The would-be Woodlands

The Woodlands of the future could very well be the “Star Destination of the North” and home to 10,000 more new units as part of the Housing board’s (HDB) Remaking the Heartland (ROH) programme.
HDB Woodlands
Photo credit: HDB
There are 2 components to building the new Woodlands and the entire redevelopment is scheduled to take between 5 to 10 years. The remake will include Woodlands Central which will integrate commercial and community units at Woodlands Central and Woodlands North Coast public housing development. It is yet undecided if the residential units at Woodlands Central will be public or private ones though they are likely to be popular as the site is situated near Woodlands MRT station.
The Woodlands North Coast Land parcel will also house a business park, the first cluster in the North. The new commercial cluster will also provide ample spaces for small and medium-sized businesses. The Woodlands Regional Centre will also be revamped and expanded upon, structuring it to become a new hub for Malaysian and Asean-linked businesses.
Woodlands is in the third batch under the ROH scheme to undergo redevelopment, after Toa Payoh and Pasir Ris. It is set to change the landscape in the Northern region quite extensively with 3 new MRT stations coming up under the Thomson East Coast Line, a new Healthcare complex which includes a new acute care hospital, community hospital and nursing home, and the North South Expressway scheduled for completion by 2026.