Vibrant Towns

The master plans for new housing areas in Bidadari, Tampines North and Tengah, unveiled in recent years, were further refined in the FY.

Bidadari’s first housing parcel, in the Alkaff District, was planned for launch in the second half of 2015. The development of Tampines North started with the launch of its first housing parcel in November 2014. The Master Plan for Tengah is targeted for completion in 2016.

The Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) programme was introduced in 2007 as a comprehensive blueprint to renew and further develop HDB towns and estates.

Punggol, Yishun and Dawson were the first towns/ estate to be selected for the programme aimed at ensuring the sustainability and vibrancy of the HDB heartland. This was followed by the announcement of Hougang, East Coast and Jurong Lake for ROH Batch 2, in January 2011.

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The ROH Batch 3 towns – Woodlands, Toa Payoh and Pasir Ris – were announced during the FY. In the works were plans to rejuvenate the Toa Payoh Town Centre, create more recreational spaces on the Woodlands waterfront facing the Straits of Johor as developing new housing, and inject new developments at the Pasir Ris Town Centre.

Among the ROH proposals making good progress in the FY was the rejuvenation of Bedok Town Centre. The new Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre and Bedok Integrated Transport Hub were completed at the end of 2014. The improvement works for the Pedestrian Mall within the Bedok Town Centre was estimated to complete by the second quarter of 2016. Construction of the Bedok Town Plaza and Heritage Corner had commenced and are scheduled to complete in the first quarter of 2016.

HDB also identified two living labs – Yuhua and Punggol Northshore, to test-bed the various Smart initiatives to aid feasibility studies for implementation.

Harnessing innovative methods and materials to enhance construction productivity, HDB implemented several new initiatives in the FY. These included pre-cast optimisation, where the percentage of precast components and cast in-site components were regulated to optimise the use of tower cranes and ease precast demand, using drywall as internal partition walls, and lightweight precast concrete panels in place of the conventional brick/ block wall at common areas.

Productivity at both individual and the overall project levels continued to be monitored and measured. An Electronic Manpower Tracking System was implemented in October 2014 to track manpower usage on-site more effectively. The target of 7% for overall productivity for all HDB projects in 2014 was met.

Environmental sustainability remained one of HDB’s key areas of focus. As of the FY, as part of the pilot HDB Greenprint project launched in 2012, a total of seven initiatives had been completed, such as the changing of existing outdoor LED street lightings at all surface car parks and driveways, provision of secured bicycle parking facilities at void decks of suitable blocks, improvement works to the rainwater discharge, and the installation of vertical greenery at the East-West facing façade of Block 223 Jurong East Street 21.

Works for another five initiatives in Yuhua were underway to transform the area into a ‘Green Neighbourhood’. These included the implementation of the Pneumatic Waste Conveyance System (PWCS) for all 38 blocks in the neighbourhood, the installation of solar photovoltaic panels on the rooftops of 29 mid- and high-rise blocks, the installation of the Energy Elevator Regeneration System (EERS) in the lifts of 16 blocks, the installation of electrical sub-meters at switch rooms of all 38 blocks, and the provision of Rainwater Harvesting Systems (RWHS) at void decks of 17 suitable blocks. With Yuhua taking shape as a sustainable neighbourhood, HDB also announced the extension of the HDB Greenprint to Teck Ghee, with the exhibition launched in the second-half of 2015.

Under the ‘Cool Ideas for Better HDB Living’ initiative which first started in 2011, HDB received a total of 57 ideas from the public this FY to address regular issues faced by HDB residents.

A new ‘Smart HDB Town Framework’ was announced in September 2014. The framework would be introduced in towns and estates under the four dimensions of Smart Planning, Smart Environment, Smart Estate and Smart Living. HDB also identified two living labs – Yuhua and Punggol Northshore, to test-bed the various Smart initiatives to aid feasibility studies for implementation.

