This upcoming mixed-use development in Jalan Anak Bukit, only a 6-min walk away from Beauty World MRT and a 9-min walk to Rail Corridor and Rifle Range Nature Park, is what analysts are expecting to be “the catalyst to rejuvenate the Beauty World precinct” by injecting vibrancy and enhanced connectivity into the area.
In June 2020, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) released a 99-year commercial and residential site in Jalan Anak Bukit for sale. It was awarded to a $1.03 billion tender bid — which translates to about $989.4 per square foot — by FE Landmark, FEC Residences Trustee and FEC Retail Trustee. All three developers are subsidiary companies of local real estate conglomerate Far East Organisation and its Hong Kong-based sister company, Sino Group.
How did the developers win the tender?
URA authorities emphasised their determination to push the boundaries of mixed-residential designs with Jalan Anak Bukit, stating that they would only accept “compelling concept proposals”. To ensure that the most innovative proposals would have the best chance of being selected, URA specially called for a dual-envelope tender for Jalan Anak Bukit.
What is a dual-envelope tender?
Under the two-tiered bidding system which is also known as the concept-and-price approach. As the name suggests, developers are required to submit their concept proposals and tender prices in separate envelopes so they can be assessed independently of their price tags, ensuring that the best concept proposals are shortlisted before other factors are considered.
That means the winning bid of the three successful tenders was not only selected for its competitively-priced bid, but also for its concept proposal that aligns with the planning vision for the site. Mainly that the development is integrated with existing and proposed transport nodes and amenities that are accessible through a seamless network of pedestrian-friendly streets, with well-designed and user-friendly public spaces to serve the needs of the community.
All about the concept proposal for the Jalan Anak Bukit site
Fetching a respectable 3.22 hectares, the 95,555 square metre land parcel is expected to yield approximately 845 residential units and a myriad of commercial spaces.
With an integrated transport hub and a second-storey bus interchange, you can cut your travel time to work or town by at least 50% with convenient access to the Downtown Line via Beauty World MRT just minutes away, connecting you to the CBD in under 20 minutes and the Orchard shopping belt in under 10. That gives you more time to rest and spend time with your family.
As vaccinated travel lanes are now open, there may be more foreign students looking to live closer to education institutions. The future bus interchange integrated with the development will mean they can also get to school much quicker.
The numerous retail shops, restaurants and even food centres dotting the first three storeys of the development means that your every need is just a step outside your door. Snacks for your kids after school? A quick mani-pedi fix over the weekend? Groceries need replenishing? You won’t have to travel far to get it all done.
According to the URA, the commercial spaces will also be naturally ventilated, so you may see open-air hawker centres and gardens around the development. One such garden will be open to the public, up on the third storey and fronting Upper Bukit Timah Road and Jalan Jurong Kechil, contributing to the strong presence of greenery visible from the street level.
Amenities surrounding the future condo in Jalan Anak Bukit
1. Korean fare at Beauty World Centre
Beauty World Centre is right across the road — a mall that combines old-school aesthetics with modern eateries and outlets. Apart from the usual fare of McDonalds, Giant supermarket and a handful of boutique bakeries and cafes, Beauty World Centre sports several Korean restaurants that are both affordable and scrumptious (as good food should be)!
When in doubt, simply head to the rooftop of Beauty World Centre for a wide selection of Korean offerings. Special mention goes to Yogiyo Korean Restaurant for the staff’s hospitable Korean-style customer service and generous free refills of side dishes.
In case you wish to dine out at the rooftop hawker, Pink Candy also offers apple-sweetened homemade kimchi that is handmade by staff. Complete with the usual Korean fare of KBBQ, fried chicken, chicken ginseng and army stew, there won’t be a dish on the menu that the kimchi doesn’t pair well with.
2. Bukit Timah Shopping Centre
Right next to Beauty World Centre is Bukit Timah Shopping Centre which, like its neighbour, has a bit of a rustic feel. The mall is stocked with enrichment centres for art, music, material arts, tuition and even bouldering, making it an excellent complement for families with children who are exploring their interests on the side. While the children are busy with their classes, parents may get errands done at printing or photocopying shops, or simply indulge in some well-deserved retail therapy at the various beauty salons or boutique clothing stores.
