The Marina Bay – Tanjong Pagar Lifestyle

Soak up the atmosphere of two dynamic districts located within the vicinity of CBD: Marina Bay is a bay representing all things modern and super-stylish as opposed to Tanjong Pagar, a historic district where the Past meets the Present. Vibrant, busy and yet preserving old traditions, these two districts are home to a plethora of food and beautiful architectures.

 

THE MARINA BAY:

With land reclamation works starting during the 1970s, Marina Bay has become the centrepiece of Singapore’s urban transformation efforts. It has grown into a leading financial centre, a civic space, and a community playground for all.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Architectural masterpieces and epicurean delights

Iconic to Singapore’s skyline is The Marina Bay Sand’s 57th floor which sits the Sands SkyPark — featuring restaurants, bars, trees, an observation deck that offers 360 degree views, and of course the famous 150-metre long infinity pool. The architectural masterpieces you can find in Marina Bay are not just purely aesthetics as they are built with the intention to create richer environments such as the ArtScience Museum with its distinctive form reminiscent of a lotus flower. Another icon that resides here is Gardens by the Bay, a symbol of an alternative lifestyle in a bustling district. Escape from the tropical heat at the cooled conservatories and revel in the spectacular views amid the lush gardens that also offer waterfront views.

This is one of the best districts to experience for the gourmand. One can find anything here – from a plate of humble chicken rice that cost only a few dollars to the fanciest plate of sea food that can cost a few thousand. In any case the variety of restaurants, hawker stalls and bistros might take a lifetime to experience and taste them all! From ultra-luxury venues serving up haute cuisine to modest hawker fare at Lau Pa Sat or Makansutra Glutton Bay by the Esplanade theatres. Here are some of the go-to places (from Michelin starred restaurants to cheap yummy eats):

Corner House

Awarded 1 star in the Singapore Michelin Guide 2017, the home-grown chef serves cuisine belonging in the gastro-botanica realm where dishes are centred on the use of vegetables. This restaurant is set within a beautiful colonial house in the lush Singapore Botanic Gardens and this house is also recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Sit

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

This steakhouse located in Marina Bay Sands received 1 star in the 2017 Singapore Michelin Guide. This steak restaurant serves meat-grilled over hard wood and charcoal. Love your beef? No worries. Choose from a fine range of beef selections such as the Australian Angus; Wagyu from the USA, Australia and Japan; and Japanese A5 Kobe Beef.

Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle

This hawker stall at Chinatown Food Complex serves the cheapest Michelin Star meal in the world. This 1-star Michelin stall serves the most mouth-watering plates of roasted pork rice, roast pork (char siew) rice and noodles, in addition to the two signature dishes reflected in the stall’s name.

THE LIFESTYLE:

Go on a shopping frenzy, to the theatres and museums and end up at a classy watering hole.

This area offers numerous haunts for shopaholics; theatres and museums for those in need to get their culture fix. Drinkers can rejoice as there are plenty of watering holes peppered around the area. For the exquisite chill-out experience to complement the decadent lifestyle living in the CBD, you will have a multitude of options when it comes to chill-out spots at The Marina Bay.

When it comes to running in the city, Marina Bay has one of the best running routes in Singapore. The routes are a feast for the senses. Starting off at the Old Clifford Pier, run along the coastline and catch Fullerton hotel to your left and further down, the sight of Merlion awaits you. Continuing on, the run will bring you across Sir Stamford Raffles’ statue, the Esplanade and Youth Olympic Park. Then you will run across the visually stunning Helix Bridge which connects you to Marina Bay Sands and the ArtScience Museum. If you run this route in the evening, you can even catch the wondrous light show at the Marina Bay Sands. If you need a drink to quench your thirst, chillax at Bazin with a pint of beer.

Marina Bay also offers a dream tour in a super car of your choice. Select a car of your (drive or be driven!), put on your best movie-star smile and go on an adrenaline-filled tour of the Marina Bay street circuit and speed away from Singapore’s official Formula 1’s track.

WHAT NOT TO EXPECT:

Like all CBD, traffic is usually heavy around the area especially during peak hour. Fortunately, Singapore has one of the most reliable and widest network of public transportation. Avoid being stuck in the congestion and having to pay multiple ERPs (Electronic Road Pricing) when you travel via buses and MRTs. Save time, save money and at the same time you can do your part to reduce carbon footprint too.

