Changi East – Future urban ecosystem near Changi Airport

Plans for building an urban ecosystem near the Changi Airport could be in the works as talks about an Aeropolis – Changi East – is now being mooted.

Work, living and recreational spaces near future Changi Airport T5

While Aeropolis is not uncommon in larger cities, they are usually formed around airports which are far away from the city centre.

In Singapore, plans are to form this ‘mini city’ currently named the Changi East project, around the future Terminal 5 of the Changi Airport. The airport’s latest new addition was the 10-storey Jewel retail complex with airport check-in facilities.

Rain Gallery. Picture: Jewel Changi Airport

Changi East is slated to sit on a 1,080 hectares plot of reclaimed land next to Terminal 5, which will be larger than T1, T2 and T3 combined. With the addition of the Changi East project, the eventual size of the airport will be doubled.

The live-work-play-learn ecosystem is one of many proposed ideas to redevelop urban areas under the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) Draft Master Plan 2019.

The Changi East District will also connect up to the Tanah Ferry Terminal and the Changi Business Park via a Waterfront district with recreational and tourism possibilities.

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Terminal 5 and Phase 1 of Changi East district to be completed by 2030

Though plans for this future Aeropolis surrounding T5 may seem far away, it may materialise within the next decade.

Phase 1 of the Changi East District has a targeted completion date of between 2022 and 2025; Changi Terminal 5 aims to be completed by 2030.

Changi Airport hopes that T5 will be a seedbed for innovation and are already in talks with start-ups in Singapore, the United States and Germany amongst other countries.

This could bring an influx of foreign workforce and investors which could mean bigger plans for the larger Changi District.

The Changi East urban district will be made up of offices, smart work centres, hotels and serviced apartments.

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