Tengah Estate Is Extremely BTO-able, With Forest Town & Car-Lite Society

The scent of animal manure, trees and farms made British airmen who resided there call it “Arabian perfume“.

Until recently, these were the impressions called to mind at the mention of “Tengah”.


But all this is changing as a massive revamp of the area is in the works.

On Sunday (13 May), Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong announced that the first batch of 1,500 Housing Development Board (HDB) flats in the new Tengah estate will be launched in November this year.


The plan is to make the new estate as big as Bishan.

Touted as Singapore’s second Central Business District, the estate will fall along the Jurong Region Line connected to Jurong Lake District.

We take a look at 10 prominent features of the up and coming estate.

1. First HDB town in 20 years

Tengah Estate will be Singapore’s first HDB town in 20 years, after Punggol.


In the future, it will have 42,000 homes.

2. “Forest Town”

True to its roots, Tengah estate will also be the first “Forest Town” on the island.

A 5km long, 100m wide forest corridor connected to the Western Water Catchment Area and Central Catchment Nature Reserve will be installed.

Rainforest tree species planted along the corridor are expected to help turn the area into a rich forest habitat.

Hiking trails will be created along the corridor to enhance peoples’ interaction with nature.

The planners initially drew inspiration for the concept of a “Forest Town” from the foliage-laden site-specific conditions.

3. Car-lite society

The Tengah estate is intended to house a completely car-free society.

Vehicles will instead run beneath the town centre.


All roads will come with walking and cycling paths to encourage healthy and pollution-free modes of travel.

4. Community farmways

History is never lost on the new estate.

There are plans for community gardening and urban farming within the estate.


This is in light of the site’s past, where it used to host local plantations.

Traces of the plantations in the form of durian and other fruit trees can still be found.

5. Large central park

There will be a large, 20-hectare central park, approximately the size of Ang Mo Kio Garden West.


6. 5 housing districts with unique character

Interestingly, there’ll be 5 different districts – Plantation District, Garden District, Park District, Forest Hill District and Brickland District.


These districts are all designed for living with nature in mind.

7. New MRT line to pass through

The new Jurong Region Line will run through Tengah.


The MRT line’s stations were announced just last week.

Soon-to-be Tengah residents will be connected with workers in the Jurong Lake District and students at Nanyang Technological University.

8. Smart HDB Town

If all goes well, life in Tengah estate is expected to be a breeze.

Data analytics and real-time information for simulation models will be used to optimise maintenance cycles and pre-empt estate-wide problems.

Below is HDB’s summary of the key features of its Smart HDB Town Framework, which it will be employing in Tengah estate.


9. Close proximity to animal welfare societies

Sungei Tengah will be home to an animal welfare hub.

New facilities will be built there for 40 animal welfare groups and pet farms that need to move out of Loyang and Seletar when their leases expire at the end of the year.

They will be bringing about 6,000 to 7,000 animals.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) are already headquartered in Sungei Tengah.

10. No longer “Pulau Tengah”

For at least the past half a century, the name “Tengah” carried a tinge of irony in describing the forested area.

This is because “Tengah” in Malay means “centre” or “central”.

We can all agree that Tengah has been all but central.

But with the exciting imminent developments, Tengah will finally be able to live up to its name.

BTO ai mai?

Nature-loving couples planning to BTO should definitely keep an eye out for future developments in Tengah, this coming November.

Now all that’s left is to pop the question with your stead.

Featured image from HDB.