AMENITIES:

Transportation is a breeze here at The Marina Bay with the countless bus services and fuss-free MRT stations like Raffles Place, Marina Bay, Marina South Pier, Downtown and Bayfront on the Circle Line and Downtown Line. Most Singaporean taxi drivers know the different landmarks located at Marina Bay by name, hence making it even more accessible.

There are many major shopping haunts at The Marina Bay precinct. Among the few are The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Marina Square and Millennia Walk, Raffles City Shopping Centre and Suntec City — all within a stone’s throw away.

YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH:

Kid-friendly places and inexpensive things to do at The Marina Bay

Have a picnic away from the crowd at the rooftop playground located a level above the Singapore Maritime Gallery rather than the tourist magnet Marina Barrage. Overlooking the ocean with ships sailing in the distance, this spot will grant you quality time with your loved ones. Otherwise, head out to Esplanade’s rooftop garden where you will be greeted by a free concert set amid the lush greenery. At night, experience a captivating light and water display at the Event Plaza along the promenade. The 15-minute show (guaranteed well-spent!) will mesmerise you with its beautiful symphony of music, water and light that’s powered by advanced lasers, fountain jets and visual projectors.

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TANJONG PAGAR:

Tanjong Pagar is a historic district located within the CBD. The once sleepy fishing village has been transformed into a vibrant business and commercial centre.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Alluring vibes and a gastronomic sense of place

This is a place of pleasant contradictions as the neighbourhood teeters between hectic and tranquil, old and young, and historic and modern. Tanjong Pagar is a place where you’ll discover a hip restaurant, café or a bar housed in a restored pre-war structures. You’ll find old opium and gambling dens reinvented as contemporary dining outlets. Currently, the area is part of the Tanjong Pagar Conservation Area. Tanjong Pagar is probably the most delicious neighbourhood in Singapore as it is also the area with the most Michelin recommended restaurants. Not to worry about burning a hole in your wallets as there are also hawker centres for those who love their hawker fare. You can even treat your palette to sumptuous Michelin Starred food just below $10 here in Tanjong Pagar! You can visit Amoy Street Food Centre, Lau Pa Sat and Maxwell Road Food Centre which are conveniently located. Here are some of the places you can visit to fill your stomach:

Rhubarb

This intimate restaurant in a quaint Duxton Hill shop house is awarded with 1 star in the 2017 Singapore Michelin Guide. This contemporary French restaurant serves French fine dining with personalised service.

Bar-Roque Grill

Dine in the lavish room or chill out over drinks at the terrace bar at this French restaurant and try the in-house roasted artisanal creations by the chefs.

Tian Tian Chicken Rice

Tian Tian Chicken Rice is probably the most famous chicken rice stall known by both locals and foreigners. Located at Maxwell Food Centre, this stall earned the 2017 Bib Gourmand award.

A Noodle Story

A Noodle Story is a Michelin Bib Gourmand listed-stall located at Amoy Street Food Centre selling Singapore style ramen noodles. The food served here is inspired by modern European technique and Asian flavours.

THE LIFESTYLE:

Historic Tanjong Pagar Modern architecture and Little Korea

The mix of urban innovation and suburban pace is ideal for people to chill, but don’t want to sacrifice culture. Take your time to explore the heritage streets and at the same time immerse yourself in the Korean culture as Tanjong Pagar is also colloquially known as Little Korea. Thanks to the K-Wave, there are myriads of Korean restaurants and eateries and even Korean Bridal shops that have popped up in the area. Not only that, you can also get your fix of Soju, Kimchi and Ramyeon from the Korean mart along Tras Street. Tanjong Pagar is definitely a place for endless options for hawker food, hip bars and its own cool cluster of restaurants.

Need your K-food fix? Try Todamgol, Chicken Up, One Fork Two Stick Kitchen, 2D1N Soju Bang, The Da Bang’ to name a few. You will definitely be spoilt for choice here at Little Korea.

Coffee is one of the world’s universal languages. Caffeine addicts, rejoice! Here are some of the few haunts for your caffeine fix (Yes! Even Little Korea can offer you quality hot brews!): Mellower Coffee, Jewel Coffee, Old Tea Hut, Alchemist – Pacamara, Grain Traders, The Populus Coffee & Food Co, 6 Oz Espresso Bar, Dapper Coffee and last but not least, Drury Lane.

WHAT NOT TO EXPECT:

The area has a relatively small number of educational institution within the area but one can conveniently access Cantonment Primary School and a few other preschools via trains or buses.

