HDB and design firm pick up international award for Punggol master plan

Artist's impression of the future Punggol Waterfront town. The Housing Board and Toronto-based design firm Urban Strategies have picked up an international award for their master plan of Punggol. -- PHOTO: HDB
Artist's impression of the future Punggol Waterfront town. The Housing Board and Toronto-based design firm Urban Strategies have picked up an international award for their master plan of Punggol. -- PHOTO: HDB

SINGAPORE - The Housing Board and Toronto-based design firm Urban Strategies have picked up an international award for their master plan of Punggol.

They were presented with the Excellence on the Waterfront Honour Award, Plans category, at the Waterfront Centre conference in Washington on Nov 8 for their plans to transform Punggol into a sustainable waterfront town.

In a statement issued on Monday by HDB, its chief executive, Dr Cheong Koon Hean, said: "It is a privilege for us to be recognised on the global stage with this award. HDB will continue to apply our knowledge of sustainable urban planning as a guiding principle for other HDB towns."

The development of the north-eastern town began in the late 1990s with the aim of positioning it as a "waterfront town of the 21st century", said the HDB. When completed, it will include the Punggol Waterway, a coastal promenade, green corridors and seven housing districts.

One of them will be Northshore - Punggol's first seafront district incorporating smart technologies such as "intelligent" carpark systems, which can reserve parking spaces for residents.

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