SkyParc @ Dawson, which was completed in December last year, is one of 16 projects recognised for its excellent design, engineering and construction at this year’s HDB Awards. A Housing Board project in Queenstown, it is not just a home to residents, it also welcomes solitary bees and small birds such as the oriental magpie-robin, thanks to insect hotels, hanging drilled wood logs and nest boxes that recreate habitats for a thriving local biodiversity.
Designed by home-grown firm Design Link Architects, the project comprises 810 two-room flexi as well as three-, four- and five-room units across three blocks. It is one of the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers) replacement sites for Tanglin Halt residents.
On the ground level, a 200m-long community eco-corridor offers pockets of seating beneath 18 mature shady trees, including rain tree and broad-leafed mahogany.
The pedestrianised corridor was formerly part of Margaret Drive and the architects specifically planned around existing mature trees to help enhance vegetation and retain wildlife in the area.
A vegetated bioswale, a type of green infrastructure designed to capture and hold rainwater run-off to prevent flooding, stretches along the length of the eco-corridor.