Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to undergo restoration, completion expected by 2026
Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to undergo restoration, completion expected by 2026. The former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, which has been essentially abandoned for more than ten years, is ready to usher in a new era. The repair work on the national landmark is expected to start in 2024 and end in 2026.
According to tender documents released by the Singapore Land Authority seeking consulting services for the restoration work, the former station may be turned into a civic and social institution, a company offering food and beverage choices, or a hotel when it is reopened to the public (SLA). A SLA representative responded to questions from The Straits Times by saying that plans, including specific applications, are still being thought about. He continued by saying that additional information would be made available when it was ready.
The application states that rehabilitation work will start in April 2024 and last through September 2026. The 1932-built station was closed in 2011 after Malaysian rail operator Keretapi Tanah Melayu stopped terminating trains there in June of that year. Because the station had just recently been given national monument status, its form and façade had to be preserved. The technical feasibility studies and restoration designs created by the contracted experts will follow the preservation guidelines of the National Heritage Board.
The estimated cost of the repairs, according to SLA, is $40 million. The historic station’s general structural integrity is in “serviceable condition, subject to repairs,” according to a building and structural investigation that was completed in 2019. The gross floor space of the original station was close to 11,000 square meters. The EPA claims that there has been water seepage inside the structure, and that its “flat roof slabs are substantially damaged while beams and columns require targeted repairs.” The building’s plaster facade has cracks, vegetation growth, and stains visible on it.
In order to minimize any potential consequences of the restoration work on the building’s character, the experts are expected to create a heritage impact study. They should also develop a heritage strategy to encourage public appreciation of the historic landmark. These may lead to plaques and storyboards being added to the station’s interior. The Greater Southern Waterfront is expected to be built during the next 20 years, according to an Urban Redevelopment Authority prediction made in 2015. The 24 km rail line’s southern terminus, which stretches all the way to Kranji, will also be located at the station.
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