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Release of 3rd Quarter 2014 Public Housing Data

Rejuvenation of Dawson Estate

27 Jun 2014

 HDB has announced its latest plans to transform the Dawson estate. This is part of its efforts to create a new and improved living environment for residents, while injecting greater vibrancy by attracting younger families to the estate.

2Dawson’s makeover will feature a new generation of public housing projects, commercial developments and social/communal facilities by 2020. To realise Dawson’s ‘Housing-in-a-Park’ vision, HDB will develop five more land parcels in Dawson with new facilities, as follows:

    •  About 3,700 units of 2-room, 3-room, 4-room and 5-room flats;
    •  An array of commercial facilities comprising 30 shops, four eateries and a supermarket; and
    •  A hawker centre.

    Regeneration of Dawson under HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland Initiative

3Under the Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) initiative for the Dawson estate, HDB had launched two projects, namely SkyVille@Dawson and SkyTerrace@Dawson, in a Build-To-Order (BTO) exercise in December 2009. Slated for completion in 2015, these projects have incorporated new housing concepts, such as flexibility in designing internal layouts, loft units and paired units for multi-generational living. Unique features such as sky gardens and landscaped sky terraces will create a scenic park-like environment for residents.

4Through its Landscape Master Plan, the Dawson estate is designed with seamless connectivity, environmental sustainability and a distinct identity. Six heritage storyboards, which showcase the history of the estate, have also been installed along the Alexandra Canal Linear Park.

 Please refer to Annex A (PDF 480KB) for the images.

New Flats in Dawson

5Leveraging on the rejuvenation works carried out under the ROH, the latest plans will further transform the Dawson estate. HDB will build some 3,700 new flats at Dawson as replacement flats for the residents at Tanglin Halt estate which has been identified for Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS):

       a) Blocks 24 to 38, 40 to 45 Tanglin Halt Road; and
       a) Blocks 55, 56, 58 to 60, 62 to 66 Commonwealth Drive.

6The Tanglin Halt estate identified for SERS comprises 3,480 sold flats. Completed in 1962/1963, they are more than 50 years old today (see Annex B (PDF 17KB) for the property profile of the flats). SERS offers residents a unique opportunity to move to new flats with fresh 99-year leases, situated in a convenient location served by modern facilities. The implementation plan and rehousing benefits package for the residents involved are in Annexes C (PDF 9KB) and D (PDF 65KB).

7The new flats at Dawson, expected to be completed in 2019/2020, range from 2- to 5-room units. They are near the Queenstown MRT Station and Dawson Place, an HDB neighbourhood shopping complex. Facilities such as shops, eating establishments and schools are also a stone’s throw away.

8The “Housing-in-a-Park” theme will continue to feature in the design of the new replacement flats in Dawson, with the provision of sky gardens for residents to enjoy panoramic views and greenery at their doorstep. To allow residents greater flexibility in customising their homes to suit their lifestyle and needs, some new flats will come with an open kitchen concept. More details on the location map, artist’s impression and description of the replacement projects can be found in Annex E-E5 (PDF 519KB).

9After meeting the rehousing needs of the SERS flat owners, HDB will offer the surplus flats to the public. This will allow members of the public, especially young families, to apply for a unit at Dawson.

New Commercial Facilities in Dawson

10An array of new amenities will be built in the five new precincts in Dawson, comprising 30 shops, a supermarket, four eateries and social/communal facilities such as childcare centres, education centre, student care centre and senior citizen centre. Together with the current facilities at Dawson Place and upcoming facilities at SkyVille@Dawson and SkyTerrace@Dawson (5 shops, an eating house, a supermarket), they will serve the residents living in Dawson.

Land Parcels
Commercial / Social Communal Facilities
Site A
ˇ 19 shops, a supermarket, a hawker centre and HDB Queensway Branch
ˇ An education centre, a student care centre and an RC centre
Site B
ˇ Three shops, a minimart and an eating house
ˇ A childcare centre and a senior citizen centre
Site C
ˇ Two shops, a minimart and a cafe
Site D
ˇ A minimart and a café
Site E
ˇ Two shops, a minimart and a café
ˇ A childcare centre

 More details on the facilities can be found in Annex F (PDF 384KB).

