SINGAPORE — The Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) unveiled on Friday (20 September) the master plan to develop Sentosa and the nearby Pulau Brani into a leisure and tourism destination.
The Sentosa-Brani Master Plan will be implemented in phases over the coming 20 to 30 years, with the first milestone project, Sentosa Sensoryscape, set to begin construction works in the fourth quarter of 2019 and be completed by 2022.
The unveiling follows from last month’s National Day Rally, in which Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong outlined plans for Singapore’s Greater Southern Waterfront, which included the redeveloping of the two southern islands.
“The Sentosa-Brani Master Plan is one of our tourism developments to position Singapore as a leading destination for the next few decades,” said Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Education, during the unveiling of the plan.
“Sentosa Sensoryscape is the first project under this Master Plan. It will complement the expansion of Resorts World Sentosa and subsequent infrastructure enhancements on Sentosa and Pulau Brani.”
Linking RWS to the beaches
Located at the heart of Sentosa island, the 30,000sqm Sentosa Sensoryscape, which is approximately the size of five-and-a-half football fields, will link Resorts World Sentosa in the north to Sentosa’s beaches in the south, replacing the existing pedestrian thoroughfare.
Comprising a two-tiered walkway, Sensoryscape will have features that stimulate the five senses, such as look-out points, water features and other architectural elements, according to CNA.
Merlion statue to be demolished
To make way for the thoroughfare, the 37m-tall Merlion statue in Sentosa – one of the most iconic structures on the island – will be demolished.
According to The Straits Times, the last day of operations for the Sentosa Merlion will be on 20 October, and the four eateries and shops will close progressively from the next day.
SDC is look at ways to commemorate the Merlion statue.
Five distinct zones for unique experiences
The redeveloped islands will feature five distinct zones – Vibrant Cluster, Island Heart, Waterfront, Ridgeline, and Beachfront – each delivering unique experiences. The zones will progressively take on a more leisurely character as guests travel farther from the city into the islands.
While works are ongoing for Sentosa Sensoryscape, guests will be able to continue to access Sentosa’s leisure experiences. The island’s various themed attractions, beaches, accommodations, dining outlets and nature trails will remain open.
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