HDB inks new agreements with industry partners for better planning and design of estates

Flats at Punggol's Waterway Woodcress by Punggol Waterway.
Flats at Punggol's Waterway Woodcress by Punggol Waterway.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Housing Board (HDB) will tap on the expertise and experience of industry partners, to improve the planning and design of HDB estates.

Three new agreements were signed between HDB and local and global private industry partners, at the World Cities Summit on Monday (July 11).

In line with Singapore's move towards becoming a Smart Nation, a $10 million contract was signed with the NCS consortium, to develop a new Smart Urban Habitat Master Plan, with support from the Economic Development Board (EDB).

The master plan will identify challenges on the ground and highlight areas for research to create sustainable solutions, starting with Punggol Town.

HDB will also begin a year-long research collaboration with 3M Singapore, to study new ways to soften the impact of noise on residents.

Areas to be explored could include the studying of suitable materials for walls, floors and windows that can absorb, reflect or reduce the transmission of noise within flats, to create a more pleasant living environment.

An International Planning and Housing Conference will be held in Singapore next year, jointly organised by HDB and four other partners, including the International Federation for Housing and Planning.

HDB's chief executive officer, Dr Cheong Koon Hean, said: "We are living in a fast-changing urban landscape, with new planning issues to tackle and new housing needs to meet. We need new partnerships and innovative ideas to keep HDB moving forward."