An environmentally friendly city centre

20131120-st-marina-south-pic CENTRAL business districts tend to be concrete jungles with power-suited corporate warriors in full flight, but the image is set for a radical clean-green overhaul in Marina South.

The upcoming area will be an extension of the main business district, but it will be one boasting liveable enhancements, including streets that are pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly and energy efficient buildings.

Residential areas will also be developed but characterised by fenceless private housing to better encourage interaction. This means having more links running through housing blocks, open courtyards and public spaces.

Marina South will also be an urban residential district, with plans for a mixed-use development in its heart. Amenities such as childcare centres and clinics will be built, as well as offices, restaurants and hotels.

A focal point will be an 800m-long pedestrian walkway between the upcoming Marina South and Gardens by the Bay MRT stations. An underground mall linking both stations will also be built for pedestrians. Other ideas include an elevated walkway linking the Bay South Gardens to the Marina South seafront.

URA's plans for Marina South dovetails with recent comments by Jones Lang LaSalle national director of research and consultancy Ong Teck Hui, who expects more mixed developments, with supporting entertainment, food and beverage options.

Green modes of commuting will be another feature of Marina South with an underground network of carparks being considered, allowing motorists to drive between buildings and reduce ground-level traffic.

Developers will have the option of building fewer carparks for the residential blocks. Buildings will also be environmentally friendly, with features that can collect rainwater and harness wind energy, making the district one of the greenest in Singapore.

Source: Straits Times, 20 Nov 2013