New integrated development in Woodlands to get skyrise greenery

An upcoming integrated complex in Woodlands will get skyrise greenery designs like rooftop gardens and vertical greenery like greens walls.

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan wrote on his blog on Saturday that the integrated complex near the Admiralty MRT station, dubbed Kampong, will be part of Singapore's skyrise greening initatives that will "go beyond the commercial sector".

This greening efforts for the new development, which will house studio apartments and facilities like a hawker centre, medical centre, shops, seniors' activity centre and childcare centre, will add to the 61 ha of rooftop gardens that Singapore already has.

Mr Khaw said in his blogpost: "This is no mean feat considering that we only actively embarked on greening our roofs in the last 5 years. In comparison, Chicago, which has a longer history of rooftop gardens, has 50 ha."

Noting that Milan is creating a vertical forest within a residential concrete tower, Mr Khaw said cities around the world are "greening upwards".

"We, too, are pioneers in the skyrise greenery movement," said Mr Khaw in his blogpost, citing the Super Trees structures in Gardens by the Bay. "There was initial scepticism but Singaporeans have grown to be fond and proud of our super trees. They broke new ground and created something endearing," he added.

Saturday's announcement come amid a study by the Ministry of National Development to look into introducing a minimum requirement of greenery for new housing boards and private condominiums.

Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee said last November that the possible move will ensure "pervasive" greenery continues to exist in Singapore.

He also said that MND will study how to add more greenery to public infrastructure such as sheltered walkways and bus shelters.

Other government incentive schemes such as the Skyrise Greenery Incentive Scheme also exist to encourage developers to green their buildings, as part of the country's City in a Garden vision.

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