The Greater Southern Waterfront (GSW) ranges from Pasir Panjang and West Coast Park in the west, to Gardens by the Bay (East) in the east. The area also extends south to include Sentosa.
The Pasir Panjang, Harbourfront and Marina South areas are already very developed, and it has a great deal of historic and economic significance.
In fact, the key development that is driving this change is that the historical shipping ports in Pasir Panjang and Tanjong Pagar are going to be moved to Tuas Port. This move frees up a huge area that’s ripe for redevelopment.
Even though PM Lee jokingly compared the Greater Southern Waterfront to Punggol, it is definitely so much bigger than Punggol.
The Greater Southern Waterfront is said to be 6 times the size of Marina Bay, with 30km of coastline in total. (For comparison, that is almost like travelling from Choa Chu Kang to Pasir Ris!)
1. Keppel Golf Club to be transformed into 9,000 public and private homes
The Greater Southern Waterfront will be built in several phases, the earliest being development of keppel golf club into new BTO units.
Keppel Club is a country club in Telok Blangah area which lease is expiring in 2 years time. The government is already eyeing the site for residential purposes.
Singaporeans are especially excited is that some of the estimated 9,000 housing units will be public housing. With historic transaction from Pinnacle@Duxton HDB flats purchased for $500K and resold later at $1,000,000 when it reached Minimum Occupation Period (MOP).
However, logically the government will actually make more profits if these plots were sold for private residential development.
The marina at keppel bay where yachts are docked near the luxury property development
Hence, the chance of it being a public housing development is actually pretty low. The government has been talking about implementing new measures like longer MOP and high resale levy.
2. Circle line and Thomson East Coast Line to be ready by Year 2025
By 2023, you would have the ability to get into the eastern part of the Greater Southern Waterfront thanks to the Thomson East Coast Line. The stations serving the area are: Marina South, Gardens from the Bay and Tanjong Rhu MRT stations.
That leaves the middle portion of the Greater Southern Waterfront unconnected to the MRT network. For this, we must wait till 2025, if the Circle Line eventually becomes a real circle.
Although undoubtedly central, the Greater Southern Waterfront area is presently not very accessible by MRT. Right now, the western side of this region is served by the Circle Line, together with MRT stations Haw Par Villa, Pasir Panjang, Labrador Park, Telok Blangah and Harbourfront situated along the coastal retreat.
3. Brani Terminal will be converted to “Sentosa” – Downtown South”
Now home to the Port of Singapore’s Brani Terminal, Pulau Brani — which is a very small shard of an island between Singapore and Sentosa — will go Sentosa’s way, it sounds.
Along with the rest from the southwest, Brani Terminal will be relocated to Tuas Port.
Among the supported leisure attractions will be a”Downtown South” hotel, essentially an offshoot of NTUC’s Downtown East. Will chalets and the water theme park be replaced using a golf course and villas here? Who knows.
The plans for Pulau Brani aren’t new; the first announcement was created last year. You are able to watch the linked video to get visuals.
Whatever the case, the programs for Pulau Brani aren’t formally part of the Greater Southern Waterfront portion of this URA Draft Master Plan 2019 — so it likely won’t be prepared in the next 5 to 10 years.
4. Sentosa to undergo uplifting!
Meanwhile, Sentosa Island, which has been looking a bit lacklustre ever since the novelty of RWS wore off, is also set for some redevelopment.
Since 2018, there has been talk of how to improve Sentosa’s infrastructure and leisure amenities.
Already, there are 3 new hotels on the island: Village Hotel at Sentosa, The Outpost Hotel and The Barracks Hotel. But there are bigger things in the works too.
One of the confirmed new attractions is Siloso Green, on the site of the former Underwater World, which will house shops, bars, eateries and live music… in shipping containers. So yeah, even though we’re getting rid of the actual shipping containers in the city, we’ll see some fake ones soon!
During the NDP rally, PM Lee also mentioned that the government will “revitalise Sentosa’s beach areas and expand its nature and heritage trails”, which sounds a bit more in keeping with Sentosa’s heritage.
5. Old power stations to become… another St James?
One of the changes we could anticipate in the coming 5 to 10 years is Pasir Panjang Power District, basically the 2 old power channels between Labrador Nature Reserve along with the current Pasir Panjang port terminal.
Both power stations, which were built in the 1950s and 60s are now disused, are prepared for redevelopment into a lifestyle destination, similar to the infamous counterpart, St James Power Station.
Earlier this year, the URA held a Power-Up Pasir Panjang! Competition, in which the people could develop ideas for its defunct power stations. The winner hasn’t been announced yet.
6. Mount Faber to get a “mini cable car” fetching guest to top of the hill
Despite its place, Mount Faber doesn’t get a great deal of footfall right now. So, One Faber Group, which manages the cable car attraction and businesses on Mount Faber, is currently considering a new”cable car” to attract people from the foot of the hill to the top.
Apart from Keppel Club and Pasir Panjang Power District, the final Section of the Greater Southern Waterfront to make it to URA’s Master Plan 2019 is Mount Faber.
In addition to creating Mount Faber accessible, this brand new ride lets Singaporeans access the Southern Ridges, the stretch of parks and paths that links Mount Faber all the way to Kent Ridge. This should be ready by 2023, if implemented.
7. Rail Corridor, Pasir Panjang Linear Park and More
Finally, when the Rail Corridor reopens following development, part of it will run via the Greater Southern Waterfront. (The start of this linear park is your old Tanjong Pagar railway station, which is obviously located near the historical Tanjong Pagar port terminal.) All of the way then moves .
The most notable planned route is Pasir Panjang Linear Park, which is a stretch running along the Pasir Panjang wharves, linking up Labrador Nature Reserve with West Coast Park. This coastal route could possibly be a East Coast Park. Luckily for nature lovers, there are no plans to demolish these habitats to make way. Instead, we can look forward to more paths connecting these green spaces.
Another huge development is URA’s planned waterfront promenade (think Marina Bay), which will line most of the western shore of the Greater Southern Waterfront. It might even be possible to run or cycle from Marina Bay all the way to Jurong through this promenade.