History to form part of Bidadari estate's design

SINGAPORE - Bidadari's history and heritage will be incorporated in the design and development of the new housing estate, the National Heritage Board (NHB) said in a statement on Wednesday.

It said these elements will serve as reminders to new residents of the rich historical significance of their neighbourhood.

NHB, in partnership with HDB, will produce storyboards for a proposed Heritage Walk, which will feature old photographs and information about key sites and landmarks once found in Bidadari.

It is also working with HDB and NParks on the relocation of the Bidadari Memorial Garden and the integration of the garden's artefacts with the new Bidadari Park, said NHB.

NHB's group director (policy), Mr Alvin Tan, said: "This project is significant as it marks the first partnership between the NHB and HDB, which incorporates heritage considerations in the design and development of a new housing estate. We hope that such considerations will continue to be factored into future housing estates, so as to better promote place identity and strengthen a sense of belonging."

The proposed developments for the new Bidadari housing estate will be implemented from 2015.

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