Singapore is no stranger to urban renewal. Through the decades, the country has successfully remade itself, progressing from the Third World to the First since its independence in 1965. To continue to achieve sustainable growth and to support a thriving population, the Government has laid out an ambitious land use plan which includes the redevelopment of a large swathe of land in the south of the island.
Earmarked as an extension of the city centre, the sprawling 1,000-hectare Greater Southern Waterfront will extend from Marina Bay along the waterfront from Keppel Channel, through Telok Blangah to Pasir Panjang Terminal, comprising prime waterfront sites freed up for development with the shifting of the container port to Tuas.
Greater Southern Waterfront: A landmark waterfront destination
This transformation from a port area to an iconic mixed-use city quarter offers the potential for world-class place-making to create exciting public, commercial and residential developments in what is to become a centerpiece in downtown Singapore.
Attributes that give the precinct an edge over other areas include:
1. Rare site near the CBD and its strategic location offering extraordinary potential to build spectacular waterfront developments.
2. Seamless integration with the city via the Marina Coastal Expressway providing direct access to the Marina Bay financial hub; a new 4-km long MRT line – Circle Line Stage 6 – comprising three new stations Keppel, Cantonment and Prince Edward due to be completed in 2025.
3. The lush greenery and biodiversity of a proposed eco-network where the Labrador Park, Berlayer Creek and Mount Faber could be linked to Pulau Brani’s existing hillock; another potential eco-corridor to connect Gardens by the Bay to existing parks including the Rail Corridor and Southern Ridges.
4. The potential expansion of the Central Linear Park in Marina Bay into Greater Southern Waterfront can help to create exciting public spaces and foster a sense of community at the street level.
5. A continuous waterfront – an uninterrupted 30-km long scenic boulevard and trail connecting Labrador Park to Gardens by the Bay – presents wide-ranging recreation options.
6. Potential for the creation of what is dubbed “Little Venice” of Singapore with a network of canals and waterways to be opened with the development of a new reservoir to be situated between Tanjong Pagar and Pulau Brani.
7. Inclusive urbanism-for-all concept that integrates an eclectic mix of land uses, including private and public residential, commercial buildings and hotels.
8. Future-ready waterfront city boasting modern amenities and offering opportunities to tap new technologies to meet evolving users’ needs.
The Greater Southern Waterfront precinct will be one of the most exciting urban rejuvenation projects in Singapore, and looks set to attract widespread interest be it from developers, investors, occupiers and home buyers.
A case study: Barangaroo in Sydney
The transformation of the 22-hectare Barangaroo on Sydney Harbour – from a disused container terminal to a dynamic cultural and commercial hub - offers a glimpse of what Greater Southern Waterfront could potentially become.
Barangaroo, an urban renewal project, is expected to support a projected 23,000 permanent jobs, provide a home to 3,500 residents and contribute more than A$2 billion a year to the New South Wales economy, according to the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, a government agency set up to manage the waterfront development.
Located between the scenic Sydney Harbour and bustling streets of the city, the multi-billion dollar Barangaroo development is a showcase of design excellence, cutting edge technologies, world-class sustainability as well as public art and cultural programmes, with 50 per cent of the precinct dedicated to public spaces.
The Greater Southern Waterfront presents a unique opportunity to create Singapore’s own premier waterfront destination, bigger and possibly more dazzling than Barangaroo. It will mark a new chapter in Singapore’s city development.