Sengkang New Town
|Sengkang New Town|
|Chinese:||盛港 (Hokkien: Sēng-káng)|
|Total area:||10.55 km²|
|Residential area:||5.07 km²|
|Population:||160,200 (5 December 2011)|
Sengkang New Town (Chinese: 盛港新镇; pinyin: Shènggǎng Xīnzhèn) is a relatively young satellite residential town in the city-state of Singapore. Originally a fishing village, the area is undergoing rapid development under the ambition of the Housing and Development Board (HDB) to transform it into a "21st century township". The town now comprises four large neighbourhoods. It is located within Sengkang, one of the 55 urban planning areas outlined by the Urban Redevelopment Authority for long-term land use planning purposes.
- 1 Location
- 2 Etymology and history
- 3 Highlights
- 4 Neighbourhoods
- 5 Transportation facilities
- 6 Educational institutions
- 7 Places of worship
- 8 Sengkang Town Centre
- 9 Other amenities
- 10 Politics of Sengkang New Town
- 11 See also
- 12 Notes
- 13 References
- 14 Further reading
- 15 References
- 16 External links
The town is bounded by the Tampines Expressway (TPE) to the north, Sungei Serangoon (Serangoon River) to the east, Buangkok Drive to the south and Jalan Kayu to the west. Sungei Punggol (Punggol River) cuts through the new town, and divides the town into Sengkang East and Sengkang West. The Sengkang Town Centre is located in Compassvale. A new industrial area, 'Sengkang West Industrial Area', is to be built to the west of Jalan Kayu in the near future, bounded by a road which is estimated to be completed in 2014. The new road, Sengkang West Road, begins where Yio Chu Kang Road and Jalan Kayu intersect, passes through the extended roads of Fernvale Lane, Sengkang West Avenue, Sengkang West Way in front of the Fernvale neighbourhood, cuts through TPE across the proposed Seletar Aerospace Flyover and links to the future upgraded Seletar Aerospace Park. A section of the road between Yio Chu Kang Road and Sengkang West Avenue was opened on 13 October 2013, following the closure of Jalan Kayu along that stretch.
Etymology and history
Sengkang means "prosperous harbour" in Chinese. The name comes from a road called Lorong Sengkang, off Lorong Buangkok. The area was formerly known as Kangkar (Gang Jiao 港脚) or "foot of the port" as there was once a fishing port located along Sungei Serangoon. Fishing villages and rubber, pepper and pineapple plantations flourished in the area in the old days.
Before the town was developed into a modern housing estate, the area was home to vegetable and pig farms, and tropical forests. The only public housing estate then was the Punggol Rural Centre, comprising a few low-rise residential blocks (blocks 1-5, 206 & 207) accommodating resettled farmers, located along Punggol Road. These blocks at the rural centre have since been demolished in 2005, to make way for future high-rise residential apartment blocks.
In 1994, an urban design team of 10 from HDB started conceptualisation for a new town in Sengkang. Sengkang was carved up into six neighbourhoods that will eventually house a total of 95,000 public and private housing units in the long term.
Sengkang's rich history became the theme for its future — Town of the Seafarer. Three neighbourhoods carry a marine sub-theme, while the other three will reflect the past when sprawling plantations covered parts of the area. The six neighbourhoods are planned to have names and colour schemes to go with their respective themes. Its past is today reflected in the design of its housing, seen in the three-storey pilotis or stilt effect that all the housing blocks have, reminiscent of the stilts of fishing villages and trunks of the various plantations of bygone years.
The town's first apartment blocks (known locally as flats) at Rivervale were completed in 1997. By August 2001, about 33,700 dwelling units have been completed. As at 31 March 2006, there are 384 HDB apartment blocks with 39,982 units in Sengkang New Town, comprising 16,017 four-roomers, 19,477 five-roomers and 4,488 executive flats.
In October 1999, a steering committee chaired by Dr Michael Lim, Member of Parliament for Cheng San Group Representation Constituency, was formed to look into providing sufficient amenities in Sengkang New Town, in view of feedback from residents. The Sengkang Town Development Steering Committee comprises grassroots leaders and the representatives of government agencies, and has four sub-committees taking care of town development, transportation, education, and social aspects. It coordinated and sped up the provision of town amenities, and completed its report on the need for facilities and services in the new town in July 2000.
Sengkang's two main rivers, Sungei Punggol and Sungei Serangoon, bring life through the town with a network of green connectors along their banks, linking housing precincts to neighbourhood parks such as Sengkang Riverside Park, as well as the Sengkang Swimming Complex, Sengkang Hockey Stadium and Anchorvale Community Centre. Eventually, these park connectors will be linked to the future Coney Island Park in Punggol New Town and the existing Punggol Park in the south, to better serve the recreational needs of the residents of Sengkang. Sengkang Sculpture Park, located in Compassvale, is an elongated green space created below the Sengkang LRT (LRT) viaducts.
Besides the pilotis located at the foot of all apartment blocks, point blocks are designed with a unique C-shape that provide greater privacy. Other common features include perforated balcony screens, and mesh or net-like parapets at the multi-storey carparks.
