiled yesterday by National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

The plans will be showcased to the public until Sept 15 at the Future Homes, Better Lives exhibition held at the HDB Hub Atrium. Members of the public are invited to give their feedback.

Mr Khaw, who launched the exhibition, said in a speech that the Housing Board is guided by a social mission, and noted that every new town "must be better than the previous one".

He suggested a list of criteria, such as promoting interaction through more public spaces, promoting healthy living through pedestrian and cycling networks, and setting aside green spaces.

He said the new estates will "capitalise on their individual distinctive character, so that they can all achieve a unique identity and provide a unique living experience".

The three estates will progressively yield some 40,000 new homes, mostly public housing, over the next 10 to 15 years.

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