BCA to build Construction Industry Park at Pulau Punggol Timor

Punggol Town

Straits Times reported that a reclaimed island, Pulau Punggol Timor, will be developed into a $30-million industrial park for construction-related activities. The island is about one-third the size of Sentosa and will be called the Construction Industry Park (CIP). It will be Singapore’s first such purpose-built facilitiy offshore.

The island, which is currently uninhabited, will be a future landing and stockpile site for sand and granite imports. Companies supplying pre-mixed concrete and pre-fabricated components will also set up plants there. This will save time and money because raw materials will not need to be transported to different locations.

When the CIP is fully operational by end-2009, the facility at Lorong Halus will be shut down and the land redeveloped for other uses, according to BCA. For easy access to the new facility, the BCA is building a 6km-long road called the Western Road Link. The two-way road, with a single lane in each direction, will branch off from the junction of the Central Expressway and Tampines Expressway, near the Seletar Water Reclamation Plant.

From there, it will run next to the Seletar Country Club and past Seletar Airport before linking to Pulau Punggol Barat, another reclaimed island, and Punggol Timor. A new bridge will also be built between Pulau Punggol Timor and Punggol Way.

According to the report, road works were already in full swing just outside Selatar Country Club. The BCA spokesman said the island had been identified as the most appropiate location for the construction park.

Building the facility on an island and away from population centres also make good sense, he said. The stretch of the Tampines Expressway near Lorong Halus can get very busy and “unsightly”, especially on hot days, when the whole area also become very dusty, Mr Andrew Khng, a director at Tiong Seng Contractors said.

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