Eastern Beauty

DISTRICT 15: EAST COAST

Situated at the south-eastern part of Singapore, the East Coast is a favoured residential choice for both locals and foreigners.
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A key draw is the East Coast Park, which has a total land size of 185-hectare and 20 km linear park of white sandy beaches. It offers a wide array of recreational and sporting facilities like golf driving ranges, holiday chalets, BBQ pits, bowling alleys, restaurants and a food centre. During the weekends, the East Coast Park is a hive of activities with families enjoying picnics, the seabreeze and water sports activities. The East Coast Park attracts more than 7.5 million visitors a year.

The Playground @ Big Splash located along East Coast offers a range of exciting lifestyle activities for the family. Children can learn to play tennis, in-line skate, ride a bicycle or even play golf. A variety of dining experiences are available at various Food and Beverage outlets.

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The East Coast is only a short drive to Changi International Airport and the Marina Bay new downtown via the East Coast Parkway expressway.

Marina Bay Sands is a new type of urban place that integrates the Waterfront Promenade with a grand, multi-leveled retail arcade combining civic space, shopping, indoor and outdoor spaces endowed with city skyline views, daylight and plant life, providing an abundance and variety of activities. Asia’s most spectacular business and leisure destination with over 2,500 rooms & suites and state-of-the-art convention and exhibition facilities, theaters, world-class casino, entertainment and the best shopping and dining in Singapore.

It is a place that is vibrant and dynamic, a place that transforms from hour to hour, from day to night, and is evocative of the great urban places. It is here that the imaginings of a global city become a reality.

Marina Bay Sands opened in 2009 and will feature three 50-story hotel towers containing 1,000 rooms each, crowned by a two acre Sky Garden bridging across the towers, offering 360-degree views of the city and the sea, outdoor amenities for the hotel such as jogging paths, swimming pools, spas, and gardens; an iconic Arts and Sciences Museum on the promontory; one-million square feet of integrated waterside promenade and shopping arcade; a state-of-the art one-million square foot convention center; two 2,000-seat theaters; a casino; and a 4,000 car garage.


Spanning 101 hectares, and just a five-minute walk from the downtown Marina Bay area, this superpark is home to over a quarter of a million rare plants. The entire park comprises three gardens; Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. From the waterfront promenade, one can enjoy an amazing view of the Marina Bay financial district skyline.

Have you ever stepped into a superpark spanning over 100 hectares, featuring more than a quarter of a million rare plants in huge domed conservatories – and in the heart of the city? Less than a five-minute walk away from Marina Bay, the Gardens by the Bay is spread over three waterfront gardens: Bay South and Bay East, with Bay Central connecting the two.

Bay South — the largest waterfront garden — is where you’ll find the futuristic-looking Supertrees, vertical gardens measuring up to 16 storeys that add a surprising and surreal feel to the landscape. Take a walk on the suspended walkway between the supertrees or hitch a ride to the bar on top of the tallest supertree for a bird’s eye view of the entire gardens.  The Supertrees are not just aesthetic features; they also collect rainwater, generate solar power and act as venting ducts for the park’s conservatory.

The Conservatories, featuring the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, are another key feature, offering reprieve from the tropical heat.  The Flower Dome replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions like South Africa and parts of Europe like Spain and Italy. The Cloud Forest replicates a cool-moist climate found in Tropical Montane regions between 1,000 to 3,500 metres above sea level, such as Mt Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia, and high elevation areas in South America.

Bay East is a unique mix of pretty pavilions, lush lawns, tropical palm trees and natural blossoms of all kinds, perfect for an evening stroll or a picnic with family and friends. It also offers an amazing view of the Marina Bay financial district skyline along its two-kilometre waterfront promenade.

 

DISTRICT 16: BEDOK

Throughout the world, living at the water’s edge is a very coveted lifestyle. By or on the water, we are far away from deadlines and everyday stresses. In today’s fast-paced world, the waterfront provides one of the best places to “leave your worries behind”.

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In Singapore, one of the best waterfront avenues is by the Bedok Reservoir which spans across 88 hectares in the eastern part of the island, north of Bedok New Town.

The many different activities available at Bedok Reservoir Park truly provide a place where there is something for everyone. The park spans across 417,000 m² and is accessible from Bedok Reservoir Road. By 2016, Bedok Reservoir will also be linked to the East Coast Park by a 3.8km green corridor, under the S$1 billion Remaking Our Heartland programme.

