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URA Master Plan Hot Spot: Jurong Innovation District

According to the Draft Master Plan 2019, the West Region of Singapore will remain as the country’s largest manufacturing hub. Three new employment areas in this location will provide exciting opportunities for the labour force: Jurong Lake District (JLD), Jurong Innovation District (JID) and Tuas Port.

Envisioned as the second Central Business District (CBD) of Singapore, JLD will be the largest mixed use business district in the suburbs, spanning across 360 hectares of land. By 2035, JLD will be served by four mass rapid transit (MRT) lines to give residents, workers and visitors access to the rest of the island. The four key themes which guide the development of JLD are:

  • Hub for future economy
  • New paradigm of mobility
  • Smart and sustainable district
  • District of gardens and waters

JID will be the industrial park of the future, set aside for advanced manufacturing, to support an ecosystem of manufacturers, technology providers, researchers and education institutions. The key themes of JID are:

  • A vibrant ecosystem for advanced manufacturing
  • Liveable and sustainable industrial district of the future
  • Home to thriving industry-academia collaborations

Tuas Port is set to be a next-generation port which can handle 65 million TEUs when fully operational by the 2040s, twice the volume handled by our ports today. In addition to the port’s global reach, it will leverage on advanced automation and more efficient processes to benefit factories in Tuas and Jurong with quicker production-to-market turnarounds.

A closer look at JID

Around 600 hectares of land has been set aside for the development of JID. It will comprise five unique precincts that will host the full value chain of manufacturing activities from modelling and test-bedding to production and distribution.

The new hub for advanced manufacturing is welcoming six new entrants over the next three years: German conglomerate Siemens; American multinational Flowserve; German engineering firm Bosch Rexroth; Singapore-listed motion control systems specialist ISDN; the Agency for Science, Technology and Research's (A*Star), Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology; as well as the National Metrology Centre. The first phase of the district is expected to be completed by around 2022, creating over 95,000 new jobs.

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will helm research initiatives as well as conduct training pogrammes to enable executives to keep pace with the digital revolution. Rolls-Royce, Volvo, Hewlett Packard and Alibaba are some of the industry leaders that have set up labs on NTU campus.

Singapore’s first underground logistics network will be built to move people and goods in and around JID for the purposes of storage, packing and distribution.

Transport network and new housing

JID will be served by the Jurong Region Line (JRL), which is Singapore’s seventh MRT line. The 24km-long line will have 24 stations above ground, and will connect with the North-South Line and East-West Line with interchange stations at Boon Lay, Choa Chu Kang and Jurong East MRT stations. JRL is scheduled to be opened in three stages starting from 2026 up to 2028.

New housing and community facilities and also underway. On 12 November, Housing & Development Board (HDB) released new flats in the up-and-coming Tengah new town for sale. It will be the first town to integrate with the area's surrounding greenery and biodiversity. A total of 3,460 new flats of various room types are offered in three precincts: Garden Vines, Plantation Grange and Plantation Village. These precincts are located near upcoming amenities such as a neighbourhood centre and a community club. Residents will be able to move in two to three years’ time.

With so much in-store, there is much to look forward to when JID comes into fruition.