Tengah, the first HDB town since Punggol, to have forest fringe, car-free town centre

Tengah, Singapore’s 24th HDB town, will be transformed into a Forest Town that is green, sustainable and smart.
Tengah, Singapore’s 24th HDB town, will be transformed into a Forest Town that is green, sustainable and smart. PHOTO: HOUSING & DEVELOPMENT BOARD

SINGAPORE - Singapore's newest Housing Board town, Tengah, will be set apart by its rich greenery and sustainable features, with the first flats there to be launched in 2018.

Billed as a "forest town", the 700ha area in the west will be the first HDB town to be developed since Punggol two decades ago. It is located between the existing towns of Jurong East, Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Batok.

At the HDB Awards dinner on Thursday (Sept 8), National Development Minister Lawrence Wong revealed the masterplan for Tengah.

Residents can relax and interact with one another in a forest-like setting along the forest corridor. PHOTO: HOUSING & DEVELOPMENT BOARD

A forest fringe will run around the entire town, which is about the size of Bishan.

The five planned housing districts in Tengah, each with a unique character. PHOTO: HOUSING & DEVELOPMENT BOARD

The town will include a 100m-wide, 5km-long forest corridor linking it to the surrounding green network between the western and central catchment areas.

Bounded by Kranji Expressway, the Pan-Island Expressway, Brickland Road and Bukit Batok Road, the Tengah area today is largely forest and scrubland. But it will eventually contain 42,000 new homes: 30,000 units of public housing and 12,000 units of private housing.

Central Park will be the centerpiece of green spaces in Tengah, offering a scenic and tranquil spot for residents to relax and enjoy various recreational activities

Greenery will be woven through the town, from a large central park to "community farmways" that run through housing estates with gardens, play areas and farms.

Tengah’s town centre will break new ground with a car-free concept.  PHOTO: HOUSING & DEVELOPMENT BOARD

As part of Singapore's efforts to go car-lite, all roads in Tengah will have dedicated walking and cycling paths on both sides.

Community Farmways will provide residents with hobby farming opportunities and encourage bonding among residents.

Tengah will also boast Singapore's first car-free town centre, set in lush parkland and with traffic running underneath the town centre.

The development of Tengah town is part of the west's transformation. The upcoming Jurong Lake District, touted as Singapore's second central business district, lies just to the south of Tengah. Tengah's western industrial area is also part of the Jurong Innovation District.

The plans for Tengah will be exhibited at the HDB Hub in Toa Payoh from 11.30am on Sept 9, and will run until Sept 25, from 9am to 8pm. Members of the public are invited to visit and give their feedback.