The Public Utilities Board (PUB) has initiated activities to allow water sport enthusiasts to make use of the various reservoirs for activities which do not compromise the quality of the water. Their aim is to bring people closer to water in order to better appreciate and cherish the precious resource.

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Bedok Town Centre will also be rejuvenated, as revealed in early 2011. One immediate project is a new integrated public transport hub to provide a seamless connection between the Bedok bus interchange and the MRT station. The bus interchange and a plot next to it will also be developed into a 13-storey building that will house retail shops and residences (BEDOK MALL). The project will be completed by 2015. Further in the pipeline is another integrated project: a sports complex. Still in its conceptual stage, the sports complex will bring together the new community centre and sports facilities such as a swimming pool, indoor courts for badminton and sepak takraw, and a gymnasium.

There is an abundance of food, shopping centres, entertainment and recreational outlets in this neighbourhood. Prominent schools are located in the immediate vicinity, such as the United World College (kindergarten, primary and secondary) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design Changi campus that is slated to commence operations in 2014. The locality has the added advantages of being served by the future Downtown MRT line 3 – Bedok Reservoir Station and shopping facilities such as the Bedok Point, Tampines Mall, as well as Giant, IKEA & Courts superstores.

 

DISTRICT 17: PASIR RIS

Pasir Ris, which means ‘white sand’ in Malay, best describes the long stretch of sandy beach along Singapore’s north-eastern coast. Once a collection of kampongs or villages perched on white sandy beaches, this flourishing town remains a relaxing area with residential properties. In Pasir Ris, the sprawling parks, amusement centres, resorts and the tranquil beach score high on the fun factor. Whether you enjoy the great outdoors or prefer the laidback vibe, Pasir Ris exudes the holiday feel which you will not want to leave behind.
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At Pasir Ris Park, you and your family can enjoy endless fun – whether it’s hanging out at the playground, camping and kite-flying at the open spaces, or riding ponies at the Gallop Stables. This charming park also offers a garden maze and a carefully preserved mangrove swamp for some quiet time.

Near Pasir Ris MRT Station is the popular Downtown East, where fun never stops. Featuring the water theme park Wild Wild Wet, enjoy a splashing good time as you take the whitewater raft rides and water slides with your family. The new E!hub leisure and entertainment centre is Singapore’s largest indoor family playground which houses a cinema, an arcade, bowling alley, a 25m high indoor ferris wheel and eXplorerkid.

For an array of dining options that open till late, you can head over to Changi Village where one will be captivated by its rustic charm.

The 42-km long Eastern Coastal Park Connectors Network (ECPCN), which links popular beach parks at Pasir Ris, East Coast and Changi Beach, provides a well-shaded cycling route and offers an abundance of scenic views, especially along the coastline.

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Pasir Ris town is well-connected to the other parts of the island mainly by the Tampines Expressway (TPE). The nearby Pasir Ris Wafer Fab Park and Changi Business Park comprise a mix of high technology businesses, data and software enterprises and various research and development divisions, creating a great number of jobs.

In the vicinity are the United World College (kindergarten, primary and secondary) and Singapore’s fourth university, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) which will operate from its permanent campus in Changi by 2014.

 

DISTRICT 14: PAYA LEBAR

Earmarked by the Government as a commercial hub, the buzz at Paya Lebar Central is well underway with the second commercial land parcel made available for sale. The first site, located next to the Paya Lebar MRT Interchange, was awarded to a consortium at a cost of S$586m. It will be developed into a major commercial centre. Under the Master Plan, 12 ha of land will be developed into office, hotel and retail spaces, bringing jobs closer to home.

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Only a 10-min drive to Central Business District, Paya Lebar is well-connected by major expressways (PIE and ECP). Accessibility via public transport will also be enhanced when the new Downtown Line 3 complementing the East-West Line is up. Paya Lebar MRT Station will serve as an interchange station for the Circle and East-West Lines.

Nearby, the Geylang Riverfront will open up attractive riverfront public spaces as the river is being integrated with future developments. There will be a mix of office, retail and hotel developments by the river, bringing life to the riverbanks.

Other new developments in the area include a new public plaza next to Paya Lebar MRT Interchange that will provide a gathering spot and focal point for activities; a civic centre next to the new Geyland Serai Market – housing a Community Club, Community Development Council and a library; and more spaces to be created for stalls during the popular Hari Raya bazaar.

