Big changes are coming to the North of Singapore – see them all in one flythrough video.
SPH Content Studio
March 7, 2016
Even if you don’t live in the North of Singapore, you might have heard the buzz around the impending transformation of Woodlands and Sembawang. Slated to be developed into a vibrant live-work-play zone, the precinct, once considered “ulu”, will be home to a whopping 14 key developments over the next few years.
In this new flythrough video of the Woodlands and Sembawang precincts, you can see where the developments in the vicinity are located relative to one another. Watch it here:
The existing Woodlands Waterfront will be expanded into a 70-hectare waterfront environment for both residential and recreational use. Also planned for the area is a new business cluster within walking distance of the waterfront, which will encompass the North’s first business park, office buildings and dedicated spaces for SMEs.
The area surrounding Woodlands MRT station and Causeway Point mall – known as Woodlands Central – will be upgraded into a vibrant retail and commercial hub anchored by a pedestrian mall running through the 30-hectare hub. Woodlands bus interchange is also slated for an upgrade.
Over in Woodlands South, the upcoming Woodlands General Hospital will start serving residents as early as 2022. The integrated healthcare facility will include an acute care hospital, a community hospital and a nursing home, and is expected to provide some 1,800 beds in total.
HDB’s Kampung Admiralty is an upcoming “modern kampung” located next to Admiralty MRT station. This all-in-one destination comprises two studio apartment blocks, a hawker centre, a medical centre, childcare and eldercare facilities, a shopping plaza, and shared spaces such as a recreational centre and even a community farm. This is expected to be complete in 2017.
While this suburban mall next to Sembawang MRT station is by no means new, it went through a S$33m revamp in 2015 that added more retail space and gave it a fresh new look. Anchor tenants include NTUC FairPrice, a public library and food court.
After a S$2.2m facelift, Sembawang’s Canberra Park reopened in 2015 with brand new recreational facilities such as communal spaces, a tai chi corner and bicycle stations. Its centrepiece is the new playground, which is Singapore’s first “inclusive” playground with features that cater to visually handicapped and physically disabled children.
Situated next to the upcoming Canberra MRT station, this three-storey neighbourhood hub will connect commuters seamlessly to their homes. Canberra Plaza will be a one-stop destination for residents as it is equipped with communal facilities such as food courts, a supermarket, restaurants, clinics, and enrichment centres. Also in the works are green spaces, a childcare centre, fitness stations and play facilities including a water playground. This is slated for completion in 2019.
This existing neighbourhood shopping mall has a supermarket, retail stores, children’s enrichment centres and restaurants, making it a go-to destination for the whole family. Expect a surge in vibrancy when the nearby Canberra MRT station opens.
This highly anticipated 21.5km expressway, which is expected to be ready by 2020, will be the first highway in Singapore to feature dedicated bus lanes, a cycling path and a pedestrian walkway throughout. It will link Woodlands to the city, passing through key areas like Sembawang, Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan and Toa Payoh. According to Land Transport Authority’s One.Motoring portal, motorists travelling between the north and the city centre can expect to save up to 30 per cent of their travel time during peak hours.
The upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) is slated to open in stages from 2019. It adds two MRT stations to the North – Woodlands North and Woodlands South – and links residents to the East via Upper Thomson, Havelock, Marina Bay, Marine Parade and Bedok. Commuters will also have direct access to places like the Singapore Zoo (via the nearby Springleaf MRT station on the TEL).
This new addition, between Sembawang and Yishun MRT stations on the existing North-South Line, should be ready in 2019. Once built, it will make travelling much quicker for residents between the two towns, as they no longer need to catch feeder buses to the MRT station.
The planned Rapid Transit System (RTS) will link Woodlands North MRT station straight to JB Sentral in Johor Bahru, promising quick, hassle-free commutes across the border. As a vital cross-border node, Woodlands North MRT station will also house a transport hub with a bus interchange, offices, shops and eateries to serve both residents and visitors from Malaysia.
Residents in Sembawang can look forward to a new swimming complex and a hawker centre, slated for completion in 2018. The swimming complex will be part of a building cluster that will house a variety of sports, recreation and communal facilities under one roof such as a polyclinic, childcare and eldercare centres. Sembawang Sports and Community Hub is located at Old Nelson Road, which is within walking distance for future residents of The Visionaire.
Located just a stone’s throw from the future Canberra MRT station, The Visionaire EC is one of the hottest new residences in the rapidly-developing area. Apart from its state-of-the-art architecture and landscape design, The Visionaire is also Singapore’s first executive condominium (EC) with Smart Home technology.