Tampines: History

08 November 2011

Tampines New Town
Before 1979, Tampines was a sparsely populated settlement dotted with sand quarries, rubber plantations, tree plantations, small-scaled family farms and cottage industry.

Tampines is built on an undulating ridge of low alluvium hills. The terrain boosts a busting sand quarrying industry and provides readymade earth fill required for land reclamation. In January 1979, Tampines was selected as the cut site for Phase VI (Marina East) and Phase VII (Marina South) of the East Coast Reclamation.

The cut site was subsequently developed into Tampines New Town in the same year. Intense construction follows and keys for the first batch of flats are handed over in 1982. The town was virtually completed by 1997, although there are still ample vacant land for future development at Neighbourhood 4, 6, 8 and 9.

Under the 1991 Concept Plan, Tampines Town Centre is delegated as the regional centre for the East Region. Offices, shopping malls and other facilities are decentralised from the City to Tampines Regional Centre.

Tampines beats Boston and Vancouver to win the prestigious World Habitat Award 1991 (Developed Country Category) on 5 October 1992. The award recognize as a comprehensively planned world model town. An enlarged replica of the award is erected in front of Tampines Branch Office at Tampines Central 1.


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