Central Area (CBD) – What You Need To Know About The URA Masterplan In Your Region
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has launched its 2019 draft master plan (Master Plan is reviewed every 5 years and the last review was made in 2014) – a blueprint which guides Singapore’s development of land and property in the medium term over the next 10 to 15 years.
Here are the key points in the plan which could affect your livelihood and lifestyle in the Central Area (CBD) of Singapore:
Central area (CBD)
The Central Area (CBD) is Singapore’s nucleus of an urban and dynamic city centre which contains the main concentration of commercial land use, with the highest percentage of retail shops, offices and services such as banking and finance. This area will continue to grow and become even more vibrant, by accommodating a wider range of uses and offering more jobs and business opportunities for the future economy. More city living options nearer to amenities are planned too, with higher accessibilities – characterised by its rich cultural heritage and green assets.
- More homes will be introduced in city locations such as Orchard, CBD, Pearl’s Hill, Marina Bay and Marina South. Residents will have a wider range of city living options and higher accessibilities to transport, employment nodes, lifestyle and recreational choices. More supporting amenities such as child care centre, affordable food and better urban motility will be added in to create charming mixed-use neighbourhoods that promote a strong community sense.
- Residents at hillside enclaves at York Hill and Pearl’s Hill can look forward to city living amid a lush garden setting with the City Park transformed into a playground and social space.
- New waterfront housing developments along Rochor Canal will provide easy access to the waterfront. Diverse recreational and entertainment opportunities can be found as residents stroll towards Kallang Basin and Marina Bay.
Artist’s Impression of new waterfront housing developments along Rochor Canal. Source: URA
- An urban neighbourhood will be developed at Marina South with over 9,000 new homes built next to Gardens by the Bay. This will be a car-lite, pedestrian-friendly urban neighbourhood. Retails, shops and community uses will be located at the street level whereas the residences will be located above for increased conveniences to residents.
- More park connectors will be developed to connect parks and major green and open spaces such as the Gardens by the Bay, Fort Canning Park, Pearl’s Hill City Park, as well as Singapore River and Marina Bay to reinforce Singapore’s unique image of a waterfront City-in-a-Garden. Soon, you will be able to enjoy a leisurely walk from Pearl’s Hill City Park to Fort Canning Park via Singapore River.
- Robinson Road can possibly be converted into a transit priority corridor, reinforcing it as the key car-lite road between Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar.
Artist’s Impression of Transit Priority Corridor. Source: URA
- New cycling paths through Anson will connect the Rail Corridor to Marina Bay while street improvements will be made at Canning Rise and Waterloo Street for better connectivity from Fort Canning to Rochor Canal.
- A new park at Armenian Street and greenery enhancements along Coleman Street will be developed to promote Singapore’s green heritage and at the same time inviting an easy stroll between Civic District and Fort Canning Park.
- Orchard Road will also be enhanced as a luxurious green corridor with colourful plants connecting the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Fort Canning Park.
Artist’s Impression to bring back the Orchard. Source: National Parks Board
- By 2021, the city centre cycling path network will be further expanded by more than 5 km. Currently, there are about 22 km of cycling paths in the city centre, centralised within the Marina Bay area.
- Plans to provide cycling paths that link up MRT stations in the city centre with cycling routes leading into the city via East Coast Park, Geylang-City, Bishan-City, North-South Corridor, Queenstown-City links and Tail Corridor will become a reality. This active and expedient commuting to and within the city will also complement the upcoming Thomson-East Coast and Circle MRT lines to offer a wider range of commuting options and experiences.
- New park spaces and streetscapes improvements will be made to connect Bras Basah, Bugis, Fort Canning and the Civic District for a more vibrant, walkable art and cultural precinct.
- Part of Armenian Street is being transformed to an urban botanic garden, as an extension of Fort Canning’s greenery.
Aerial view of Armenian Street. Source: URA
- New public spaces at the Civic District have been created for cultural and art immersions.
- Bras Basah, Bugis Arts Belt at Bencoolen Street has wider sidewalks with student-designed street furniture for socialising.
- Bras Basah, Bugis Arts Belt at Queen Street has new and improved sidewalk enhancements and the upcoming expansion of Singapore Art Museum will help create new staging grounds for arts and cultural events.
