Punggol’s new waterfront districts
Punggol has been receiving a lot attention from the public and the media. After its waterfront project won the Global Superior Achievement Award from IWA, the Housing Board has this week announced that 7 new waterfront districts will be developed in the area. When it is completed, the punggol eco-precinct is estimated to be twice the size of Ang Mo Kio. To soften its future high density, abundant greenery will be added to its environment.
Currently, there are 26,400 HDB flats completed in the area with about 6,400 private homes under construction. In 15 years or so, a total estimated of 96,000 HDB flats and private homes will be occupied. These units will be distributed among the seven new districts aside from Punggol Central, where most on-going developments are located.
Below is a summary in point-form of future developments in the area:
- first two to be developed within the next five years will be the Northshore and Matilda districts.
- Northshore to have the tallest residential buildings in the area – at 29 storeys, and overlooking the Strait of Johor
- Matilda 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.
- 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 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.
- LTA and other agencies are 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.