Singapore’s new CBD will be in the far west, but that doesn’t mean it will be any less well-connected or equipped than the swanky Marina Bay area we’re all used to.
With more than a million residents living in the west of Singapore, it is only natural to want to develop the Jurong Lake District (JLD) into Singapore’s second CBD.
Earlier this morning (Aug 25), Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong unveiled the JLD master plan, which is on display at URA Centre on Maxwell Road.
The master plan revealed two main areas for new growth – Jurong Gateway as the commercial hub, and Lakeside for leisure and recreational activities.
Although it’s still in the developmental stage, the exhibition showcased four key “aspirational” strategies that would be used to guide the transformation of JLD into Singapore’s Second CBD.
Here’s a look into what the future Jurong Lake District CBD will look like:
Flexibility and adaptability will be incorporated into the plans at its onset – including adjustable land parcels through a grid system and ‘white’ zoning, to cater to our future economy.
There will be over 100 hectares of extensive greenery and open spaces in JLD.
Recreational and community activities will be encouraged through the addition of new waterfront spaces, while all new developments will feature sky-rise greenery that will form a ‘green carpet’ in the sky.
With a transport system designed for seamless travel by public transport and active mobility, roads will be narrower and beautifully landscaped, making it easier to walk, cycle or use personal mobility devices.
Residents and businesses will enjoy reduced energy consumption, fewer disruptions from workers, and cleaner urban services with the implementation of district cooling systems, the highest Green Mark standard for buildings, and the use of pneumatic waste collection systems, amongst others.