Tuesday, September 13, 2016

New Tengah HDB town (Forest Town): Getting from home to shops will be a walk in the park

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By Janice Heng, The Straits Times, Published on 9 September 2016 at 5:00 am SGT


One of five Tengah public housing districts, Forest Hill district will be surrounded by the forest corridor and the town's central park.
PHOTO: One of five Tengah public housing districts, Forest Hill district will be surrounded by the forest corridor and the town's central park.
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Tengah town centre will be set in a park and traffic will run underneath it; all roads will have walking and cycling trailsThe first flats in Singapore's newest Housing Board town, Tengah, will be launched in 2018.



Dedicated walking and cycling networks will enable Tengah residents to adopt green commuting as well as lead active and healthier lifestyles.
Dedicated walking and cycling networks will enable Tengah residents to adopt green commuting as well as lead active and healthier lifestyles.
PHOTO: Dedicated walking and cycling networks will enable Tengah residents to adopt green commuting as well as lead active and healthier lifestyles.
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These will be among 30,000 eventual public housing units in the new "Forest Town" in the west.

And when the car-free town centre - Singapore's first - is built, nearby residents will be able to stroll from their flats to shops, foodcourts and the MRT station without having to cross a single road.



One of five Tengah public housing districts, Park District will contain Tengah's car-free town centre.
PHOTO: One of five Tengah public housing districts, Park District will contain Tengah's car-free town centre.
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The town centre, named Market Place, will be set in a park and traffic will run underneath it instead. "This will make it friendlier for people and also for community activities," said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, announcing the masterplan for Tengah last night.

To encourage modes of transport other than driving, all roads in Tengah will have walking and cycling trails on both sides.



An artist's impression of the future Tengah town, which is expected to have about 55,000 homes.
PHOTO: An artist's impression of the future Tengah town, which is expected to have about 55,000 homes.
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"The whole of Tengah, as we design it, will become a town that will support our car-lite vision, our vision of a greener Singapore, and a more people-friendly city," said Mr Wong.

For other transport modes, most residents will have bus stops within 300m of their homes.



An artist's impression of the car-free town centre in Tengah.
PHOTO: An artist's impression of the car-free town centre in Tengah. The New Tengah HDB town qill be heavy on greenery, light on cars.
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But the MRT will take a while to arrive, with the Jurong Region Line estimated to be completed in a decade's time.

Space has also been reserved for possible future transport use, such as providing a path for self-driving cars.

The car-free town centre is part of the Park District - one of five in Tengah. The others are Plantation, Garden, Brickland and Forest Hill. They will each have a distinct identity even as they incorporate green elements.



The car-free town centre is part of the Park District
PHOTO: The car-free town centre is part of the Park District - one of five in Tengah. The others are Plantation, Garden, Brickland and Forest Hill. Five housing districts in Tengah, each with a unique character.
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Said HDB chief executive officer Cheong Koon Hean: "The whole town is actually infused with greenery."

Plantation District, the first to be developed, will have a "community farmway" running through its housing estates, with gardens, play areas, fields and community farms.



Community Farmways

Community Farmways
PHOTO: Community Farmways” will provide residents with hobby farming opportunities and encourage bonding among residents.
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Another community farmway will run through Garden District, near Tengah's 20ha Central Park.

A "forest amphitheatre" in the park will be a green gathering place and an existing canal will be transformed into a "forest stream".



Plantation District
PHOTO: The first batch of flats will be launched from 2018 onwards in the Plantation District. An existing canal will be transformed into a "forest stream".
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Central Park
PHOTO: Central Park will be the centerpiece of green spaces in Tengah, offering a scenic and tranquil spot for residents to relax and enjoy various recreational activities. The Tengah Pond is next to the Garden district.
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Another striking feature of Tengah is a 100m-wide, 5km-long forest corridor, developed in collaboration with the National Parks Board. Within existing secondary forest - forest that grows on land previously disturbed by human activity - more rainforest trees will be planted for a richer habitat.

Tengah will also be the first entirely "smart" HDB town.

Smart features such as utilities monitoring systems, which have been piloted on a smaller scale in areas such as Yuhua, will be introduced across the entire Tengah town.



A look at the transport options to be available at the Tengah HDB town.
PHOTO: A look at the transport options to be available at the Tengah HDB town.
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As Park District will be developed only later, Tengah's first residents will initially be without a town centre. But each district will have its own neighbourhood centres and amenities such as schools.

There will also eventually be a sports hub and a health and medical care facility.



Artist impression of an aerial view of the Tengah HDB town.
PHOTO: Artist impression of an aerial view of the Tengah HDB town.
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The final two districts are Brickland, which takes inspiration from the brick factories that were set up there in the 1960s, and Forest Hill.

The latter will bring residents the closest to nature, bordered by the forest corridor on two sides and Central Park on another.



There will be five housing districts in Tengah, each with a unique character.
PHOTO: There will be five housing districts in Tengah, each with a unique character. The districts will bring residents closest to nature, bordered by the forest corridor, forest stream and pond.
Photo: HDB
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Forest Town
Forest Town
Forest Town
PHOTO: New Tengah HDB town, "Forest Town"
Posted by Janice Heng, The Straits Times, Published on 9 September 2016 at 5:00 am SGT

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By Janice Heng, The Straits Times, Published on 9 September 2016 at 5:00 am SGT
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 09, 2016, with the headline 'Getting from home to shops will be a walk in the park'.



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