HDB wins FIABCI for Punggol Breeze development

PHOTO: HDB wins FIABCI for Punggol Breeze development

SINGAPORE - Punggol Breeze has won the Fiabci Singapore Property Award in the Master Plan Category, given out by the local chapter of the International Real Estates Federation.

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Casa Clementi and Punggol Breeze bag HDB awards

  • Singapore's biggest public housing project is also one of this year's best.
  • Casa Clementi, a 10-block development of 2,234 flats, has picked up two top Housing Board awards this year for being well designed and well built.
  • Its features include 15,000 sq m large landscaped deck with playgrounds and exercise corners for residents.
  • The contractor, Straits Construction, was also commended for minimising noise pollution to the nearby Nan Hua High School by installing curtains and barriers.
  • A total of 18 HDB awards will be presented to architects and contractors on Wednesday.
  • Punggol Breeze, a 12-block HDB project of 964 units with a long roof garden, also bagged two design and construction awards.

Here is the press release from HDB:

 This is the third consecutive year that HDB’s efforts in creating a better living environment for Singaporeans, has been recognized by FIABCI [Federation Internationale des Administrateurs de Bien-Conselis Immobilisers], the International
Real Estates Federation.

With this win, Punggol Breeze earns the prestige of representing Singapore at the renowned FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Awards, the pinnacle of awards in the international real estate arena.

The FIABCI Singapore Property Award is Punggol Breeze’s fourth accolade. Other awards received include the BCA Universal Design Award (Gold) 2013, HDB Design Award 2013 and HDB Construction Award 2013 - Certificate of Merit.

A 'Gateway' to Quality Living in the Heartland

Punggol Breeze is a premium Build-To-Order (BTO) project comprising 964 four- and five-room flats in 12 blocks. Completed in December 2012, it is bounded by Punggol Drive and Edgefield Plains, and is conveniently served by the nearby Oasis LRT station, which is two stops away from the Punggol MRT station.

Its design draws inspiration from the concept of a "gateway" - residents walking along the pedestrian boulevard from the LRT station to Punggol Breeze are greeted by a "gateway" framed by four distinctive blocks which leads them seamlessly to the precincts, amenities, and facilities beyond.

The project sports a contemporary yet sleek finish, defined by grey, clean cut lines bordering the façade, and contrasted against orange hues. From afar, Punggol Breeze's carefully variegated skyline, and staggered elevations of the blocks further accentuate its distinctive character.

To realise the vision of Punggol Breeze as a lush and tranquil sanctuary, concerted effort was made to incorporate expansive greenery and integrate them with community spaces for residents.

One of the highlights is a 270m linear roof garden atop the multi-storey car park, currently the longest roof garden in Punggol. While the extensive greenery helps to reduce heat and glare, the central location of the roof garden in the precinct enables residents to enjoy the breathtaking sight of verdant foliage from their homes.

To facilitate fostering of familial ties, as well as encourage bonding and interaction amongst the community, social and recreational spaces are carved out for facilities such as the children's playground, fitness corners, and resting shelters for informal gatherings.

Another key feature of Punggol Breeze is its 7,000sqm common green which is adorned with palm trees and willows, and evokes a natural glasslands setting. Besides enjoying the communal facilities, residents can take strolls along the pedestrian paths and jogging track. Additionally, pockets of spaces have been reserved for future community use, and residents will be invited to contribute their ideas when designing these spaces.

Dr Cheong Koon Hean, Chief Executive Officer of HDB, said: "HDB is once again honoured to receive the FIABCI Singapore Property Award 2013. It is indeed a recognition of HDB's efforts in providing functional and aesthetically-appealing living environments. This is aligned with HDB's Roadmap to develop well-designed, sustainable, and community-centric towns. We endeavour to keep up with the good work in delivering quality and value for money homes for Singaporeans."