Jurong Regional Library will move to transport hub with CC, sports centre
Jurong Regional Library will move to transport hub with CC, sports centre. The Jurong Regional Library will move to the Jurong East Integrated Transport Hub, which is scheduled to open in 2027. In addition to a community club, a sports center, offices, and retail space, the integrated hub will have a 27-story tower block connected by a bridge to an eight-story platform.
According to the Straits Times, the Jurong Lake District’s next phase of construction will affect multiple structures, including the library. Two ST readers argued for the library’s retention in separate forum letters, urging the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to consider public opinion on the planned relocation before acting.
In response, officials noted on Tuesday that the relocated library, which is scheduled to open in 2028, will provide enhanced accessibility and convenience due to its proximity to the Jurong East MRT station. The relocated library will be comparable in size to the current one, according to the letter signed by URA group director for physical planning Yvonne Lim and National Library Board Planning and Development Division director Wan Wee Pin. The current library, located about 350 meters from Jurong East MRT station, was opened in August 1988 as Jurong East Community Library before being renovated and reopened in June 2004 as Singapore’s third regional library. It has a total floor space of 12,020 sqm, which is divided into four floors and a basement.
“This will complement the vibrant commercial node that currently exists around Jurong East MRT station,” they said, adding that more information on the relocated library will be made available as soon as it becomes available. Construction on the integrated transport hub began in 2021, and a protective structure is now being built on an 860m stretch of railway tracks extending from Jurong East MRT station.
According to a Land Transport Authority spokesman, the temporary protection enclosure will be installed on existing railway viaducts to protect them and passing trains from potential debris or falling objects from ongoing construction works for the Jurong Region Line and the hub.
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