Saturday, March 13, 2010

New Punggol Waterway design

http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_313516.html
By
Jessica Cheam



PHOTO: The waterway will also boast a coastal promenade and a host of water activities.
By REUTERS
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THINK water and you will have a good idea of the main theme running through the winning design for an ambitious $25 million makeover for Punggol.


PHOTO: Singaporeans can look forward to the launch of the award-winning development in mid-2010
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The blueprint revealed on Friday aims to revive the coastal town's heritage as a fishing village by capitalising on its maritime setting.


PHOTO: Rich Biodiversity@Punggol Wasteland
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There will be a 10km cycling trail in a rustic setting along the 4.2km waterway and a pedestrian 'kelong-like' bridge to recapture the old fishing days.



PHOTO: Go Green Go Punggol
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The waterway will also boast a coastal promenade and a host of water activities.

At the heart of the waterway in Punggol's town park will be a 'heartwave' wall boasting a mini waterfall.


PHOTO: New BTO: Punggol Spectra
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Visuals on the wall will depict the history and development of Punggol from its early days to a 21st century town.

All this and more was unveiled on Friday by National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan at the HDB Hub, where he announced the winner of the Punggol Waterway Landscape design contest launched in May.


PHOTO: Punggol Waterfront unveiled
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Local firm Surbana International Consultants and its partner, Japanese firm Sen Inc, beat 10 local firms. Merit prizes were awarded to Arc Studio Architecture + Urbanism and Co-Design Architects.

Mr Johnny Wong, HDB's deputy director of building research, said the Housing Board was won over by Surbana's concept of incorporating Punggol's unique identity into the waterway's landscape.

Construction will be completed by 2010.

Mr Mah said the Punggol project is on schedule 'and has been progressing steadily even during this economic downturn'.

Since August last year, the HDB has launched more than 5,000 flats under its build-to-order (BTO) projects in Punggol. BTO developments are built only when a certain demand is met.


PHOTO: The development of Punggol Town along a 4.2km Punggol Waterway will incorporate a number of new features, such as greenery along the promenade, aeration ponds and a cycling network.
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The HDB plans to offer about 3,000 flats for sale annually in Punggol, subject to demand. And by the end of 2011, there will be about 23,000 flats completed.


PHOTO: Waterfront flats unveiled
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Mr Mah said that even with the slowdown, he expects 'sufficient take-up for these flats' as people are still getting married and young families are being formed.

The HDB is targeting the sale of the first site - a mixed commercial and residential development - to the private sector in mid-2010.
By Jessica Cheam




PHOTO: Fronted by the charming waterway and neighbour to an acclaimed golf course
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PHOTO: The development of Punggol Town along a 4.2km Punggol Waterway will incorporate a number of new features, such as greenery along the promenade, aeration ponds and a cycling network.
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