CITY LIVING BY THE LAKE
Enjoy Scenic Waterfront and Lush Greenery Park from the comfort of your home
The original Concept Plan for Jurong Lake District (JLD) was mooted in 1991 and by then, URA had started talks with industry experts and various stakeholders on the expansionary plans for tourism, retail and entertainment center in JLD. This put the plans into actions, transforming what was once an industrial-centric estate to fast becoming one of Singapore’s regional centre and commercial hub.
Today, just barely 5 years after, we are seeing these plans materializing and in no time, creating what it envisaged to become. Now, how far do these plans stretch? The JLD is a district of Singapore. It comprise of two zones, namely Jurong Gateway and Lakeside. The Jurong Gateway area, located around the Jurong East MRT Station, spans about 70 ha, and is to be used for offices, hotels, F&B and entertainment.
The Lakeside area, on the other hand, spans about 290 ha, and will house a lakeside village, boardwalks, hotels and other entertainment facilities. With all intent and purposes, the JLD is to develop into a vibrant commercial hub; the biggest outside the city centre. Yes, indeed, it will be a major regional centre in the west of Singapore, with a total of 360 hectares in size and will be served by two major expressways and three MRT stations. The three stations are Jurong East, Chinese Garden and Lakeside.
Will There Be Something For Everyone?
The promise lies with the excellent mix of office, retail, residential, hotel, entertainment, F&B and other complementary uses, creating an ecosystem that is both self-sufficient and inter-dependent of the other commercial hubs. This makes it an extremely appealing environment for company HQs, business services and companies in similar sectors to strive and build on each other strengths.
In this case, in the science and technology sectors, building literally seamless connectivity and not having the need to travelling too frequently beyond the hub. The land over at Jurong Gateway has been designed to house at least 46,451sqft of office space and another 23,225 sqft of retail, F&B and entertainment uses. This ensures that there are sufficient choices. In addition, there would be at least 2,800 hotel rooms developed to cater to business travellers and visitors to the leisure destinations around the lake. There would also be 1,000 or more homes introduced around Jurong East MRT station to add vitality and create a “live, work, play and learn” environment.
In 2013, the J Gateway project by MCL Land was launched with scepticism that the property prices were already high and interest would likely be muted. As it turns out, the project was a big sell-out on the preview day, leaving many analysts baffled and thousands of agents unnerved and restless as there were none left to sell just a day after. As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm.
Seamless Connections, More Greenery
There will be two expressways that are accessible to JLD, one is the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) and the other is the Ayer-Rajah Expressway (AYE). For the MRT, Jurong East MRT station is an interchange and links between the East-West line and North-South line. Through an extensive network of pedestrian links and landscape malls, most major walk ways, if not all, are likely to be sheltered, allowing pedestrians to walk conveniently and comfortably to most developments and public facilities around the area. The bus interchange will be air-conditioned, similar to Boon Lay, Serangoon, Clementi, Bedok, Joo Koon and Marina South.
Visitors will also experience lush greenery with new landscaped open spaces and park connectors introduced at the street-level. Sky rise and rooftop greenery will also be on many of the buildings in the area. Buildings around the Jurong East MRT station will step down towards the lake, allowing more to enjoy panoramic views of the lake.
Shopping, Dining And Recreation
J Cube (formerly Jurong Entertainment Centre), redeveloped and opened 2011, operated by CapitaMalls Asia Jem, a newly opened lifestyle suburban mall developed by Lend Lease, opened in 2013 and comes with integration of shopping, entertainment and residence at the same location. Westgate, comprising a 7-storey mall and a 20-storey office tower, just broke ground and is expected to open in 2014, developed by Capitaland. The malls have been able to attract brand names like Franc Franc (J Cube), Robinson’s (Jem) and H&M (Jem) as anchor tenants, which attests to both the strength of the operators’ brand names and also the retailers’ confidence in buying power in the heartlands.
Ample Choice of Good Schools
Conveniently located in and around the JLD, young children can go to good schools like Nan Hua Primary School in Clementi, Yu Hua Primary School in Jurong East to Rulang in Jurong West. Jurong Junior College, River Valley High School and the Canadian International School are also within vicinity. The National University and the Nanyang Technological University is accessible by public transport.
Public Housing and Private Homes
With new facilities and services introduced and the existing undergoing regular minor improvements and upgrading, residents in the West Region will continue to enjoy a high quality living environment. Over the next few years, new community clubs will be built for the HIllvew and Keat Hong estates and this will provide a wide range of lifestyle programmes and activities. There is also new health and medical care facilities ready by end 2014 to serve the growing healthcare needs of our population. This includes The Ng Teng Fong General Hospital that is set to begin operations in end 2014 and the Jurong Community Hospital in 2015. Over at Bukit Batok, which is not too far off from the JLD, The Ren Ci Nursing Home will be set up in 2015 to cater to the silver population.
Jurong East is set to become a very major transportation, economic and financial zone for Singapore.