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NDR 2022: ‘A new business and lifestyle destination’ to be developed next to Singapore Changi Airport’s Terminal 5

A site plan of Changi Airport, including the location of the future Changi East Urban District. – Changi Airport Group Photo via TODAY

Sunday, August 21, 2022 9:50 PM MYT

SINGAPORE, 21 August – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today announced plans for a “new business and lifestyle destination” to be built next to Changi Airport’s Terminal 5, along with upgrades update on T5, Port of Tuas and relocation of Paya Lebar Air Base.

“It will be a new business and lifestyle destination, creating more jobs and opportunities for Singaporeans,” Lee said.

The area would be called Changi East Urban District, he added. Lee stressed the importance of continuing to upgrade the country’s airport and seaport, as they are key to putting Singapore on the world stage.

“They connect us to the world and make Singapore a hub for business and commerce,” Lee said during his speech at the National Day Rally at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) headquarters in Ang Mo Kio.

“Our decisions to proceed with Changi T5 and Port of Tuas sends a loud and clear signal to the world that Singapore is emerging stronger from the pandemic and heading full steam ahead,” Lee said.

He said Singapore Seaport, for example, not only serves the nation, but many countries around Singapore.

Lee added that Asia was experiencing strong growth a decade ago, Singapore expected port operator PSA’s business to grow alongside it.

While the existing terminals at Tanjong Pagar, Brani, Keppel and Pasir Panjang were functioning well, Lee said a decision was made to consolidate all our port operations into one mega-port in Tuas.

The change would free up prime waterfront land from Shenton Way to Pasir Panjang for the future Greater Southern Waterfront, he said. Regarding Changi Airport, Lee said there are also ambitious plans for the global aviation hub.

For example, he mentioned plans for the development of the urban district of Changi East next to the future terminal 5 (T5) of the airport.

In his speech, Lee also gave an overview of how Paya Lebar will be redeveloped once Paya Lebar Air Base is relocated around mid-2030. Here is an overview of the updates and features of Singapore’s urban plans, provided by Lee and a fact sheet from the Ministry of Transport (MOT).

Port of Tuas

  • Tuas port is ‘up and running’ after completing phase 1, Lee said
  • The first two berths were commissioned last December
  • There are still three phases to go through before it is fully completed in the 2040s.
  • By then, it will have 66 berths over 26 km capable of accommodating the largest container ships
  • MOT said it will also have a handling capacity of 65 million standard-size containers, nearly double the volume handled last year.
  • By comparison, the Pasir Panjang terminal has 37 berths with a handling capacity of 34 million containers per year.
  • Port operations have been automated and digitized in the moving process
  • This includes the use of artificial intelligence to coordinate port operations and driverless vehicles
  • PSA aims for Tuas port to achieve net zero emissions by 2050

Changi Airport Terminal 5

  • Lee said the T5 will be completed by the mid-2030s
  • MOT said the T5 is designed with the flexibility to function as smaller sub-terminals when needed.
  • The rationale comes from lessons learned during the Covid-19 pandemic, the MOT said
  • Space in the terminal can be converted for use in emergencies, such as for testing operations or the separation of high-risk passengers
  • Special provisions will be deployed within the T5 to reduce the transmission of diseases
  • These include touchless systems at passenger touchpoints, as well as enhanced ventilation systems that can be activated during a pandemic to increase the use of fresh air and minimize air mixing.
  • Lee said the T5 will be made green and energy efficient
  • MOT said that when completed, T5 will be a Green Mark Platinum Super Low Energy building, certified by the BCA
  • To reduce the terminal’s carbon footprint, there will be solar panels, smart building management systems, as well as district cooling combined with thermal energy storage
  • The T5 will also be ready for viable alternative fuels, including the use of sustainable aviation fuel, and for the provision of fixed ground power and cooling for aircraft parked at the gates.

Paya Lebar Air Base

  • Lee said air base relocation will begin in the 2030s
  • The track could be redeveloped into the city’s “central backbone”, Lee said
  • The central spine can also be transformed into a green connector or a community space
  • He said around 150,000 new homes, public and private, could be built on both sides of the spine.
  • This is similar to the number of houses in Punggol and Sengkang combined
  • The future city could be aligned parallel to the track, in the direction of the prevailing winds
  • This will keep the city naturally airy and hopefully eliminate the need for air conditioning, Lee said.

Lee said that once the airbase is removed, it will be possible to lift height restrictions from some buildings around it, such as Hougang, Marine Parade and Punggol.

“It means we can redesign those cities, include more amenities, to make better use of the space there,” he said, adding that it will help Singapore completely reinvent the eastern part of the island.

“Singaporeans sometimes fear that we will run out of space in the future, that housing will not be available and affordable,” Lee said.

“I say: No need to worry. We have done our studies and our planning. We will have enough space for future generations. – TODAY