Cross sectional perspective of Kampung Admiralty (Source: HDB)


Back in the 1980s, Bras Basah Complex (1980) featured HDB flats above a commercial complex o integrate with the commercial podium as a means to house more people and hawkers from the Urban Renewal Scheme. (HDB Annual Report, 1970 & 1978). After 40 years, the HDB housing complex makes a comeback in a different way in terms of amenities provision and design features. Expected to be completed by 2017, residents in Woodlands will be having a ‘modern kampung’ in their neighbourhood.

According to DTZ Debenham Tie Leung’s Shopping Centre Definition for Singapore: The terminology shopping centre and mall may be used interchangeably, both are broadly accepted and understood to denote a purpose built retail centre with a number of specialty retail lots, common amenities and services e.g. air-con, car parking, etc. The retail centre is usually owned by one Landlord / owner. Retail lots may also be sold individually on strata basis. Hence, Kampung Admiralty falls into a combination of Neighbourhood Centre (Supermarket as Anchor tenant) and Suburban Centre (Supermarket as Anchor with mini anchors like food courts, ciniplex, along with conveniences retail, services, F&B, basic / casual fashion). Suburban Centre are located outside the central area, in HDB estates & residential suburb eg. Tampines Mall, Jurong Point and Parkway Parade. An even closer example/typology to Kampung Admiralty would be Clementi mall which is also located next to an MRT station sharing similar traits of a public housing complex.

Location plan of Kampung Admiralty (Source: Straits Times)

Kampung Admiralty (海军部村庄) located next to admiralty MRT station is envisaged to foster greater community bonding and reignite the kampung spirit of yesteryear. (Heng, Chua, 2014)

• Ground tier: Retail Shops, Community Plaza
• Mid tier: Hawker Centre, two-level Admiralty Medical Centre
• Top tier: Studio Apartments, Eldercare & childcare facilities, Community Park

Perspective of the Studio Apartments (Source: HDB)
There will be two blocks of Studio Apartments (SAs) comprising about 100 units which are designed to be elderly-friendly as part of HDB’s effort to ensure that the elderly have a safe and comfortable living environment. Seniors with married children living in or near Woodlands, or those living in the vicinity who wish to right-size to a smaller flat, will have priority in applying for a unit under HDB’s Studio Apartment Priority Scheme. In the light of Singapore’s ageing profile and provision of housing for ageing in-place, Kampung Admiralty certainly plays a vital role in it age friendly avocations.

Perspectives of the Community Plaza (Source: HDB)
Located at the ground level, the Community Plaza promises to be a bustling platform for the community to bond over activities and programmes. HDB will actively engage the local community groups and residents to determine the theme of the plaza, and their preferred activities, nearer to its completion. This will inculcate a sense of ownership, and ensure that the space remains vibrant and well utilised.

Perspectives of the Community Park (Source: HDB)
A Community Park has been purposefully designed to provide shade, encouraging residents to exercise and cultivate neighbourly relations through participating in community activities. The Park will have a three-generational playground that is located in front of the eldercare and child care centres to nurture inter-generational bonding between the young and old. Residents can also look forward to planting edible, medicinal and biodiversity-attracting plants in the Community Farm and Herb Garden, under NParks’ Community In Bloom Programme.

Furthermore, the Admiralty Medical Centre within the public housing complex will provide services to the community in two ways; those who are mobile can visit the medical centre for treatment. For those who are elderly and frail or home-bound, our healthcare staff will be able to use the medical centre as a base to reach out to them. The proximity of care will be beneficial to the residents. By integrating the centre into the community, we will also be able to actively involve residents and educate them on healthy living through good lifestyle habits, and raise awareness of their health status. National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said: “In MND (Ministry of National Development), we are determined to help make families who want to stay together achieve their aspiration and the studio apartments upstairs, when completed, will be able to fulfil this mission. “So in a way, this project is our version of what people have been talking about — retirement village. This will be HDB’s retirement kampung. We think it will be successful; we can then replicate it in other parts of the HDB towns.”