Sengkang is also the first satellite new town in Singapore to have its major public transport amenities built in tandem with the main public housing development. The main heavy rail tunnels through Sengkang and the elevated track infrastructure of the intra-town Sengkang LRT were developed as the existing public housing blocks were being built in the late 1990s. An integrated approach to transport, housing and commercial uses was also adopted in the planning of the town centre of Sengkang. Commuters alighting at Sengkang MRT/LRT have direct access to the Sengkang Bus Interchange, the shopping mall at Compass Point and the residential development at Compass Heights in a contiguous building complex.
Sengkang is one of the towns that only have multi-storey carparks and basement carparks unlike other towns like Tampines which have ground open-air carpark.
Sengkang New Town is divided into four major neighbourhoods, arranged from east to west:
- Neighbourhood 1 (N1) - Rivervale (河谷)
- Neighbourhood 2 (N2) - Compassvale (康埔桦)
- Neighbourhood 3 (N3) - Anchorvale (安谷)
- Neighbourhood 4 (N4) - Fernvale (芬维尔)
City planners plan for public transport to eventually become the preferred mode of transport in the future. The government of Singapore ideally desires environmental towns, using public transport to reduce pollution caused by heavy road traffic. Sengkang is part of the Urban Redevelopment Authority's focus for realising this urban planning model. As Sengkang is relatively distant from the city centre at the Central Area, an efficient, high-volume and high-speed public transport system is also preferred to using road networks.
The Sengkang MRT/LRT and Sengkang Bus Interchange are fully integrated within a single building complex to allow seamless travel for the residents of Sengkang New Town across the different available modes of public transport.
North East Line
Sengkang New Town is linked to the Central Area and the SMRT Trains lines (to the Circle Line at Serangoon, Dhoby Ghaut and HarbourFront), to the North-South Line at Dhoby Ghaut, to the East-West Line at Outram Park and to the Downtown Line, operated by SBS Transit, at Chinatown through the North East Line (NEL) at Sengkang MRT/LRT (NE16) located at Sengkang Town Centre. The NEL system is a fully automated heavy rail mass rapid transit system, and started operations on 20 June 2003. It is operated by SBS Transit.
Buangkok (NE15), the other station along NEL in Sengkang New Town, serves the housing developments in Buangkok, at Compassvale, and the northern part of Hougang New Town. The station started operations on 15 January 2006.
Sengkang LRT Line
The intra-town Sengkang Light Rail Transit (LRT) system is a 10.7 km light rail line that serves to link residents to the town centre. It is a fully automated system, and its rolling stock is supplied by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The system is operated by SBS Transit. The Sengkang LRT line forms two loops, East Loop and West Loop, that skirt the perimeter of the new town.
Sengkang Bus Interchange
The Sengkang Bus Interchange is located at the ground level of Compass Heights condominium, next to Compass Point Shopping Centre. It was opened in 18 January 2003, and is the second air-conditioned bus interchange in Singapore, after Toa Payoh Bus Interchange. There are numerous trunk services departing from Sengkang Bus Interchange, with routes as follows:
Buses through Sengkang New Town
There are other bus trunk services passing through Sengkang New Town:
Bus services which have been removed or re-routed due to the operation of the North East Line or Sengkang LRT:
- 27 - previously from Sengkang to Singapore Changi Airport, now from Hougang to Singapore Changi Airport
- 85 - previously from Sengkang to HarbourFront (formerly World Trade Centre), now new service from Punggol to Yishun
- 501 - previously from Sengkang to Robinson Road/Marina Centre, now replaced with Premium Service 550.
- 502 - previously from Sengkang to Boon Lay, now from Pioneer Road North to Suntec City/Marina Centre
The Tampines Expressway (TPE) links Sengkang New Town up with Singapore's expressway network. The Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway, which provides a direct route to the city area via TPE, was completed in late 2008. New roads were built to ease traffic congestion on Punggol Road. Extensions are being made to Sengkang West Avenue and Sengkang West Way(under planning) to connect to the future Sengkang West Industrial Park.
- Punggol Road
- Sengkang East Road (opened in January 2001, links towards Ang Mo Kio New Town after Hougang New Town)
- Sengkang East Drive (bypasses TPE to Punggol, links towards the city area to the south)
The major road that links Sengkang New Town and Hougang New Town to the south is:
- Sengkang Central
- Sengkang West Road (U/C, partially opened on 13 October 2013 between Yio Chu Kang Road and Sengkang West Avenue)
- Jalan Kayu (ceased to connect to Seletar Hills Estate after closure of section between Yio Chu Kang Road and Sengkang West Avenue)
The arterial roads that run in the east-west direction within Sengkang New Town are:
- Sengkang East Avenue and Sengkang West Avenue
- Compassvale Drive and Anchorvale Drive
- Sengkang East Way and Sengkang West Way
- Compassvale Bow
- Buangkok Drive (opened in 1999, to be extended westwards from the junction of Buangkok Green and Sengkang East Road to Yio Chu Kang Road in the near future)
- Rivervale Drive and Fernvale Road
There are eight primary schools and six secondary schools in Sengkang New Town. Land provision has also been made for a junior college in the town to meet future educational demand in the North-East Region.
