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New nursing home to be built in Tampines North

A new nursing home, with an estimated 308 beds, will be built in Tampines North. According to tender documents, the new facility will located near the first housing development in Tampines North, Tampines GreenRidges along Tampines Ave 9.…

North-East Line train service resumes after delay

Train service on the North-East Line (NEL) resumed on Wed evening after a delay of about 25 minutes. The service was delayed “due to power fault”, SBS Transit tweeted at 7.18pm. In a tweet at 7.41pm, the operator…

Empower Case to better protect consumers

I read with concern the letter from Mr Yeo Shuan Chee (“Protect man in the street better from dishonest business tactics”; May 30). It is unfair, unfavourable and costly to consumers if all cases of dishonesty and cheating…

Is short-term rental more lucrative than conventional rental?

URA is reviewing its policy on short-term rentals of private homes in Singapore, which shove online sites such as Airbnb and PandaBed into the spotlight. Under the current policy, private homes have to be rented out for periods…

Transactions of strata commercial properties hit new lows

Buying sentiment for strata-titled commercial properties continues to cool amid tapering demand from both end-users and investors, sending transaction volumes to new lows since the global financial crisis. Easing business activities have crimped demand from end-users, and individual…

BlackRock expects to get S$4b for Singapore office tower

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, said it has received EOI for Singapore’s Asia Square Tower 1 and could get more than S$4 billion ($3 billion) for the building whose tenants include Citigroup. BlackRock may also look to…

Third-rail works start next month: SMRT

Transport operator SMRT Corp expects to start replacing the East-West Line’s power-supplying third rail next month. The project will be undertaken by local contractor Gates PCM for $13 million. SMRT will call a tender for a similar project…

Rail improvements to put SMRT on fast track

When Mr Desmond Kuek went from being permanent secretary at MEWR to heading rail operator SMRT Corp three years ago, some of his close friends told him he was either brave or plain crazy. As it turned out,…

Digging deep in Singapore for space solutions

Singapore’s surface-level space crunch has got the Government looking underground instead. This week, PUB announced that it will look at the feasibility of underground reservoirs, with the study expected to be completed by the end of 2017. The…

Used water + food waste + bacteria = energy for Singapore

The Republic can soon look to food waste and used water as energy sources. When food waste and sludge from used water react with bacteria, it converts the organic materials found in them into biogas, which can then…

Asian cities make up 5 of top 10 costliest expat destinations, Singapore at No. 4: Survey

Asia has become one of the most expensive regions for people working abroad, according to a new survey, with its major cities accounting for half of the top 10 costliest expat destinations. Singapore remained at 4th place this…

What makes a national monument?

The recent announcement that the Jurong Town Hall building will be accorded “national monument” status comes as a pleasant surprise. Jurong Town Hall is a prime example of modern architecture in post-independence Singapore and was designed by Architects…

Design of Clementi flat impractical

I am impressed by HDB’s response on the construction quality of its flats, and the assurance that it will do its best to deliver quality flats and assist home buyers with the feedback on their new flats (“Quality…

Do more to secure windows

Reports of windows falling from high-rise HDB flats are frequently in the news. (“Glass window falls from 13th-floor flat in Geylang East”; May 26). Fortunately, no one has been seriously hurt by such objects. Besides poor maintenance, factors…

Driverless bus network can replace feeder buses

Autonomous vehicle technology provides an opportunity to create an evolution in how feeder bus services are designed and managed (“LTA to explore future of driverless vehicles”; June 6). I imagine an autonomous bus system (ABS) that operates from…

A world-class gallery for a global city

In 2010, when Ms Tan Hui Kheng learnt that City Hall and the former Supreme Court were throwing their doors open for an open house, she volunteered to be a guide for the exclusive tours. A museum volunteer…

Have Singapore’s luxury homes hit rock bottom?

Overbuilding in Singapore’s luxury homes sector spurred a flurry of doomsday scenarios, but prices may have already hit bottom, with buyers beginning to nibble. “We are seeing a number of our clients coming back very seriously this time…

S’pore one of world’s weakest housing markets

Singapore has emerged as one of the world’s five weakest housing markets, revealed the latest survey from Global Property Guide. Home prices in the city-state fell 3.45 percent during the year to Q1 2015, its sixth consecutive quarter…

More investors look to self-storage

The self-storage industry has rapidly expanded throughout Asia, fulfilling ever-growing market demand for more storage space. In its latest report, CBRE has revealed that consumer demand is strong, due to favourable demographic trends and robust office and e-commerce…

Drop in industry salaries

Real estate professionals in Singapore and Malaysia are expecting to earn significantly less this year compared with previous years, according to the latest annual RICS and Macdonald & Company Rewards and Attitudes survey, which is now in its…

Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre getting an upgrade

The 32-year-old Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre is undergoing improvement works, and sellers there are hopeful that a refurbished centre will draw the crowds back. Some areas in the centre were hoarded up when ST visited earlier this month.…

Why we need more community museums

Residents of Queenstown have come together to set up a heritage museum in the former wet market at Blk 38, Commonwealth Ave, which the government gazetted for conservation last year. The residents want to showcase artefacts, old photographs…

Govt should explore open tender for rail projects

With the recent spotlight on the open-tender bus contracting model, one wonders if an open-tender system on a similar scale could be introduced for the rail financing framework introduced in 2010. The tender for the first and most…

Rerouting NetLink’s network needs ISP support

We thank Mr Wong Boon Hong for his letter “Design of NetLink’s network seems flawed” (June 13) and the opportunity to address his concerns. NetLink Trust’s network comprises the passive infrastructure that includes the central offices, ducts, manhole…

Property hotspots in Singapore

At any given moment in any given property market, there are properties that are overpriced and properties that are underpriced. The trick is to know the difference. In Singapore, it’s easy to spot the difference. According to SRX…

Buyers flock back to old launches as new residential supply dwindles

Buyers are becoming more interested in previously-launched residential projects, a report by OrangeTee Research revealed. “With the continued taper of the GLS programme since 2H10, we may see a moderate increase in demand for existing new projects. With…

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