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'Modern kampung' to launch in July BTO

New HDB housing complex is the first to put so many different facilities under one roof

Published on Apr 27, 2014 1:13 PM
 
To be completed in 2017, the all-in-one Kampung Admiralty includes two blocks of Housing Board studio apartments, centres for medicine, childcare and eldercare, and shops. -- ST GRAPHICS

Homes in Woodlands' upcoming "modern kampung" - the first of its kind - will be launched in this July's Build-to-Order exercise.

To be completed in 2017, the all-in-one Kampung Admiralty includes two blocks of Housing Board studio apartments, centres for medicine, childcare and eldercare, and shops.

Seniors who live in Woodlands, or whose married children live there, will get priority for the 100 or so flats. Prices are not yet available but studio apartments ranged from $83,000 to $125,000 in recent launches. These flats, on 30-year leases, are designed for elderly residents.

"This will be their retirement kampung," Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan said yesterday at the ground-breaking ceremony for the project.

 
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BRINGING BACK THE KAMPUNG DAYS

Ahead of yesterday's ground-breaking ceremony for Kampung Admiralty, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan blogged about the passion of the people working on the project. 

He shared an internal memo from National Parks Board planners suggesting plants with edible fruit and colourful foliage, and those which can attract birds and butterflies. 

It also suggested plants which "would appeal to the memory of our older residents of the different ethnic groups". One example given was the bael fruit, as it was once planted by the Indian community for medicinal purposes.

The memo explained: "The aim should be to help them (residents) relive the kampung days, and also to show the younger generation what a kampung was like."

Calling the memo a "delight to read", Mr Khaw said he was confident that "the deep knowledge, dedication and passion of our planners will steer this project to greater heights".

Grace Chua

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