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A modern new look for Bidadari

Published on Sep 1, 2014 2:11 PM
Artist's impression of the new Bidadari estate, one of HDB's three upcoming heartlands of the future.--PHOTO: HDB

An area in the central region of Singapore with an eerie past is set to be transformed into a modern housing estate with unusual features.

Singapore's first underground air-conditioned bus interchange will emerge just below Housing Board flats, The Straits Times reported in an article on Monday. 

The bus interchange next to Woodleigh MRT station will be ready by 2019.

It will be part of an integrated transport, commercial and residential project that will form the estate's town centre. Besides the interchange, the project will also have a foodcourt and 360 flats.

Read the story here.

Other plans to modernise Bidadari have been announced in the past couple of years for the area that was once Singapore's largest grave site. These include an underground service reservoir, a 10ha park and a lake within the park.

Here are some articles from The Straits Times Archives for plans for the area, a look at the area as it is now through a specially modified infrared digital single-lens reflex camera and what Singaporeans feel about living above someone's final resting place.

Bidadari to house Singapore's first underground service reservoir 


The future Bidadari estate will lay claim to a unique feature - Singapore's first underground service reservoir built on low, instead of high, ground.

Holding enough water to fill three Olympic-size pools, the tank will be built beneath the town's planned park to save on surface space and keep the surroundings unmarred.

The land above it will be "integrated with the surrounding park amenities, hence optimising land", PUB has said, adding that high ground available for service reservoirs is "limited".

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Future Bidadari estate to retain its historical heritage, says Heritage Board

The rich history and heritage of Bidadari will be assimilated into the new housing estate to be built there, the National Heritage Board (NHB) announced on Wednesday.

It is the first time that a new estate will include these considerations from the design stage.

The NHB is working with the Housing Board (HDB) on a proposed pedestrianised Heritage Walk to replace the present Upper Aljunied Road.

Residents strolling along the tree-lined boulevard in future will learn through photographs and boards about old landmarks once found in Bidadari, such as the 19th-century Bidadari House once owned by a Sultan of Johor.

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Bidadari to retain its greenery

The upcoming Bidadari housing estate will have a regional park, retain its hilly and lush landscape, and celebrate its history and heritage, said the Housing Board.

The estate, which sits on a 93ha former cemetery site, will "creatively incorporate" historical elements.

These will complement the existing Bidadari Memorial Garden, which holds the tombstones of 21 prominent early citizens.

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Bidadari in a different light

Once a cemetery, currently a recreation area and green space, the 93ha comprising the new Bidadari estate is expected to accommodate 11,000 residential units in the near future.

After exhumation was completed in stages between 2001 and 2004, the graveyard became a favourite haunt of joggers looking to train on its rolling terrain and in its green tranquillity.

Read more here:

Singaporeans unfazed by Bidadari's cemetery past for planned HDB estate

Would you be comfortable living on top of someone's final resting place?

Once the largest grave site in Singapore, the 18ha Bidadari Cemetery is making way for a new Housing Board town and private estates.

However, many young Singaporeans are not aware of its history.

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