Old police academy to become a new housing complex: HDB

Some of the abandoned police training facilities will give way to new housing estates to meet the demand for public housing in Singapore.

The Housing and Development Board yesterday announced plans to build 5,000 homes at the Old Police Academy in Mount Pleasant. Construction of the first building and open house will be completed within 5 years.

“When fully developed, the new 33 hectares of real estate will offer about 5,000 new homes to meet the diverse needs of Singaporeans, including young families who want to live near their parents for better mutual care. In addition, we will increase the geographical spread of public housing. Support, “HDB wrote in a media release.

Six buildings, blocks 1, 2, 13, 27, 28 and 153, will be preserved.

HDB added that the site has been designated for housing development since 1998. The new 33-hectare site is convenient for residents as it is close to Mount Pleasant Station and Thomson East Coastline Station.

Residents can expect a design with a “heritage and natural rich tapestry” where important spaces such as the academy building and the former parade ground are reused and integrated into a new living space. The open-concept neighborhood center includes a community space for deepening interaction between residents.

The fact that not all historic facilities are leveled was welcomed.

Aljunied GRCMP and former police officer Sylvia Lim posted a photo of her team at the Academy in 1991 this morning.

“I was relieved to read that six police buildings in and around the Old Police Academy were proposed for protection, like Blk1 where I was filmed with my troops in 1991,” she wrote. I am.

The Old Police Academy opened in 1929 and served as a training facility for the Singapore Police Force until 2005. Operations have moved to Choa Chu Kang’s Home Team Academy.

Demand for public housing continues to grow as the number of apartment applications increased to nearly 90,000 in 2020, 70% above 50,000 in 2019.

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Old police academy to become a new housing complex: HDB

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