Toa Payoh: Shaping the 'Heart' in Heartland

By : Edgeprop
23 August 2019

Over the next decade, HDB's Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) programme will result in significant changes in nine estates, including Toa Payoh, a much-loved estate located in the central region of the city.

Background of Toa Payoh

Toa Payoh has a rich history that traces back to the 1960s! It is the first town comprehensively planned and developed by HDB, and remains one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore. And did you know that Queen Elizabeth II herself visited Toa Payoh in 1972?

Indeed, Toa Payoh has evolved from being a “big swamp” (literal translation from Hokkien), to providing public housing for the first generation of Singapore citizens. Today, the estate is home to roughly 120,480 residents (based on the 2018 population census) and is known as a connected, bustling and vibrant heartland hub.

What Lies Ahead

HDB's ROH programme will be implemented in tandem with the URA Draft Master Plan 2019: Bishan-Toa Payoh. The draft master plan outlines a comprehensive blueprint envisioning a more connected and future-ready central region town hub. Residents in Bishan-Toa Payoh will benefit from a myriad of enhancements, from new MRT stations to expanded healthcare services, and integrated community hubs.

Two land sites totalling 14 hectares will be redeveloped: one next to Caldecott MRT Station on the Circle Line, and the other in Toa Payoh East, next to Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery. Over the next decade, several thousand residential units will be built, along with major refurbishments, such as a 4km nature-themed ring road linking Toa Payoh Town Park and the swimming complex near Toa Payoh MRT station.

Brick-red paths and old-school vibes in Toa Payoh HDB Hub.

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To promote arts and culture, a heritage corner will be set up in the town centre, highlighting beloved architectural favourites such as the iconic Dragon Playground and Block 53 (the Y-shaped block). Envisioning a healthier, more inclusive future for residents, town planners will increase the number of sheltered walkways and cycling paths while adding 1,200 dual-tier bicycle racks to the current HDB blocks.

Toa Payoh Town Park- a serene and tranquil garden.

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Toa Payoh is a mature town, with three in ten residents aged 60 and above. As such, more ramps and handrails will be installed, and pavements levelled, to improve the standard of living of elderly residents. Designated Silver Zones such as Lorong 5 and Lorong 8/ 8A will have markings to remind pedestrians to check the roads before crossing, hence improving road safety for all. New nursing homes and an expanded wing for Mount Alvernia Hospital will also help meet the healthcare needs of the ageing community.

There will be integrated community hubs to connect residents with town services and meet individual needs, be it providing venues for residents to bond over gatherings or supporting those looking for employment.

Skyline of Toa Payoh

Photo Credits: Flickr

As Toa Payoh is a central node in the city, its renewal is timely and strengthens the heart of the heartlands.

This article was contributed by Edgeprop, Singapore’s fastest growing property portal. Edgeprop helps property-seekers make better property decisions by providing the latest property news, listings and research.


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