The Straits Times
The young neighbourhood of Fernvale is blossoming in every possible way – from enhanced amenities and new leisure and recreational options to improved connectivity. It is poised to grow exponentially, with a distinct character that combines rustic charm with contemporary vibes, making it a desirable new town in which to sink roots, grow families and invest for the future.
Located in the North-East region of Singapore and bordered by Seletar, Punggol and Yio Chu Kang, Sengkang has evolved from being a home to fishing villages, plantations and farms, to a vibrant new town. The estate, which includes the Fernvale neighbourhood, is basking in a steady growth in residential, retail, commercial and industrial projects, with more developments in the pipeline.
The buzz in Sengkang is coming from many sectors. Adjacent to the future Seletar Regional Centre, which will potentially grow to twice the size of the thriving Tampines Regional Centre, Sengkang neighbourhoods like Fernvale are highly attractive due to their close proximity to vibrant business hubs and employment opportunities.
Moreover, Sengkang is becoming a magnet with more high-value-added jobs coming alongside the new educational institutions in the Punggol Creative Cluster, as well as the expanded 320-hectare Seletar Aerospace Park.
The latter, hosting large corporations like Rolls-Royce, ST Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney, will create jobs for locals and expatriates alike, giving Sengkang properties an extra flip with its steady pool of potential tenants. More opportunities to work closer to home are also on the cards with the completion of new projects including the phased development of Sengkang West Industrial Park.
Together with Sembawang, Seletar and Woodlands Regional Centres, all these facilities and amenities form the North Coast Innovation Corridor – an economic corridor with a focus on ideas, creative design and new technologies.
With so much going on, residents canexpect even more dynamism and soul in the transformed Sengkang.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy in the Sengkang district, which boasts two beautiful rivers – Sungei Punggol and Sungei Serangoon. A recreational haven for cycling, jogging or even just leisurely strolls, residents can enjoy the ambience of the scenic green landscape, while nature-lovers will delight in the tranquil Sengkang Riverside Park with its constructed wetland and rich biodiversity. Many outdoor parks and activity zones including the Sengkang Riverside Park, Punggol Park, Punggol Point Park, Punggol Waterway Park, Sengkang Sports Centre, Sengkang Hockey Stadium and Anchorvale Community Centre, are easily accessible via the North Eastern Riverine Loop of the Park Connector Network.
Over the years, residents of Sengkang have welcomed the opening of several malls, the newest being Seletar Mall, located at the junction of Fernvale Road and Sengkang West Avenue. Aside from its cineplex and wide choice of shopping and dining options, residents can also pick from Greenwich V, Compass Point, Rivervale Mall and the upcoming Waterway Point Mall. Not forgetting the renowned eateries and laid-back vibes of Jalan Kayu, which has been designated as an identity node and earmarked for enhancement.
Getting around in Sengkang is a breeze as it is the first satellite new town in Singapore to have its major public transport amenities built together with the main public housing development.
Residents will enjoy seamless connectivity to other parts of Singapore with a comprehensive MRT and Light Rail Transit (LRT) network; the nearby Sengkang MRT/LRT links to Sengkang Bus Interchange, while the upcoming Buangkok Bus Interchange will provide improved connectivity.
Smoother traffic flow is also ensured in the upgrading of the area’s road systems, with the new dual three-lane Seletar Aerospace Flyover that provides direct connections to the Central Expressway (CTE), Seletar Expressway (SLE) and Tampines Expressway (TPE) and is also linked to Jalan Kayu.
Connecting to the flyover is the new Sengkang West Road, along which motorists travelling from Yio Chu Kang can directly access the TPE. Motorists travelling to Seletar Aerospace Park from the expressway can also use a new road – Seletar Aerospace Way – via the new flyyover.
Sengkang caters to the different needs of its residents with the surrounding rducational and medical facilities, from established educational institutions like Nan Chiau Primary School, Nan Chiau High School and Pei Hwa Secondary School, to top-notch healthcare facilities such as the 1,400-bed Sengkang General and Community Hospitals which are set to open in 2018. Residents will benefit from the quality medical care at Singapore’s largest hospital development, which provides transfer of patients from the acute to the community hospital.
More community services are also available at the soon-to-open Fu Hui Link, a nursing home with care centres for infants, children and senior citizens.
Clearly, Sengkang is one of a few towns where there is still tremendous growth potential to be tapped, with the Fernvale neighbourhood, located between Jalan Kayu and Punggol River, a major beneficiary.
So it is fitting that High Park Residences, an exciting new private residential development, will rise between Lorong Tanggam, Sengkang West Way and Fernvale Road. It will bring a refreshing new way of living to the area – and set the tone for Sengkang’s future developments.
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