Building Vibrant Towns

Planning and Developing New Towns

The vision of a tranquil urban oasis for Bidadari resonates well with aspiring home buyers as evident from the overall 3.2 times application rate for BTO projects launched in 2017. As at 31 March 2018, 7 BTO projects yielding 6,106 dwelling units have been launched. The consultancy to develop detailed designs of Bidadari Greenway, Bidadari Park and other sustainable features under the Green & Blue Master Plan has been awarded.

The key planning concept behind Tengah town is the creation of a ‘Forest Town’, with homes surrounded by lush greenery and nature, where residents can enjoy quality living and connect with the community in a myriad of amenities and green spaces. When completed, Tengah is estimated to provide about 42,000 new homes. Beyond green living, HDB will also leverage Information and Communication Technology to make Tengah a smart and sustainable town. Earthworks commenced in 2017 to facilitate the first BTO launch in November 2018.

Tampines North is a new area that is being developed as an extension of Tampines Town. Capitalising on its existing greenery and proximity to Tampines Regional Centre, Tampines North will have a new landmark mixed development, 2 major parks, and extensive pedestrian and cycling networks. In the FY, 3,460 flats were offered in 3 BTO projects, namely Tampines GreenCourt, Tampines Green Dew and Tampines Green Foliage.


Existing towns are rejuvenated under programmes such as Remaking Our Heartland and Neighbourhood Renewal Programme

Upgrading and Rejuvenating Existing Towns

Under the ROH programme, the renewal plans for Pasir Ris, Toa Payoh and Woodlands, will focus on strengthening the character, community, and connectivity of each town. Residents from the 3 towns were invited in the early stages of planning, to participate in Focus Group Discussions to give their views and suggestions. With the views gathered from the residents, HDB formulated the proposals for each town and exhibited the ROH plans for residents’ feedback in the FY.

The Neighbourhood Renewal Programme focuses on precinct and block-level improvements. In the FY, 18 projects were completed and another 3 announced. As at 31 March 2018, 65 of the 131 projects announced have been completed.

Common maintenance problems in ageing flats are addressed with the Home Improvement Programme (HIP). In the FY, 8 projects were announced and 30 projects completed. Since its inception, HIP has received strong support from residents, with support levels averaging about 90%.

Households with elderly family members continued to tap on the Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) programme to retrofit selected elderly-friendly features in their homes at highly subsidised rates. As of 31 March 2018, close to 56,000 households had applied for EASE directly, and 107,100 households had opted for EASE under HIP.


HDB towns are planned with heartland shops to meet the needs of residents

The Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS) renews older HDB estates and gives residents the opportunity to move into new homes and a better living environment served by modern facilities. During the FY, 926 households from the announced SERS site at West Coast Road completed their registration of replacement flats. Separately, 682 households from other previously announced SERS sites collected the keys to their replacement flats.

To date, all feasible HDB blocks – more than 5,000 blocks with over 500,000 flats – have been selected for the Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) introduced in 2001 to offer direct lift services to flats. As at 31 March 2018, 131 blocks were undergoing LUP construction works. In the FY, 28 lifts were completed and 147 lifts were awarded contracts under the Selective Lift Replacement Programme (SLRP), which replaced old lifts with modern lift features.

Powering Construction Productivity

HDB achieved an overall construction productivity level of 14.8% in 2017, exceeding our target of 14.5%. This is attributed to the initiatives that we have implemented over the past years, such as prefabrication technology, standardisation of design and detailing, and new materials and construction technology.

In line with the national push to increase the adoption of the Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DfMA) concept, HDB has scaled up the implementation of volumetric precast technology in 2017. Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) was implemented in 26% of the dwellings units, up from 6% in the previous year. Similarly, Prefabricated Bathroom Units (PBU) were installed in 60% of the dwellings units launched, up from 26% in 2016. Where feasible, all newly launched HDB flats in 2019 will be fitted with PBUs, while 33% of the flats will be constructed using PPVC.

The Automated Precast Production System (APPS) has raised productivity and reduced the dependence on labour. HDB completed the production of 67,800m2 (equivalent to 760 4-room flats) of Large Panel Slab (LPS) for inhouse design projects at Punggol North. The precast sandwich wall system and Precast Flat Slab system were also successfully piloted in Punggol Northshore, Singapore’s first smart and sustainable public housing district.

Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) with Building Information Modelling (BIM) increased construction productivity by allowing greater coordination between building design, construction and operation. VDC with BIM was implemented for 22% of the dwellings units launched in 2017, and is estimated to constitute 50% of the dwelling units to be launched in 2019.

With the adoption of the key DfMA initiatives in more building projects, we are on track to achieving our target of 25% productivity improvement by 2020.


Tampines GreenCourt will be constructed using the PPVC method

Driving Sustainability Through Smart Technology

This FY, HDB realised several initiatives utilising technology to drive sustainability and ensure quality living for residents.

The Smart Urban Habitat (SUH) Masterplan, completed during the year, will guide the implementation of smart solutions in a comprehensive manner in Punggol and Tengah towns. The first phase of the Smart Hub, which will integrate, manage, and analyse data from estate services in HDB estates, has also been completed and is progressively being connected to Yuhua Estate. The Smart Hub will be scaled up to include other HDB towns.

HDB has also built up its Urban Environment Modelling capabilities, through the development of the Integrated Environmental Modeller (IEM), a platform that integrates the urban planning and design process with environmental simulation.

The IEM allows planners and architects to visualise the interrelations between various environment factors such as wind flow, temperature fluctuations and solar radiation, and their combined effects on the surroundings. Environmental sensors deployed in half of Singapore have successfully validated the simulation results from the IEM tool, and established the real thermal comfort level in towns such as Punggol.

To boost adoption of renewable sources of energy, HDB launched the largest solar leasing tender to date, with an aggregated multi-agency demand for the installation of solar panels across 848 HDB blocks and 27 government sites. This third SolarNova tender is in line with our goal to roll out 220 MWp of solar panels across 5,500 HDB blocks by 2020. Since May 2017, all public housing blocks have been designed with solar-ready roofs for more productive and efficient installation of solar panels on HDB rooftops.


By 2020, more than 5,500 HDB blocks would be installed with solar photovoltaic panels

Revitalising Commercial and Industrial Properties

As of end March 2018, HDB was managing 17,650 commercial properties, with a high average occupancy rate of 97%. In the FY, a total of 364 commercial units were allocated, and 379 new shops and eating houses completed.

At Kampung Admiralty, a wide range of social, healthcare, communal and commercial facilities have been integrated with housing for the elderly. Completed in May 2017, the facilities and amenities in this 11-storey first-of-its- kind ‘modern kampung’ includes a 2-storey medical centre, an Active Ageing Hub, a childcare centre, and a 900-seat hawker centre.


Kampung Admiralty, Singapore’s first public integrated development, enables seniors to age-in-place, and live active and healthy lives

As part of the government’s efforts to align public agencies’ functions, the transfer of HDB’s 12,536 industrial properties to Jurong Town Corporation was completed on 1 January 2018. With this move, all public sector industrial land and properties will be consolidated under one agency to better support businesses.

HDB also transferred the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority on 1 January 2018.