The Transformation of Jurong, and How it Transformed Singapore – Part 2
The development of Jurong Lake District, which will become the second CBD of Singapore, and is intended to drive the nation on to the next level of its development, sees the area come full circle. Almost single handed the momentum created by the development of the industrialisation of the area, gave the much needed shot in the arm that Singapore needed at that time to create jobs, wealth and a focus. Now it is coming to the fore again and will almost challenge Marina Bay and the CBD as the commercial, leisure, and residential hub of Singapore. The new development is split into two districts, Jurong Lakeside and Jurong Gateway.
Being the only regional centre with a lake on its doorstep, it is no surprise that they are making it the focus of this part of the plan. Due to finish very soon, the new Jurong Lake Park will have many exciting and innovative features designed to attract families from not only the neighbouring areas, but from all over Singapore. They are also keen to encourage people to walk, cycle, jog and exercise in the area. This idea of healthy living, in a pleasant, green landscape is very much at the forefront of this project, and will be theme running through all of the changes and developments. Everywhere you look, even in the built up areas, you will be greeted by expanses of lush greenery.
Connectivity is also an important factor. A 2nd storey elevated pedestrian network – the J-Walk, will be built, to ensure that along with other ground level walkways, commuters and visitors alike will be able to move seamlessly from the MRT to all public buildings and facilities.
There are many advantages for companies thinking of locating in this region to do so. These include:
• Labour pool of over 1 million residents in immediate proximity
• A thriving business environment already enjoyed by more than 3000 businesses, ranging from multi nationals to SME’s
• Unrivalled talent pool in the form of high class tertiary institutions and research hubs. Examples include National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and CleanTech Park, One-North Singapore Science Park respectively.
• Very good transport links with the rest of the island, particularly the CBD. Two MRT lines serve the area (North-South and East-West) as well as the PIE and AYE.
Benefitting from all of the attractions of the Lakeside, apart from its proximity to the actual lake, Jurong Gateway is set to be a 70 hectare commercial hub – the largest in Singapore outside the city centre. Located around the existing Jurong East MRT, it is hoped that it will be the perfect environment to attract businesses particularly those in the science and technology industries.
It isn’t just about work however. The concept is to create a “live, work, play and learn” environment, where everything will be provided for in the immediate vicinity. To this end, Jurong Gateway will have approximately 500,00sqm of new office space, and around half that figure again set aside for retail, entertainment and F&B use. In addition, as many as 2,500 new hotel rooms will be built, along with at least 1000 more homes.
The aim of the project, like that of all the regional centres is to provide a place where people want to live, and where businesses want to locate, so that it is a mutually beneficial relationship, and one which will ultimately see Singapore – and its people – the winners.
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