Bras Basah, Bugis Arts Belt@Queen Street. Source: URA
- Bras Basah, Bugis Arts Belt at Waterloo Street will have new and improved streetscape enhancements with more public spaces for arts and cultural activities.
- New planned enhancements will be made to Fort Canning Park. Jubilee Park will have more family-friendly venues for arts and culture activities in a garden setting. The Royal Garden will showcase more fruit trees and fragrant plants. The existing Archaeological Dig exhibition will be improved with a wider gallery space, new text panels and display showcases and will be renamed as Artisan’s Garden. Existing heritage trails will also be re-curated and will feature the Forbidden Spring or Pancur Larangan which is believed to be the bathing site of the royalties. The new Raffles Garden and Farquhar Garden will be featured on the 19th century trail in which native flora, economic crops and ornamental plants collected and documented by Sir Stamford Raffles and William Farquhar will be displayed.
- Heritage buildings at Chitty/Verasamy Road and Hindoo Road can be revamped and repurposed for a fuller pedestrian experience along Kampong Kapor Road.
Plans for Little India. Source: URA
- Newly restored State-owned shop houses will be given new lives to further enliven Sultan Gate Park.
- Anson and Cecil will be set to become new urban neighbourhoods.
Artist’s Impression of an urban neighbourhood at Anson. Source: URA
- Raffles Place will be enhanced with a new pocket park at Market Street, and more cycling paths with the redevelopment of the former Golden Shoe car park into a 51-storey integrated development – CapitaSpring.
Artist’s Impression of the new development on 88 Market Street. Source: CapitaLand
- Dakota Crescent will be revamped with the addition of new public housing. Dove Playground and six distinctive blocks of former Singapore Improvement Trust flats will be kept as iconic landmarks for the precinct.
- Holland Plain will be a warm and welcoming neighbourhood featuring park spaces, water-sensitive elements to clean and manage rainwater run-off. Native species may be introduced in the newly enhanced Bukit Timah First Diversion Canal and Rail Corridor to enrich the biodiversity within the area.
- More community workshops to be held in Holland Plain.
- New housing development at Farrer Park and iconic landmarks to the precinct such as the Farrer Park Swimming Complex and the former boxing gym will be retained as part of the sporting heritage. A sports field and park will also be integrated.
- Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital (KWSH) features new 12-storey nursing facility, a newly renovated TCM Centre, Heritage Gallery and training facilities as part of its expansion.
Redevelopment of KWSH. Source: Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital
- New Kallang Polyclinic built adjacent to the KWSH will be completed in 2020.
- Bukit Timah will feature a new one-stop integrated facility with a Community Club, refurbished market and hawker centre, and a range of new amenities such as indoor sports hall, community library and elderly facility at the doorstep of Beauty World MRT station.
- Owners of key buildings within Geylang Serai are on board the pilot Business Improvement District programme to further enliven it.
- Bishan Sub-Regional Centre will be transformed into an attractive and easily accessible employment node with the integration of community facilities within upcoming commercial developments.
- East Coast Park has been newly upgraded with the addition of new F&B outlets, a vertical playground with a lookout tower, and an expansive multi-purpose lawn. Other upgrades include the Raintree Cove and the upgraded open spaces and amenities at Big Splash and Cyclist Park.
Artist’s Impression of Cyclist Park. Source: National Parks Board
- Singapore Botanic Gardens will feature new attractions with the opening of Gallop Extension later this year. The new attractions are the new Forest Discovery Centre, an arboretum of dipteropcarp forest trees, a restored ridge top habitat which features vantage points and an adventure hiking trail, and a biophilic play area.
Gallop extension. Source: National Parks Board
- The Bukit Timah-Rochor Green Walk will include an elevated park. The 11km corridor stretches from the Rail Corridor to the Kallang Riverside Park which forms part of the Coast-to-Coast Trail and Nature Park Network.
- Stage 6 of the Circle Line will be opening by 2025, completing the Circle Line Loop. Stage 6 will fill the missing gap between Marina Bay and Harbourfront.
- New Thomson-East Coast Line and Cross Island Line (Phase 1) will also improve accessibility within the region and at the same time, reducing travel time.