AMENITIES:

Transportation is convenient and highly accessible. There a massive number of bus services and nearby MRT stations including the likes of Tanjong Pagar, Raffles Place and Outram Park on the East West Line.

Major shopping malls in the area include Tanjong Pagar Plaza, International Plaza, 100 AM Shopping Mall, Icon Village and Amara Shopping Centre.

YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH:

The quirky mix of Tanjong Pagar’s past and future

Tanjong Pagar is known for its mix of heritage and modern architecture making it one of the most Instagram-worthy spots in Singapore —from brightly coloured historic buildings to playful wall paintings illustrating the neighbourhood’s former life. Located in Tanjong Pagar is also home to the longest sky gardens in the world. It is also the first 50-storey public housing/HDB flat in Singapore. The sky gardens offer a panoramic view of the whole city skyline.

Tanjong Pagar, nicknamed Garden in the City also promotes a green lifestyle. Spanning 150, 000 sq ft of beautifully landscaped gardens, Tanjong Pagar Park is an urban oasis where you can unwind from work, and break away from the bustling life. The park is where you can relax or indulge in active lifestyle, and turn the weekends into family day out, where children can play outdoors while parents dine al fresco. It is also a great place to take a stroll, jog, cycle or just bond and achieve that work-life balance.

HOLLAND VILLAGE LIFESTYLE: THE BOHEMIAN SIDE OF SINGAPORE

Singapore is a massive city. It has 28 different districts, and each one is slightly different from the next. Tucked away behind the Singapore Botanic Gardens is Holland Village — a small township which is often referred as Singapore’s own “Bohemian” enclave. Nicknamed “Holland V”, it is a popular haunt among the younger population and expatriates. It is easy to see why this neighbourhood is often flocked with the millennials. Holland V is a fabulous place to wander around; packed with lovely restaurants, bars, cafes and indie shops.

Below are some major WOW approved recommendations for attractions, galleries and of course, where to eat!

Tai Cheong Bakery

Start your day with a’ cha-chan teng’ (Hong Kong style teahouse) style brekkie with freshly baked signature egg tarts, HK noodle made with sausage, curry fishball and thick-cut French toast served with an über-generous amount of maple syrup.

Sunday Folks

End the meal (brunch / lunch / dinner) on the sweetest note possible with the bestseller earl grey lavender and sea salt gula Melaka ice cream which you can finish with a myriad of toppings to choose from. Sunday Folks also offers a very Instagrammable freshly baked Belgian waffles and ice cream.

2am: Dessert Bar

If you’ve ever debated between an after-dinner drink or dessert, you’ve been living life all wrong. Famed pastry chef, Janice Wong, showed us that desserts are made all the better with booze! While the menu includes savoury bites, you’re definitely here for Janice’s sweet treats, from chocolate tarts to cassis plum bombe with elderflower yoghurt foam or the classic cheese cake infused with baileys and passion fruit.

Bynd Artisan

The digital age was meant to put an end to paper – but thanks to well-customisable designed and cool stationery offered by Bynd Artisan, notebooks and leather gifts are back in vogue. They come with fancy packaging and customisation options, and are made with eco-friendly and luxurious materials. The company also holds regular workshops for those who would like to try their hands at creating their own products. There are workshops on bookbinding, leather crafting, monogram painting, calligraphy, and even sketching and painting.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Holland Village is always the número uno among families and Singapore expats, and with good reasons. The area has a real neighbourhood feel with all a plethora of amenities. Holland V is also a popular shopping and dining destination for the millenials and expats due to its indie (specialist) shops, eateries and watering holes – whether you’re looking for meat or vegetarian options, sweet or savoury, international or local dishes or just a cool place to chillax, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining and drinking at Holland V. On top of that, there’s also easy access to a number of educational institutions nearby, such as Tanglin Trust, Dover Court and NUS One North. Holland Village also has a very good link into the city, via the MRT station and buses.

WHAT’S NEARBY:

ONE-NORTH, is a subzone and business park developed by JTC Corp for the R&D and high technology cluster, comprising biomedical sciences, ICT and media industries. Located at the heart of One-North is the JTC Launchpad @ One-North that offers a conducive environment and nurturing ecosystems for start-ups with close proximity to multi-disciplinary R&D scene. Innovation isn’t slowing down. In fact, a new era is about to begin – rise of the machines. Since the future of robotics and automation is looking ever-so bright, Launchpad Robotics Centre (is the first of its kind for startups) has been set up to allow start-ups in this sector greater access to support services, innovative technologies and communication networks. Besides that, NUS One North, Timbre+ and Rochester Park are also within vicinity. Timbre+ is a 24, 000 sq. ft. Gastropark offers a wickedly diverse variety of food, ranging from your local Singapore favourites to international cuisines, to restaurant-grade food, all set at affordable prices.

