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Old School compounds to be vacated after merging of schools

Hit by falling student enrolments, 11 schools have merged with others in the last two years and eight of those former school compounds now stand empty. Three others are being used as temporary premises for schools that are undergoing renovation.

Three former schools are being used by others: The former Chestnut Drive Secondary building is now Fajar Secondary until the end of this year; the former First Toa Payoh Secondary building is Pei Chun Public School till the end of next year and the former Clementi Woods Secondary building will be Nan Hua Primary for two years from next year. All three schools were merged with others last year. If MOE has no plans for a site, it will be returned to the state and put to other uses.

  • 11 vacated, 4 to go

  • VACATED IN 2016

    • Bedok Town Secondary
    • Clementi Woods Secondary (Holding site for Nan Hua Primary School, 2018 till end 2019)
    • First Toa Payoh Secondary (Holding site for Pei Chun Public School, till end 2018)
    • Chestnut Drive Secondary (Holding site for Fajar Secondary, till end 2017)

    VACATED IN 2017

    • Balestier Hill Secondary
    • Henderson Secondary
    • Siglap Secondary
    • MacPherson Secondary
    • North View Secondary
    • Pioneer Secondary
    • Si Ling Secondary


    • Bedok North Secondary
    • Bishan Park Secondary
    • Chong Boon Secondary
    • Greenview Secondary

Some sites of former schools have been used for other purposes. For example, the Academy of Singapore Teachers, launched in 2010, is housed in the former St Andrew’s Junior College building in Malan Road. The former CHIJ (Opera Estate) Primary School site in Jalan Khairuddin has been occupied by the Singapore Red Cross since 1991.

There are at least nine other former school sites managed by the Singapore Land Authority that are vacant state properties. They can be rented on a short-term basis for up to 90 days

Bedok residents to get healthcare and sports facilities under one roof


Come 2017, residents in Bedok can look forward to a one-stop centre that will house facilities for healthcare, community activities and sports. The new Bedok Integrated Complex will not just offer different facilities, but also integrated programmes for residents.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the complex was held on Saturday morning (July 26). The new complex has been drumming up excitement in Bedok. Sitting on a site which is the size of three football fields, the integrated hub in Bedok boasts five facilities to cater to families of all ages.

The complex will be built on the current Bedok Adventure Park along Bedok North Street 1. A revamped community club – the Kampong Chai Chee Community Club – will offer music, cooking and arts activities. A sports centre meanwhile will feature five swimming pools, as well as six sheltered tennis courts, and fitness studios.

There will also be a public library and a polyclinic. While those four facilities will be relocated into the complex, a new eldercare centre will be specially built. The eldercare centre will integrate both health and social care services to support the needs of seniors in the community.The various facilities will not just be housed together in the complex, but are also going to work together to create integrated programmes for residents, be it for health, community or sport.

Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development Lee Yi Shyan said: “If you look at it from the polyclinic’s point of view, we know they see a lot of chronic cases, people with hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes and so on. And some of these will require a change in their daily exercises, their daily activity levels, their meals.”

“So the Community Club can conduct classes, for example, on healthy cooking, on dietary control. The sports facilities can organise programmes, maybe water aerobics, maybe water cycling to get some of our people to be more active,” added Mr Lee, who is also MP for East Coast GRC and Grassroots Adviser to the GRC.

Plans for the complex were first announced in 2011 as part of HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland plans for the East Coast area. Since then, 11,000 residents have been surveyed and encouraged to share their ideas for the new building. One thing was clear – a single location for family activities was preferred.

Chitra Manikam, a Bedok resident, said: “When we want to go for swimming and all these things, we had to take a feeder bus down. And when we want to go to the gym, we had to take a feeder bus down. But now since it’s centralised, it’s near the interchange and everything, I think it’s more convenient.”

Another Bedok resident, Narziah Abdul Shakor, said: “Being in one of the oldest towns, I think it (the complex) really brings a new facelift to our area, I think that’s a good boost to everyone. ”

Facilities will be relocated into the new complex in phases, but there will not be any temporary suspension of their current services. The complex is expected to benefit about 250,000 East Coast residents.

