The relocation of port terminals, including Tanjong Pagar and Pasir Panjang, to Tuas will free up land for a new waterfront city called the Greater Southern Waterfront, which will include housing as well as commercial and entertainment uses. With about 1,000ha - an area three times the size of Marina Bay - up for development after 2030, the economic and social scope of the new waterfront is limited only by the imagination of Singaporeans. Given plans to reshape the entire island of Sentosa to provide more scope for new attractions and investments, and the redevelopment potential of Pulau Brani, the waterfront may well prove to be a new milestone in Singapore's evolution as an island city-state.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is not coy about the prospects of this ambitious development. It has thrown up several ideas that are open to public feedback. One idea is to create waterfront districts differentiated by their unique character and the experiences that they offer. Another idea is to create a new waterfront city that is integrated with downtown Singapore and surrounding housing and businesses. Then, public spaces could be expanded so that people can stroll, run and enjoy city sights, with a secondary option of creating a pedestrian axis that could be designated as a car-free zone that promotes street life. Yet another idea is to create a southern reservoir that would both augment local water supply and permit the introduction of a network of canals through neighbourhoods, the canals serving as connections to other destinations within the waterfront. Also, it is possible to envisage a continuous corridor, 30km long, offering varied waterfront experiences. Then, again, green spaces could be connected to promote biodiversity.