FERNVALE: A NEW STAR IS BORN
Exciting new changes are brewing in Fernvale, a new town situated between Jalan Kayu and Sengkang that’s slated to become the next big thing in Singapore’s rapidly developing North-East region. Though Fernvale may be new, its developments will provide residents with conveniences and amenities that might just pit it against its mature counterparts.
Hailed as the rising star of the North-East, Fernvale is set to transform from into a booming new town thanks to the abundance of developments slated for the area. Here are the biggest changes to look out for in Fernvale.
REGIONALISATION STRATEGY UPCOMING SELETAR REGIONAL CENTRE
“Over the longer term, the Seletar Regional Centre has the potential to grow to two times that of the Tampines Regional Centre.
Located next to it is the Seletar Aerospace Park which will provide a range of activities including training, research and development.
The Seletar Regional Centre and Seletar Aerospace Park will be a major employment node for people living in the North and Northeast”
~ Ministry of National Development
One underlying principle behind many of our master plans is to spread out our population and bring jobs closer to homes. This will save travelling time and make it convenient for Singaporeans.
It first started with Tampines in 1992. Tampines Regional Centre is now very well developed, benefiting the residents living there. BTOs in Tampines are always over-subscribed.
After Tampines, it was Jurong Regional Centre. We launched the Jurong Lake District Master Plan in 2008 and it will take us 15 years to fully develop the area. I am confident that it will bring immense benefits to residents living in the West. Jurong will in due course be as popular as Tampines.
In 2013, Ministry of National Development launched the third regional centre in the North, the Woodlands Regional Centre. The plans are exciting and are shown in the exhibition. This regional centre will take full advantage of the unique features of Woodlands: open green and waterfront areas, Admiralty Park, and proximity to JB. It will be the northern gateway to Singapore.
Seletar Regional Centre is the last regional centre to be developed. Over the longer term, the Seletar Regional Centre has the potential to grow to two times that of the Tampines Regional Centre. Located next to it is the Seletar Aerospace Park which will provide a range of activities including training, research and development. The Seletar Regional Centre and Seletar Aerospace Park will be a major employment node for people living in the North and Northeast.
SENGKANG GENERAL HOSPITAL & COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Currently, the nearest general hospitals to Fernvale providing full integrated care are Changi General Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Both are around a 15 km or a 20-min drive away, but come 2018, this is going to change.
The upcoming Sengkang General Hospital and Community Hospital are slated to open right next to Cheng Lim LRT. The Sengkang General Hospital will be an integrated healthcare facility designed to serve residents in the Northeast region and Fernvale residents can benefit from its proximity – it will be just 3 LRT stops away.
In just a few years, as Sengkang becomes a self-sufficient town, Fernvale residents will find that job opportunities, nature spaces, shopping and dining options and amenities will all be conveniently located within a 3 km radius from Fernvale. Upgrading in road works will also make commuting to and from Fernvale much easier and faster.
SELETAR AEROSPACE PARK
Fernvale residents can look forward to job opportunities close to home thanks to the booming new business hub, Seletar Aerospace Park.
Currently in its first phase of operations, Seletar Aerospace Park is already home to several MNCs and reputed companies such as Rolls Royce and ST Aerospace, with more companies to follow. It will go through additional phases of expansion, and is expected to generate an impressive 10,000 jobs for highly-skilled personnel once it is completed.
But Seletar Aerospace Park is not your standard industrial park – it will soon also become a vibrant lifestyle hub with a slew of upcoming restaurants, bars, cafes and recreation facilities. These include hipster bicycle-themed cafe Wheeler’s Estate, modern European bistro Young’s Western Restaurant, Teochew restaurant Di Wei, an airplane-themed food court, a playground, open spaces for picnics, and even a multi-purpose sports court.
SELETAR AEROSPACE PARK: A HIDDEN DINING OASIS
Today, Seletar Airport operates as a general aviation airport for chartered flights and training purposes. Of the former colonial houses, 32 have been slated for conservation and redevelopment as part of The Oval at Seletar Aerospace Park. The new lifestyle enclave plays host to bazaars and carnivals, with the conserved bungalows now housing restaurants, spas, and shops. The transformation begins with four food and beverage tenants that are shaking up the Singaporean food scene in their own way: from a European chef highlighting local and regional produce in his dishes, to a traditional Teochew (Chinese dialect group) restaurant with over 30 years of heritage.
SENGKANG WEST INDUSTRIAL PARK
Set to provide residents with even more employment and business opportunities is the upcoming Sengkang West Industrial Park. Though still in its early stages of development, it is also set to be a real boon for the area. Just think of all you can do with the time you save with such a short commute!
NEW COMMUNITY FACILTIY @ SENGKANG WEST
A new integrated community facility in Sengkang West – comprising a hawker centre, wet market and childcare centre – will open in the second half of 2020, the constituency’s Member of Parliament Lam Pin Min said on Saturday (May 20, 2017).
The new Fernvale Community Club will be located next to Seletar Mall at the site of Fernvale Point, a neighbourhood shopping centre which closed in April 2015 following the expiration of its lease.
THE SELETAR MALL
Launched in November 2014, the new Seletar Mall located near Fernvale LRT station offers residents retail and dining options, as well as family-friendly facilities. Apart from housing NTUC FairPrice Finest, BHG department store and a Shaw cinema outlet, the shopping mall is also a food lover’s paradise with outlets of crowd pleasing chain restaurants like Din Tai Fung, Song Fa Bak Kut Teh and Nene Chicken.
