Jurong was developed as Singapore’s first industrial town in 1961 to drive our industrialisation efforts and create jobs for Singaporeans. Public housing estates were built in areas such as Teban Gardens and Taman Jurong so that workers and their families could live close by. Recreational spaces such as Jurong Lake, Science Centre, and the Chinese and Japanese Gardens were also built to enhance the living environment.
In 1991, the land around the Jurong East MRT interchange was designated as a regional centre to create more jobs outside the city. International Business Park (Singapore’s first business park for knowledge-based activities) and JTC Summit (headquarters for JTC Corporation) were among the first developments. Five decades on, the former swamp is now a manufacturing hub for many high-value industries and an attractive residential town.
Jurong Regional Centre became Jurong Lake District (JLD) in 2008, with a new plan to help shed its industrial image and bring more offices, retail, homes and leisure to the area. Today, JLD brings some of the buzz, brands and mix of uses of the city to western Singapore. JLD will take many decades to realise, at least 2040 and beyond. When completed, more than 100,000 new jobs and 20,000 new homes will be created. Similar to how Jurong was turned into an industrial powerhouse 50 years ago, JLD is set to transform the west of Singapore once again.
Identified as a model for urban sustainability under the Singapore Green Plan 2030, the district will support Singapore’s ambition to be a carbon services hub and a leading centre for green finance in Asia and globally. Envisaged to attract a new generation of firms from the technology, e-commerce, sustainability and business services sectors, Jurong Lake District will be the epicentre to support talent and companies in creating new growth and new jobs in green innovation. In this government-supported Built Environment Living Lab, companies can conveniently co-locate R&D and commercial trials in one place to facilitate faster lab-to-market prototyping and scaling.