Announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at his National Day Rally speech on 18 August 2019, a vibrant housing, entertainment and commercial district will be developed in phases at Pulau Brani in the next five to 10 years.
By Khalil Adis
"Punggol by the Bay" - that's how Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has described the exciting developments that the government has earmarked for the Greater Southern Waterfront.
Extending from Pasir Panjang to Marina East, the relocation of Tanjong Pagar Terminal and Pasir Panjang Terminal to Tuas Megaport by 2027 and 2040 respectively, will witness the Greater Southern Waterfront being transformed into a new major gateway and location for urban living along Singapore's southern coast.
According to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the development will take place in phases in the next five to 10 years.
It will start at the former Pasir Panjang Power District, Keppel Club and Mount Faber.
Here are five quick facts on the Greater Southern Waterfront.
#1: 2,000 hectares of land
The development of the Greater Southern Waterfront will encompass roughly 2,000 hectares of land or roughly twice the size of Punggol.
It will also see the development of a 30 km stretch along the southern coastline that spans from Pasir Panjang Terminal to Keppel and Tanjong Pagar Terminal.
The URA has plans to develop a continuous waterfront promenade that will seamlessly connect various places of interest along the Greater Southern Waterfront.
A new Pasir Pasir Panjang Linear Park will connect West Coast Park to Labrador Nature Reserve.
#2: A new transport system that will connect to Mount Faber
There will also be a future transport system that will connect the waterfront to Mount Faber.
One Faber Group is currently studying a new funicular system at Mount Faber to bring visitors from the foothills to the hilltop and cable car station by 2023.
#3: Enough to build 9,000 housing units
The government has set plans to develop both public and private housing options that will be integrated with waterfront promenades and open spaces.
To do this, the Keppel Club site will be redeveloped into a new residential precinct with easy access to the waterfront, nature and two nearby MRT stations - Labrador Park and Telok Blangah.
Park connectors will also be developed along Berlayer Creek and Labrador Park to bring nature closer to homes.
#4: A new office district with nightlife activities
To bring jobs closer to home, a new office district will be developed along the Greater Southern Waterfront that will act as a gateway district.
This will complement existing office spaces which is home to Google, Cisco and Unilever and add more jobs down south.
On top of this, an entertainment enclave will be developed for nightlife activities.
#5: More entertainment options
Speaking of entertainment, the government has announced plans to further inject vibrancy in the Greater Southern Waterfront.
For example, two former power station buildings at the Pasir Panjang Power District and Pulau Brani will be redeveloped into new attractions.
Singapore's labour movement, NTUC, will also be developing a new lifestyle destination similar to NTUC Downtown East.
Referred to Downtown South, it will also feature a new resort.
An independent analysis from yours truly