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 be relocated to the Jurong East Integrated Transport Hub, which is set to open in 2027. The integrated hub will also include a community club, a sports center, offices, and retail space in a 27-story tower block connected by a bridge to an eight-story podium.
The Straits Times stated on November 3 that the Jurong Lake District’s next phase of construction will touch multiple structures, including the library. In separate forum letters, two ST readers argued for the library’s retention and encouraged the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to weigh public opinion on the planned relocation before acting.
In response, the authorities stated in a forum letter published on Tuesday that the relocated library, which is set to open in 2028, will provide increased accessibility and convenience due to its proximity to the Jurong East MRT station. According to the letter, which was 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 350m from Jurong East MRT station, was first inaugurated 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 spread across four storeys 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 released as soon as it is available. The integrated transport hub’s construction began in 2021, and a protective structure is now being built on an 860m stretch of railway tracks that extends 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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