The Remaking Our Heartland Programme (ROH), HDB’s comprehensive upgrading programme, is set to benefit Bukit Merah, Ang Mo Kio, Queenstown and Choa Chu Kang – the fourth batch of towns to be enhanced and rejuvenated under ROH.
Here are some exciting rejuvenation plans you can look forward to!
Bukit Merah – City Living Close to Nature
Bukit Merah will see its Town Centre and community spaces transformed. The Town Centre, which offers a wide range of amenities for residents from eating outlets to Chinese medical halls, is also where the former HDB headquarters was. It will have a new and larger sheltered event space, allowing for large community events to be held come rain or shine. New seating areas at the pedestrian malls will enable shoppers to relax or take a break. Six existing Neighbourhood Centres will also be refreshed with facilities such as landscaped seating areas and play spaces, for a more pleasant retail experience.
There’s also something for the nature and fitness enthusiasts! With the implementation of new cycling paths and a new pocket park at Bukit Merah Central, residents of Bukit Merah can have seamless access to the 24-km long Rail Corridor and Southern Ridges , to enjoy nature close to home.
Another key focus is to make Bukit Merah more senior-friendly, given that more than one-third of residents living there are aged 60 years old and above. Proposed enhancements include more ramps and non-slip flooring at common spaces, as well as active ageing amenities across various parks.
Ang Mo Kio – Bridging Nature and Community
The Ang Mo Kio Town Centre will see several upgrades over the next few years, which will improve the environment there. These include a canopy offering sheltered connection between the pedestrian mall and AMK Hub, more ramps, and new shaded seating at the pedestrian mall. Children can also have fun at the new traffic-themed play space which also serves as a rest stop.
It is not only the Town Centre that will be refreshed. Neighbourhood centres such as Mayflower Market & Food Centre, Teck Ghee Square, Chong Boon Centre and Yio Chu Kang View will be upgraded too, to provide residents with a better shopping and dining experience close to home.
Recreation-wise, a new trail, Garden Loop, will be introduced – connecting the town gardens and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, to the Ang Mo Kio Town Centre. Pocket parks and fitness corners will be built along the Garden Loop for residents to enjoy an enhanced exercise experience.
With 4 in 10 Ang Mo Kio residents aged 60 and older, there will be therapeutic gardens, fitness trails/ corners, and barrier-free ramps to help seniors remain active, as well as move around safely and with ease. Residents can also expect transformed void deck walls and new art murals. Not only are these perfect for capturing Instagram-worthy shots, they are also meant to serve as wayfinders for residents with dementia.
Queenstown – Healthy Living and Active Ageing
The rejuvenation plans for Queenstown will feature new facilities and green spaces, better access to recreational spaces and greenery, and more senior-friendly neighbourhoods.
Residents can look forward to exciting additions that will help them lead a healthy lifestyle, such as the first-ever gym to be housed within a BTO project at Queensway Canopy. A Social and Wellness Hub will also be built, which will provide a variety of social and communal facilities and healthcare services for seniors.
Nature lovers will enjoy new parks with themed facilities, wellness landscapes and existing neighbourhood parks that will be upgraded. They can also look forward to improved connectivity to the Rail Corridor, with new cycling paths, rest points and outdoor gardens.
To create a more senior-friendly living environment, barrier-free ramps and wider centre dividers will be installed to help elderly residents navigate more easily and safely around their neighbourhoods. Dementia-friendly features such as pedestrian wayfinding lines will also be introduced in new public housing developments.
While Queenstown has undergone various rejuvenation programmes over the years, the town has retained its unique identity which residents cherish. The upgrades for Queenstown aim to preserve these key heritage elements, through a possible adaptive reuse of some blocks in the Tanglin estate for example. In addition, residents will also be able to co-create wall murals that celebrate the rich heritage of Queenstown.
Choa Chu Kang – New Mixed-Use Developments and Recreational Spaces
Choa Chu Kang will be rejuvenated with new mixed-use developments, recreational spaces, and better connectivity to support green commuting. The Town Centre is set to get even livelier, with new mixed-use developments and a new Integrated Transport Hub. A new hawker centre and pedestrian mall will be built, giving residents more food and shopping options. There will also be a new Jurong Region Line Choa Chu Kang MRT station from 2027, connecting Choa Chu Kang to other parts of the western region.
There will also be more green spaces close to home. For example, Choa Chu Kang Park will be upgraded, and more greenery added to Sungei Peng Siang and Pang Sua Canal for a relaxing jogging and cycling experience. The homes at new BTO developments, Rail Green I & II @ CCK, will be integrated with greenery from the Rail Corridor, so residents can enjoy nature at their doorsteps.
Across Choa Chu Kang, there will be a wide range of recreational facilities for residents of all ages to keep active. These include BMX tracks, a new sheltered basketball court, water play feature, well as exercise facilities and playgrounds.
As part of efforts to provide safer and greener ways to get around, there will be new cycling paths and more bicycle racks. In addition, dedicated Silver Zones with enhanced road safety features will improve the commuting experience for seniors.