Transforming Jurong Lake District into ‘A District of the Future’

SINGAPORE: The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is looking for multidisciplinary teams to develop master plan proposals for Jurong Lake District.

URA announced the Request For Proposal (RFP) in a media release on Monday. It said a key focus of the master planning exercise includes developing proposals for Lakeside Gateway, a new mixed-used precinct and home to the future terminus of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail. This will benefit nearby EC residents such as those from Sol Acres EC. Upcoming executive condo launches include Yio Chu Kang EC, Inz Residence, Choa Chu Kang EC, Anchorvale Lane EC,  while existing ones include The Terrace EC, Parc Life , Brownstone EC, The Vales EC,  Sol Acres EC, The Visionaire, Bellewoods EC, Signature at Yishun, The Criterion EC and Northwave EC.

The area aims to become Singapore’s district of the future and will have a different identity compared to the current central business district.

“It’s green fields, so we can start from scratch,” said Ms Yvonne Lim, group director of physical planning at URA. “The community that is going to be working and living there is going to be quite different.

“Looking forward, we know that how people work is changing. It’s no longer about maybe sitting in the office from 8am to 5pm. You have people interacting, so we’re going to create a lot of public spaces.”

Participating teams will be developing proposals for the following components of the Jurong Lake District Master PlanDetailed master plan for Lakeside Gateway, including strategies to seamlessly integrate the new precinct with Jurong Gateway, Lakeside, as well as the Teban Gardens and Pandan Gardens area to the south;

  • Strategies to shape a distinctive identity for Jurong Lake District;
  • Possible revisions to land uses of surrounding areas that will strengthen the position of Jurong Lake District as Singapore’s second CBD. Examples of these areas are Jurong West to the west, and Teban Gardens and Pandan Gardens to the south;
  • Car-lite and connectivity plans for Jurong Lake District and its surroundings. Examples include a comprehensive network of infrastructure and facilities catering to active mobility options (e.g. walking, cycling and Personal Mobility Devices) that links up to existing and future developments throughout the District;
  • Urban design guidelines, landscaping and public space strategies, and plans to create, improve, and integrate green and blue spaces;
  • Plans for the possible adaptive reuse of the former Jurong Town Hall and current Science Centre buildings, to strengthen the heritage memories of Jurong;
  • Plans for possible district-level infrastructure, utilities and urban systems. Examples include a district cooling system, common services tunnel, pneumatic refuse conveyance system, and urban logistics;
  • An underground space plan catering to different uses throughout the District. The objective is to optimise overall land use and improve pedestrian experience in underground spaces; and
  • Environmental sustainability strategies to mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect and improve energy efficiency, resource usage, and overall thermal comfort throughout the District, HDB said.

The RFP will comprise two stages. Interested teams will first need to submit their interest to participate in the RFP by Sep 5, 2016. Up to five shortlisted teams will develop their Concept Master Plans for Jurong Lake District, which must be submitted by Dec 7, 2016, URA said. The appointed team will be notified in January 2017, and appointed in February of the same year, according to URA. It will then work with URA and partner agencies to draw up the Draft Master Plan for the area.

“There will be a public exhibition of the Jurong Lake District Draft Master Plan around the third quarter of 2017. Thereafter, the appointed team will work with URA to refine the plans,” URA said.

PUBLIC TO BE INVITED TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK

URA added that the public will be invited to give their feedback on the district’s Draft Master Plan during the exhibition period, which is likely to be held in the third quarter of next year.

“At the same time, URA will engage the relevant stakeholders, partner agencies, and the Jurong Lake District Steering Committee to gather their input on the plans,” URA said.

The Draft Master Plan will then be revised based on feedback received, according to the Authority.

First announced in 2008, Jurong Lake District is Singapore’s regional centre in the west, planned as part of efforts to create new commercial activities, more quality jobs, amenities and recreational activities closer to homes, URA said. The district comprises a commercial hub, Jurong Gateway, as well as Lakeside, a leisure precinct.

According to URA, Jurong Gateway has been shaping up well, and the development of Lakeside is underway with Jurong Lake Gardens.

“We have an exceptional opportunity to transform Jurong Lake District into ‘A District of the Future’ and our second CBD, which will redefine the way we live, work and play. As a CBD in our heartlands, the District will drive Singapore’s growth in the future economy, and cater to the diverse needs of businesses, residents, visitors, and Singaporeans from all walks of life. It will be a distinctive new gateway to Singapore,” said National Development Minister and chairman of the Jurong Lake District Steering Committee Lawrence Wong.

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