Holland Village: Old charm, new life [Included Most Updated Projects]

The cosy Holland Village in District 10 was designated a URA Identity Node in 2013, an honour bestowed upon local identity areas known for their distinctive qualities. Other nodes include Jalan Kayu and Balestier.
URA’s Draft Master Plan 2019 dedicates a section to Rejuvenating Familiar Places, with Holland Village among the designated areas. According to the URA website, there will be new residential, retail, and lifestyle developments to freshen up the village’s quirky and much-loved bohemian vibe.

Extending the charm of Holland Village

Map of Holland Road site up for tender in 2017. Photo source: URA
Artist’s impression of Holland Village with highlighted area slated for makeover. Photo source: URA
In 2018, Far East Organization made the winning bid of $1.213 billion in a government tender for a 247,214 sqft land parcel in Holland Village. The developer formed a consortium with its Hong Kong-based sister company Sino Group and Japan-based homebuilder Sekisui House to make three submissions, through tenderer Stirling Land Holdings. The eventual winning bid was the highest among five shortlisted ones, placing the psf per plot ratio (psf per plot ratio) cost at $1,888, with a likely gross development value of $2,600 psf, or $1.7 billion to S1.8 billion.
The upcoming changes will complement, rather than compete with, the village’s existing architecture and infrastructure. Several exciting new developments are on the cards, including Commons Square for future weekend markets and al fresco performances; Pocket Park, leading into Holland Village’s Lorong Mambong; and the Communal Green courtyard, fringed with village shops and connected to a water court and features. Lorong Mambong and Lorong Liput, in particular, will have the chance to stretch out...