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The Queenstown Public Library, former Commonwealth Avenue Wet Market and Alexandra Hospital will be conserved as part of the upcoming Urban Redevelopment Authority's master plan.
SINGAPORE: Three buildings in Queenstown will be conserved as part of the upcoming Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA's) master plan.
The buildings are Queenstown Public Library, former Commonwealth Avenue Wet Market and Alexandra Hospital.
This was announced by Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin at the URA Architectural Heritage Awards on Thursday.
The Queenstown library is Singapore's first branch library and is popular with many residents in the area.
Likewise, the former Commonwealth Avenue Wet Market is well-known to residents and visitors to Queenstown.
Alexandra Hospital has also been a part of many significant moments in Singapore's history.
Speaking to building and architecture professionals, Mr Tan said that in a rapidly developing Singapore, conservation efforts are important.
He stressed that it is not always about building more but also learning to appreciate what the country already has.
"All three buildings are important representations of what conservation can do to reinforce a community's identity and preserve its flavour for past, present and future residents," he said.
Mr Tan also highlighted the work of a community group - My Community, in their efforts to preserve these buildings.
The group did ground research and compiled a report to URA proposing that the buildings be conserved.
Teh Lai Yip, senior director of conservation at URA, said: "Since they come to us and there is such strong ground support, it gives us the affirmation that these are three additional buildings that we should give legal protection so that there is continuity in Queenstown."
Three other buildings in Queenstown have already been conserved - Princess House, the Church of the Blessed Sacrament and Anchor Brewery.
Mr Tan urged more community groups to help residents understand and cherish conserved heritage buildings in Queenstown and other parts of Singapore.
At the URA Architectural Heritage Awards, five winners were recognised for their exceptional work in heritage building conservation.
One of the winning projects is the meticulously restored century-old Hong Han See Temple.
The other four winning restoration projects are 5 Chatsworth Park, 48 North Canal Road, 125 Joo Chiat Place, and Lorong 24A Shophouse Series.
The Awards were inaugurated in 1995, and so far, a total of 117 projects have been recognised.