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Old March 9th, 2008, 10:29 AM   #21
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Like tamago said, I think they should integrate Science Centre, Snow City and Omni Theatre in one building complete with an indoor-ski slope like the one in Dubai and Japan, a few IMAX-theatres instead of one Omni-theatre.

With cinema ticket prices approaching SGD 10, I wldn't mind paying 3 dollars more to see The Dark Knight for example in IMAX format.

A real hard-core water themed park should be good too. Combined with a hotel development, shopping facilities and maybe spas and Korea's Dr Fish pools could be a real hit.

A unobtrusive and non-cheesy looking monorail or the Jurong Region LRT could be integrated to provide ease of transport within this Downtown West.

If you will allow me to go wilder, the entire Jurong East could be turned into a 2nd CBD except it would be more fun and integrated, the Jurong East Central could be the offices and commercial anchor and the Lakes region could be another leisure/commercial anchor.
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Jurong to be transformed into a Lake District for business and leisure

4 Apr 08

JURONG will undergo a dramatic transformation to become a unique lakeside destination for business and leisure in 10 to 15 years.
The blueprint for Jurong Lake District was unveiled by National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan on Friday morning at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) seminar before a gathering of 500 developers, architects, and other industry players.

The ambitious plan involves enlarging waterways, building 1,000 new private homes, 2,800 hotel rooms and offices on the fringes, and adding new tourist attractions and landscaped open spaces.

Jurong Lake District will consist of two complementary precincts - Jurong Gateway and Lakeside - around the Jurong East MRT Station and Jurong Lake in the west region of Singapore.

The area around the Jurong East MRT Station, to be known as Jurong Gateway, will be developed into an attractive commercial hub serving the west region, outside the city centre.

A new and unique leisure destination, to be known as Lakeside, will be created around Jurong Lake with edutainment attractions for the whole family.

New waterways and pedestrian linkages will provide seamless connections between the two precincts. An integrated network of pedestrian walkways between buildings and public facilities will also be created.

New landscaped open spaces and park connectors at the street-level and skyrise greenery in buildings will add to the already lush and scenic areas.

Said Mrs Cheong Koon Hean, URA's Chief Executive Officer: 'Jurong Gateway and Lakeside are precious gems which offer exciting opportunities for the development of leisure attractions and the biggest commercial hub outside the city centre.

'To realise this vision, the planners have developed strategies that capitalise on the wonderful assets these areas have. These include building upon the strategic location of Jurong Gateway which is well served by road and rail, and in the midst of a large population and customer catchment.

'The lake and its greenery are also unique features which can be enhanced. We would like to bring about a transformed image for this area. The Jurong Lake District will become a much sought after lakeside destination for business and leisure.'

The total potential area for development is 360 hectares, close to the size of Marina Bay.

The existing Chinese and Japanese Gardens will have added new facilities and activities to make them more attractive for both residents and tourists.

URA said all the attractions around the Jurong Lake will be developed with 'a sensitive approach to the surrounding environment and natural greenery.'

The blueprint for Jurong Lake District is part of URA's 2008 Draft Master Plan, drawn up with feedback from community leaders and industry players.
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Those staying at Lakeway will be lauging to the bank soon.
Any update on the Tang Dynasty? Is it 6 feet under or still last man standing:- not yet demolished?
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Government announces plans for Jurong Lake District
By Wong Siew Ying, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 04 April 2008 1129 hrs


Quote: - "is expected to attract billions of dollars in investment." :- guess is taking about billion dollars collected by URA from its upcoming land sales.


SINGAPORE: Jurong is set to be home to the largest commercial hub outside the city centre.

The Jurong Lake District – made up of two precincts, Jurong Gateway and Lakeside – will offer a potential development area of 360 hectares or about the size of Marina Bay.

National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan announced this when he unveiled part of the government's ‘Draft Master Plan Review 2008’. The blueprint will guide Singapore's land use over the next 10 to 15 years.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said that some 750,000 square metres of land will be set aside at Jurong Gateway for offices, hotels, food and beverage, and entertainment uses.

Jurong Gateway will be nearly 2.5 times the size of the Tampines Regional Centre and is expected to attract billions of dollars in investment.

Speaking at the annual corporate plan seminar, National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan said decentralisation will be a key planning strategy. This will help bring jobs and recreational options closer to home.

Under the proposed plan, 1,000 new private apartments will also be built at Jurong Gateway.

