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Explore the integration of cultural heritage and development planning; Keppel Club site to start archaeological study this year

21 Jul 2022

Lianhe Zaobao, 21 Jul 2022, 探讨结合文化遗产与发展规划 吉宝俱乐部现址今年展开考古研究
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An archaeological study of the Keppel Club site will begin later this year and be completed prior to the area's redevelopment into a housing estate.
 
The study was announced by National Development Minister Desmond Lee, who said the authorities recognise the history and archaeological potential of the site, which will have more than 9,000 new homes.
 
He added that the study - which the National Heritage Board, Housing Development Board and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will commission - will improve understanding of the site's historical role and significance.
 
In an interview with Lianhe Zaobao, Associate Professor Yeo Kang Shua, Associate Head of Architecture and Sustainable Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, said the archaeological study should be scoped to include areas closest to the coast.
 
He also suggested that agencies look into developing a heritage plan for the area that covers state-owned colonial bungalows in Bukit Chermin.
 
"Mount Pleasant was the first time authorities have made public a cultural heritage study on public housing development. Hopefully, after this study is completed, it will also be made public."