Central Region, Singapore
|Regional centre||Central Area (de facto)|
|Largest PA||Bukit Merah (Redhill)|
|• Mayors||Central Singapore CDC
North West CDC
South East CDC
South West CDC
|• Total||132.7 km2 (51.2 sq mi)|
|• Density||7,000/km2 (18,000/sq mi)|
The Central Region is one of the five regions in the city-state of Singapore and the main metropolitan region of the country, surrounding the Central Area. Comprising about 150 km2 (58 sq mi) of land area, it includes 11 planning areas within the Central Area, as well as another 11 more outside it.
Although the Central Area is by nature chiefly commercial especially the area in the Downtown Core, it also includes approximately 335,400 residential housing units of various types, ranging from public housing to more exclusive forms of private housing, such as bungalows. There are also more than 1000 hectares of green spaces, as per the government's ideals of a "Garden City", including parks, gardens and other recreational spaces linked by more than 25 km of park connectors which also leads to other regions of the country.
The region is home to many of Singapore's national monuments as well as its most prominent tourist attractions, including Orchard Road, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Flyer, Sentosa and the country's UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a 162-year-old tropical garden. The region was also historically the site where the contemporary city was first founded.
Planning considerations for the URA Master Plan 2003 involving the Central Region took into consideration its existing strengths. Besides being the core area for business and entertainment in the city, it contains districts steeped in history, various housing types, and numerous institutions for education and community life. Despite the highly built-up character, it still boasts a rich variety of parks, open spaces, and other recreational areas. It is also well connected to the rest of the city through extensive road and rail connections, plus an international gateway to the world via the Port of Singapore.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority envisaged the introduction of more homes of various types to the area, particularly in the Downtown Core which has been overwhelmingly commercial for the past decades. Supporting institutions and transport networks were upgraded or introduced to cater to the rising resident population in the area.
In terms of business, the New Downtown@Marina Bay was developed into an extension of the existing central business district. To encourage greater land-use flexibility, new business zones and white zones were also introduced. Business and research activities were promoted at the new one-north and medical park within the grounds of the Singapore General Hospital at Outram Park.
For recreation, plans were made to further extend the park connectors to new and existing parks in the region. New sporting facilities were also introduced, such as the redevelopment of the Singapore Sports Hub such as the National Stadium.
With a land area of 132.7 km2 (51.2 sq mi), the Central Region is situated on the southern part of Singapore Island, constituting a total of 21 planning areas. It is the only region to border all the other regions and the Straits of Singapore to the south. The region is also home to the 3.2 kilometers long Singapore River, from its source at Kim Seng Bridge to where it empties into Marina Bay. The region also features Singapore's natural tallest point – Bukit Timah Hill – with a height of 163.63 metres (537 ft.) above ground level.
- Bukit Merah
- Bukit Timah
- 11 planning areas of the Central Area
- Marine Parade
- Southern Islands
- Toa Payoh
- "Singapore: Regions & Major Planning Areas - Population Statistics, Maps, Charts, Weather and Web Information". www.citypopulation.de.
- "Draft Master Plan 2008 - Central Region". Archived from the original on 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
- Leary, Michael E.; McCarthy, John (2013-10-30). The Routledge Companion to Urban Regeneration. Routledge. p. 132. ISBN 9781136266546.