Bringing back the ‘orchard’ to Orchard Road? That’s exactly it as plans for a massive revitalization and revamp of the famed shopping district is underway. With things being quiet on the retail front since the outbreak of COVID-19, rejuvenating Orchard Road might be a breath of fresh air as it’s seeded to be a green corridor that’ll be part of a 6-kilometer pedestrian walkway with sheltered event spaces and a family-friendly belt in the Dhoby Ghaut precinct. There would be more flowering plants and trees along the whole stretch with also a continuous shelter at ground level with fans and eco-coolers will be built so pedestrians can bask in the surrounding greenery.
According to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), there’ll be several urban design guidelines in transforming Orchard Road. This includes the introduction of more eye-catching and engaging ‘pop-out’ facades like those at Wisma and Paragon. In essence, Orchard Road has to be a lifestyle destination for everyone, a lush orchard once more, with a seamless leisure pedestrian belt stretching from Orchard Road to the Singapore River and beyond to Pearl’s Hill City Park. Tanglin will be cultivated as an arts urban node with more cultural and lifestyle activities while Somerset area will be transformed into a vibrant event space with a youth vibe combined with food and retail outlets. Dhoby Ghaut Green, Penang Road Open Spade and Instana Park will also be formed into a new green sanctuary that’s perfect for family activities. Fort Canning, already a historical enclave, will be further enhanced for easy accessibility. For more information and updates, stay tuned to URA’s Facebook page.
Want more? You can submit your feedback (until May 31, 2020) and ideas on how to enhance Orchard Road HERE!
Visiting Singapore means you have to visit Orchard Road for a full shopping and dining experience. Enhancing this famed district as an urban green corridor with lush foliage and new green spaces takes you through the street’s heritage and brings back the 'orchard' in Orchard Road.
The Dhoby Ghaut precinct is set to become an area of extensive green spaces with family-friendly features and play areas for kids in a natural setting. In the pipeline are an inclusive playground, water play features, plus an all-weather sheltered lawn area that's great for picnics and hosting events!
Main image credit: URA Facebook Page
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