Canberra Plaza

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Canberra Plaza
Picture of Canberra MRT and Canberra Plaza Model.jpg
Model picture showing Canberra Plaza with Canberra MRT
LocationSembawang, Singapore
Coordinates1°26′35.724″N 103°49′49.663″E / 1.44325667°N 103.83046194°E / 1.44325667; 103.83046194Coordinates: 1°26′35.724″N 103°49′49.663″E / 1.44325667°N 103.83046194°E / 1.44325667; 103.83046194
Address133 Canberra View, Singapore 750133
Opening dateEnd-2019
DeveloperHousing & Development Board
ManagementKnight Frank[1]
OwnerHousing & Development Board
ArchitectSAA Architects Pte. Ltd
Total retail floor area11,000 square metres (120,000 sq ft)(approximate)
No. of floors3 with 1 level basement
ParkingProvided (Under Construction)
Public transit access NS12  Canberra (future)
Bus transport 117, 169/169A, 883[2]
WebsiteOfficial Website
External image
Artist Impression of the Canberra Plaza (Design Competition stage) Source: SAA Architects

Canberra Plaza is a future New Generation Neighbourhood Centre (NGNC) build by the Housing & Development Board (HDB), the government agency in charge of public housing development in Singapore. It is one of the new Neighbourhood Centres (NCs) being constructed by HDB in 10 years after the completion of Pioneer Mall and Punggol Plaza in 2004. CNN reported that Canberra Plaza will provide a "complete live-work-play-learn environment for residents and signifies Singapore's public housing for the future".[3][4]

The 3-storey shopping centre is located in the eastern end of Sembawang, Singapore as part of an upcoming mixed-use transit-oriented development. It was designed by a team led by SAA Architects. Construction started in mid-2015 and is expected to be completed in 2019.[5][6][7]


In 2004, with the completion of Pioneer Mall and Punggol Plaza, the Housing & Development Board (HDB) stopped building neighbourhood centres (NCs). This was an effort to get private sector developers to take over the construction of NCs in HDB towns.[6] Some of the private NCs that were constructed include Seletar Mall (completed in 2014 by a Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH) and United Engineers Limited joint venture).[8]

However, this caused much inconvenience for residents that moved into the newer towns early on as private developers normally constructed NCs only when a substantial catchment for a particular NC was present so as to generate enough revenue. In an attempt to alleviate these problems, HDB resumed the construction of NCs in 2014 after a 10-year break. These new NCs (one of which is Canberra Plaza) are known as New Generation Neighbourhood Centres (NGNCs) and will each serve a neighbourhood with around 5000 to 6000 households.[6]

These NCs are called as such as they are improved versions of the past NCs. The NGNCs incorporated ideas obtained from public consultation while the older NCs do not. Each NGNC will also have a sheltered community plaza to host community events in order to foster social interaction within the community. Water features, terraces as well as “environmentally friendly” systems such as rainwater harvesting will also introduced in the NGNCs.[5] Cable News Network (CNN) further reported that Canberra Plaza will provide a "complete live-work-play-learn environment for residents and signifies Singapore's public housing for the future".[3][4]

In 2014, HDB held a competition to select the architectural team for Canberra Plaza. The design brief given was: "design a mixed development with a gross floor area of 117,000 square metres (1,260,000 sq ft)." The Plaza was to be designed with a nautical theme inspired by flowing rivers, as the site of the Plaza is situated near canals such as Sungei Simpang Kiri. In addition, since the Plaza is situated at the gateway to Sembawang Neighbourhood 1, it should also serve as a distinctive landmark for the neighbourhood. In October, a team led by SAA Architects was announced as the winner of the competition.[9][10]

One year later, in October 2015, HDB held a public exhibition on Canberra Plaza (with an architectural model of the development) at the HDB Hub (HDB Headquarters) in Toa Payoh. Thereafter, construction of the Plaza commenced and is expected to end in 2019.[11][12]


Canberra Plaza is located in the eastern part of Sembawang and is part of an upcoming mixed-use transit-oriented development. Around the Plaza are new and upcoming HDB public housing developments (which forms Sembawang Neighbourhood 1), private condominiums as well as landed properties (Sembawang Springs Estate). Also in the vicinity is Yishun Industrial Park A which mainly comprises workshops of manufacturing businesses as well as automobile repair shops.[13] In addition, the Singapore subsidiaries of multinational corporations such as Murata Manufacturing and ASM Assembly Systems [de] are located within the industrial park.[14][15] The Singapore Civil Defence Force 3rd Division Headquarters (co-located within Yishun Fire Station) and foreign migrant workers dormitories (Simpang Lodges 1 & 2) are located nearby.[16][17]


Canberra Plaza is designed with three commercial stories that have a combined gross floor area of 11,000 square metres (120,000 sq ft) The main anchor tenants are expected to be a supermarket and food courts. Other commercial units will include restaurants, enrichment centres as well as clinics. A sheltered plaza for community activities and a water playground is incorporated into the design of Canberra Plaza as well. In order to improve connectivity, a portion of the ground level will be kept open for 24-hours and an sheltered elevated pedestrian footbridge will also link housing precincts (such as Eastlink II @ Canberra) across Canberra Way to Canberra Plaza. A similar footbridge will connect Canberra Plaza to the future Canberra MRT station which is located across Canberra Link.[7][18]


Year Award Awarding Agency Ref.
2017 BCA Green Mark Platinum Award (Category: Buildings) Building & Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA) [19][20]


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  8. ^ "The Seletar Mall". Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  9. ^ "SAA Won Competition To Design Sembawang N1 C6 & C12 - SAA Group Architects". SAA Group Architects. 2014-10-01. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  10. ^ "Canberra Plaza - Where2Shop". Retrieved 2018-04-16.
  11. ^ "HDB unveils next-gen neighbourhood centres in Punggol, Hougang and Sembawang". The Straits Times. 2015-10-03. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  12. ^ Janice Heng (2015-10-04). "HDB to build 4 next-gen neighbourhood centres". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  13. ^ "Yishun Industrial Park A". JTC Corporation. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  14. ^ "About Murata Singapore | Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd". Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  15. ^ Nailer, Jon. "ASM Assembly Systems GmbH & Co. KG - Directions to the ASM Assembly Systems locations". Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  16. ^ ":: Simpang Lodge 2::". Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  17. ^ "3rd SCDF DIV HQ". Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  18. ^ Exhibition panel for Canberra Plaza at the exhibition(PDF), Retrieved 2018-04-18. Source: HDB
  19. ^ Building & Construction Authority of Singapore. "GM2017.pdf" (PDF). p. 57. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  20. ^ Building and Construction Authority. "About BCA Green Mark Scheme". Retrieved 2018-04-14.

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