A number of land sales and en bloc transactions (for residential, commercial, and industrial use) have taken place in the vicinity. More land sales can be expected as the Government releases them in phases.

With a slew of exciting Singapore luxury property developments in the pipeline, Paya Lebar is well on its way to becoming the new shining star of the east.

The buzz at Paya Lebar is set to be turned up a notch as plans to enhance the commercial hub get underway. Paya Lebar Central, a bustling commercial hub, looks set to welcome a new hive of activity with offices, hotels, retail and attractive public spaces planned for it. Paya Lebar is one of the commercial hubs to be developed outside the city centre as part of URA’s larger decentralisation strategy in the Concept Plan to provide alternatives for businesses and jobs closer to homes. The other commercial hubs are Tampines Regional Centre, Jurong Lake District and Woodlands Regional Centre.

Existing developments like Geylang Serai Market and festivities such as the Hari Raya Bazaars along Geylang Road contribute to the distinctive local Malay identity of the area. This identity will be further enhanced with new public spaces and the upcoming new Geylang Serai Market.

A Vibrant Commercial Hub
A vibrant commercial hub With about 12 ha of land in the area available for development translating to about 500,000 sqm of commercial floor space, expect to see retail, hotel and office developments clustered around Tanjong Katong Road and Sims Avenue.

A new public plaza next to the Paya Lebar MRT Interchange will become a focal point for activities and a natural gathering spot for commuters, shoppers and the office crowd.

The River Flows Between
Geylang River will be a key feature in the plans for Paya Lebar Central. As water levels stabilise with the completion of the Marina Barrage, the river can be integrated with future developments, creating attractive public spaces at the new commercial centre.

Fancy working, dining, shopping and relaxing by the scenic Geylang River amidst greenery around waterfront views?

This will be possible when a newly constructed stretch of Geylang River right in the middle of a new commercial development along Tanjong Katong Road is completed. A mix of office, retail and hotel developments will bring life to the riverbanks.

Convenience with Connectivity
Paya Lebar Central is just a 10-minute drive from the Central Business District and is well connected by major expressways with the PIE and the ECP as well as major roads like Sims Ave, Paya Lebar Road and Changi Road. Accessibility will be further enhanced when the new Paya Lebar MRT interchange station for the Circle and East-West lines open in 2010.

Getting around Paya Lebar Central itself will be a breeze for pedestrians with the addition of more connected covered walkways, underground walkways and overhead bridges. The walk along Geylang Road will also be more exciting with outdoor kiosks and delicious aromas wafting from cafes.

Community Buzz
Think of Hari Raya and chances are you will associate it with the festive bazaars at Geylang Serai. A buzzing, lively commercial stretch of markets, sundry shops, retail centres and hotels, Changi/Geylang Road is the spot to soak in the distinctive local character of the area.

Geylang Serai will see the completion of the redeveloped Geylang Serai Market in 2009. A new civic centre will also be developed next to the market, which will house a Community Club, Community Development Council offices and possibly even a community library.

A new plaza beside the civic centre will be a natural focal point for staging community events such as festive activities and bazaars. The design of the new civic centre can take into consideration the heritage and special character of the area. In addition, there is opportunity to explore incorporating a gallery in the civic building to showcase the local heritage and history of the area.

Residents in the Dunman Road and Guillemard Road areas can look forward to a new recreational space in their neighbourhood.

Architectural and landscaping elements will be added to the Geylang River to create leisure pathways under the national water agency, PUB’s Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters*) programme.

With a section of the river bank accessible by Geylang Park Connector, the improvement project will create a primary pedestrian and multi-purpose corridor connecting the Dakota MRT station to the residential estates as well as the recreational, institutional and commercial facilities in the vicinity.

Besides incorporating ABC Waters features along the 830m stretch from Dunman Road to Guillemard Road, the project also includes a widening of the stretch of river as part of drainage improvement.

The project will begin in November and is scheduled to be completed by May 2013.


Design Themes for River Makeover

  • In line with the theme of ‘delighting in simple pleasures’, railings, paving, gabion walls and plants are combined to deliver different moods along the entire waterway.
  • Nodes along the waterway will serve as communal spaces for the residents.
  • Design elements reflective of the area’s heritage, such as a Songket-inspired paving design, and shelters and trellis spotting an interpretative style of stilts-and-posts, will form an identifiable feature along the river bank.
  • A gazebo reminiscent of a ‘Pondok’ (a rustic-style pavilion for gathering and rest) will be elevated over the waters at a strategic focal point of the River. Located at the bend of the river, the riverbank steps down gradually to the waterway with the gazebo and connecting walkway elevated above.
  • Another key feature of the project is a rain garden to demonstrate the connection between water, nature and people.
  • The rain garden provides a collection point for rainwater, cleansed by the flora and collected for recirculation to a water sculpture. Dubbed the ‘water porcupine’, this sculpture provides a play feature for children.