Mr Mah said: "That is the initial estimate, but some of the sites around there are white sites. If there is more demand, we will certainly be able to reallocate.

"But all this ultimately will have to depend on the market as well - how the market responds and whether the emphasis of more housing or more office. I think we will have to be guided by the market."

Some 2,800 hotel rooms will also be added in the new district in anticipation of more visitors.

And what will get them coming is a slew of nature-themed and edu-tainment attractions, which will spring up at Lakeside. A new world-class Science Centre will also be built next to the Chinese Garden MRT station.

Visitors can also look forward to lush greenery and water-based activities.

Urban planners said there is a lot going for Jurong as investors will be able to tap into a population catchment of over one million residents living in nearby housing estates, as well as leverage on some 3,000 companies already operating in the area.

In addition, the new district will be served by three MRT stations and two major expressways.

Apart from Jurong, Paya Lebar is also expected to be developed into a sub-regional centre. The URA will release more details in May. - CNA/vm
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Jurong Lake District plans timely but timeline may be too short
By Ng Baoying, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 04 April 2008 2225 hrs



SINGAPORE : The government's plans for the Jurong Lake District have been widely well-received by market watchers.

They noted that it is important to re-brand Jurong away from its industrial estate image to a more vibrant one. However, on the other hand, there are concerns that the government may be moving too fast for the market.

Some analysts said the proposed 10- to 15-year time frame may be a little tight, especially given the amount of projects in the pipeline, and a dampened global economic climate.

It is going to take some effort imagining the Jurong area as a bustling entertainment, business and residential area.

Analysts said that is one of the main challenges the government will face.

Grace Ng, Deputy Managing Director, Agency and Business Services, Colliers International, said, "Jurong has been known as an industrial area, so it has been less successful in attracting commercial and residential activities in the area compared to newer towns like Tampines.

"We need to erase the industrial image of Jurong and convince Singaporeans to make it their workplace and place of residence. As for developers, we need to convince developers to actively participate in the tender of the sites."

Ku Swee Yong, Director, Marketing and Business Development, Savills (Singapore), said, "The government authorities, Singapore Tourism Board, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Jurong Town, will still have to put in a little bit more effort to shake off the long-held views that Jurong has been a industrial area."

However, analysts said that once this hurdle is cleared, the potential is vast.

They pointed out that some investors have already starting sniffing out opportunities in the area.

Mr Ku said, "We are very positive about it. (We've) been saying for the past two years that the West side of Singapore has been neglected by the investment community. We see very strong growth in household income and wealth, given the high growth in electronics, pharmaceutical, oil and gas industries, and there are households there that are actually doing a lot better than what may appear on the surface.

"We have been seeing quite a strong take up from home users, plus some investors who are buying units to rent out to academics, engineers and expatriates."

Vacancy levels for office space in Jurong has been tight, so the promise of more commercial space in the area will be welcome.

But even with so much going for it, many said the government might need to temper their growth plans for the area, and work on building up even more demand to match its planned dramatic increase in capacity.

Over the past few months, the government has delayed several public projects to help rein in rising construction costs.

And property watchers said the plans for Jurong Lake could further stretch resources.

Mr Ku said, "I think that it is rather ambitious to try to put all this work together to build a 5 million square foot of office space, another 2 million of retail and F&B space. All this in next 10-15 years may be a little fast. But (if it is) 15, 20 or even just a little beyond 20 years, I'm sure the market can absorb it."

Ms Ng said, "It's scheduled to have 2,800 hotel rooms which seems like quite a high number given that Jurong has not been established as a tourist area.

But from the 'big picture' point of view, analysts agreed that these plans will put a sheen on the property market in Jurong.

Prices can be expected to start inching upwards over the next two to five years when developers start actively tendering for the sites. - CNA/ms
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Nice plan.

But "Attraction" is a little vague for me.

And isn't this entire plan a glorified version of Jurong East Regional Centre?
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OMG....another massive plan.....excellent....
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Nice plan.

But "Attraction" is a little vague for me.
Maybe the govt will study how the other new tourism projects like the IR and Mandai work out, and then try to source for a different kind of attraction here. There is a lot of opportunity to do some great urban planning here
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4.5mins 3D rendering from URA and OMY:-

http://www.omy.sg/common/media/vodca...6&startIndex=2
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Business Times - 05 Apr 2008

The West also rises with Jurong East makeover

360-hectare Jurong Lake District will marry offices and retail outlets with waterfront playground

By KALPANA RASHIWALA

(SINGAPORE) With malls, hotels, offices and entertainment outlets, the sleepy charms of the area around Jurong East MRT Station are poised for a stunning makeover. The place - called Jurong Gateway - will be turned into the biggest regional centre on the island.

