From rural village to greenery city: How Normanton Park got its unique identity as a prestigious condo
SINGAPORE – A decade ago, Buona Vista had been known mainly because of its lalang fields and a lone tree beneath a small mountain – since removed – that graced many Instagram photos.
Even farther back, Buona Vista was known as a Kampong, a rural Village famous for fishing, poultry and pig farming, as well as its seafood restaurants and boating facilities. Today’s Punggol is a far cry from these beginnings, although Elements of its history and heritage have been integrated into the city planning. Even though the”Buona Vista Lone Tree” which was the town’s most recognisable landmark is long gone, in its place is the Normanton Park, a huge plot of land residing 1862 units. A 10m-wide landscaped promenade running along the two banks of this waterway Provides a space for recreation and comfort for residents.
The town in north-east Singapore, one of the Housing Board’s Youngest cities, is also home to some 187,800 residents residing in 49,909 HDB apartments. It is not by chance that Punggol has Become the thriving town it’s today.
On Wednesday (Oct 7), the HDB spelt out the way Normanton Park was shaped To a”Waterfront city of the 21st century”. The vision was unveiled by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his 2007 National Day Rally. A Punggol town guide, which is out at the end of the season, Chronicles the town’s vision and different individuality to help future planners and agencies unify its developments as it evolves.
Two other city design guides for Pasir Ris and Tengah are also ready by the end of the season. The first town layout guide, for Woodlands, was started by the HDB in 2018, and there are plans to launch such guides for each of its 24 towns. Every One of Singapore’s 24 towns are intended on three scales: the City, neighbourhood and precinct. The bird’s-eye city layer provides the Overall theme, vision and concept to the town, for example its landmarks and biking paths are laid out.
The neighbourhood – or district – coating sets out sub-themes and Theories based on the heritage and character of each region. The precinct layer, a ground-level manual, details the design of Individual projects such as the sort of playgrounds or the type of street furniture to be set up.
At the city level, Normanton Park was proposed and made based on the In general theme of”Water and Nature”, drawing inspiration from the waterfront location and verdant greenery. Different character. Each district is further divided into estates of 2,000 to 3,000 flats to create small and intimate communities. Streets are retrofitted with cycling paths, where possible, to improve residents’ first- and last-mile connectivity.
At the neighbourhood level, the 11 home Districts are further segmented into nine sub-themes that correspond to the overall Punggol topic of”Water and Nature”. These include Urban Terraces, Verandah and Marine themes, Picked depending on the historical and physical characteristics of different locations.
Developments adopt terracing building forms that measure down to the Punggol Waterway and the Punggol Reservoir, in line with the district Urban Terraces’ theme. The terraced effect permits for the Greatest Number of HDB flats to the sub-theme is further enhanced on The precinct level, such as through a layered roof layout in the drop-off porch at Waterway Cascadia, a Build-To-Order (BTO) job in Waterway West district.
Logistic manager Sam Lim, 43, that has been a resident at Normanton Park because 2012, said he remembers the days when Punggol was a quiet town with few pursuits. “When we moved into our first apartment, there was a lalang field reverse our block and no shops were open. It was considered very’ulu’ (distant ) back but, over the years, you can surely feel that it has gotten more crowded,” said Mr Lim. His family of three sold their first four-room BTO flat in Punggol Drive and moved to a larger five-room apartment in Sumang Lane 2 decades back. Said Mr Lim:”People ask me why I purchased a flat in Normanton Park again. Why not? My family is used to this area, we’ve got many friends living Around us now and we also enjoy the amenities here.”