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 relocate to the Jurong East Integrated Transport Hub when it opens in 2027. The integrated hub will include a community club, a sports center, offices, and retail space, as well as a 27-story tower block connected by a bridge to an eight-story platform.
According to the Straits Times, the next phase of construction for the Jurong Lake District will affect multiple structures, including the library. In separate forum letters, two ST readers argued for the library’s retention, urging the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to consider public opinion on the planned relocation before acting.
Officials responded on Tuesday, stating that the relocated library, which is set to open in 2028, will provide improved accessibility and convenience due to its closeness to the Jurong East MRT station. 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 relocated library will be comparable in size to the current one. The current library, located about 350 meters from Jurong East MRT station, opened in August 1988 as Jurong East Community Library before being renovated and reopened as Singapore’s third regional library in June 2004. It has a total floor area of 12,020 square meters, divided into four floors and a basement.
“This will complement the vibrant commercial node that already exists around Jurong East MRT station,” they said, adding that more information on the relocated library will be available as soon as it is available. The integrated transport hub’s construction began in 2021, and a protective structure is currently being built on an 860m stretch of railway tracks extending from Jurong East MRT station.
The temporary protection enclosure, according to a Land Transport Authority spokesman, 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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