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Singapore’s upcoming HDB town, Tengah: 42,000 new homes to be built

Minister for National Development, Mr Lawrence Wong unveiled the masterplan for Singapore’s 24th HDB town, Tengah, at the HDB Awards Ceremony in September 2016.  Following the announcement, a public exhibition on the key planning concepts for Tengah will be held from 9 to 25 September 2016 at HDB Hub.
 
As the master planner and developer of Singapore’s public housing estates, HDB is constantly on the lookout for innovative ideas to provide residents with a quality living environment. In line with HDB’s Roadmap to provide well-designed, sustainable and community-centric towns, we have seen the steady completion of a new generation of public housing projects in recent years, each with their own distinctive designs, abundant green spaces, seamlessly-connected cycling and pedestrian networks, and vibrant community spaces for interaction.  The upcoming new “Forest Town”, Tengah, will further raise the bar for public housing, with its fresh planning concepts, bold ideas and innovative designs.
 
Located in the Western region of Singapore, Tengah is bounded by the Kranji Expressway (KJE), Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), Brickland Road and Bukit Batok Road. The key driving planning concept behind Tengah is the creation of a “Forest Town”, with homes surrounded by lush greenery and nature, where residents can enjoy quality living and connect with the community in a myriad of amenities and green spaces.
 
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Tengah, Singapore’s 24th HDB town, will be transformed into a “Forest Town” that is green, sustainable and smart
 
The development of Tengah will be guided by six key ideas as follows:
 
- Creating an evergreen forest town
 
- Provisions for moving around with ease
 
- Provisions for walking and cycling everywhere
 
- Creating five unique housing districts
 
- Enabling close-knit communities
 
- Creating a Smart and sustainable town
 
Tengah will see several ‘firsts’ in its development. It will be the first “forest town” that is planned to be integrated with the area’s surrounding greenery and biodiversity. One major attraction will be the creation of an approximately 100-metre wide and 5km long forest corridor, a collaboration with National Parks Board which will form part of the larger network of greenery that connects the Western Water Catchment Area and the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. This forest corridor will be planted with rainforest tree species to transform it into a rich forest habitat. Amenities such as hiking trails would be incorporated in the corridor for the community to get close to nature and enjoy the rainforest.
 
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Residents can relax and interact with one another in a forest-like setting along the forest corridor
 
For the first time, Singapore will also see a car-free Town Centre in an HDB town. The Tengah Town Centre will be designed amidst a lush park, with vehicles plying underneath the town centre.  It will offer a greener, car-lite, people-friendly and pedestrian-friendly environment.  All the roads in Tengah will also come with dedicated walking and cycling paths on both sides of the road, to enable residents to enjoy seamless and safe connections for walking and cycling.
 
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Tengah’s town centre will break new ground with a car-free concept

Beyond green living, HDB will also leverage Information and Communication Technology in Tengah to enable “smart” living.  The development of Tengah will be guided by the Smart HDB Town Framework, introduced in 2014.  The framework covers four key dimensions : Smart Planning; Smart Environment; Smart Estate; Smart Living. Smart solutions can help create a more livable, sustainable and safe living environment. Residents can benefit from more efficient services and greater convenience, both at home, and in the estate.
 
In addition to these, the public can also look forward to a host of other new and exciting developments in Tengah, such as the creation of:
 
a)  Five new housing districts, namely – Plantation District, Garden District, Park District, Brickland District and Forest Hill District. These are designed with community and nature in mind so that residents can experience quality living with nature and greenery at their doorstep.
 
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Five housing districts in Tengah, each with a unique character

b)  A large Central Park, approximately the size of Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West (about 20 hectares), will be complemented with ponds and canals to provide lush greenery and blue spaces.
 
c)  New spaces such as “Community Farmways”, where residents can enjoy community gardening and urban farming in their own neighbourhood.
 
d)  A good spread of facilities at the town, district and local levels that are easily accessible, so that the daily needs of residents will be conveniently met. For instance, there could be integrated developments with various facilities, such as a sports centre and playing fields which are located near homes and places of work.
 
e)  Road networks are also designed to meet future needs. They could support future forms of mobility, such as Autonomous Vehicles or Self-driving Vehicles; as well as various transportation networks, such as the upcoming Jurong Region Line (JRL) and buses that provide seamless connectivity to neighbouring towns and the city. In addition, most bus stops will also be conveniently located within 300-metres of residents’ homes.
 
Moving Forward
 
The exciting developments for Tengah will be rolled out progressively, with the first batch of flats to be launched in the Plantation District from 2018 onwards. More details will be made available closer to the actual launch. When completed, Tengah is estimated to provide about 42,000 new homes. Of these, about 30,000 units will be for public housing and 12,000 units will be for private housing.
 
Beyond Tengah, the western region is also undergoing an urban transformation. The Jurong Lake District will be transformed into ‘A District of the Future’ and Singapore’s second Central Business District (CBD). Jurong Innovation District (JID), Singapore’s next-generation industrial district housing learning, research, innovation and manufacturing activities, will be located next to Tengah. JID will support the transformation of Singapore’s manufacturing landscape and serve as a model for the “workplace of the future”. These new developments in the Western region will open up exciting job, residential and recreational opportunities for everyone.
 
The Tengah exhibition will be held from 9 to 25 September 2016 at HDB Hub Sales Display Area (1st storey). It will be opened daily, from 9am to 8pm. The public is invited to visit the exhibition and give their feedback on Singapore’s first “Forest Town”. 
 
Credits: HDB

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