Bidadari HDB estate taking shape as residents move in

From green spaces to playgrounds and shops, here is a closer look at Bidadari, Singapore's latest large estate.
All residential blocks in Alkaff Vista are directly connected to a landscaped roof garden which forms a central community space for residents.
All residential blocks in Alkaff Vista are directly connected to a landscaped roof garden which forms a central community space for residents.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Alkaff Vista: A small play area with games such as hopscotch next to the landscaped roof garden in Alkaff Vista.
Alkaff Vista: A small play area with games such as hopscotch next to the landscaped roof garden in Alkaff Vista.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Alkaff Vista: An outdoor fitness station surrounded by greenery on the ground floor in Alkaff Vista.
Alkaff Vista: An outdoor fitness station surrounded by greenery on the ground floor in Alkaff Vista.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
A children’s playground, which includes a small slide and trampoline, in Alkaff Lakeview.
A children’s playground, which includes a small slide and trampoline, in Alkaff Lakeview.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY
Alkaff Lakeview: A landscaped roof deck, fitted with two playgrounds and a fitness station, sits on top of the three-storey carpark.
Alkaff Lakeview: A landscaped roof deck, fitted with two playgrounds and a fitness station, sits on top of the three-storey carpark.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY
Alkaff Lakeview: There are wide paths and ramps for wheelchair access in the garden to promote ageing in place.
Alkaff Lakeview: There are wide paths and ramps for wheelchair access in the garden to promote ageing in place.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY
Madam Neo Swan Hoi, 63, and her son Kevin Neo, 27, looking out of their sixth-floor unit in Block 115C in Alkaff Lakeview. They have just completed renovations and plan to move in before the Chinese New Year.
Madam Neo Swan Hoi, 63, and her son Kevin Neo, 27, looking out of their sixth-floor unit in Block 115C in Alkaff Lakeview. They have just completed renovations and plan to move in before the Chinese New Year.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

With 3 MRT stations and a bus interchange coming up, green estate touted as new Bishan

Singapore's latest large estate, Bidadari, is coming to life - offering enviable greenery and connectivity - as the first batch of residents move into their Build-To-Order (BTO) Housing Board flats.

A total of 881 families across two BTO projects - Alkaff Lakeview and Alkaff Vista - have been progressively collecting their keys since last July, and moving in to what HDB envisions to be a "community in a garden".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 06, 2020, with the headline 'Bidadari HDB estate taking shape as residents move in'. Print Edition | Subscribe