While mature estates have amenities like hair and nail salons, clinics and bakeries under their HDB blocks, here you get to run all your daily errands in the air-conditioned comfort of a new shopping mall. These are supplemented by an array of retail stores ranging from fashion to sporting goods to electronics.
Another key characteristic of Seletar Mall is its focus on young families. You can find plenty of kids’ enrichment centres, nursing rooms and a rooftop playground catering for children to learn and have fun. That makes it an easy option family days out – you can run errands, send the kids to classes, pick up books and stationery, and have dinner all under the same roof.
Compass Point reopened on 1 September 2016 as Compass One, with a new interior design, 180 speciality tenants and a redesigned interior layout. The revamped Compass One will feature an enlarged public library over two levels, more than 50 new retailers and newly-improved amenities such as a children’s playground,
Supermarket chain Cold Storage, food court operator Kopitiam and the Sengkang Public Library will remain the anchor tenants in Compass One.
Compass One Shopping Mall is well-served by public transport, being located just next to the Sengkang MRT/LRT station and Sengkang Bus Interchange. Being easily accessible, the shopping centre serves as the main suburban shopping mall for residents of Sengkang.
JALAN KAYU IDENTITY NODE
Jalan Kayu has also been recognised as a new identity node and will see significant improvements in its physical environment, through the joint efforts of URA, local residents and businesses as well as the wider community. To enhance the pedestrian experience at Jalan Kayu, a new pedestrian pavement and additional landscaping will be introduced
Famous for its roti prata, the charming, shophouse-lined Jalan Kayu will soon have a new face. In the coming years, this beloved foodie hangout will undergo improvement on aspects like accessibility and parking spaces, all while preserving its character (and good food).
Best of all for residents at Fernvale, Jalan Kayu’s prata shops, restaurants and bars will just be a short walk away, thanks to its upcoming extension of Fernvale Street. The extension will link Fernvale directly with the bustling hangout, making it an easy stroll from Thanggam LRT station.
SELETAR AEROSPACE FLYOVER AND SENGKANG WEST WAY
Apart from the extension of Fernvale Street, residents who drive will be delighted to find multiple improvements in the pipeline that will make travel to and from Fernvale easy and convenient.
Drivers familiar with the area will know that Jalan Kayu used to be the only way for Fernvale residents to connect to the Tampines Expressway (TPE), which causes much traffic congestion in the single-lane street. However, new developments are making access to TPE easier.
LTA has also recently completed a new dual 3-lane Sengkang West Road that connects to Yio Chu Kang Road & TPE and the widening of a section Jalan Kayu to a dual 2-lane road. With such improvement, connectivity to major parts of Singapore will be a breeze via major arterial expressways and upgraded roads.
New roads such as Seletar Aerospace Flyover and Seletar Aerospace Way will allow motorists to access TPE from Yio Chu Kang Road directly. These convenient road infrastructure improvements have been introduced ahead of expected growth in traffic as a result of the new industrial hubs in the area, which brings us to our next point.
Those who commute by train are not forgotten either. In January 2016, the Land Transport Authority launched a two-car system for the Sengkang LRT line to double its capacity. This upgrade will be especially beneficial during peak hours, where the two-car LRT trains run at a frequency of 3 to 4 minutes, allowing more commuters to board. Travelling to and from Fernvale is now even more comfortable than ever.
NORTH EASTERN RIVERINE LOOP
Nature lovers living in Fernvale already have easy access to the North Eastern Riverine Loop, one of the most beautiful park loops in Singapore, flanked by greenery and beautiful waterways. The teeming wildlife offers educational fun as well – sighting and identifying uncommon waterside fishing birds near the rivers can be a fun challenge for adults and children alike.
In addition, the soon-to-be-built Round Island Route will pass through Seletar, next to Fernvale. Long-distance cyclists or runners can access Sengkang Riverside Park and Punggol Promenade via the 150 km long “recreational corridor”. If they may so desire, they can even cycle to other parts of Singapore.
With these lush green spaces just nearby, Fernvale residents will have no lack of outdoor activities and nature trails just within reach.
SENGKANG SPORTS CENTRE & SPORTS HALL
Sengkang Sports Centre, formerly known as Sengkang Sports and Recreation Centre, is co-located with the People’s Association Anchorvale Community Club, and offers one of the two sheltered pool managed by Sports Singapore. Sengkang has established itself as a world class venue for hockey, with significant facility upgrades being undertaken for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (2010).
Sengkang Sports Centre is located within a young estate. The attention will be to engage the local community, and to develop programmes which appeals to their needs.
LARGEST NTUC’S MY FIRST SKOOL AND AWWA EARLY INTERVENTION CENTRE
For the first time and in a mark of greater inclusivity, a childcare centre has been located next to an early intervention centre for children with special needs, with some sharing of resources.
Both centres are the largest of their kind for the organisations that run them. The pre-school by NTUC First Campus’ My First Skool can admit 520 children; the early intervention centre by charity Awwa can serve up to 300 children aged six months to six years old.
In another first, My First Skool and KidsSTOP – the Science Centre Singapore’s attraction for children – yesterday signed a three-year memorandum of understanding to collaborate on a “high-quality yet affordable” science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) learning programme for 300 children from the pre-school.
My First Skool and Awwa said their centres will meet the growing needs of families in Sengkang, which has one of the highest proportions of residents aged four years and below, at 7.6 per cent.
They said the side-by-side location also allows for planned activities for children from both sides to learn and play together. Playing together teaches children to accept one another’s differences and be comfortable interacting.