As at 31 March 2015, HDB managed 915,468 home ownership flats, 53,388 rental flats and 768,414 parking lots in residential estates. About 136,600 flats (148 projects) had been announced for the Home Improvement Programme (HIP) since its launch in 2007. HIP works for about 37,090 flats (44 projects) were completed, with the remaining 66,790 flats (71 projects) under construction. In the FY, about 10,500 flats (14 projects) completed HIP works.

HDB also extended the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP) age criterion to include blocks built up to 1995, benefitting an approximately additional 100,000 flats. 11 projects under the NRP were also announced, while seven NRP projects were completed. In the FY, HDB also successfully installed all new lifts under the Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP). The upgrading of existing lifts is in progress.

The Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) programme, to retrofit flats with elderly friendly features, was launched in July 2012. The programme saw about 20,000 applications for EASE (Direct Application), and about 32,850 households which opted for EASE, together with HIP. From 1 August 2014, the programme was expanded to include slip-resistant treatment to existing floor tiles and grab bars for the second toilet. The age criterion for EASE (Direct Application) was also lowered to 65 years and above.

The FY saw the successful implementation of the largest Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS) project, comprising 3,480 sold flats in Tanglin Halt estate. In the FY, 246 SERS flat owners also collected the keys to their replacement flats. Since its implementation in 1995, a total of 79 SERS sites had been announced by the end of the FY.

HDB constructed an additional 944 car lots and 275 motorcycle lots for existing car parks in the FY. The Mechanised Parking System was piloted at car parks in Bukit Panjang, Changi Village and Yishun. Lift installation for 44 Multi-Storey Car Parks (MSCPs) was completed in the FY, while works-in-progress continued at another 395 MSCPs.

The Housing & Development (Amendment) Bill was passed in Parliament on 13 April 2015, and the Act came into effect on 20 July 2015. The Housing & Development Act (H & D Act) was amended with the aim to provide a safer and more pleasant living environment for HDB residents. The main amendments of the bill authorised HDB to enter a flat to carry out investigation and urgent repairs, investigate suspected lease infringements, enhance HDB’s investigation powers, and allow it to impose financial penalties for unauthorised renovation activities within the flat among other features.

At the end of the FY, HDB was managing 17,470 commercial properties. Since its inception in November 2007, the Revitalisation of Shops Scheme (ROS) had benefitted a total of 4,684 shops from 54 sites (inclusive of Batch 6), by enhancing the shopping environment and granting rent-free periods for tenants to renovate  their shops.

Major upgrading works were in progress for Loyang Point while improvement works such as the upgrading of toilets, replacement of ceiling and repainting works had been carried out at various shopping centres such as Limbang Shopping Centre, Gek Poh Shopping Centre, Yew Tee Square, Greenridge Shopping Centre, Admiralty Place and Joo Chiat Complex.

The ground-breaking ceremony for Kampung Admiralty was held in April 2014. This new Integrated Development in Woodlands would be a one-stop hub to encourage social interaction and active living through its innovative design, communal spaces and sustainable features.

Launched in February 1997, the HDB Industrial Redevelopment Programme (IRP) was meant to optimise and intensify land use by relocating tenants from existing low-rise industrial estates into new high-rise industrial complexes built by HDB.

In March 2015, HDB obtained the Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) for Kaki Bukit AutoHub, the motor-workshop complex built under Batch 11 of the HDB Industrial Redevelopment Programme (IRP). Under Batch 12, construction of the motor-workshop complex, Sin Ming AutoCity at Sin Ming Drive, was in progress. A high-rise Industrial Complex would be developed in Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 3 under Batch 14 to relocate affected tenants from Eunos.

Under Phase 3 of the Defu Master Plan (DMP), a high-rise industrial complex would be built and co-located with Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) Circle Line underground rail depot. To transform Defu Industrial Estate into ‘A Green and Sustainable Industrial Park of Tomorrow’, there were also plans for a landscape master plan for Defu as well as detailed landscape guidelines for Southern Defu to be developed.