The mature housing estate of Bedok is in the process of getting a major makeover under HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) programme, with a slew of modern facilities planned that will benefit the area’s 250,000 residents.
The latest development to open is the Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre which is linked to a multi-storey car park.
The hawker centre houses 70 food stalls and can accommodate around 1,000 patrons. Other features include NETS contactless card payment, high-volume, low-speed cooling fans and free wireless internet connection.
According to the HDB, this is the third major landmark at Bedok Town Centre to be finished since 2013.
Last November, a new integrated transport hub opened in Bedok Town Centre. The air-conditioned facility has 400 sqm of commercial space, linking the bus interchange and Bedok MRT station. It is also connected to Bedok Mall which opened at the end of 2013.
Here’s a look at some other projects that will change Bedok’s landscape in the coming years.
1. A town plaza and heritage corner will be built adjacent to the new hawker centre. To be completed in 2016, residents will be able to engage in community activities or dine at the F&B outlets at the town plaza. Meanwhile, the heritage corner will trace Bedok’s rich history from its original settlers to becoming a modern town.
2. A heritage trail highlighting the historical sites in Bedok and East Coast area will open to the public next year as well.
3. Residents can look forward to an improved pedestrian mall in 2016 that will offer easy connectivity to existing and future developments in Bedok Town Centre.
4. Set to be ready in 2017, the new Bedok Integrated Complex will house Kampong Chai Chee Community Club, Bedok Sports Centre, Bedok Polyclinic, an Eldercare Centre and Bedok Public Library.
5. Construction work will start in the second half of this year on an ambitious project dubbed the Outdoor Play Corridor to connect Bedok Town Centre with East Coast Park and Bedok Reservoir Park via dedicated cycling and walking paths. By 2017, there will be a cycling network running along the East Coast connecting residents with major amenities such as MRT stations and schools.
For more information on HDB’s plans for the East Coast area, the public can visit the ROH exhibition which is open till this Sunday (18 January) in front of Block 209 New Upper Changi Road.
Image: Artist’s impression of the heritage trail around East Coast and Bedok Town. (Photo by MND)