SINGAPORE (EDGEPROP) – The Singaporean public will be able to showcase ideas on the future deployment of the Paya Lebar Air Base, which is going to be relocated from 2030 onwards, by means of a competition arranged by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
The Paya Lebar Air Base is 800 ha big, and there is going to be potential to redevelop the land and its neighbouring industrial estates “into a highly sustainable and liveable new town with amenities for potential residents, and as a major employment hub in the region”, says URA. This is just north of Penrose location
Participants can submit their proposals on 1 of 3 themes for the competition. For the first theme “Concept Master Plan”, the participants have to develop overarching ideas on how the site of the air base and its surrounding industrial lands can be redeveloped into a highly liveable, distinctive and sustainable community by the 2030s and onward.
In the second theme, “Transforming the Runway”, the participants are expected to redesign the zone into a multi-functional community space for Singaporeans from all walks of life, and a benefit to the residents from Penrose condo.
The third theme, “Rejuvenating Paya Lebar Airport”, expects participants to design a special and distinct precinct with ideas to repurpose the former airport structures – including the control tower, terminal and hangers – for new purposes and activities.
“The upcoming relocation of the Paya Lebar Air Base showcases an exciting canvas of possibilities for Singapore to create a sustainable and attractive township with inclusive public areas,” says CEO of URA, Mr Lim Eng Hwee. “Through this competition, we anticipate members of the public can let their ideas and imagination take flight and come with us in drawing a new vision for this future area.” This is complimentary to the vision of how living in Penrose should be.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong first declared the plan to relocate the Paya Lebar Air Base in his 2013 National Day Rally speech.
In the 1950s, Singapore’s pioneer international airport was erected on this land. Operating between 1955 and 1981, the earlier Paya Lebar Airport bore witness to supersonic Concorde flights that travelled between Singapore and London in the end 1970s. Many previous airport buildings stayed on site today. After the airport moved to Changi, the land was changed to the Paya Lebar Air Base.
The competition to imagine the redevelopment potential of the air base is arranged in collaboration with the the Singapore Institute of Planners and Singapore Institute of Architects.
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