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$45m facelift for Chijmes; part of boundary walls to be torn down

Part of cloister walls to be torn down and national monuments spruced up

Published on Jun 22, 2013 8:42 AM
Chijmes' overhaul will start next week and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of next year. Other changes in the works include covered walkways and al-fresco dining options. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN

Chijmes, the former convent which includes several conservation buildings and two gazetted national monuments, will have part of its boundary walls torn down as part of a $45 million overhaul.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has approved renovation plans for the heritage site on Victoria Street.

Part of the cloister wall along that road will be removed, leaving behind just 80cm of original wall. The empty space will be fitted with grilles that match the existing replica wrought-iron main gate.

New entrances will also be created along the boundary wall - in addition to the current three corner entry points along Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road, all of which will also be expanded.

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