11The former wet market at 38 Commonwealth Avenue (in Site A) has been conserved under the URA’s gazetted Master Plan 2014. It will be refurbished to house shops that serve the daily needs of residents in the area.

12In tandem with SERS, the two market/food centres (a total of 157 stalls) and 54 rental shops/eating houses in Tanglin Halt estate will be cleared:

Market/Food Centres
       a) Commonwealth Drive Food Centre (Blocks 1A, 2A, 3A Commonwealth Drive); and
       b) Tanglin Halt Market (Block 48A Tanglin Halt Road)

      Shops/Eating Houses
       a) Blocks 46-1, 46-2, 46-3 Commonwealth Drive; and
       b) Blocks 39, 47 to 49 Tanglin Halt Road

 The profiles of the shops are shown in Annex G (PDF 11KB).

New Hawker Centre in Dawson

13A new two-storey hawker centre with 40 cooked food stalls will be built at Margaret Drive (Site A). The stalls will be offered as replacements to the affected stallholders at Commonwealth Drive Food Centre. Construction of the new hawker centre is expected to commence in 3Q2015. Residents in the Dawson estate can look forward to this new hawker centre, which is expected to be completed in tandem with the new flats at Site A in end 2020.

14The HDB Queensway Branch, currently located at Block 46 Commonwealth Drive, will move to a new unit above the upcoming hawker centre.

Tanglin Halt Estate - Development of New Neighbourhood Centre

15The Commonwealth Drive Food Centre, together with the shops and eating houses at Blocks 46-1, 46-2, 46-3 Commonwealth Drive, and Block 39 Tanglin Halt Road, will be cleared following the relocation of the food centre to Dawson. A new Neighbourhood Centre, with a market and food centre, will be built on the vacated site to create a new community node for the surrounding residents.

16To facilitate comprehensive redevelopment, the shops and eating houses at Blocks 47 to 49 Tanglin Halt Road will be cleared in 2024. HDB and NEA will inform eligible shop tenants and stall holders about the clearance benefits. More details are provided in Annex H (PDF 22KB).

Preserving the Memories of Dawson Estate

17HDB will consciously preserve the heritage of the Dawson estate. In addition to the heritage storyboards along the Alexandra Linear Canal Park, HDB will incorporate a heritage wall and corner in the former Commonwealth Avenue Wet Market to showcase memorabilia which relate to the history of the Dawson estate. A “Call for Heritage Items” exercise, conducted by HDB in 2008, saw 19 residents contributing a total of 31 nostalgic items, including photographs, cinema tickets, school report books and receipts from iconic establishments. These items, which will be featured in the heritage corner, seek to rekindle fond memories for the older generation, and educate future generations on the rich history of Dawson. Members of the public who are interested to contribute items relating to Dawson or Queenstown’s heritage can do so at the HDB Queensway Branch by 31 Mar 2015.

Information on Rejuvenation Plans

18Existing and future residents of Dawson will benefit from the rejuvenation plans that will transform the estate and enliven the local communities.

19HDB will inform all SERS flat owners, commercial tenants and stallholders individually of these plans. Information on the replacement flats for the SERS flat owners will also be exhibited from 30 June to 13 July 2014 as follows:

Monday to Sunday
30 Jun to 6 Jul 2014*
9.30 am to 9.30 pm

Former Queensway Student Hostel,

55 Queensway Singapore 149058
Monday to Friday
7 Jul to 11 Jul 2014
2.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Saturday to Sunday
12 Jul and 13 Jul 2014
9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Note: * Entry to exhibition via guided tours. Entry to exhibition from 30 Jun 2014 (Monday) to 4 Jul 2014 (Friday) is by invitation only.

20For further information, residents, commercial tenants and stallholders can call the following enquiry lines:

       a) 1800-866 3070 (for sold flats)
       b) 1800-866 3073 (for commercial properties)
       c) 1800-225 5632 (for market/hawker stalls)