HDB wins awards for greenery, landscaping

Romesh NavaratnarajahNovember 6, 2015

Punggol Northshore landscaping

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) has won a total of six awards for landscaping and greenery by the National Parks Board.

SkyTerrace @ Dawson, for instance, clinched two awards – the Skyrise Greenery Award (SGA) and the Landscape Excellence Assessment Framework (LEAF) certification.

Meanwhile, the in-house designed Punggol Northshore District Landscape Masterplan picked up the LEAF certification (Outstanding Award).

HDB revealed that the landscape master plan involved three strategies – reconnecting with nature, enhancing existing natural habitats, and sustaining ecosystem services.

A special selection of plant species were added to enhance the urban environment through the regulation of wind flow, air quality and thermal comfort. In addition, a network of rain gardens and bioswales were incorporated to treat and regulate rainwater runoff.

Each of the residential precincts also featured sky gardens and basement carparks.

Meanwhile, habitats such as bird sanctuaries, butterfly gardens and dragonfly ponds were created within the district’s green spaces.

“We are encouraged that so many of our HDB developments have been recognised for excellence and innovation in greenery and landscape design,” said Housing Board CEO Dr Cheong Koon Hean.

“As we design and build a new generation of public housing, we will continue to seek fresh ideas to bring nature to residents’ doorstep. The public can look forward to more HDB projects in lush, green environments, including those in Bidadari, where the first batch of flats will be offered for sale this month.”

Below is the full list of HDB developments that were conferred awards:

Skyrise Greenery Award

SkyTerrace @ Dawson (Excellence Award)

LEAF Certification

Outstanding Award – Punggol Northshore District Landscape Masterplan (New development)

Outstanding Award – Kampung Admiralty (New development)

Skyline I & II @ Bukit Batok (New development)

SkyVille @ Dawson (Existing development)

SkyTerrace @ Dawson (Existing development)

Image: Artist’s impression of lush landscape spaces in Punggol Northshore District.

 

Romesh Navaratnarajah, Senior Editor at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact him about this or other stories email romesh@propertyguru.com.sg

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