Who We Are

Key Milestones

 

1960s to 2000s - Driving Singapore's Developing Economy

 

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.

 

2008 to 2025s | Changing the Industrial Character of Jurong

 

 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.

The plan to locate the terminus of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) in JLD is a game-changer. It will make the district a gateway for cross-border business and travel. With the potential to plug into regional growth opportunities, JLD will be developed as Singapore’s largest mixed-use business district outside the city centre.

 

2026 and Beyond | Leveraging New Connectivity for Future Opportunities

 

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.