Add to this the land and water development around the nearby Jurong Lake - with kayaking, dragon boating and a lakeside village - and the transformation that melds business opportunities with leisure pursuits will be complete.



Jurong Gateway will provide 5.4 million sq ft gross floor area of new office space and 2.7 million sq ft of retail, F&B and entertainment area - more than 2.5 times the current size of Tampines Regional Centre, Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan announced yesterday.

The time frame for development will be about 10-15 years and sites in the location are likely to be tendered out for private sector development based on market demand and pace of take-up.

The 70-hectare Gateway will also have at least 1,000 new private homes as well as 2,800 hotel rooms - roughly the same quantum as the Singapore River hotel belt.

Meanwhile, the Lakeside precinct around the Jurong Lake has been earmarked as a new waterfront playground spread over 220ha of land and 70ha of water. It is envisaged as a major leisure destination for Singaporeans and tourists, with about four or five proposed new attractions.

Jurong Gateway and Lakeside together make up Jurong Lake District, the blueprints for which were revealed by Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) yesterday.

The 360ha total potential area for development is close to the size of Marina Bay.

In his speech at URA's corporate plan seminar, Mr Mah stressed the importance of decentralisation as a key planning strategy to maintain balance between supporting economic growth and a high-quality living environment.

While Marina Bay and the city remain Singapore's main commercial centre, new commercial hubs like Jurong Gateway will be developed outside the city centre to provide more choices of attractive business locations and bring jobs closer to homes. URA has also earmarked the area around Paya Lebar MRT Station for development into an alternative business hub.

URA said Jurong Gateway will be ideal for company headquarters, business services as well as companies in the science and the research and development (R&D) fields. Such companies will be able to tap a large labour pool from a one million-population catchment in Jurong East and West, Clementi and Bukit Batok, enjoy proximity to a cluster of over 3,000 companies in the International Business Park and Jurong and Tuas industrial estates. Jurong Gateway is also a major transport hub, with Jurong East MRT Station and a bus interchange. The area around the MRT station is designated for development into an integrated commercial and transport hub with white use - allowing office, retail, residential and hotel use. A short distance away, at Jurong Town Hall Road, sites have been designated for high-rise office use.

The tallest buildings in Jurong Gateway will be 35 storeys high but building heights will step down towards Jurong Lake, allowing most developments to have panoramic views of the lake.

A new big-box retail format incorporating consumer electronics, furniture and hypermarket being developed by TT International will add about 34,000 sq m of retail space when completed by end-2009.

Mr Mah also stressed that Singapore's long-term approach to planning - encompassing the Concept Plan and Master Plan process - is a fundamental part of the republic's sustainable development effort. He noted that Singapore's physical resources, especially land, are able to support a long-term population planning parameter of 6.5 million.

The minister also touched on how the influx of foreigners is making some Singaporeans uneasy. 'They find the competition for jobs and school places tough. They see themselves priced out of the housing of their choice.'

Highlighting the contribution of foreigners to various tiers of the Singapore economy and society, Mr Mah said: 'We must . . . convince our people that at the end of the day, if we want to have a good life, we must learn to accept the foreigners in our midst.'

Copyright © 2007 Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. All rights reserved.
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I am so excited!!! Its right where i am living now! Woohoo!
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i am REALLY looking forward to the new sci centre...
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Quote:- new waterfront playground spread over 220ha of land and 70ha of water. It is envisaged as a major leisure destination for Singaporeans and tourists, with about four or five proposed new attractions.

My guess:- it may be Warner Brother Sea World or Movie World, Disney is too remote.
http://seaworld.myfun.com.au/Park-In...active-Map.htm
Sentosa was actually in the final stage of discussion with Australia's Village Roadshow for a similar water theme park before the Resort Worlds IR project. Second time lucky for them.



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The West also rises with Jurong East makeover

360-hectare Jurong Lake District will marry offices and retail outlets with waterfront playground

By KALPANA RASHIWALA

(SINGAPORE) With malls, hotels, offices and entertainment outlets, the sleepy charms of the area around Jurong East MRT Station are poised for a stunning makeover. The place - called Jurong Gateway - will be turned into the biggest regional centre on the island.

