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    Default Punggol to have 7 new waterfront districts

    Punggol to have 7 new waterfront districts

    Abundant flora will soften density; waterfront market for town centre

    Published on Oct 17, 2012

    By Daryl Chin

    THE Housing Board has unveiled the next phase of development for Singapore's hottest new estate, Punggol, which is also known for being the first eco-town.

    Estimated to be twice the size of Ang Mo Kio when it is complete, the eco-precinct is expected to boast seven new districts for waterfront housing, as well as abundant greenery to soften its projected high density.

    Last night at the HDB Awards gala at Marina Bay Sands, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan painted the next phase of Punggol as part of the Government's plan to progressively raise the standard of HDB living while catering to a growing population.

    "(New HDB towns) enable us to try out new planning concepts and ideas. Proven ideas can then be replicated in other new towns, as well as in old towns when we redevelop them," he said.

    There are 26,400 completed HDB flats in the area, and about 6,400 private homes which are in the works.

    The total number of HDB flats and private homes is projected to be 96,000 when development ends, which could happen in the next 15 years or so, depending on demand and economic conditions.

    These will be spread out over seven new waterfront housing districts aside from Punggol Central, where most of the current developments are.

    The first two to be developed within the next five years will be the Northshore and Matilda districts. The former will boast the tallest residential buildings in the area - at 29 storeys, and overlooking the Strait of Johor - while the latter will draw inspiration from the rich history of the area such as the iconic Matilda House.

    Other districts which will come on stream later include Crescent, Punggol Point and Canal. Work at Waterway East and Waterway West has already begun.

    The town centre will be expanded into a new "Punggol Downtown", which will have a waterfront market village, a learning corridor which will house educational institutions, and a creative cluster for commercial use relating to lifestyle needs.

    Flora will also play a bigger role in the nation's first eco-town. The existing waterway will be enhanced with green spaces extending northwards. Coupled with the town centre, a new sports complex and the learning corridor, this area will form the "green heart" of the town.

    "Green fingers" - or paths lined with greenery - will extend from the "green heart" to reach the coastal promenade and Coney Island, where a park is expected to be completed by 2014.

    The 1.5km Old Punggol Road will be one such "finger". It will be closed to traffic and converted to a heritage trail for pedestrians.

    Cycling tracks will also be built in tandem with new roads to encourage a clean commute, while the Western LRT loop is expected to start operations in tandem with development in the area.

    The Land Transport Authority (LTA), with other agencies, is studying the feasibility of a road link between KPE/TPE and Punggol Central and expects to complete the study by mid-2013. The construction timeline will be determined after the technical feasibility study is completed.

    Analysts The Straits Times spoke to said Punggol's development also echoes HDB's move towards concept living.

    "HDB first started by just providing housing. They then moved to starting up self-sufficient satellite towns like Tampines and Woodlands. Now, they are going into addressing lifestyle needs," said Mr Chris Koh from property consultancy Chris International.

    An exhibition on the proposed plans has been put up for public consultation at HDB Hub, starting today and continuing until Oct 28.

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    Eco-town sweeps design awards

    Published on Oct 17, 2012

    By Daryl Chin

    PUNGGOL may have some grand plans in the pipeline, but the area's existing developments are already pulling in the awards.

    The eco-district bagged top honours at a Housing Board gala last night, taking nine prizes for building and design.

    They included an award for the Punggol Waterway, plus others for developments such as Punggol Spring and Damai Grove.

    A total of seven prizes for design and 14 for construction were presented at the sixth Housing and Development Board Awards ceremony at Marina Bay Sands.

    As well as being Singapore's largest housing developer, with more than a million flats under its belt, the HDB also has a role in planning estates.

    The award winners are projects that have produced outstanding work within its guidelines.

    For example, Punggol Spring stood out for its innovation and productive construction process. It has 494 units in five 17-storey blocks, and boasts sustainable features such as decks made of recycled timber, which is more durable than its newer counterparts.

    Instead of concrete drains, the project has a bioswale filtration system that incorporates soil and plants to promote greenery.

    Mr Tony Ng, the precinct's project director, said: "Punggol is shaping up very well, and it's the way forward in terms of including sustainability and greenery in housing developments."

    Town planner Surbana won an award for the design of the 4.2km Punggol Waterway. It was also honoured for its work on Clementi interchange, the first development to include HDB flats, a commercial mall and a bus interchange. Other winners included projects in Bukit Batok, Telok Blangah and Ghim Moh.

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    Default Punggol development: Phase 2 plan unveiled

    Published October 17, 2012

    Punggol development: Phase 2 plan unveiled

    Khaw says it'll cover developments over 15 years and beyond

    By Mindy Tan


    THE Housing & Development Board (HDB) yesterday unveiled plans for the next phase of Punggol's development, including a new Northshore District that will be carved out for more seafront public housing.

    Northshore District will be one of seven distinct waterfront housing areas, of which Waterway East and Waterway West Districts are already under development.

    Not only will Northshore District be home to Punggol's tallest residential buildings, at 29 storeys, they will also boast fully underground car parks in a bid to provide a greener and more spacious environment at the ground level.

    Both Northshore and Matilda Districts can expect public housing projects to be launched over the next five years.

    Based on Punggol's masterplan, the projected number of private and HDB homes in Punggol is 96,000. To date, some 26,400 units of public housing have been completed, with 15,800 units launched or under construction. On the private housing end, 6,400 have been launched or are under construction.

    This puts Punggol on track to complete 48,000 units by 2016.

    Of the 957 hectares (ha) that is Punggol, some 422 ha have been set aside for residential use, with the remaining 535 ha designated for other uses, including transportation networks, schools, commercial, and religious purposes, added HDB.

    National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said: "We are now ready to launch the next phase of Punggol's development. Punggol Phase II will cover developments over the next 15 years and beyond."

    Other plans to enliven Punggol include the introduction of a waterfront Market Village bordering on the south of the Coney Channel, a Learning Corridor designated to house future education institutions and a Creative Cluster designed to host new commercial activities.

    Residents can also look forward to more recreational spaces and commercial amenities such as a new sports complex, a horse riding centre and a hawker centre.

    To ensure that Punggol does not lose its green features, more green parks and corridors will be integrated with the waterfront promenades. In addition, the old Punggol Road will be conserved as a heritage trail and transformed as a pedestrianised green corridor for joggers and cyclists.

    Mr Khaw was speaking at the HDB Awards 2012, where he presented 21 awards to HDB's consultants and contractors to recognise their achievements and innovative efforts in undertaking public housing developments.

    The "Punggol: Discover Possibilities" exhibition will be launched at HDB Hub to recap the progress of Punggol to date, share with the public the short-term plans and invite feedback for the longer-term plans.

    The exhibition ends on Oct 28.

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