As published in The Straits Times 20 Dec 2009 (Sunday)
By Tan Yihui
To many Singaporeans, Punggol is the new town that has never really got on the map.
But more than a decade after its first masterplan was unveiled, the former swampland is at last taking shape as a waterfront haven that will offer a sophisticated lifestyle for heartlanders.
The unveiling last month of Punggol's waterfront public housing project - Singapore's first - marked a milestone on the long road to transform the once sleepy backwater on the north-east coast.
In a striking move away from the usual Housing Board units, the 1,200 flats have design features including sky terraces, roof gardens and panoramic riverside views of the upcoming 4.2km Punggol Waterway.
The HDB hopes to offer flats in the 4.9ha project for sale next year.
Indeed, 2010 onwards marks a watershed for the new Punggol that has risen where pig farms and chilli crab restaurants once stood.
Other projects that are transforming Punggol into a recreat…
PUNGGOL NORTH GROOVES TO 2010 organised by Punggol North CCC & Punggol 21 CCMC
Date : 31 December 2009 (Thurs) Time : 8pm onwards Location : Punggol Field Walk (Opposite Punggol Plaza)
Countdown Highlights : • Dance through the night with 60s to 90s music • Live band & Dance Performance • DJ Remix & Spin, Intelligent Lightings Display • Kids's corner • Pasar Fair • Games stalls • Fabulous prizes to won from Lucky Draws • Lucky Draw
Countdown tickets are sold at only $2 each. Ticket items include : - Lucky Draw - 2 Games - Popcorn or Popcorns - Goody Bag
PARENTS & KIDS X'MAS CARNIVAL organised by Punggol 21 CC Youth Club
Date : 19 December 2009 (Sat) Time : 4pm - 10pm Location : Punggol Plaza (Blk 168 Punggol Field)
Carnival Highlights : • Parenting Talk on "A Child's Growing Milestones" by Specialists (Attractive door gifts for the talk. Only for the 1st 50 sign-ups) • Launch of Punggol's 1st Parenting Group • Photo-taking with Santa • Kiddy Rides • X'mas Caroling • Magic Show • Flea Market • Special Dance Preview • Mass Line Dance • Dog Show • Lucky Draw
As published in The Straits Times online 15 Dec 09
A NEW study of Punggol Town's temperature and wind velocity will help urban planners build a more energy-efficient township.
The study, a collaboration between the Housing and Development Board (HDB) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Design and Environment, was officially announced on Tuesday.
Its findings will be applied to upcoming and existing developments in Punggol Town, in Singapore's north-east.
The $960,000 study, jointly funded by the Ministry of National Development, HDB and NUS, will study three aspects of the area's climate using on-site measurements, computer simulations and a wind tunnel: Hot and cool spots, wind conditions and patterns of sun and shadow.
The study is expected to be completed by the end of 2010. In the next four to five years, its findings may be translated into development/ design changes, said Mr Alan Tan, deputy managing director for environmental sustainability research a…
Punggol Waterfront Housing Design Competition Exhibition of Winning Entries
HDB had launched the Punggol Waterfront Housing Design Competition in December 2008. As part of the competition, the participating firms were required to work out new master plans complete with new architectural concepts, for the development of the first public housing parcel along the proposed waterway in Punggol.
On 11 Nov 09, Minister for National Development, Mr Mah Bow Tan announced the results of the competition and an exhibition showcasing the five shortlisted entries, including the winning entry, was officially opened. This exhibition will be brought to Punggol town itself on 26 Nov 09, where the opening will be officiated by the Minister for Defence, Mr Teo Chee Hean.
Here are the details of the exhibition:
Date: 26 Nov 09 - 29 Nov 09 Time: 9am - 9pm Venue:Punggol 21+ Gallery (next to Punggol MRT station)
PUNGGOL SAILS A PROJECT UNDER BUILT-TO-ORDER 2009 CONTRACT : PUNGGOL EAST S2 C8 COMPRISING : 279 UNITS of 3-ROOM FLATS, 218 UNITS of 4-ROOM FLATS & 109 UNITS of -ROOM FLATS A short walk brings you to the Punggol MRT/LRT station and bus interchange. If you drive, you’ll also be pleased to know that the Tampines Expressway (TPE) and the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) are easily accessible from Punggol Sails.
On the grounds of this development, you will find outdoor facilities, such as fitness stations, a playground and a jogging track. For quieter moments, head to the multi-storey car park’s rooftop garden. There, you will find an idyllic garden deck with timber decks and sitting areas.
Residents are surrounded by lush greenery throughout the development, which is fronted by a grand entrance plaza lined with ornamental plants. Enjoy daily convenience with Punggol Sails’ thoughtful network of sheltered linkways and bridges that connect all blocks to the multi-storey car park.
