Former Bedok South Secondary School campus to be demolished for housing development

The site is zoned for residential use and has a gross plot ratio of 3.5. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE – The former Bedok South Secondary School campus at 860 New Upper Changi Road is slated to be demolished in the first quarter of 2023 to make way for housing.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Education told The Straits Times that demolition works are estimated to take about five months, after which the site will be handed over to the Singapore Land Authority.

The Housing Board will then take over the 1.6ha site – the equivalent of about two football fields in size – which has been zoned for residential use and has a gross plot ratio of 3.5.

HDB told The Sunday Times that more details on its plans for the site will be revealed when they are finalised.

Opened in January 1980, the campus served the school for more than two decades until December 2002, when the school moved about 1.6km away to its present 3ha premises at 1 Jalan Langgar Bedok.

The New Upper Changi Road campus was then used as a holding site for various schools: Tampines Primary (2008-2009), St Hilda’s Primary (2013-2014), Haig Girls’ (2015-2016) and Tanjong Katong Primary (2018-2020).

The site is 950m from Bedok MRT station and the town centre, and directly opposite the Bedok sports hall and stadium. It is also next to Bedok Green Primary.

Property analysts said the site could yield 500 to 600 housing units, based on its size and plot ratio.

ERA Realty head of research and consultancy Nicholas Mak said there is a higher chance that the site will be used for public rather than private housing, as Build-To-Order projects have not been launched in Bedok since November 2016.

He added that there are existing HDB developments adjacent to the site, which increases the odds that it might be used for the same purpose.

OrangeTee and Tie senior vice-president of research and analytics Christine Sun concurred with Mr Mak. She highlighted the site’s proximity to amenities such as a market and hawker centre, as well as sports facilities, as a factor that will increase the future housing development’s draw.

Mr Mak said that if launched as a condominium site through a Government Land Sales tender, the site will likely be popular with developers, as other condos in the Bedok and Tanah Merah areas were popular when they were launched.

He noted that one downside for future residents is noise from the nearby MRT tracks and the busy New Upper Changi Road.

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