*The ABC Waters programme is an ongoing effort by PUB to transform Singapore’s water landscapes and integrate water bodies with parks.

A lifestyle precinct located right at the edge of the city, Kallang Riverside is poised to become the next sought after destination.

Imagine basking in the view of the river from your office window. After work, pop downstairs for some retail therapy at the iconic old Kallang Airport or relax over drinks with colleagues by the river before strolling home across the river. Enjoy dinner at home in an ambience like no other, with the distinctive dome of the Sports Hub or the glow from the city skyline forming the backdrop to your living room.

Life By The River’s Edge
Kallang Riverside is the latest exciting addition to the Greater Marina Bay District. Located at the edge of the city just a five minute drive away from the Central Business District, it will be a 64-ha lifestyle precinct offering 4,000 new homes 3,000 hotel rooms, and around 400,000 sqm of office, retail and entertainment facilities. These will be spread across two distinct precincts on either side of the Kallang River – a residential enclave and a mixed-use cluster.

Celebrate The Outdoors At Your Doorstep
A new residential enclave will be added around the Green, a linear park that stretches between Lavender MRT and the Kallang River. With plenty of new recreational spaces, residents are just minutes away from the outdoors with dining options at alfresco establishments or jogging along a scenic route along the beach that links all the way to the future Gardens by the Bay and to the new Sports Hub.

Want to soak up the sun? Kallang Riverside Park could offer just that with beachside lagoons right next to the river’s edge and water-based recreational activities like boating or canoeing.

There is also the option of spending a getaway weekend at one of the hotels dotted along the banks of the Kallang River to enjoy the beachfront activities or to revel in the dazzling fireworks display come National Day.


A Slice Of History
The historic Kallang Airport Passenger Terminal Building with its distinctive Art Deco structure will be conserved and adapted for new uses, preserving memories while allowing for a new lease of life.

Exciting lifestyle uses will be introduced at Old Airport Square to bring the entertainment and buzz back to Kallang. Gather some friends and picnic under lush foliage on the lawns or head indoors for a pampering spa session or a spot of shopping.

The Singapore Sports Hub will be a fully integrated sports, entertainment and lifestyle hub for everyone in Singapore. It will be Singapore’s premier land and water sports centre with integrated programming. A unique cluster development of integrated world-class sports facilities within the city, it will play a critical role in accelerating the development of sports industry, excellence and participation and take sports to the next level in Singapore.

Located on a 35ha site in Kallang, the Sports Hub will include the following facilities:

  • A new 55,000-capacity National Stadium with a retractable roof and comfort cooling for spectators;
  • A 3,000-capacity indoor Aquatic Centre complete with leisure facilities, expandable to 6,000-capacity for specific events that meets world tournament standards;
  • A 3,000-capacity Multi-purpose Indoor Arena which will be scalable, modular and flexible in layout;
  • A Water Sports Centre to enhance sports offerings in the Kallang Basin
  • 41,000 sq m of commercial space for leisure, shopping and dining activities
  • A Sports Information and Resource Centre (SIRC), comprising a library, a museum and an exhibition centre
  • Sports Promenade and Community Facilities
  • The existing 12,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium featuring an exciting line-up of vibrant entertainment

With its world-class facilities, the Sports Hub will be the Centre for Singapore’s elite athletes and high performance management as well as an ideal location for sports and entertainment events, sports administration, and sports and recreation businesses.

It will help to create a critical mass of international, regional and local sports federations and associations, sports medicine and sports science service providers, sports related training and education service providers, sports companies’ sales and marketing headquarters, and retail outlets.

Located within the city, the Sports Hub is well connected to the Mass Rapid Transit network, major expressways and is only 15 minutes from the Singapore Changi International airport. With the newly opened Stadium MRT station right at its doorstep, fans will have low-cost, hassle free access to the Sports Hub.

The Sports Hub is also located next to the Marina Bay area and is poised to ride on the wave of exciting developments at Marina Bay like the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Marina Barrage, Singapore Flyer and the floating platform at Marina Bay.