Friday, February 15, 2013

Next Gen public housing? Look no further than Punggol

Feb 14, 2013 - By: Singapore

If you’re wondering how the next generation of public housing would look like, look no futher than Punggol, said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

The first eco-town of its kind, Punggol has been ingeniously designed with a north-south orientation topped with rooftop greenery to reduce heat gain. Estate blocks are spaced out to allow better wind flow, thereby emphasizing Singapore’s brand image as “a city in a garden”.

In addition, the eco-town advocates the use of green technology. By 2016, the entire town would be powered solely on solar energy for common amenities such as lifts, corridors and staircase lightings.

Each Punggol precinct is made up of 1,000 to 3,000 homes, with a gross plot ratio (GPR) of 3-3.5. In comparison with earlier public housing developments in Ang Mo Kio, Bedok and Clementi during the early 80s, GPR ranged from 1.8-2.8. As a result, as GPR increases, the number of dwelling units within the same plot of land increases, thereby allowing more families to be housed in the development.

The current Punggol estate stands on the former site of rubber plantations and poultry farms of forty years ago. Today, the precinct houses hybrid blocks that connect directly to carparks topped with communal rooftop gardens. Residents are able to enjoy the landscaped podiums and roof gardens via the link bridges. Apart from that, they would also share a “common green” of 0.4-0.7 ha in size within walking distance from each block, as compared to a 1-1.5 ha of neighbourhood parks shared among 4,000 to 6,000 households in older estates.

Evidently, the future of public housing would pan out to be green towns with intensive land use that sustains liveability for its residents.

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