Marina Bay’s Growth Progress and Future Plans

1970s, 1980s

In 1971, Singapore started its aggressive land reclamation seeing it as an advantage to expand the city centre in anticipation of growth.

By 1984, the government further expanded reclamation of Marina Channel and in 1994, a final 38 hectres of land was reclaimed at Bayfront.

In the late 1980s, land in Marina South was turned into a playground where many Singapores would remember as an area with bowling alleys, arcades, steamboat places and kite flying. One reason for this development was partly due to the need to let the land settle, before further development.

Marina Bay in 1977 and 1987

Making way for the Gardens by the Bay, Marina south underwent a redevelopment. Based on the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) 2013 Masterplan for Marina Bay, Marina South development is likely to start from 2017. This marks the second phase of the Marina South Redevelopment plans. Marina South will be a car-less smart estate where there will be residential and offices.

Marina Bay in 1980s


The image at the side of Marina Bay was taken during the time where the Singapore Government was preparing to develop Marina Bay. This was when the government decided to develop both Marina Bay and Sentosa into a Integrated Resort. Eventually, Sands won the bid to develop Marina Bay Sands, which is slated to complete in 2010.

Marina Bay in 2004


With the growth of Marina Bay and Marina Centre, Singapore managed to plant its name into the Formula One calendar. Singapore became the first ever night race in the Formula One calendar and the second street circuit after Monaco.
Marina Barrage was also constructed as a means to increase our capability to provide water to Singapore residents and to be self-sustainable.

In 2008, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) was tasked to further look at redevelopment of Marina Bay Area. With Marina Bay Sands set to open in 2010, ongoing development had to be done.

Marina Bay in 2008


More infrastructure developments were implemented along the way, with the Downtown Line’s Downtown station set to open in 2015. There were also plans to remove the East Coast Highway (ECP) and develop the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) to improve the connectivity into the CBD. Marina Bay, is to be the new CBD, many companies who had offices.

In 2013, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) had created a detailed masterplan of the continued development of Marina Bay area, which is part of the Greater Southern Waterfront masterplan. In addition, 2013 was the year which Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) had officially opened, with tenants like DBS and Standard Chartered.

Marina Bay in 2010


The Singapore government wanted to create a financial hub which could rival the likes of New York and London, Marina Bay Financial Centre with a total gross floor area of 438,000 square metres, which formed part of Singapore’s new financial hub.

Marina Bay Financial Centre 2013

2016 and beyond

The latest skyscraper to triumph the skylines will be the historical development by Malaysia and Singapore’s government to build Marina One, a mix development which comprises of Offices, Retail and Residential units which is directly linked to Marina Bay MRT. This development is currently in its Phase One release for residential units for sales. Likely to obtain Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) by end 2017, it will be the heart of Marina Bay, and the start of a series of many developments to come.

Next, the Marina South development will like start from 2017. This carless estate will be home to residential and office buildings.

Marina South
2017 and beyond

Marina South will be a mixed-use, high density residential district with 9,000 new homes. It will be a urban estate which has highly connected walk ways with grocers, barbers, clinics just at the street levels while residential units are on the upper levels. This will be a new town concept which Singaporeans will look forward to , especially those who want to live nearer to their work place.

Marina South plans

Singapore’s Central
CBD Planning

This image above provides good illustration of the growth areas in Marina Bay, mainly consisting of Straits View, Marina South and Central Subzone which is where Marina One is located, with many other developments to be released.

Marina Bay, is one of the most interesting growth areas in Singapore, with immense potential. Singapore is entering its next infrastructure growth phase, for investors who would like to be part of this growth plans, the window of opportunity has arrived.

CBD Planning

Jurong Lake District

Jurong Lake District is part of Singapore’s plan to decentralize the Central Business District(CBD). Previously a swamp area, in 2008, an announcement that Jurong was to be developed into the Second CBD in Singapore and a place for residents to live, work and play in the same area.

Jurong Lake Park under construction

Jurong Lake District would offer an area of about 360 hectares, which is roughly the size of Marina Bay. Jurong Lake District would be categorized into Jurong Gateway, Lakeside and Lakeside Gateway. Jurong Gateway would be developed into a 70 hectares of commercial hub. Accessible from the Jurong East MRT, pedestrians can enjoy walking from one destination to another with the comfort of covered walkways and lush greenery surrounding the precinct.

Pedestrian walkway concept

In 2016, there are 4 retail malls in the Jurong Gateway District, including JEMs and West Gate, retail shopping malls which is connected to the Jurong East MRT, BigBox, a warehouse retail outlet and IMM which is an outlet mall. At Jurong Entertainment Centre, Singapore’s first Olympic size ice skating rink was constructed.

Lakeside, which is a new waterfront playground spreads over 290 hectares. Residents can look forward to upgraded new parks, water activities and other attractions blended in with scenic lakeside settings. Conveniently linked, Lakeside and Chinese Garden MRT are just a stone throw away.

A new lakeside village will be created at the eastern fringe of Jurong Lake, just within walking distance from Jurong East MRT, the village will offer an alternative waterfront shopping and dining experience which is different from the ones at Jurong Gateway. A look into the video and image below will provide a better understanding visually on the future of Jurong Lake District.

Developments around Jurong Lake District

In 2015, the location of the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) Station was announced to be within the Jurong Gateway area. It would takeover the current plot of land which Jurong Country Club sits on. The HSR will improve Singapore and Malaysia’s working relations and promote more cross border business partnerships. The journey from Singapore to KL will take only 90 minutes. It is a development which many are looking forward to. With the Jurong Region Line slated for completion in 2025, and the existing transport infrastructures in place, the HSR station located near Jurong Gateway will provide great accessibility toward Business nodes all around.

High Speed Rail Comparisons

With all the following infrastructure plans in place, the Jurong Lake District, Jurong Region Line, which is an expansion of current MRT infrastructure, SG-KL High Speed Rails, Jurong Lake District has transformed into one of the top investor choices with investments in residential and commercial spaces.

The info-graphics below shows he transformation of Jurong Lake District and the current and future infrastructures to be constructed.

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