The planned relocation of the City Terminals and Pasir Panjang Terminal to Tuas will free up 325 and 600 hectares of waterfront land respectively. With the first set of berths at Tuas Port to be operational by 2025, the downtown and southern port area will eventually be phased out. This area is known as the Greater Southern Waterfront.
With about 1,000 hectares of land – an area three times the size of Marina Bay – up for development in the Greater Southern Waterfront after 2030, the landscape we can paint is limited only by our imagination. As we stand at the threshold of a new chapter in our city’s development, we would like to share six broad ideas for the Greater Southern Waterfront with you. The possibilities are immense and we would like to hear your ideas for our waterfront of the future.
The size of the Greater Southern Waterfront gives us opportunities to create many differentiated waterfront districts, each with unique characters and experiences. Currently under development are the Bayfront and Marina Central areas, which are located next to the CBD. Marina South will also be launched for development in a few years’ time. Elsewhere, plans for the remaining areas, including Labrador, Tanjong Pagar and Pulau Brani, will continue to be explored and refined before they are implemented in the longer term.
The Greater Southern Waterfront represents an opportunity to create a new waterfront city that is integrated with both our downtown and the surrounding housing and businesses near the city. The Greater Southern Waterfront could be built up for new housing, commercial, cultural and entertainment uses, cementing Singapore’s growing reputation as a world-class city for its people to live, work and play.
What’s a great city without great public spaces? The Central Linear Park in Marina Bay can be extended into Greater Southern Waterfront. Opportunities for people to stroll, run and take in new city sights along the extended all the way from the current Marina Bay Promontory to the waters of Keppel Channel that overlook Pulau Brani in the distance. Another possibility is to create a new pedestrian axis which branches diagonally out from the Central Linear Park, further increasing the network of public spaces through future new city districts. This new axis could be designated as a car-free zone, thereby creating opportunities for vibrant street life.
Our reservoirs not only form a key component of Singapore’s plan to achieve water self-sufficiency, but also provide picturesque settings for a range of outdoor recreational activities. A new reservoir could be created between Tanjong Pagar and Pulau Brani to retain rainwater at the Greater Southern Waterfront and store excess water from the Marina Reservoir that is currently discharged into the sea. This possible future Southern Reservoir would increase our local water supply and will also allow for the creation of an attractive network of canals through neighbourhoods with lively streetscapes. The canals themselves will be the connections to other destinations within the Greater Southern Waterfront.
With so many places of interest dotting Greater Southern Waterfront, a continuous corridor to connect them all would open fresh possibilities for a leisurely day out. Can you imagine a continuous, uninterrupted 30 km-long waterfront for walking, running and cycling? One could make stops at Labrador, Harbourfront, and the International Cruise Terminal on the way Gardens by the Bay at Marina South for unique and varied waterfront experiences.
To promote biodiversity and augment the green network in the densely built-up city, existing green spaces such as Labrador Park, Berlayer Creek and Mount Faber could be linked to Pulau Brani’s existing hillock through a green corridor. At the same time, a proposed eco-corridor could provide an unbroken ecological connection that links Gardens by the Bay to the island-wide green network, including the Rail Corridor and Southern Ridges. Inviting public spaces for community interaction, activities and events will be embedded in this corridor.
The 6 ideas on Greater Southern Waterfront are drawn from the following consultancies:
- Greater Southern Waterfront Design Consultancy by Urban Strategies Inc.
- Sustainable Development Framework Planning and Design for Marina Bay and Greater Southern Waterfront by AECOM Singapore Pte. Ltd.
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