Rochester Park, a part of One-North, is a heritage site located off North Buona Vista Road, featuring double-storey black-and-white colonial bungalows, a symbol of Singapore’s colonial past. Today, Rochester Park has been revitalised into a dining and lifestyle retail hub whilst the colonial bungalows are now leased to food and beverage and lifestyle retail tenants. One of the highlights at Rochester Park is Starbucks Coffee (arguably the most famous coffee joint in the world) which is a convert of one of the old colonial buildings around the area. It is a quintessentially historic yet serene place for coffee lovers to enjoy a cuppa. It is also the first destination café in the Singapore Starbucks family. Nestled in a beautiful black and white colonial house, featuring loads of seats, sofas and tables (it is especially spacious on the 2 storey, boasting a homey feeling) and an impressive exclusive menu.

WHAT YOU WILL ENJOY:

Holland Village is a treasure trove to find (extra)ordinary catch. You can find fantastic jewelleries, fashion, home wares, antiques, and knick-knacks. Nearby Jalan Merah Saga are highly recommended restaurants, shops and local art galleries which are a must-go. Holland V is also a haven for casual drinkers and alcohol enthusiasts alike: from drinking dens to bars’ this neighbourhood has somewhere to booze whatever the occasion. Below are details of drinking spots, listed in no particular order and for different reasons:

Wala Wala

Wala Wala is an atmospheric café bar which serves great drinks and great live music. This bar is also a star icon of Holland Village.

Harry’s

This bar has garners throngs of regulars with its good vibes and affordable bar bites.

THE MARKET:

Far East Organization has plans to further develop Holland Village. The future development will include a series of ground-floor public spaces which are divided into three zones; Common Square, which can hold events such as weekend markets and outdoor performances; Communal Green, which is a courtyard flanked by shops leading to a water court and a terraced water feature; and Pocket Park, which opens into Lorong Mambong. Below are some artist impressions of the future of holland village.

ROBERTSON QUAY: RIVERFRONT LIVING AT ITS BEST

Waterfront living isn’t just about the ocean. Homeowners can own luxury properties along riverbanks, where they can enjoy sweeping views and cooing breezes. Welcome to Robertson Quay – the new standard of riverside living in the city. Robertson Quay used to be one of the three largest wharfs at the source of Singapore River. Today, it is an urbanised area filled with restaurants, pubs, cafes, condominiums, offices and other recreational facilities.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND

RIVER VALLEY runs from Robertson Quay to Alexandra Road. River Valley has the best of Singapore’s shopping and nightlife right on your doorstep; to the north of the district is Orchard Road (just a stone’s throw away!), in the centre is the famous Mohammed Sultan Road, and to the east are the extremely lively Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, while the more tranquil Robertson Quay and the Singapore River are at the heart of River Valley. Besides, shopping and nightlife, River Valley is also every foodies’ favourite as it is also an enclave for artisan finds such as Common Man Coffee Roasters, The Book Café, PS. Café, Grounded by CMCR, The Fabulous Baker Boy and many more.

On top of that, River Valley also boasts A-list schools that are in and around the vicinity, ranging from preschool to tertiary level. For the wee ones, there is Brighton Montessori River Valley. Several primary schools can be found including River Valley Primary School, Anglo-Chinese Junior School, St Margaret’s Primary School and Zhangde Primary School. Moving on to secondary school, we have River Valley High School, Gan Eng Seng School and Outram Secondary School whereas the closest tertiary school would be Singapore Management University. Not only that, several international schools can also be found within the vicinity and this includes Chatsworth International School and International School Singapore.

MOHAMMED SULTAN ROAD is well known for its dining establishments and watering holes, but it is also fast gaining a reputation as a furniture and design cluster. One of the popular Japanese joint is Chikuwa Tei, can often being seen with long queues. The food is affordable and good.

THE VIBE:

Robertson Quay is the spot where you can let go and feel the city life vibe. It has all the likes of hustle, bustle, lights, actions, noises, views, arts, shows, food and diversity of people. There is so much to do and see. There is no shortage of culture in Robertson Quay. There are many places and easy ways to get a taste of Japanese culture here. Located at River Valley Road is Liang Court, home to a gigantic Japanese Supermarket, Meidi-ya Supermarket. Meidi-ya Supermarket offers and amazing array of Japanese products for sale, as well as fresh seafood and produce directly imported from Japan. On top of that, Liang Court is also a host to a large number of Japanese restaurants; each offering a unique taste of Japan.

