The Lorong Halus Industrial Park, which is over 100 ha in size, will be Singapore’s first industrial park built on a former landfill. It is envisioned to be a next-generation industrial park that will incorporate topographic features of the existing landfill. The land parcels fronting Sungei Serangoon will incorporate greenery along an activity-filled riverfront and will be integrated with supporting recreational amenities and spaces for the public.
Extract from ESC Subcommitee on “Maximising Value from Land as a Scarce Resource” Higher Land Productivity for Future Growth (Committee co-chaired by Senior Minister of State, Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Education)
KEY RECOMMENDATIONS (extracted)
LAND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: MANAGE SCARCITY, INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
Recommendation 5: Make Singapore a Great Place to Work and Live
“The government should consider integrating residential, business, leisure and even clean industrial/research uses into “live-workplay” enclaves with character. The new growth areas in Jurong Lake District (JLD) and the Kallang Riverside precinct are examples of such enclaves that will be realized over the next 10 to 15 years. In particular, the Kallang Riverside precinct will have a wide mix of uses, including waterfront residential living within a lush park setting hotels fronting Kallang Basin catering to family and business travellers alike. There will also be lifestyle and entertainment uses, as well as new opportunities for quality office space at the fringe of the city, with potential for synergies with the nearby Kallang industrial area. While new developments will be introduced, the historic Kallang Airport Terminal Building will be conserved and adapted to new uses, preserving memories while allowing for a new lease of life.
Similarly, new industrial parks in the future could integrate more supporting amenities and spaces to engage the public. An example is the industrial park planned at Lorong Halus. Situated on the former rehabilitated landfill and fronting Sungei Serangoon, it is planned to include lush greenery as well as waterfront lifestyle uses alongside industrial spaces.
Recommendation 6: Provide Choice and Diversity in Business Locations
Singapore must provide choice and diversity of business locations if it wants to be a base for multi-nationals as well as future global SMEs. This diversity and choice is needed to support the whole value chain of activities of businesses, sw well as to cater to the different needs of MNCs and SMEs.
The government should seek to catalyse and position new growth areas to serve as attractive hubs for businesses including their Asian and global headguarter activities. Key growth areas, such as Jurong Lake District, Kallang and Paya Lebar, will be master-planned with excellent amenities, comprehensive transport connectivity, environmental sustainability features and green and blue recreational spaces to host regional and global HQ functions. Coupled with business parks and new Grade A developments in the existing CBD and Marina Bay, Singapore will provide a diverse choice of locations for businesses for their front, mid and back office needs.
An example is Jurong Gateway, where a cluster of commercial sites fronting the Jurong Town Hall Road has been master-planned to provide a well supported yet affordable location for businesses incuding global and Asia HQs. This cluster alone can generate more than 200,000 sqm of office space, out of a total of 500,000sqm of office space planned for within Jurong Gateway. The HQ cluster, which will have an expansive view of the Jurong Lake, is right at the doorstep of a regional transport hub, Jurong East MRT station, and a stone’s throw away from new hotels, residential, F&B, retail, entertainment, leisure and other complimentary amenities that will be developed within the next 10 years.”
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