Chip Bee Gardens is a military estate established in the mid-1950s to house British army personnel based in Pasir Panjang, Tanglin and Alexandra. The estate comprised of six blocks of apartment flats, semi-detached houses and two rows of shop houses, which served as mess hall for the British soldiers to socialise, play billiards and conduct meetings.
The development of British military bases after World War II brought about the second wave of Europeans into Singapore. Large military bases in Pasir Panjang were establisehd and thousand of British military officers and soldiers were recruited to staff them. The Tanglin and Holland subdisctricts became favoured establishments for these military personnel who found the city centre congested.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the double row of shophouses at Chip Bee Gardens were used for residential, social and recreational purposes. With the withdrawal of the British Armed Forces in 1971, the ground floor units of the Chip Bee shophouses were consolidated and subdivided into separate retail outlets whereas the residential estate was rented to new tenants comprising of mainly expatriate teachers. The earliest outlets in Chip Bee Gardens were Jane’s Salon, Peter’s Butchery and Chrisvic Caterers.