There’s no shortage of Japanese restaurants here at Robertson Quay. If izakaya fits your style, check out one of the best izakaya spots known as Shunjuu Izakaya. Be sure to try the melange of a sumiyaki (charcoal-roasted meats) like the black pork neck and spicy cod intestine with cheese and tofu with century eggs, and yes you can taste the myriads of sake, don’t worry, not enough to get tipsy. The hangry ones might want to try Aburiya, a Japanese BBQ restaurant, where you determine your own speed of cooking on the table grill.

Simply put it, Rivervalley is home away from home for the Japanese expatriates.

WHAT YOU WILL ENJOY

Is there any urban view more beautiful than the CBD skyline with the Singapore River in the foreground? Some of the best views can be had in Robertson Quay, which is quickly becoming to many the place to call home. Robertson Quay is a relaxed low-key, family-friendly destination as well as a quiet residential neighbourhood close to the CBD. The enclave also offers a breath-taking panoramic view of the city skyline with a host of amenities to enjoy from.

Lakeside Lifestyle – Singapore’s Second CBD

Waterfront property is unlike any other type of property. It carries a unique beauty and versatility since you are getting both land and water at the same time. What was once an ‘ulu’ (colloquial for boondocks) area, the 360ha Jurong Lake District (JLD) will soon become the largest commercial and regional centre outside Singapore’s city centre as the city’s future Central Business District (CBD).

 

JURONG LAKE DISTRICT:

 

Jurong East and Jurong Lake are jointly known as the Jurong Lake District (JLD). The master plan for JLD was first released in 2008 as part of Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) effort to grow new development centres outside the Central Areas into the biggest lakeside destination for business and leisure; making it the nation’s future second CBD.

 

Subsequent announcements of two game-changing projects namely, the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) and Tuas Mega Port in 2012 led to a review of the earlier JLD master plan. In all the excitement, a hiccup or two is inevitable. The HSR project has been deferred for about two years; which means instead of having the HSR to roll out on Dec 31, 2026, they will now do so only on Jan 1, 2031, if all goes to plan.

 

JLD will soon be transformed into a smart and sustainable mixed-use business district characterised by sustainable development and connectivity in line with the nation’s move to become the world’s first smart nation. In a nutshell, JLD is set to become the most futuristic part of Singapore, thanks to its status as a test bed for Singapore’s initiative to become the world’s first Smart Nation which will set it apart from the many smart cities that are already developing globally.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

 

It’s now a decade into Jurong’s transformation from boondocks into the futuristic CBD envisioned in URA Master Plan 2008. All of which means it is not business as usual here anymore. Jurong is paving way for development on an unprecedented scale at Jurong Gateway, Lakeside and Lakeside Gateway. Here is a look at the existing development since the unveiling of the URA Master Plan in 2008:

 

Attraction

  • Science Centre Singapore (will be relocated in year 2020)
  • Jurong Lake Park (revamp of park in progressive stages since March 2018)

 

Hospitality

  • Genting Jurong Hotel (opened in 2015, it is the first hotel launched in JLD)

 

Retail

  • JCube (opened in 2012)
  • Westgate (opened in 2013)
  • Jem (opened in 2013)
  • J-Link (opened in 2014)
  • Big Box Warehouse Retail Mall (opened in 2014,

 

Business

  • Vision Exchange (opened in 2018, it is the only strata-titled commercial development for sale in Jurong Gateway)

 

Healthcare

  • Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (opened in 2014)
  • Jurong Community Hospital (opened in 2015)

 

Employment Agency

  • Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability (opened in 2014)

 

Transportation

  • Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (expected to open in year 2031)
  • Jurong Region Line (will open in three stages starting year 2026)
  • Integrated Transport Hub (no formal opening date has been announced)

 

Maritime Hub

  • Tuas Mega Port (The 4 phased development is targeted for completion in year 2040, with construction of Phase 1 beginning in April 2016 and slated to open progressively from year 2021)

 

THE LIFESTYLE:

 

The life in Jurong is pretty laid back and unknown to most; it is also a treasure trove in gastronomy. Are you ready for some deets on some eats in Jurong? Here is some great local food at Jurong:

 

Zai Shun Curry Fish Head

 

This zi-char (colloquial for stir-fried) stall in Jurong made it into Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list. This stall offers delicious fish and various stir-fried dishes; with curry fish head as their signature dish. Furthermore, you will not have to worry about burning a hole in your wallet as one meal will cost you no more than $50!

