Oasis Terraces is an integrated development located at Block 681, Punggol Drive. It was conceived as a “new generation of neighbourhood centres”, combining communal spaces with retail and healthcare. It’s right next to Oasis LRT station, making it easily accessible. It overlooks the waterfront, and houses a neighbourhood centre, a polyclinic, and a sheltered community plaza. There is also a rooftop garden where residents can try their hand at urban farming.
The background of Oasis Terraces
In 2015, HDB announced that two new neighbourhood centres would be constructed in Punggol. One was Northshore Plaza, and the other was Oasis Terraces. Construction for Oasis Terraces began on 22nd August, 2015, and it was completed in June 2018. Built beside the waterway, the centre has 295,000 square feet (27,400 m2) of gross floor area, with a retail area of 193,750 square feet (18,000 m2) spread over five storeys. The polyclinic occupies four levels. On HDB’s website, it states that Oasis Terraces is “envisioned to be a place that provides fun shopping, promotes healthy living and fosters community bonding”.
The development is designed with sustainability as its key influence, and is connected with “green” ramps and terraces. Rainwater runoff from these structures is collected and treated through a bioretention system that is integrated into the landscape. The treated sewage from the building is used in auto irrigation of the greenery on the ramps and terrace. In addition, Oasis Terraces also harvests rainwater, has solar-ready roofs, and sensor-activated fans. It is also an award winner in the 2015 World Architecture Festival under the Experimental-Future Project category.
What Oasis Terraces offers
There is a sheltered community plaza, where community events and recreational events will be hosted for residents living nearby. It also features an outdoor water play area for families to bring their children.
Punggol Waterway is accessible via a dedicated pedestrian walkway which cuts through the development. Oasis LRT and neighbouring blocks are linked to Oasis Terraces via covered walkways, so getting around even when it’s raining is less of a hassle.
The development is also home to Punggol Polyclinic, which is the 19th polyclinic in Singapore. The clinic offers a wide array of medical services – apart from outpatient medical care, the clinic also offers X-rays, physiotherapy, podiatry services and women’s health services.
For daily necessities, there is an NTUC Fairprice that is open until 11pm. In need of speciality seafood? The Seafood Market Place by Song Fish will see to that. For those who want to workout, a 24-hour fitness centre is also available. If you’re shopping for school supplies or books, Popular Bookstore can provide you with what you need.
Dining options at Oasis Terraces
If you’re hungry, worry not – there are plenty of options to satisfy a rumbling stomach. Rise & Grind Coffee Co, originally from Bukit Timah, is a little cafe that has interesting fusion dishes. Notable ones include Pulled Pork Benedict, Tom Yum Seafood Pasta and Sweet Potato Fries with Mentaiko Mayo.
If fusion cuisine is not your fancy, you can also check out other options. Dim Sum Inc. is a casual Cantonese-style restaurant by the established Crystal Jade group. The menu at this diner-style eatery is less extensive than what one would normally find at a Crystal Jade restaurant, but the quality of the dishes isn’t lacking. Don’t miss out on the har kau, chee cheong fun and their rice bowls and noodle dishes.
Lau Wang Claypot Delights serves up traditional claypot delights and sees long queues since it opened at Oasis Terraces. They’re crowded on weekends, with long waiting times – so it’s advisable to head over on weekdays if you’re able to. They’ve been around since 1985, so you can be sure the food doesn’t disappoint. The must-trys include Sesame Chicken Claypot, homemade ngoh hiang, and their signature herbal frog leg soup. The soup has a nourishing herbal broth and generous portions of frog meat.
Tampopo is a Japanese restaurant that prides itself on serving quality meals. Their name means “dandelion” in Japanese, and the restaurant prides themselves on using quality ingredients imported directly from Japan. Try their Iberico Pork Tomahawk, as well as their Wagyu Beef Set with Rice.
If you’re in the mood for fried chicken, you’re in luck – ChikSoo specialises in just that, as well as bingsu for dessert after you’ve polished off your main meal. Their chicken wings have a crispy outside and a juicy inside, and a choice of three sauces – Soya Sauce, Sweet Chilli, and Hot & Spicy. Feeding a group? Go for their Army Stew, which is great for sharing.
Other options include KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mian, Lao Jiang Superior Soup and Starbucks for when you need a drink after a hearty meal.
Should you want to head outside, there is a large variety of outdoor recreational activities to keep you occupied.
What’s in store for Punggol
Punggol used to be infamously “ulu” – that is, inaccessible, and barren of amenities. However, it is now a rising star as far as HDB estates go. A town hub is planned for 2021, and the Punggol Digital District, which aims to be a mecca of technology and future-technology. The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) also plans to move its campus to the area in 2023, and further expand its student capacity to 12,000.
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