Tanglin Halt and Stirling Road Heritage Assessment (2015–2016)

Detailed Documentation

Heritage assessments typically guide planners and decision-makers in charge of deciding the fate of a building or complex. Such assessments, which discuss the architectural, social and historical merits of a given structure, are in-depth and detail rich.

My Community submitted a 182-page heritage assessment report on rental blocks 45, 48 and 49, and the HDB terrace apartments at 41-44, 46-47, 50, 52-53 and 55-58 Stirling Road, to the National Heritage Board in 2015 and 2016. The goal of the assessment: to provide thorough information about these buildings to have them factored into the Government’s plans early on.

Constructed between 1959 to 1963, the buildings are Singapore’s first HDB flats and terrace apartments. They were analysed by My Community’s resident architecture researcher as representative of the utilitarian and functional nature of early-1960s HDB flats during Singapore’s nation-building years.

My Community believes the structures possess exceptional local and national historical significance as they demonstrate the evolution of Singapore’s housing landscape from an island once covered in kampungs to its densely packed high-rise state today.