Bayshore: 7,000 HDB Flats will be Built, mainly Prime & Plus

HDB announced that Bayshore would be developed using sustainable design principles and will feature smart infrastructure.

The first BTO projects will, for instance, install solar panels to the roofs. They will also use a pneumatic conveyance system that uses a vacuum like suction to move household waste underground to a centralised waste centre.

Bayshore also has plans to host a new school and medical center. Temasek Secondary Schools will stay in the estate.

Bayshore Estate is clearing 31ha (about 31 acres) of forest in order to develop the Bayshore estate.

HDB told ST that, in collaboration with the National Parks Board, it would identify plants of conservation importance and determine how they should be managed, for example, by transplanting, or harvesting, their saplings where possible, to propagate them.

Bayshore is an extension of Bedok, and will include approximately 7,000 Housing Board Flats. The first Build-To-Order project (BTO), which includes two BTO projects, will begin to sell in the second-half of 2024.

The units that offer views of the waterfront and city are part 10,000 homes which will be constructed on the 60ha land, located between Upper East Coast Road & East Coast Parkway.

Private housing will make up the remaining 3,000 homes.

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HDB said that the first BTO projects would consist of approximately 1,400 two-room flexible, three- and 4-room flats.

Full-height windows will allow residents to enjoy waterfront views from units facing East Coast Park and city views from those facing Bedok.

The Bayshore development is expected be complete by the mid-2030s. Flats will have structural columns and beams at the edge for a “beamless-looking” design. This gives home owners more flexibility in customising the unit layouts to meet their requirements.

HDB stated that Bayshore residents will only have to walk five minutes to reach the Thomson-East Coast Line’s Bayshore and Bedok South stations. The Bayshore station will be finished in 2024. Bedok South is due to open in 2025.

Bayshore, an estate without cars, will include cycling and walking pathways that are connected to Round Island Route. It will also have a continuous 150km park connecter, as well a upcoming 15km corridor green connecting East Coast Park to Changi Beach.

Bayshore Drive is a new road that will run down the middle of Bayshore. Bayshore Drive will feature shops, eateries and supermarkets as well as health and medicine facilities, sporting and recreational facilities and resting places.

The 400m long “transit corridor” will only have bus lanes. Both sides of the street will feature wider protected sidewalks, bicycle paths, and footpaths. Bayshore is a green space with many open spaces for families to picnic and walk.

A new linear-park on the edge Bayshore retains heritage elements, including seawalls which marked the coastline before it was reclaimed. Playgrounds and estate walking paths will all have rustic themes.

On the eastern end of the estate an integrated development is connected to a Bedok South Station MRT and a Bus Interchange. HDB has said that the project will feature residential units, retail and eating shops, but they did not specify whether this would be a private or a public development.

HDB said BTO projects would likely fall under the Plus Category in the upcoming flat reclassification, given the location of the project, its proximity to transport nodes, and the amenities it offers. BTO apartments in more desirable locations, under the Prime or Plus categories, will be subjected to stricter conditions for resale, including a 10 year minimum occupation period.

Desmond Lee from the National Development Ministry said these Bayshore housing projects will be first public housing projects in East Coast built since HDB flats were constructed in Marine Parade.

Bayshore was designated for residential developments in 1998 and will mark a new milestone in Bedok’s rejuvenation.

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