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Flats, social institutions among 75 buildings to be conserved

Published on Jun 7, 2014 8:20 AM

Warehouses, public housing flats, a former market, health-care facilities and places of worship were among the latest 75 buildings gazetted for conservation yesterday.

Experts say the list represents a widening of the Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA) conservation net to recognise buildings beyond their architectural merit.

It includes, for instance, residential sites such as five Singapore Improvement Trust blocks in Kampong Silat, and post-war buildings and social institutions such as the Queenstown Library and the former Institute of Health in Outram.

Experts such as architect and urban historian Lai Chee Kien said these buildings are significant as they hold the collective memories of the public. They said the list had progressed from a decade ago, when it would have been full of colonial buildings.

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