SLA has successfully transformed the empty space under the Bukit Merah Viaduct and the West Coast Viaduct to optimise space in innovative and creative ways. Through ideas generated from public engagement, the space under the West Coast Viaduct was fitted out with electrical infrastructure as well as modular structures for the test-bedding of community interest projects and new business uses by social groups and entrepreneurs. The land and modular structures have been made available for commercial short-term leasing. The space under the West Coast Viaduct was launched with a night art market for the community on 21 January 2017, followed by a test-bed for urban farming. SLA has also unlocked the under-utilised space under the Bukit Merah Viaduct with the construction of a hardcourt and key infrastructure for electricity, water and lighting. The State land has now been transformed into a new recreational community space for residents, in consultation with the Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru Citizens’ Consultative Committee. Named as Viaduct@JBM, it was officially opened by Grassroots Adviser Ms Indranee Rajah on 29 April 2017 with a carnival and Getai show.
“As part of our land preparation, we took into consideration the feedback from public engagement and potential tenants,” says Sim Sze Wei, Head of Business Creation, Business Planning and Development, who marketed the land under the West Coast Viaduct. “Our tenant, Bjorn Low of Edible Garden City, has shown that viaduct space can be innovatively used for urban farming to grow mushrooms and microgreens with advancement in technology.”
OUR TENANT, BJORN LOW OF EDIBLE GARDEN CITY, HAS SHOWN THAT VIADUCT SPACE CAN BE INNOVATIVELY USED FOR URBAN FARMING TO GROW MUSHROOMS AND MICROGREENS WITH ADVANCEMENT IN TECHNOLOGY.SIM SZE WEI