Joo Siah Bak Kut Teh

 

Forget about your diet. It’s time for a cheat day. Joo Siah Bak Kut Teh is one of the best few Bak Kut Tehs you can find in Singapore. Located within a hawker centre in Jurong East, the Bak Kut Teh here is comparable to the bigger players in the market at a cheaper price.

 

Malaysia Boleh!

 

This is a Malaysian food court concept which offers you a variety of authentic Malaysian street hawker fare under one roof. There are about 17 stalls and pushcarts in total all done up in a vintage style. This one stop Malaysia hawker food centre allows you to enjoy a good variety of authentic traditional food with nostalgic flavour and taste at a reasonable price and in an air-conditioned set-up – a reminiscent of the golden era of the 1960s. (Fancy that! You do not have to spend countless of hours stuck in the traffic at the customs and cross the border to fulfil your cravings!)

 

AMENITIES:

 

Jurong is an up and coming district. It has several good schools and international schools within the district. Among them are Canadian International School, Yuvabharathi International School, and One World International School (OWIS).  Here’s a fun fact for you. This OWIS campus has only been opened recently (Jan 2018) and it is offering quality education at a lower cost.

 

WHAT YOU’LL LOVE:

 

If you think the weather in Singapore is a tad too warm for you, fret not! Head over to Snow City for a brief escapade from the sweltering heat into a snowy retreat. It’s so cold in there, that you’ll have to wear winter gears as you pelt snowballs or sliding down a snowy hill. Jurong has a lot to offer. For the nature-loving people, you can also immerse yourself in nature at Jurong Bird Park which is home to a good 5000 species of birds which one can view in close proximity at the national bird park. After visiting the aviary, head over to ATC Fishing Village for a prawn fishing experience. You can catch your own prawns and then grill them over the barbecue pit and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

 

Once ignored, JLD may well be the ‘next big thing’. The Smart City-style growth in a boondock district like Jurong would change the character of the district, turning it into something it has never been, and into something that many of us probably want and possibly dream of. Smart cities are more than a trend – they are the wave of the future because the world is becoming more urban and this is also how a small country like Singapore could mark itself on the world through technological advancements and digital innovation as the world’s first Smart Nation. Thus, this is how JLD became the locus of development in Singapore’s move towards a Smart Nation.

 

So, what can we look forward to?

 

In accordance to URA’s announcement, this JLD project will create 100,000 new jobs in maritime, infrastructure and technology sectors due to the district’s close proximity to the upcoming HSR terminus and Tuas mega port projects. Besides that, there are also plans to build 20,000 new homes. More parks and waterways (about 16ha of new parks creating a total of 106ha of greenery and new water channel ad extra island in Jurong Lake, creating a total of 17km of waterfront space) will also be developed in this new 360ha CBD. Furthermore, this will also be a car-lite town with energy friendly infrastructures.

 

According to URA, land parcels can be sold in varying sizes and zoned ‘white’ or mixed-use, for flexibility in planning for both residential and commercial purposes. Additionally, more rooftop gardens will also be integrated into infrastructures to create a green carpet in the sky.

 

There will also be roads that will be dedicated for public transports only, as well as more spaces for pedestrians, cyclists and personal mobility device users. To further encourage people to go car-lite, on-demand driverless buses are expected to ply dedicated public-transports-only roads. On top of that, the new 24km long Jurong Region Line (JRL), Singapore’s seventh MRT line, will open in three phases starting from year 2026; boasting 24 stations above ground and will connect with the North-South Line and East-West Line with interchange stations at Choa Chu Kang and Boon Lay.

 

Additionally, at least 4 consolidated underground car park hubs will also be developed to encourage fewer cars in order to realize a car-lite district. Logistics hub will be situated outside the JLD to reduce the number of delivery trucks in the area by at least 65 per cent at least during peak hours. Sustainable systems will also be integrated which includes a common services tunnel to house water pipes, telecommunications and power cables to minimise road disruptions; a pneumatic waste collection system to reduce vehicle movements in the district and maintain complete odour control; and a district-wide cooling system to pipe cool air directly to homes to save energy.

Where possible, these systems will be placed underground to save space in this land-scarce country to be used for homes, offices and parks.

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