A visionary initiative titled “Remaking Our Heartland” has been unveiled, heralding an ambitious undertaking that will reshape our beloved heartland in Bukit Merah. This transformation promises not just physical changes but a profound shift in our community spirit and cohesion.
Bukit Merah residents can eagerly anticipate a host of transformative changes in their town centres and community spaces, as well as enhanced connectivity to natural havens such as the Rail Corridor and Southern Ridges. These exciting developments are integral to the ongoing Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) programme, an innovative blueprint that harmonises urban living with the natural world.
Rather than directing you to external articles, we are delighted to provide you with a detailed overview of the key changes and improvements coming to Bukit Merah Central, Alexandra Village, Bukit Purmei, and beyond.
Revitalised Town Centres
The heart of Bukit Merah will experience a dynamic makeover, with modernisation and beautification projects planned for Bukit Merah Central, Alexandra Village, and Bukit Purmei. Expect vibrant streetscapes, improved infrastructure, and a fresh lease of life for these bustling hubs.
A major highlight of this transformation is the improved connectivity to natural areas. Residents can look forward to easier access to the serene Rail Corridor and the breathtaking Southern Ridges, fostering a stronger bond with nature in their daily lives.
The redesign of community spaces will focus not only on functionality but also on aesthetics and sustainability. These spaces will be crafted to enhance residents’ overall well-being, providing more opportunities for communal engagement and interaction.
Belonging and Cohesion
Beyond the physical changes, the “Remaking Our Heartland” initiative aims to foster a profound sense of belonging and community cohesion. The transformation endeavours to create spaces that resonate with residents, promoting unity and social harmony.
The changes in Bukit Merah will set an inspiring example of community progress. These improvements will serve as a source of motivation, guiding us toward a more united, adaptable, and flourishing community.
Rejuvenating Queenstown - More Senior-Friendly Features for an Inclusive Town
Reinforcing Safety and Connectivity for Residents at Commonwealth Avenue:
Queenstown, home to one of the Singapore’s oldest populations, is set to undergo comprehensive upgrades aimed at enhancing senior-friendly amenities and promoting active aging under HDB’s ROH programme. The rejuvenation plans encompass several key aspects, including green spaces, exercise trails, improved connectivity, upgraded neighborhood centers, and preservation of heritage elements.
Enhancing Senior-Friendly Amenities
The key enhancements will make the town more senior-friendly. We hope to cater to all ages and encourage active aging. New exercise trails and fitness equipment will be introduced, including an Active Health Fitness Trail in the Mei Ling precinct, by the end of 2025. There will also be barrier-free ramps, wider center dividers for easier road crossing, and other amenities to make the town more senior-friendly. New public housing developments, such as Queensway Canopy, will include dementia-friendly features to support residents with dementia in their daily routines.
Promoting Greenery and Connectivity
The plans also emphasise more greenery and community gardening spaces closer to residents’ homes. New parks with themed facilities, sheltered seating, and nature play elements will be implemented. Existing parks and green spaces will be upgraded with additional recreational facilities and thematic exercise equipment. Social nodes with seating, play areas, exercise stations, bicycle parking facilities, and outdoor gardens will be introduced from 2026 to improve walking and cycling experiences.
Upgraded Neighborhood Centers
Existing neighborhood centers in Holland Drive, Commonwealth Crescent, Mei Ling Heights, Dawson Place, and Farrer Road will be upgraded to serve the wider community’s needs and encourage inclusive social spaces. These upgrades include new sheltered seating areas, fitness and bicycle parking facilities, and improved pavements.
Preservation of Heritage
While the rejuvenation plans bring significant changes, efforts will be made to preserve key heritage elements cherished by Queenstown’s residents. This includes exploring the adaptive reuse of some blocks in Tanglin Halt, and allowing residents to create wall murals celebrating the town’s heritage. These murals can also aid residents with dementia in navigating the neighborhood independently.