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Building Conservation and History Intrinsic to Singapore’s Master Plan

Under the heading ‘Cherished places, an endearing home’ Singapore’s URA has stated that Places that are meaningful to Singaporeans will be conserved where possible while new spaces will be created for the community to forge new ties.

To safeguard our built heritage, over 70 buildings will be conserved as part of the Master Plan, adding to the over 7,100 buildings that have already been protected. These include the Queenstown Library, Alexandra Hospital, the former Commonwealth Avenue Wet Market, and selected bungalows and former military buildings in Seletar.

In recognition of their unique charm and appeal to the community, Holland Village, Jalan Kayu and Serangoon Garden will be designated as identity nodes.

Community spaces like town plazas, hawker centres and parks are where our communities gather. We are planning more such community spaces at Punggol, Bedok and Yishun. Through these shared spaces, collective memories are made, creating a sense of home and who we are as a people. More community spaces will be added.

Increasingly, residents will also begin to enjoy convenient one-stop hubs which bring together different community facilities under one roof. Integrated developments such as the one at Woodlands and the Tampines Town Hub will create a strong sense of familiarity and identity.

Other than retail, medical, childcare facilities and a hawker centre, the integrated development at Woodlands will have two blocks of studio apartments with a senior activity centre for the elderly, to enable residents to age-in-place and enjoy mutual support. Common spaces like a community farm and herb garden, a large plaza and landscaped sky decks will rally residents and strengthen kampong spirit.

Residents at Jurong, Toa Payoh and Bedok will also be able to learn about the local identity and heritage of their estates through new heritage trails.

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