PUNGGOL RIPPLES A PROJECT UNDER BUILT-TO-ORDER 2009 CONTRACT : PUNGGOL EAST S2 C14 COMPRISING : 130 UNITS of STUDIO FLATS, 157 UNITS of 2-Room FLATS & 185 UNITS of 3-ROOM FLATS Located at the junction of Punggol Walk and Punggol Field, Punggol Ripples is just next to the proposed Town Centre and close to the Punggol MRT/LRT station. A childcare centre, a Residents’ Committee Centre and some shops are conveniently located within the development.
Punggol Ripples features a signature garden deck built as a tri-level series of terraces which starts from the ground level and ascends upwards to the roof garden atop the 3-storey multi-storey car park. Serving as a strong visual anchor for the development, each terrace provides a lush landscaped area where you can relax and recharge after a hectic day at work.
Distribution of Flats Housing Development (Contract)Flat TypeFloor Area (sqm)Internal Floor Area (sqm)No. of unitsIndicative Price Range ($) Punggol Ripples (Punggol East S2 C14) Standard Fl…
HDB presents two new Build-To-Order projects - Punggol Ripples and Punggol Sails.
Located along Punggol Field, both developments are right next to the proposed Town Centre and close to the Punggol MRT/LRT station and bus interchange. Relax and recharge amid verdant landscapes as you enjoy all the exciting developments coming your way in Punggol 21+. More recreation choices are available at the upcoming Punggol Waterway and Punggol Promenade.
Punggol Ripples offers a selection of Studio Apartments, 3-room and 4-room Standard flats while Punggol Sails comes with a range of 3-room, 4-room and 5-room Standard flats. Prices start from $65,000 for a Studio Apartment, $158,000 for a 3-room flat, $249,000 for a 4-room flat and $332,000 for a 5-room flat.
Apply for your desired flat type today. You can choose from flats in either development during selection.
Find out more now! Visit our Build-To-Order Exhibition now on till 30 Nov 2009 at the Habitat Forum*, BizFour 3rd Storey, HDB Hub today.
Winning Design for First Public Housing Project along Punggol Waterway
Group8asia, an international architectural firm has emerged as the winner of HDB’s Punggol Waterfront Housing Design Competition. In partnership with local design firm Aedas, they will set the benchmark for the first public housing parcel along the Punggol waterway.
Minister for National Development, Mr Mah Bow Tan, announced the winner of the Punggol Waterfront Housing Design Competition at the HDB Awards Ceremony today.
More than 100 firms participated in the competition, half of which were foreign firms from as far as Spain, the Netherlands, Japan and Hong Kong.
Punggol Waterfront Housing Design Competition
The two-stage design competition was launched in December 2008 to generate fresh, innovative and new design ideas for high-rise public housing along the waterway. Participating firms were required to incorporate new sustainable development concepts and features to realise the theme “Green Living by the Waters”.
As published in The Straits Times 14 Oct 09 (Wednesday)
By Jessica Cheam
The Housing Board advised first-time buyers who would like greater certainty in securing a flat to apply for the Build-to-Order (BTO) flats. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
AS AN indication of the red hot demand for public flats, the Housing Board (HDB) was swamped with 20,691 applications for its biggest sales exercise - 2,132 flats - in recent times on its closing day.
This means there are about 10 bids for every available flat. HDB said on Wednesday that it had 'expected strong interest for these flats as they are limited in number, are located in the popular mature estates, and are either completed or close to completion'.
About seven out of 10 applicants are first-timers, said HDB. But despite the priority given to first-time flat buyers, the chances of being short-listed to select a flat in this exercise 'will not be high due to the overwhelming response', it said.
Where lush mangroves, calm river, and fresh air form the private luxuriant landscape for 14 exclusive bungalows with attic - Whiteshores. Its natural serene surroundings and close proximity to the Punggol waterfront inspires exquisite architecture with all the elements of a tropical holiday resort. Yet access to these dream homes is all the more attractive with convenient transport modes via the North East Line and Tampines Expressway. A rare find indeed in urban Singapore.
Set amidst a verdant garden with abundant captivating water features, this development comprises of bungalows arranged around an elongated swimming pool. Each bungalow is directly linked to a private driveway and is provided with a car porch that can accomodate 2 cars.
Central to Whiteshores is the shared landscaped garden designed with the concept of tropical resort in mind. The extensive use of glass in the master bedrooms, living and dining areas all offer unobstructe…
Punggol Waterway Progresses into Next Phase and Set to Complete Next Year
The development of the Punggol Waterway is progressing smoothly into the next phase. HDB has awarded the construction of the second part (comprising 1.8km) of the 4.2 km waterway to Koh Brothers Building & Civil Engineering Contractor (Pte) Ltd for S$58.9 million. The first part of the waterway (comprising 2.4km) was also awarded to Koh Brothers in January this year.
