A blend of new and old anticipates at Tiong Bahru as Muneerah Bee found.
Abundant with architectural, historical and cultural value, the reference of Tiong Bahru frequently evokes a sense of nostalgia.
On the other hand, the region, especially Tiong Bahru estate, has seen a rejuvenation recently which have many new and fashionable commercial renters.
After the Second World War, more flats were added to the estate. The SIT flats were inspired by public housing in British new towns subsequently such as Harlow and Stevenage, but in addition they included local designs. The flats were designed based on a typical shophouse with additional advancements, featuring outdoor spiral stairways, curved balconies, courtyards, and air wells. It’s also simple to see components of the sway of the International design, which was notable in Europe during that interval, in the architecture and Art Deco.
The layout of the estate additionally featured a communal zone that contained a marketplace and hawker center and coffee shops and open spaces.
There were also other indications of renewal in other parts of the region.
Because of its location, Tiong Bahru is among the few city outskirt places that’s well connected to the CBD region. The East West line runs and it takes residents about ten minutes to get to the financial district. The coming Havelock MRT station may also make a suitable commute along the Thomson line.
Tiong Bahru Plaza houses three floors of basement car park and 165 stores.
Nicholas Mak Executive Director at SLP International found Tiong Bahru has locality in its favour causing an active lease market for industrial renters in addition to residential. A plus point is that there’s not lots of new supply unless there are new residential developments, making it a popular place with investors and buyers.
He included that empty property for new HDB flats are fairly small, although there may be room for private developments in future.
Now, all condominiums there saw a price increase. “Condo costs in Tiong Barhu, like Highline Residences have increased from one percent to 16 percent year-on-year from 2012 to 2013. We can see that costs and the marketplace there are fairly robust,” Mak said.
He foresees that costs are likely this year to hold steady, but in addition, it is dependent upon the new condominiums coming up within the locality, as the resale marketplace wills probably impact around the region.
Nevertheless, Mak noted that if the people in Tiong Barhu was to raise, it’d be difficult to construct a shopping mall that was second to satisfy the needs of the residents unless something is demolished to make way. The present mall is the moderate-sized Tiong Bahru Plaza near the Tiong Barhu MRT to serve the people in condominium developments and the HDB estates in the region.
One of many private projects in the pipeline is the Highline Homes. The development will have green attributes including an urban farm in addition to a tower block and a 180-metre elevated green ridge stretching across several blocks.
Residents at Tiong Bahru have green spaces for a respite from urban living and lots of recreational options. The Master Plan 2014 by the URA disclosed that a fresh park was planned at Kim Tian Road, in addition to the present Tiong Bahru Park.
The park was later redeveloped with a subject of “Old Framework, New Pictures” in 2000. The park that is updated features many new facilities to satisfy the recreational needs of distinct groups of residents and has a more dynamic setting. For example, a favourite among kids chutes in the adventure resort area.
Other facilities comprise fitness stations, foot reflexology footpath and a pond pavilion with exercise equipment, providing chances for family tasks and social interaction.
While it’s frequently said that Singapore has transformed rapidly in brief time period, areas like Tiong Bahru which holds on to attractiveness and the allure of yesteryears reminds us of how far the nation has come.