Flashback: Bedok revamp

Tenants of Bedok Point (above) are feeling the heat of competition from the new Bedok Mall. -- ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Straits Time: Dec 2013

SINGAPORE’S largest estate Bedok is in the middle of a makeover, and residents are cheering the move, saying they hope their estate can finally shed its jaded image.

The centrepiece of the transformation is Bedok Mall, which opened last week.

And the estate will be enlivened further by upcoming amenities including an airconditioned bus interchange, a town plaza for community events with a heritage corner within, and a new hawker centre with an adjoining multi-storey carpark.

Long-time residents The Straits Times spoke to welcomed the changes, with nary a hint of nostalgia for the cosy charms of Bedok’s past.

Tenants of Bedok Point are feeling the heat of competition from the new Bedok Mall (above). Construction of a condominium which sits above Bedok Mall is still taking place.

Bedok is Singapore’s largest estate with around 300,000 residents. ”It’s more convenient and lively now,” said housewife Loh Voon Keow, 72.

”We have a wet market, clinics, banks and four supermarkets, including the new FairPrice Finest at Bedok Mall.”

Thanks to the new facilities, her Bedok three-room flat is now worth more than $400,000, double the price she bought it for, 14 years ago, she added.

Civil service officer Ong Gim Chwee, 33, who has lived in Bedok for 32 years, said: ”Bedok Mall helps to change the image of Bedok. People tend to think that it’s an old area.”

At the popular Block 207, New Upper Changi Road hawker centre, tenants said they have also benefited from the new mall.

”I’ve had better business because workers from the mall will eat here. The food inside (the mall) is expensive,” said Madam Yoong Lam Heng, 54, who runs Tian Seng drinks stall.

The hawker centre itself will also be undergoing a revamp. Next year, most tenants will move to a new and bigger hawker centre, which will be built next to the current one.

The latter will be demolished to make way for the town plaza. Tenants of popular stalls such as Teo’s Noodle and Inspirasi Stall will be making the move.

”Of course I’ll miss this place. I’m not sure if business will be as good at the new hawker centre,” said Madam Lee Siew Feng, 43, who has been running a nasi lemak stall at the centre for 19 years.

But at Bedok Point, a shopping centre just a five-minute walk away from the much larger Bedok Mall, tenants are feeling the heat of competition.

The four-storey mall, managed by Frasers Centrepoint Malls, opened in 2010 and is about a third of the size of Bedok Mall.

Business at Manhattan Fish Market has dropped by at least 20 per cent since Bedok Mall opened, said outlet manager Dalson Chui, 26.

”Big players such as Yoshinoya and Subway have moved out. There are hoardings around the mall because some tenants are renovating,” he said. ”Some customers think the mall is closed because of the hoardings.”

At another tenant, Gong Cha, daily takings have fallen from $1,300 to about $800, said Ms My Linh, a 26-year-old worker at the bubble-tea shop.

But Ms Valerie Tang, owner of plus-sized female clothing store BignBeautiful, is optimistic that the crowds will return.

”The crowds will definitely go to places that are new,” the 38-year-old said.

”The management (of Bedok Point) has assured us that the new stores here will be unique and attractive.”

And Bedok Point has plans to fight back.

A spokesman for Bedok Point said new eateries, such as halal Japanese restaurant Hei Sushi and Korean barbecue restaurant SsikSin, are setting up shop.

Next year, hair removal salon Musee Platinum and Tokutokuya, a shop selling Japanese-inspired products for $2 each, will also open at the mall.

While Bedok residents cheered the new amenities, some, like Mr Wu Kai Cheng, 30, lamented that there are no plans for a new cinema.

After the curtains inside Princess Cinema fell for the last time in 2008, movie buffs in the estate, which used to boast three cinemas, had to go further afield to catch a flick.

Mr Wu, a sales account manager, said he has to pay more for cab fare if he were to catch a midnight movie either in nearby Tampines or in the city area.

”That means I have to pay about $30 to $40 to watch a midnight show.”

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