Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to undergo restoration, completion expected by 2026

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Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to undergo restoration, completion expected by 2026

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to undergo restoration, completion expected by 2026. A new era is about to begin at the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, which has been virtually deserted for more than ten years. The national landmark is scheduled to undergo restoration beginning in 2024 and ending in 2026.

The former station may be transformed into a civic and social institution, a business providing food and beverage alternatives, or a hotel when it is reopened to the public, according to tender documents published by the Singapore Land Authority asking consulting services for the restoration works (SLA). In response to inquiries from The Straits Times, a SLA representative stated that plans, including particular uses, are still being considered. He went on to explain that more details would be revealed when they were prepared.

According to the paperwork, rehabilitation work will begin in April 2024 and end in September 2026. After Malaysian rail operator Keretapi Tanah Melayu stopped terminating trains there in June of that year, the 1932-built station was shut down in 2011. The station’s form and exterior had to be preserved because it had just two months before received national monument status. The technical feasibility studies and restoration designs produced by the hired specialists will adhere to the National Heritage Board’s preservation standards.

SLA stated in the filing that the repair work is anticipated to cost $40 million. A building and structural analysis that was finished in 2019 revealed that the old station’s general structural integrity is in “serviceable condition, subject to repairs,” it also said. The original station’s gross floor area was close to 11,000 square meters. According to the EPA, the building’s interior has seen water seepage, and its “flat roof slabs are considerably damaged while beams and columns require targeted repairs.” You can see fractures, weed growth, and stains on the plaster facade of the structure.

The experts are expected to prepare a heritage impact study to reduce any potential effects of the restoration work on the building’s character as well as a heritage strategy to promote public appreciation of the historic structure. These can result in the station’s interior being decorated with plaques and storyboards. The Urban Redevelopment Authority predicted in 2015 that the former station’s next use will last around 20 years, or until the Greater Southern Waterfront is constructed. The station will also function as the southern terminus of the 24 km rail line that runs all the way to Kranji.

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