1,600 HDB flats to be built in Farrer Park; swimming complex to make way for new sports centre

SINGAPORE – Around 1,600 new Housing Board flats will be built on a 10ha web site in Farrer Park, and be built-in with sports and leisure amenities together with a new sports centre.

The Build-To-Order (BTO) initiatives will be launched for sale inside three years, HDB, Sport Singapore and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) introduced on Monday (April 25) because the businesses unveiled plans for the location.

The web site, in regards to the measurement of 19 soccer fields, is bounded by Dorset Road, Keng Lee Road, Hampshire Road and Race Course Road. It can also be close to Little India and Farrer Park MRT stations, in addition to Tekka Market and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

In a nod to the world’s wealthy sporting heritage, about 20 per cent of the location will be put aside as open areas for sports and leisure makes use of, together with a 1.2ha central inexperienced house comprising a area and a park.

The businesses stated the previous boxing fitness center constructing – the previous coaching floor for the Singapore Amateur Boxing Association – will be retained and transformed to a multi-purpose group sporting house. It will be built-in with one of many housing developments.

“Agencies will ensure that works to the building will capture the architectural character and retain key features of the building,” the assertion stated.

The property’s multi-storey carpark will be designed in order that its floor ground can be put aside for sporting amenities.

Other amenities embrace health corners and three-generation playgrounds that present play areas for youngsters and train stations for the aged.

A jogging observe weaving by the property will join the assorted amenities.

The housing developments may even have new industrial and social communal amenities, equivalent to precinct retailers and a childcare centre.

However, the Farrer Park Swimming Complex is not going to be retained regardless of earlier plans to hold the power.

Instead, a new sports centre will be built on the identical location, and it’ll have swimming swimming pools and different sporting amenities.

“After further detailed studies, agencies have assessed that it will not be feasible to retain the swimming complex due to various technical considerations,” the businesses stated.

In specific, the present pool exhibits indicators of floor settlement points, they famous.

The pool filtration and underground piping system are dated and in want of full overhaul to guarantee the standard of the pool amenities, they added.

The businesses had taken options from the Friends of Farrer Park group, members of the heritage group, sports group in addition to residents in the world, on retaining the world’s sporting identification.

Redeveloping brownfield websites equivalent to Farrer Park, the place attainable, will allow Singapore to meet the evolving wants of its folks, whereas optimising the nation’s restricted land, the businesses stated.

“The rejuvenation of Farrer Park will bring in new residents, and also attract new users to the park and sporting facilities, thus serving the needs of the wider community while retaining the heritage and significance of Farrer Park,” they added. 

The businesses stated they’ll proceed to work with stakeholders to improve the character and identification of the property, presumably by weaving in parts of Farrer Park’s sporting historical past into the upcoming sports amenities, in addition to by thematic playgrounds and motifs.

More particulars will be introduced when prepared, they added.

Farrer Park turned Singapore’s unofficial sports hub from the Nineteen Forties by to the Nineteen Eighties. Facilities there included the Farrer Park Athletics Centre built in 1956, the Farrer Park Swimming Complex which was opened in 1957, in addition to a boxing fitness center and eight tennis courts.

Numerous nationwide athletes educated there, together with former nationwide swimmer Ang Peng Siong who grew up in the world and runs APS Swim School on the swimming complex.

Other distinguished native athletes who referred to as Farrer Park dwelling included former nationwide sprinter Glory Barnabas, who gained two gold, three silver and three bronze medals on the South-east Asian Peninsular (Seap) Games in 1967, 1969 and 1973.

After information broke in 2018 that the location was slated for housing improvement, many athletes had referred to as for the world’s sporting heritage to be retained, together with by way of a petition by Friends of Farrer Park.

Housing analysts stated a four-room BTO flat on the Farrer Park web site might vary from $500,000 to $700,000, whereas five-room flats could not be provided as the value could be too excessive.

OrangeTee & Tie senior vice-president of analysis and analytics Christine Sun stated the HDB flats provided could fall below the prime location public housing (PLH) mannequin – which is topic to stricter shopping for and promoting circumstances – due to its proximity to the town centre and built-in sports amenities.

“Usually, thematic developments are found in private housing. It is rare to find HDB flats being conceptualised and built according to a specific theme,” she famous.

ERA Singapore head of analysis and consultancy Nicholas Mak famous that the primary PLH undertaking at Rochor – River Peaks I and II – launched final November is positioned about 800m from the Farrer Park web site.

However, Mr Lee Sze Teck, senior director of analysis at Huttons Asia, stated the opportunity of the flats falling below the PLH mannequin is low.

“Prices in the area have not reached the million-dollar mark,” he added, noting that four- and five-room resale flats at Farrer Park Road are transacting at $700,000 and extra.

He expects the BTO flats to be oversubscribed, with greater than 10 candidates vying for every out there unit.

Secretary Peggy Chua, 48, has been residing in Farrer Park for about 18 years. She learnt to swim on the Farrer Park Swimming Complex at six years outdated, and he or she enrolled her son into APS Swim School there when he turned six. He is now 15.

“This place carries many good memories for me and I’m excited to see the future of the estate. I’m looking forward to swim or use the gym at the new sports centre,” Ms Chua stated.

Mr Douglas Ng, 31, who runs noodle stall Fishball Story in Circuit Road, takes his three-year-old son to the Farrer Park area about thrice every week.

“My son likes to run around the field and I’ve been teaching him how to kick football. There are not many places in Singapore with open fields this big,” he stated.

“I’m glad the new estate will have open spaces so my son and I can continue to play soccer. I hope many sports activities will be held here so the community can come together and build close bonds.”

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