Lake Grande Jurong Lake District (JLD) . All Set To Be Transformed
Lake Grande Jurong: In its April 2008 Master Plan for Singapore, the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) announced a blueprint to transform Jurong East and the Jurong Lake area into a unique lakeside destination for business and leisure over the next 10 to 15 years, making it the “CBD of the West”.
This western CBD (Central Business District), called the Jurong Lake District, would comprise 2 precincts: Jurong Gateway and Lakeside. It would cover an area of 360ha (about the size of Marina Bay), making it the largest commercial centre outside the Raffles Place CBD.
And it would be a test bed for the “intensive smart nation initiative” – the Jurong Lake District would be created as a smart community driven by intelligence, integration and innovation.
Covering 70 ha around the Jurong MRT station, Jurong Gateway will be the biggest commercial hub outside the city, providing 500,000 sqm of office space with a unique lakeside setting.
It will introduce a mix of office, hotel, retail, food & beverage (F&B), entertainment and other complementary spaces.
Given its proximity to the IBP (International Business Park), research and educational institutions, and industrial estates, Jurong Gateway will be an attractive business address outside the city for company headquarters, companies in the science and technology sectors, and business services.
Lakeside will cover over 220 ha of land and 70 ha of water at Jurong Lake, opposite Lake Grande Jurong. It is being developed into a major leisure destination. Includes a new family-friendly waterfront park and promenade, more water activities, and several attractions with a scenic lakeside setting.
The first anchor attraction is the upcoming world class Science Centre that will be relocated next to Chinese Garden MRT station. There are plans to build four to five other new edutainment attractions for the young.
A new waterway will be added to bring the lake nearer to Jurong Gateway and create a lakeside village that offers a new dining, shopping, and entertainment experience, including F&B and boutique hotels by the waterfront.
See URA website on the Jurong Lake District here (opens in new window).
Lake Grande Jurong Lake District . Current Status
Since these bold plans for the Jurong Lake District were unveiled in the 2008 Master Plan, the transformation has begun. Large shopping malls such as JEM, Westgate, Big Box and JCube have come up, and see huge crowds daily. The Genting Hotel Jurong (“Hotel in a Garden”), the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, and the Jurong Community Hospital, are now fully operational.
All these have generated much excitement and buzz in this area, with strong interest in real-estate, including the one-day almost sell-out of J Gateway & Lake Life at their respective launches.
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