Since the groundbreaking ceremony held in April this year, works on the waterway are progressing well. With the award of the construction works for Part 2 of the Waterway, HDB is committed to complete the Waterway, which is a key element to realise the Remarking Our Heartland plans for Punggol 21+, on schedule by end-2010.
Besides engineering works on the remaining 1.8 km of the waterway, a key component of Part 2 of the Punggol Waterway works will see the construction of a 10 m promenade on both sides of the Waterway - bringing nearer to the resid…
As published in The Straits Times online 31 Aug 09 (Monday) HDB is putting on sale 1,142 units of flats at Punggol Spectra under the Build-To-Order (BTO) system today, following strong interest in the recent BTO project, Punggol Residences. --PHOTO: HDB HDB is putting on sale 1,142 units of flats at Punggol Spectra under the Build-To-Order (BTO) system today, following strong interest in the recent BTO project, Punggol Residences.
The flats comprise 301 two-room units, 285 three-room units and 556 four-roomers.
The prices range from $89,000 to $109,000 for the two-room flats, $151,000 to $179,000 for the three-room flats and $234,000 to $293,000 for the four-room flats.
These are priced below similar flats in the market and are affordable to first-time flat buyers, said HDB in a statement on Monday.
Situated along Punggol Central, Punggol Spectra is within walking distance to Oasis LRT station.
The Tampines Expressway is a short drive away, thus offering good connectivity to the rest of Singa…
PUNGGOL SPECTRA A PROJECT UNDER BUILT-TO-ORDER 2009 CONTRACT : PUNGGOL EAST PE C30 COMPRISING : 301 UNITS of 2-ROOM FLATS, 285 UNITS of 3-Room FLATS & 556 UNITS of 4-ROOM FLATS At Punggol Spectra, you will find a home that amply fuses contemporary style with convenient living.
Situated along Punggol Central, it puts you close to Oasis LRT Station and within easy access to major expressways. Right within the development are shops, an eating house and a supermarket to serve your everyday needs. And for outdoor fun and recreation, you have a landscaped deck at your doorstep, a common green next door, and all the enjoyments of the upcoming Punggol Waterway and Punggol Promenade to relish.
Distribution of Flats Housing Development (Contract)Flat TypeFloor Area (sqm)Internal Floor Area (sqm)No. of unitsIndicative Price Range ($) Punggol Spectra (Punggol East PE C30) Standard Flats2-room 46 - 47 45 301 $89,000 - $109,000 3-room 69 67 285 $151,000 - $179,000 4-room 94 - 96 92 - 94 556 $234,000 - $293,000 Note: 1) …
HDB's latest Build-To-Order Project, Punggol Spectra is now launched!
Located along Punggol Central, Punggol Spectra puts you close to the Oasis LRT Station and within easy access to major expressways like the TPE and KPE. Serving your everyday needs are shops, an eating house and a supermarket, all right within the development. For outdoor fun, you have a landscaped deck at your doorstep, a common green next door, and all the enjoyments of the upcoming Punggol Waterway and Punggol Promenade to relish.
Apply online for one of these stylish Standard flats today! Prices start from $89,000 for a 2-room flat, $151,000 for a 3-room flat and $234,000 for a 4-room flat.
Applications close 14 Sep 2009.
Visit our Build-To-Order exhibition at Habitat Forum, BizFour 3rd Storey, HDB Hub, Toa Payoh.
By early 2011, Punggol residents can look forward to a host of recreational activities along the $16.7 million Punggol Promenade. The 4.9km promenade will link two activity clusters - Punggol Point and Punggol East. It is part of a 150km route that will allow residents to walk, cycle or jog around the whole island eventually.
As published in Channel News Asia 27 Aug 09 (Thursday)
Releasing its recommendations at a news conference Thursday, the committee chaired by Minister of State for Defence Associate Prof Koo Tsai Kee also listed proposals such as enhanced fitness corners in housing estates for the Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT), a new SAFRA clubhouse in Punggol, and a HomeTeam NS clubhouse in the eastern part of Singapore.
As published in The Straits Times 15 Aug 09 (Saturday)
By Jessica Cheam
It has so far offered about 6,500 new flats in Punggol since it unveiled grand plans for the former fishing village to become the only waterfront public housing project in August 2007. -- PHOTO: NP THE date is March 2011. From an elevated viewing platform at Punggol Point, residents are looking out onto tranquil waters, and strolling along a sandy beach while enjoying the sea breeze.
Along a 4.9 kilometre promenade which begins here, they can also access playgrounds, fitness corners, fishing spots and even a horse riding school, flanked by eateries on this route which are set alight when the sun sets.
This $16.7 million Punggol Promenade - part of the grand vision to transform the former backwater village into Singapore's iconic suburban waterfront town - took a step closer to reality yesterday as construction began.
With this ground-breaking, 'we are one step closer to realising the vision of Punggol as a beauti…