Add to this the land and water development around the nearby Jurong Lake - with kayaking, dragon boating and a lakeside village - and the transformation that melds business opportunities with leisure pursuits will be complete.



Jurong Gateway will provide 5.4 million sq ft gross floor area of new office space and 2.7 million sq ft of retail, F&B and entertainment area - more than 2.5 times the current size of Tampines Regional Centre, Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan announced yesterday.

The time frame for development will be about 10-15 years and sites in the location are likely to be tendered out for private sector development based on market demand and pace of take-up.

The 70-hectare Gateway will also have at least 1,000 new private homes as well as 2,800 hotel rooms - roughly the same quantum as the Singapore River hotel belt.

Meanwhile, the Lakeside precinct around the Jurong Lake has been earmarked as a new waterfront playground spread over 220ha of land and 70ha of water. It is envisaged as a major leisure destination for Singaporeans and tourists, with about four or five proposed new attractions.

Jurong Gateway and Lakeside together make up Jurong Lake District, the blueprints for which were revealed by Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) yesterday.

The 360ha total potential area for development is close to the size of Marina Bay.

In his speech at URA's corporate plan seminar, Mr Mah stressed the importance of decentralisation as a key planning strategy to maintain balance between supporting economic growth and a high-quality living environment.

While Marina Bay and the city remain Singapore's main commercial centre, new commercial hubs like Jurong Gateway will be developed outside the city centre to provide more choices of attractive business locations and bring jobs closer to homes. URA has also earmarked the area around Paya Lebar MRT Station for development into an alternative business hub.

URA said Jurong Gateway will be ideal for company headquarters, business services as well as companies in the science and the research and development (R&D) fields. Such companies will be able to tap a large labour pool from a one million-population catchment in Jurong East and West, Clementi and Bukit Batok, enjoy proximity to a cluster of over 3,000 companies in the International Business Park and Jurong and Tuas industrial estates. Jurong Gateway is also a major transport hub, with Jurong East MRT Station and a bus interchange. The area around the MRT station is designated for development into an integrated commercial and transport hub with white use - allowing office, retail, residential and hotel use. A short distance away, at Jurong Town Hall Road, sites have been designated for high-rise office use.

The tallest buildings in Jurong Gateway will be 35 storeys high but building heights will step down towards Jurong Lake, allowing most developments to have panoramic views of the lake.

A new big-box retail format incorporating consumer electronics, furniture and hypermarket being developed by TT International will add about 34,000 sq m of retail space when completed by end-2009.

Mr Mah also stressed that Singapore's long-term approach to planning - encompassing the Concept Plan and Master Plan process - is a fundamental part of the republic's sustainable development effort. He noted that Singapore's physical resources, especially land, are able to support a long-term population planning parameter of 6.5 million.

The minister also touched on how the influx of foreigners is making some Singaporeans uneasy. 'They find the competition for jobs and school places tough. They see themselves priced out of the housing of their choice.'

Highlighting the contribution of foreigners to various tiers of the Singapore economy and society, Mr Mah said: 'We must . . . convince our people that at the end of the day, if we want to have a good life, we must learn to accept the foreigners in our midst.'

Copyright © 2007 Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. All rights reserved.

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I am so excited!!! Its right where i am living now! Woohoo!
Actually Jurong is just a MRT ride away for me....I'll just take the excuse to meet my friends there next time...

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i am REALLY looking forward to the new sci centre...
Me too.....wonder how it'll look like....

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Quote:- new waterfront playground spread over 220ha of land and 70ha of water. It is envisaged as a major leisure destination for Singaporeans and tourists, with about four or five proposed new attractions.

My guess:- it may be Warner Brother Sea World or Movie World, Disney is too remote.
http://seaworld.myfun.com.au/Park-In...active-Map.htm
Sentosa was actually in the final stage of discussion with Australia's Village Roadshow for a similar water theme park before the Resort Worlds IR project. Second time lucky for them.
Warner Sea/Movie World?? Wow....I hope so...We need something major...
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It is a great plan actually...there are almost 1 million singaporeans living in jurong...great place to invest in...
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Warner Bros/Seaworld? Hold your horses.

Resorts World also has a water theme park so I guess a large scale brand name will not be brought in for a while...

Maybe we can reserve that and Disney for the next 2 IRs.

So Jurong East is going to be the Capital of Western Singapore...
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Read from news that Paya Lebar will be the next regional centre.....URA will reveal its plans in May...

http://www.omy.sg/news/localnews/200...0404_1466.html
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