SINGAPORE: When the Paya Lebar Air Base is relocated in the 2030s, the site it currently sits on could transform into a heritage district, built around existing infrastructure such as the control tower, the hangars and the former passenger terminal buildings.
This was one of the proposals put forth by the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) and the Singapore Institute of Planners (SIP), who were engaged by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to come up with ideas on transforming the site for future needs.
Sandwiched between Hougang and Serangoon to its west and Pasir Ris and Tampines to its east, the area will see 800ha - equivalent to the size of five Toa Payoh towns - freed up for development once the airbase is relocated.
This will progressively be developed into a new town comprising housing and recreational facilities as well as work spaces. For example, the 3.8km-long runway could be converted into a big community space with flexible use.
Height restrictions around Paya Lebar and its surrounding areas will also be removed, allowing for future taller developments in these areas.
Other proposals include a car-lite town where the main modes of transport in neighbourhoods include walking, cycling, public transport and autonomous vehicles, as well as a sustainable and energy-efficient town where at least half of its energy needs can be supplied by solar farms and waste-to-energy plants.
URA said the ideas and concepts will be studied in greater detail and considered for the development of the area’s future master plan.