Buildings (Pre War) Conferred To Demolish To Make Way For New Condo, Forest Woods

pre-war-buildingsSome history buffs are upset by plans to demolish the old Paya Lebar Police Station in Upper Serangoon, which will be replaced with the new Forest Woods condo. (Photographs: PropertyGuru)
Tucked away behind big trees in a corner of Lorong Lew Lian in Upper Serangoon is a bunch of colonial buildings and shophouses, that will shortly be removed to make way for the recently established Forest Woods condominium.

Some history buffs have upset. In response to email queries from PropertyGuru, the team behind tradition blog Remember Singapore (RemSG), which ran an on-line article about the site in 2012, called the forthcoming demolitions “a loss to our heritage”.

Although the site’s administrators and bloggers couldn’t be identified, despite PropertyGuru’s efforts, data from SimilarWeb shows it has seen close to 70,000 visits in the past month.

Built in the 1930s, the buildings housed the former Paya Lebar Police Station until the late 1980s.

When PropertyGuru seen the site last week, big hoardings had been erected.

These are more than 80-year old prewar buildings that have played an important role in the local police history,” said the RemSG team, including the buildings could be refurbished and converted into condominium clubhouses.

The team cited the example of the historical Matilda House in Punggol, which turned into a clubhouse for residents at A Treasure Trove condo and was restored by developer Sim Lian Group.

But unlike Matilda House, the Paya Lebar Police Station is not designated for conservation.

Some history buffs are upset by plans to demolish the old Paya Lebar Police Station in Upper Serangoon, which will be replaced with the new Forest Woods condominium. (Photographs: PropertyGuru)
Tucked away behind big trees in a corner of Lorong Lew Lian in Upper Serangoon is a bunch of colonial buildings and shophouses, that will soon be removed to make way for the Forest Woods condominium that was recently established.

Some history buffs have upset. In response to email queries from PropertyGuru, the team behind heritage blog Recall Singapore (RemSG), which ran an on-line post about the website in 2012, called the at hand demolitions “a loss to our heritage”.

Although the website’s administrators and bloggers couldn’t be identified, despite PropertyGuru’s efforts, data from SimilarWeb demonstrates close to 70,000 visits in the previous month. has been seen by it

When the website was seen by PropertyGuru last week, big hoardings had already been erected.

These are more than 80-year old pre-war buildings that have played a significant part in the local police history,” said the RemSG team, including that the buildings could be refurbished and converted into condominium clubhouses.

The team cited the case of the historic Matilda House in Punggol, which was restored by developer Sim Lian Group and turned into a clubhouse for residents at A Treasure Trove condominium.

Aerial view of the Upper Serangoon website from nearby HDB blocks.
It’d looked at different ways in which the present constructions could be saved when contacted, a CDL spokesperson said while there was no requirement for any of the buildings to be preserved under the sales conditions released by the government.

“CDL evaluated the orientation of preparation parameters and the existing structures,” said the representative. Because of its large scale and complex orientation, conserving the old quarters was infeasible.”

The representative also included that CDL has preserved and incorporated existing buildings within some of its other developments. At the Spring Grove condominium in Grange Road, for instance, a 150-year old two-storey bungalow was converted into a clubhouse.

More recently, the South Beach mixed-use development along Beach Road integrated a few heritage sites, specifically three colonial military blocks and the Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) Club.

In Singapore, building conservation is overseen by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Responding to queries, remark would be n’ted by an URA spokesperson about the Upper Serangoon site, but said other old police stations have been preserved, including notable landmarks at Beach Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, Maxwell Road and Joo Chiat Road.

In total, we have preserved close to 7,200 buildings and structures in more than 100 conservation areas, including whole historic districts of Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India,” noted the representative.

As such, the agency considers various criteria, and takes a selective and practical way of conservation, the spokesperson said.

“We examine the building’s social, architectural and historic value, rarity, and contribution to the environment. Moreover, views are sought from the building owners and an independent panel comprising members from a cross section of the community, before a selection is made,” included the representative.