Housing & Development Board (HDB)

The Housing & Development Board (HDB) is Singapore’s public housing authority. It plans and develops Singapore’s housing estates; building homes and transforming towns to create a quality living environment for all. It provides various commercial, recreational and social amenities in its towns for its residents’ convenience.

Established on 1 February 1960 during the nation’s housing crisis, it was tasked with providing sanitary living conditions to replace the prevalent unhygienic slums and crowded squatter settlements. It delivered, and built 21,000 flats in less than three years. By 1965, within a decade of its formation, it had built 54,000 flats.

Singapore’s public housing has housed an entire nation – today, more than one million flats have been completed in 23 towns and three estates across the island. HDB flats spell home for 80 percent of Singapore’s resident population, of which about 90 percent own their home.

For over 50 years, it has provided quality and affordable public housing for generations of Singaporeans, and it is proud to continue doing so.

Housing & Development Board (HDB)

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Could HDB’s Woodleigh Glen in Bidadari represent the future of Singapore’s public housing?

Could HDB’s Woodleigh Glen in Bidadari represent the future of Singapore’s public housing?

Eight roof gardens, a façade design accented by bright orange fins and a sloping roofline. These are just some features of the newest residential precinct by the Housing and Development Board (HDB), Woodleigh Glen, set within the Bidadari housing estate. Pass by and it could easily be mistaken for a private condominium development when it is in fact public housing.  Built in late 2022, Woodleigh Glen is nestled off the junction of Upper Serangoon, Bartley and Braddell Roads, just a stone’s throw from Woodleigh MRT Station along the North East Line (NEL). Because of its location at a prominent junction, it appears that the HDB has put in extra care in ensuring the design of the precinct is not just liveable but also distinctive. With most HDB Build-to-Order (BTO) projects designed by external consultants today, Woodleigh Glen and the neighbouring Woodleigh Hillside stand out for the fact that they are designed in-house by the HDB’s very own Building and Research Institute (HDB BRI).  Notable HDB BRI projects from recent times include the four Punggol Northshore residential precincts as well as…