Future HDB Site: Rail Corridor at Choa Chu Kang

I’m starting a new series on potential future HDB (Housing & Development Board) property sites, for fun, and I’m starting with future property sites near the Rail Corridor.

 

The Singapore Rail Corridor

The Rail Corridor was built in 1903 and was used for the KTM Railway line that extended from Tanjong Pagar in Singapore to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. From 1st July 2011, most of the Rail Corridor was closed, leaving only the Woodlands checkpoint as the only KTM station in Singapore.

In 2015, the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) unveiled plans to redevelop the rail corridor as a “green corridor”, to preserve the flora & fauna while connecting people to the green space.

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Source: URA

Integrated Housing Precinct at Choa Chu Kang

The section that is beside Choa Chu Kang has a plan for an Integrated Housing Precint, and the concept plan was won by MKPL.

In their own words, “The Choa Chu Kang section of the Rail Corridor is envisioned as a pilot ground for a truly integrated development, combining the design and planning of parks and open space, landscape, infrastructure and housing. With intensive and creative use of land, the barren rail corridor and existing concrete drain is transformed into key landscape elements, returning more green open space to the community.” It appears that there will be HDB blocks that will be 30-40 storeys high, with multiple sky gardens at different levels similar to the award-winning Dawson and Pinnacle@Duxton public housing projects. Furthermore, the current tall trees at the Rail Corridor will be kept, allowing the housing blocks to “float” above the tree canopies.

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Sky gardens similar to Dawson and Pinnacle@Duxton

Furthermore, if we look at the site where this housing estate will be, it’s only 250 meters away from the Bukit Panjang MRT, right beside Junction 10, and walking distance to the Hillion Mall and the Bukit Panjang Plaza mall.

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250m from Bukit Panjang MRT

Also, judging by the concept plan, the nearby Pang Sua canal will also be naturalized at that section to become a green part of the estate (instead of just a concrete drainage canal), similar to what was done to the Bishan-AMK Park.

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Naturalized Canal from MKPL concept art
Bishan-AMK Park. Source: Ramboll

Among the amenities proposed at this site in the concept plan are: town center, library, supermarkets & shops, and childcare/education/elderly centers. This housing project and its proposed amenities would also benefit nearby HDB flats at Jln Teck Whye and Senja Road.

Overall, this looks like a really exciting public housing project if the concept plan is ever carried out, and would be an amazing premium housing project in Choa Chu Kang! More pictures from MKPL concept plan below. If you want me to review any other future HDB sites in Singapore, let me know in the comments!

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