- Upcoming Pasir Panjang Linear Park is a key recreational corridor linking West Coast Park to Labrador Park Nature Reserve.
- The existing Kallang Industrial Estate will be transformed in the longer term into an attractive mixed-use precinct along the Kallang River waterfront.
- Kampong Bugis will set to become an attractive residential and recreational precinct and the Kallang Riverside Park will also be transformed into an attractive waterfront park for the community.
- The Bishan-Braddell ABC Waters programme improvement from Bishan Road to Braddell Road is set to be completed in Q2 2019.
- As part of an interim programme, the old Kallang Airport area will be made available for a variety of sports, leisure and community uses. The larger area around Kallang Riverside area will be developed into a mixed-use lifestyle hub in the future.
- Improvements will be carried out from 2020 for a more seamless walking and cycling experience at CTE, PIE, Serangoon-Bendeemer, Kallang Bahru, Upper Boon Keng and Sims Avenue.
Seamless connectivity. Source: URA
- The underpass under CTE will be enhanced with better lighting and increased headroom.
- A walking and cycling bridge over the PIE will be added to further enhance the current pedestrian overhead bridges.
- A new underpass will be developed under Kallang Bahru.
- The Kallang Football Hub will feature various types of sizes and pitches for training and the general public to enjoy. There will also be a new perimeter running track. The Kallang Football Hub is due for completion in 2019.
Artist’s Impression of Kallang Football Hub. Source: URA
- A Singapore Tennis Centre will be developed at a more central location to replace the current facility, offering more courts including new sheltered courts.
- An active community park space will be introduced along the Jalan Benaan Kapal waterfront which will feature lookout points, park connectors and a multi-generational ‘enabling gym’.
- Kallang Alive Loop – a new iconic circular walking and cycling hoop which traces the original circular airfield of the Kallang Airport and will link up the waterfront, across Stadium Boulevard and Nicoll Highway will be implemented.
Artist’s Impression of Kallang Alive Loop. Source: URA
- A continuous waterfront promenade will seamlessly link various places of interest along the Greater Southern Waterfront in future. Along this corridor, the new Pasir Panjang Linear Park will link West Coast Park to Labrador Nature Reserve which offers a glimpse of Pasir Panjang’s working container port and Power District up close.
- Singapore’s first 230 kV underground substation will be developed next to Labrador Park MRT Station.
- A new funicular system at Mount Faber to bring visitors from the foothills to the hilltop and cable car station by 2023.
- The Keppel Club site will be redeveloped into a new residential precinct with easy access to the waterfront, nature and two nearby MRT stations. This new development will complement the nearby Berlayer Creek and Labrador Park.
Redevelopment of Keppel Club site. Source: URA
- The Rail Corridor will link the future Woodlands North Coast and Greater Southern Waterfront areas by 2021. Kranji could be the start of the Rail Corridor, Stagmont Ring can feature urban farming and a beautified Pang Sua Canal, Choa Chu Kang will feature high-density housing development integrated with the lush greenery of the Rail Corridor and a revitalised Pang Sua Canal. The 4 km Rail Corridor Central will set for completion by 2021. The Rifle Range Nature Park will be restored as freshwater habitat, improved hiking trails and habitat enhancements for wildlife. The Bukit Timah Railway Station will be restored as a heritage gallery and base for community services. The former station master’s quarters will be conserved and adapted for suitable amenities whereas Buona Vista will be integrated with the future business park and Art Space underneath Commonwealth Ave West for sports, community and cultural events. Silat – the upcoming residential development will have an access park leading to the Rail Corridor by 2023. The car park at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station will be transformed into an attractive lawn for large-scale events. New healthcare facilities and green public spaces will be integrated with the Rail Corridor. New housing, commercial and community spaces will also be developed in Queensway. Tanglin Halt will be revamped to retain its sense of place and memory whereas new business park developments at one-north will also be integrated with the Rail Corridor.
- The Bukit Timah Fire Station will feature a visitor centre, nature, heritage, sports, adventure, F&B uses and as the link to Bukit Batok Nature Park via an elevated pedestrian bridge.
An aerial view of the former Bukit Timah Fire Station. Source: URA