Turf City, in Bt Timah, expects to have 20k houses with HDB

Turf City’s 176-hectare plot is located in one of Singapore’s prime residential areas, Swiss Club Road and Binjai Park. It faces multi-million dollar houses.

Around 15,000 to 20,000 new homes are planned for the Turf City property, including the first public housing in Bukit Timah since 40 years.

The new estate will be built in stages over a period of 20-30 years, beginning with the areas closest to Dunearn Road’s existing transport hubs.

The 176-hectare Turf City site, which was once home to one the top racecourses in South-east Asia, is now a prime piece of residential property in Singapore, with multi-million dollar houses on the Good Class Bungalows (GCB) area of Swiss Club Road, and Binjai Park.

Bukit Timah is planning to build a public housing estate in Bukittimah for the first time since almost 40 years. The aim is to satisfy the increasing desire of Singaporeans to be closer to their work places in the city.

Analysts expect that four-room Build To Order (BTO), or Prime, flats will range between S$500,000 and S$700,000.

In the first quarter 2024, the average price of four-room apartments in Upper Bukit Timah was S$800,000.

Turf City’s highest priced BTO flats could start at S$800,000. The highest-priced BTO flats at Turf City could start from S$800,000.

The first condominiums to be launched in Turf City, which are aimed at the private housing market, could cost between S$3,200 and S$3,200 a square foot.

Fourth Avenue Residences – the nearest and latest 99-year leasehold condominium – completed in 2022, transacted on the secondary market at a price of S$2,679 per square foot in 2023 or 2024. The first site may not be ready for a few years, but prices could have increased between 10 to 20 percent by then.

Turf City, a popular horse-racing venue from 1933 to 1999, was relocated by the Singapore Turf Club to Kranji in order to relieve traffic congestion. The club will close in 2023 in order to build more housing in Kranji. Turf Club’s last race is scheduled for October 2024.

Turf City in Bukit Timah is largely zoned for residential use under the Urban Redevelopment Authority Master Plan since 1998 to meet future housing requirements. The site was leased to childcare providers, motor vehicle dealerships, food and drink outlets, and sport facilities up until 2023.

The plans for Bukit Tiam Turf City highlight our planning approach for land-scarce Singapore, and our commitment to achieving the vision of the Draft Master Plan for 2025. This will make Singapore more liveable, inclusive, and endearing for everyone.

We will not completely intensify the site, but we will work to integrate and protect the important nature and heritage features with the new estate. This way, we can create an environment that is rooted in the history of the area and its natural spaces.

Turf City is proposed to have four distinct neighbourhoods – Racecourses, Saddle Club Knolls and Stables Commune.

To reflect each neighbourhood’s unique character, heritage buildings will be integrated into the design of each neighbourhood. Saddle Club Knolls, for example, will be defined as a neighbourhood by its undulating terrain.

Turf City is served by two MRT Stations, Sixth Avenue, on the Downtown Line, and another on the Cross Island Line. Residents are within 800m, or 10 minutes walk, of the MRT Station. The connectivity will be enhanced by buses.

URA stated that a comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle network would facilitate access to amenities and nodes of public transport. The estate will also be planned with “reduced parking provision in order to prioritize space for greenery, housing and public amenities”, URA added.

Turf City will have “10-minute neighbourhoods”, where residents can walk to shops, recreational and community facilities, parks and public transport.

Around one-third will be reserved for green space – open spaces, parks and natural greenery.

After URA conducted an Environmental Impact Assessment, 177 plant and animal species were identified as being of conservation importance. These included the globally threatened Straw-headed Bulbul and Sunda Pangolin. These species were found in the two forested areas of Bukit Tinggi and Eng Neo Avenue Forest.

In order to protect the natural capital of these two forested regions, the majority of these areas will remain and be studied in terms of how they can be incorporated into the future network.

The former Turf Club will study 27 structures and buildings that reflect its history. They may be retained and put to new uses. The North Grandstand is one example, which was a Modernist-style building built in the 1980s that housed thousands race spectators.

The site’s sporting history will be celebrated by a large open area in front of the Grandstands. It will be double the size of the Padang. The oval-shaped area is intended to be the focal point of Bukit Timah Turf City. It will reference the geometry of historic racetracks. The oval-shaped space is intended for recreational and sports use.

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