Sembawang Shipyard and Kent Ridge among sites as part of heritage plan
Sembawang Shipyard and Kent Ridge among sites as part of heritage plan.
Several sites associated with Singapore’s colonial past are being researched as part of a heritage plan that will guide future developments. The Heritage and Identity Structure Plan was created in conjunction with a review of Singapore’s long-term land use plans for the next five decades and beyond.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) announced details of both plans on Monday (June 6), including 19 areas with heritage value that are being studied under the heritage and identity plan.
Several clusters of former government quarters are located in these areas, including Hooper Road and Halifax Road near Newton, Goodwood Hill adjacent to Stevens Road, and Malcolm Park adjacent to Whitley Road.
Defence and wartime sites such as Paya Lebar Air Base and Kent Ridge are also on the list, as are areas already identified for heritage studies such as Mount Pleasant and the former Turf Club in Bukit Timah.
The heritage plan, according to the URA, “will guide efforts to sustain, protect, and enhance Singapore’s heritage assets, including those in the heartland and on distinctive streets.”
Walking, cycling, and transit networks near these sites will be improved to make them more accessible, according to the report.
Several of the sites under consideration have already announced development plans.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, for example, stated in 2013 that Sembawang Shipyard will be one of Sembcorp Marine’s shipyards to be consolidated in Tuas by 2024.
According to URA, this frees up the site, a former British naval base that still houses a small British defense unit, to be redeveloped into a waterfront lifestyle precinct with plenty of public spaces. It went on to say that existing buildings could be repurposed, and that mixed-use developments would be built in the area.
The only building preserved in the shipyard is the former Sembawang Fire Station, which was saved in April 2007. The heritage study would assist planners in determining which other significant structures should be preserved.
Other sites and features identified in the comprehensive heritage plan include national monuments, conservation areas, designated historic sites, identity nodes, identity corridors, Housing Board towns, and urban design areas.
The URA also revealed more information about its new identity corridor initiative, which will connect areas with rich heritage and distinctive streetscapes.
As “urban design areas,” the plan includes relatively new and urbanized areas, such as the under construction Punggol Digital District.
Authorities will issue guidelines to ensure that new developments in these areas blend in with the existing environment in order to preserve their urban character.
The URA stated that, in addition to preserving Singapore’s built heritage, it will work on recalling memories of the past through various methods such as storyboards and trails.
“In shaping areas rich in heritage and identity, we will continue to consult widely to consider different perspectives,” the statement said.
As the Springleaf forested area is developed, natural and built heritage will be preserved.
19 sites are being evaluated:
1. Kent Ridge
2. Turf Club in Bukit Timah
3. Wessex Estate in one-north
4. Winchester Park in Alexandra
5. Gillman Village in Alexandra
6. Pasir Panjang Power District
7. Adam Park
9. Ridley Park in Tanglin
11. Mount Pleasant
12. Malcolm Park near Whitley Road
13. Goodwood Hill in Newton
14. Hooper and Halifax roads in Novena
15. Sembawang Shipyard
18. Paya Lebar Air Base
19. Changi Point
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