Alexandra is a charming area of Queenstown. It’s served by Queenstown and Redhill MRT stations. It’s also home to many HDB residences and high-end condominiums like ARTRA and The Anchorage.
Development began in 1952, by the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) when Singapore was still part of the fading British Empire. The district would go on to become one of Singapore’s first ‘satellite towns.’
Alexandra Hospital is also a big part of the area’s history, it began as a military hospital for the British. In 1975 it was the first hospital in all Southeast Asia to successfully perform limb re-attachment surgery.
Today, it’s a lovely residential area with plenty of amenities such as IKEA and Central Mall within reach.
What’s in Alexandra
The district has quickly developed into a convenient and accessible residential area, with plenty of amenities available to residents. These include Alexandra Hospital, Retail Centre, IKEA, and Park Hotel:
Alexandra Hospital is not only recognised as a valuable historic site by the National Heritage Board, it also provides locals with an essential 24-hour Acute Care Clinic. Its’ services are:
– anesthesia & surgical care
– dental care
– physical therapy.
The hospital is along Alexandra Road which is across from Keng Eng Kee Seafood Restaurant. It’s within sight of Jalan Bukit Merah and the AYE.
IKEA is between Alexandra Road and Queensway. It’s a popular place with delicious, comfort food like Swedish treats from their Swedish Food Market.
The store is opposite the Anchorpoint retail/residential unit. It’s accessible by shuttle buses that run every 30-minutes from Redhill and Tiong Bahru MRT station.
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Alexandra in the next 10 years
There are promising master-plans in place for Alexandra. The Thomson-East Coast MRT line (TEL) and Greater Southern Waterfront expansion bring the promise of better connectivity and traffic in the area.
Thomson-East Coast Line
Set to open in the area by 2021 (Stage 3), the TEL line will connect people to Havelock and Great World stations. Other new stations along the line include Upper Thomson, Orchard Boulevard, and Tanjong Katong.
Commuters can look forward to direct and quicker access to the CBD and Marina Bay, which are a few stations away.
Greater Southern Waterfront
The URA has proposed to relocate the City Terminals and Pasir Panjang Terminal to Tuas. This would free up prime land space next to the CBD and Marina Bay.
With plans to extend the city to the Greater Southern Waterfront by 2030, this new plot could be used for housing, entertainment, and commercial uses.