3. Transportation in Jalan Anak Bukit
Apart from being wrapped by the minor roads of Jalan Jurong Kechil and Upper Bukit Timah Road, Jalan Anak Bukit is also served by the major Pan Island Expressway (PIE). As Singapore’s longest expressway, the PIE serves as the quickest, most direct way for drivers to head towards East Coast Park and Changi Airport in less than 30 minutes.
Beauty World MRT also places residents in a good position to access other train services. For example, commuters can transfer to Choa Chua Kang LRT by heading up North of the Downtown Line in four stops. Going in the opposite direction will take commuters to Botanic Gardens MRT and Newton MRT, which serve as intersection points for the Circle Line and NorthSouth Line respectively. Sandwiched in between is the Thomson-East Coast Line intersection, Stevens MRT, set to be completed in the second half of 2022.
Finally, the upcoming Beauty World Bus Interchange will make public transportation of this already well-connected place even more convenient. NS Men taking their IPPT will not even have to wait for the bus interchange to be built, as they can take buses 184, 52 and 75 directly to Maju FCC, or simply make their way down via private transportation in just 6 minutes.
4. Nature Reserves
Joggers, nature lovers and photographers are in for a treat as Jalan Anak Bukit lies within the vicinity of three major national parks, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Chestnut Nature Park.
Buses 170, 67, and 75 will take hikers to Dairy Farm Nature Park in just 30 minutes. Here, visitors can learn about local biodiversity at the Wallace Education Centre. The education gallery happens to be a repurposed cow shed, which explains the namesake of the park. Heading down to the Wallace Trail will provide plenty of opportunity for hikers to learn about the history of the Malay Archipelago. Before making their way down, visitors should note that Dairy Farm Nature Park does not allow pets within the park itself, although leashed dogs are permitted on the tarmac road.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is even closer at just 1km away. One of the last standing primary rainforests in Singapore, trails in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve can serve as scenic routes for leisurely strolls or jogs in the morning and evenings.
For those who are willing to venture further, Chestnut Nature Park makes a good training ground for bikers. Beginners who wish to try their legs at the sport can also rent and wash bikes at the shop. Shelters and pavilions litter the route, providing frequent pit stops for those who need to catch their breath. Having both hiking and biking routes separate makes this a popular spot for bikers who can go at full speed without worrying about bumping into the unsuspecting pedestrian.
Reputable schools near Jalan Anak Bukit
Priority registration will be given to future residents at Pei hwa Presbyterian Primary School which lies just 1km away from Jalan Anak Bukit. Located just across the street of Upper Bukit Timah Road, the school sports an award-winning table tennis team and a robust Chinese Culture and Language Programme to give students plenty of opportunities to develop their mother tongue.
Offering secondary education is Methodist Girls’ School located just one stop away at King Albert Park MRT. A stop further to Sixth Avenue MRT will take students to Nanyang Girls’ High School. Both institutions have a rich history and comprehensive programs to ensure holistic development both in and outside of the classroom. Notable offerings at Methodist Girls’ School include niche sports like squash, bowling, track & cross country as well as golf. Nanyang Girls’ High School also offers Global Classroom Programmes and Boarding School Experiences to enrich the cultural understanding of participants.
Diploma & Degree Level
At the tertiary level, residents will be able to head to Ngee Ann Polytechnic via buses 52 and 61, taking them to lecture theatres within 17 and 21 minutes respectively. As one of Singapore’s most established polytechnics, students will be able to read diplomas in a variety of relevant fields such as environmental & water technology, banking & finance, electronic & computer engineering and even nursing and optometry.
Finally, SIM Global Education (SIM GE) and Singapore Institution of Technology (SIT@NP) round up the list with quality degree programmes. SIM GE is located just further down Clementi Road and can be reached in less than 20 minutes via buses 52, 184 and 75. As one of Singapore’s top private institutions, SIM GE has established partnerships with RMIT University to enable students to gain a balanced perspective in their coursework, whether it’s in the sciences, business, communication or design.
SIT@NP sits even closer to the residential area, nestled within the campus of Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Here, students will be able to pick up contemporary skills that are in demand in today’s job market, such as design & media, systems engineering and information & technology.
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Contributed by Zhenhao Guo.