- Anchor Green Primary School 安泰小学
- Compassvale Primary School 康柏小学
- Fernvale Primary School 丰伟小学
- Nan Chiau Primary School 南侨小学
- North Spring Primary School 北源小学
- North Vista Primary School 远景小学 Archived 28 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Palm View Primary School
- Rivervale Primary School 立伟小学
- Seng Kang Primary School 成康小学
- Sengkang Green Primary School 康林小学
- Springdale Primary School
- CHIJ Saint Joseph's Convent 圣婴女中(圣若瑟)
- Compassvale Secondary School 康柏中学
- Nan Chiau High School 南侨中学
- North Vista Secondary School 德新中学
- Pei Hwa Secondary School 培华中学
- Seng Kang Secondary School 成康中学
Places of worship
- Chinese temples
- Chee Hwan Kog Temple (Anchorvale)
- Chong Ghee Temple (Rivervale)
- Chong Hua Tong Tou Teck Hwee (Rivervale)
- Chong Yee Temple (Fernvale)
- Nanyang Thong Hong Siang Tng (Anchorvale)
- Pu Ti Buddhist Temple (Buangkok, Compassvale)
- Puat Jit Buddhist Temple (Anchorvale)
- Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services (Buangkok, Compassvale)
- Hindu temples
Sengkang Town Centre
There are four major building complexes within the Sengkang Town Centre.
- Compass Heights, a private residential condominium development.
- Sengkang Interchange, comprising the bus interchange, and the NEL and LRT stations.
- Compass Point Shopping Centre, Singapore's first thematic suburban shopping centre based on the theme of learning.
- Sengkang Community Hub, which houses the following facilities:
- KK Women's Clinic @ SengkangArchived 30 August 2005 at the Wayback Machine
- Punggol Central Constituency Office
- Sengkang Polyclinic (Singhealth) Archived 10 March 2005 at the Wayback Machine
- Sengkang Neighbourhood Police Centre
- Sengkang Community Club
- Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA)
- Singapore Post
- Fire stations
- Sengkang Fire Station is Singapore's largest fire station, opened on 19 May 2001. The S$14 million fire station covers 7,000 square metres, and has state-of-the-art facilities for the Singapore Civil Defence Force. Sengkang Fire Station has a capacity for 700 fire fighters and rescue personnel. It is also the first station to employ a water conservation system where water used during drills are diverted to a pump well for recycling purposes.
- Shopping amenities
- Welfare Services
- Community Centres/Clubs
- Sports facilities
Politics of Sengkang New Town
Rivervale, bounded by Punggol Road and Sengkang East Drive forms the Punggol East Single Member Constituency (SMC), which was carved out of Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Representation Constituency (GRC) in the 2011 General Elections. Punggol East SMC saw the only three-cornered fight in the 2011 elections, with Michael Palmer from the People's Action Party (PAP), Desmond Lim from the Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA), and Lee Li Lian from the Workers' Party (WP) contesting. The SMC was retained by incumbent Michael Palmer, who was also the MP when the ward was part of Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC. In December 2012, Palmer quit the PAP over an extra-marital affair, thereby vacating his seat and paving the way for a by-election that was called by the Prime Minister in January 2013. Desmond Lim from the SDA and Lee Li Lian from the WP returned to contest the by-election, and the PAP fielded a newcomer, Dr Koh Poh Koon, who had joined the party only three weeks earlier. They were joined by a fourth competing party, the Reform Party (RP), represented by its secretary-general Kenneth Jeyaretnam. Despite this being a four-way fight, the opposition Workers' Party candidate Lee Li Lian emerged victorious with 54.52% of valid votes cast, shocking many on both sides of the political divide, who expected it to be a close fight. PAP's Koh came in second with 43.71% of the votes, with the RP and SDA candidates losing their electoral deposits with less than 2% of the votes combined.
Compassvale, including Buangkok, and a small portion south of Rivervale bounded by Sengkang East Avenue and Buangkok Drive come under the Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Representation Constituency. The current MP for Punggol South division of Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, which covers a part of Hougang, Buangkok and the southern part of Rivervale, is Gan Thiam Poh. He took over Teo Ser Luck, who is the current MP for Punggol Central division that covers Compassvale. Michael Lim, who was the MP for Punggol Central, retired from politics in 2006 and did not take part in the election that year. In the 2006 general election, Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC was expanded from five to six MPs as the population in Sengkang and Punggol new towns has grown since 2001. Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC had 178,393 voters, which exceeded the limit of 170,000 for a five-MP GRC.
The Anchorvale and Fernvale neighbourhoods of Sengkang New Town form the Sengkang West SMC, formerly a division under the Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency until GE2011. Its Member of Parliament (MP) is Lam Pin Min. The two neighbourhoods were under the Jalan Kayu division, under Wee Siew Kim, before the general election in 2006.
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