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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