What’s In Hougang
Hougang is considered Singapore’s largest public housing estate boasting over 51,000 dwelling units. Hougang may at first appear as a very high-density residential area judging by the sheer number of housing units that it has. However, the town has been carefully planned by the authorities with wide open spaces and lush greenery intermingled with housing estates, commercial centres, transportation hubs, heritage sites, waterfronts and industrial parks. All these have made it a pleasant estate to live, work and play.
Hougang is located in the northeast region of Singapore and is bounded by Sengkang to the North and Serangoon to the South. Next to the Hougang MRT station and Hougang Bus Interchange, is the Hougang Central, which features two shopping centres, namely, Hougang Mall and Kang Kar Mall.
Currently served by the Kovan, Hougang and Buangkok MRT stations via the North East Line (NEL), Hougang is set to welcome two more MRT stations by 2029 via the Cross Island Line (CRL), which will link it to Aviation Park in Changi, Punggol Digital District and Jurong Lake District. Soon, living in Hougang is set to become even more convenient with the opening of Hougang and Defu MRT stations as well as the development of industries at Defu and Lorong Halus Industrial Parks. As such, Hougang will offer home buyers enhanced connectivity while bringing jobs closer to home.
Hougang In The Next 10 Years
Under the Hougang Master Plan, Hougang will be revitalised with new homes, community amenities, parks, the introduction of two new MRT stations and two industrial parks that will bring jobs closer to home.
As part of plans to rejuvenate the town, areas near Punggol Park will be opened up to build more homes over the next few years, which will provide scenic views of Serangoon River.
For those who love green spaces, you can look forward to the expansion of Punggol Park and a 4.4-km Hougang Avenue 3 Park Connector. That latter connects residents at Hougang and MacPherson to the North-Eastern Riverine Loop via the Serangoon Park Connector, providing a scenic route for cyclists and joggers. Meanwhile, sports enthusiasts can look forward to sweating it out at the new $1.5 million Jalan Kayu Sports Hub at Buangkok Crescent and a new 2.2-km waterway canal with lookout decks, shelters and seating at Hougang Avenue 10.
There’s more. Come 2030, the Cross Island Line will be fully operational and will pass through Hougang with two MRT stations – Hougang and Defu. The former will serve as an interchange station with the North East Line while the latter will serve Defu Industrial Park.
Defu Industrial Park is an old industrial area that will be redeveloped to house the logistics, precision engineering, info-communications and media, electronics, clean energy and biomedical industries. Phase 1 was completed in 2017 while the subsequent phases will be developed over the next 15 years. To support the industrial park’s rejuvenation, a new commercial hub will be developed. Called Defu City Centre, it will be located just beside Defu Industrial Park and will provide a range of amenities such as F&B outlets, convenience stores, medical clinics and childcare centres. Last but not least, a new cycling network will be added to make the industrial park a more attractive and greener work environment.
Another upcoming hub is Lorong Halus Industrial Park. Touted as a “new-generation industrial park”, it will target the light and clean industries such as food, lifestyle and logistics while boasting a vibrant riverfront lined with lush greenery. In addition, waterfront parks and open spaces will be developed along the industrial park for the enjoyment of workers and residents.