Where are the Upcoming Neighbourhood Centres?
Residents in Punggol, Hougang and Sembawang can look forward to more facilities and convenience with four new neighbourhood centres coming their way. To be completed by 2020, the new generation neighbourhood centres will increase the supply of HDB shops in these towns and ensure that residents have access to adequate facilities when they move into their new homes.
Over the past few years, HDB, guided by its Roadmap to Better Living in HDB Towns, has been developing well-designed, sustainable and community-centric towns. In our new generation of public housing, we have applied new design ideas and concepts to provide a complete live-work-play-learn environment for residents. Within each new housing area, we aim to create a variety of distinctive districts that offer residents new housing forms, and better connectivity and convenience to amenities. Greenery and sustainable features will also be consciously incorporated into the design. In addition, there will be ample shared spaces to encourage community interaction. These new design ideas are similarly extended to our new neighbourhood centres, which are centred on four key aspects – Community, Convenience, Connectivity and Consultation.
Shared community spaces in HDB estates play an important role in promoting social interaction and forging community bonds among residents. Hence, the new generation of neighbourhood centres (NCs) has been designed with ample community spaces, where residents can come together and mingle with one another. One common feature in all the four neighbourhood centres is a sheltered community plaza. Through the generous provision of such community spaces, residents can meet for daily activities or regular community events.
Convenience & Connectivity
The new generation NCs seek to offer residents convenient access to a wide array of commercial facilities and services, such as supermarkets, food courts, and other dining and retail outlets, when they move into their new homes, thus minimising the need for residents to travel out of their town for their daily needs.
Connectivity is another key feature in the new generation NCs. All the four NCs are designed with direct connections to the transport nodes, such as an existing or upcoming MRT/LRT station, or a bus stop. The NCs are also well-linked to their surrounding housing precincts, amenities and facilities, through a pedestrian thoroughfare. Besides enhancing connectivity, the thoroughfare serves as a continuous community spine that strings up social and community facilities such as playgrounds and fitness corners.
In the planning and design of the new generation NCs, HDB has also taken a fresh approach by actively consulting the public on their lifestyle needs and preferences. Focus group discussions and surveys were held with residents of various age groups on their preferences for the trade mix in the new NCs. Some residents had shared their preferences for more food and beverage outlets, as well as a supermarket with extended operating hours. The final development takes into consideration their feedback, to create an NC with an array of amenities, retail and dining options that meets the needs of the residents.
The first four new generation NCs that have been designed with these new ideas and concepts are:
- Northshore Plaza in Punggol
- Oasis Terraces in Punggol
- Canberra Plaza in Sembawang
- Buangkok Square in Hougang
As the planning and design of public housing continues to evolve in tandem with the changing demographics and lifestyle trends of our residents, HDB will continue to explore innovative ideas to provide residents with a quality living environment and build cohesive towns and communities.