The much-anticipated Toa Payoh Integrated Development has reached yet another milestone with the start of the public consultation on 25 and 26 February 2023.
Envisioned to be an extension of Toa Payoh Town Centre to serve the community in the central region, it will be a lifestyle destination with community event ready facilities and space.
The 12-ha land parcel flanked between Lorong 6 Toa Payoh and PIE will have a Regional Sport Centre, a Polyclinic, a Public Library and a Regional Town Park.
The Guests-of-honor for the public roadshow were Advisers to Bishan-Toa Payoh and Marymount Grassroots Organisations:
- Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport Mr Chee Hong Tat
- Minister of State for Education and Manpower Ms Gan Siow Huang
- Grassroots Adviser Mr Saktiandi Supaat
“Toa Payoh and its neighbouring communities have our unique charm and heritage. The new integrated development will capitalise on that while embracing the SMART technologies and synergised programming to further enhance the well-being of our residents and social compact among our residents. I would like to thank all the agencies who have put in all their efforts despite the challenges over the last few years. When completed, it will be a lifestyle hub for the community where residents can plug and play anytime, anywhere as well as socialise. This awesome development is for our future where our public spaces are improved and all of us can embark on healthier and happier living,” said Mr Chee Hong Tat, Grassroots Adviser for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Transport.
Regional Sport Centre
The proposed sporting facilities, such as swimming pools, indoor sports halls, sheltered tennis, futsal and netball courts, gymnasium and fitness studios, and a football stadium will create opportunities for the community to come together and bond through sporting activities. At the same time, these elements will also help people achieve their health and wellness goals.
“Many past and current residents of Toa Payoh and Team Singapore athletes would have fond memories of Toa Payoh Sport Centre’s rich sporting heritage. It has been the venue for major games such as the SEAP Games in 1973, and the SEA Games in 1983, 1993 and 2015, as well as the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010. The ITTF’s Women’s World Cup was also played at the indoor sports hall in 2011. Above all, many residents come to the Centre for their weekly sporting activities and exercise. Once completed, the new integrated development will build on its heritage and be a boon to sports fans and the active lifestyles of many Singaporeans. The co-location partners will also serve to enhance the destination as a community node for building strong social bonds,” Mr Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer, Sport Singapore.
The polyclinic within the new development is part of MOH’s plan to invest in primary care, and to enable Singaporeans to receive care closer to home. With an ageing population and the prevalence of chronic diseases, there will be a shift in focus towards preventive health and early intervention to encourage the public to take charge of their own health. To achieve this, the polyclinic will be a patient-centric primary healthcare facility offering quality, comprehensive and seamless healthcare services in a healing environment that exudes a sense of well-being, fosters relationship building, and enhances community engagement and integration.
“NHGP offers a holistic healthcare approach catering to both young families and the elderly in the multi-generational estate of Toa Payoh. The new Toa Payoh Polyclinic, which will be co-located within the new Toa Payoh Integrated Development with community and sports facilities, is well placed to meet the needs of the residents, from providing regular assessment for healthy child development to senior services such as frailty screening and health promotion interventions to encourage healthy and active ageing. Representing NHGP’s commitment to advance family medicine and population health, the polyclinic will offer NHGP’s Teamlet Care Model which is anchored on a proactive relationship-based approach of care delivery where sustainable and continuous care is given by a dedicated healthcare team, ensuring a greater continuity of care and improved health outcomes for patients,” Associate Professor Chong Phui-Nah, Chief Executive Officer, National Healthcare Group Polyclinics and Primary Care.
The integrated development will be a community destination with a new library to replace the existing one, providing a space where patrons can read, learn and discover from the surrounding environment, and the facilities and programmes to be offered by the National Library Board (NLB).
NLB’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ng Cher Pong, said: “We look forward to working with partners and the community to build a bigger library in Toa Payoh that complements the integrated hub. We will also find new ways to offer services that will enhance the experience of our patrons. This is in line with our LAB25 (Libraries and Archives Blueprint 2025) goal to work with partners, to evolve and innovate libraries and archives in order to better serve our patrons.”
Regional Town Park
The development will also upgrade the adjacent Toa Payoh Town Park into a new regional park with enhanced greenery and new amenities in the area, allowing users to enjoy the hub’s features in a natural setting and at the same time bringing them closer to flora and fauna. The development and landscaping of the new regional park is shaped around the existing terrain, and will retain its heritage characteristics and lush vegetation. More native trees and shrubs will be planted throughout the entire hub and be integrated with the various facilities to enhance the existing greenery and biodiversity. Residents can also look forward to amenities such as a dog run and multi-purpose event lawn and spaces, while those looking to seek respite amongst greenery will enjoy the new therapeutic garden and allotment garden plots. Little ones can also look forward to connecting with nature while playing and exploring in a natural habitat with a new nature playgarden
Mr Tang Tuck Weng, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Park Management & Lifestyle Cluster, National Parks Board (NParks), said, “Many Singaporeans have fond memories of Toa Payoh Town Park, which was the first town park in Singapore. As such, NParks will conserve iconic features such as the Lookout Tower, the pond and arch bridges when enhancing the facilities and greenery in the park. At the same time, we want to inspire the community to co-create and be stewards of nature, while reaping the benefits of being in nature through the provision of activity spaces and a therapeutic garden in the park. By incorporating biophilic design within the Toa Payoh Integrated Development, we will offer the public even more recreational options set amidst nature, thus contributing towards NParks’ efforts to transform Singapore into a City in Nature, a key pillar of the Singapore Green Plan 2030.”
Toa Payoh residents will be able to view the design for the upcoming Toa Payoh Integrated Development at the public roadshow taking place on 25th and 26th (Saturday and Sunday) February 2023 at the HDB Hub Atrium at Toa Payoh. Sport Singapore (SportSG), the lead agency for the development, together with its co-located partners, National Healthcare Group Polyclinics (NHGP), National Library Board (NLB) and National Parks Board (NParks), will be gathering residents’ feedback on the preliminary design and its facilities as part of the public consultation phase of the development