In June 2012, HDB announced that Blk 1A to 6A of Woodlands Centre Road has been selected for Selective En-bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS). Residents of these 6 blocks, built in 1980, will move over the replacement flats at Woodlands Drive 70 in 2016.
Blk 6A Woodlands Centre Road, where Sheng Siong Supermarket is located
The Old Woodlands Town Centre was developed since the early 1970s. Located next to the checkpoint, it was frequented by both locals and Malaysians.
Blk 2A Woodlands Centre Road, with its coloured columns
The estate stands approximately at the original site of Marsiling Village. Interestingly, all the block numbers here end with the suffix “-A”.
The most iconic feature in this estate is the presence of various spiral ramps and circular features. The most prominent one is located next to Blk 6A, connecting it to the overhead bridge across Woodlands Centre Point.
Circular & spiral features
Two other such ramps are found on both sides of an underpass located next to Blk 3A, connecting the estate to the Woodlands Town Garden. One ramp leads underground while another continues in a spiral staircase up to a watchtower.
Spiral ramp leading to underpass
Demolished: Late 1990s
The old bus interchange has been converted into a heavy vehicle car park (closer to Block 1A in the background)
The old town centre was served by a bus interchange since its early years. Its function was replaced by the Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange in 1996.
Old Shaw Brothers Cinema
The estate is also home to the old Woodlands Cinema, owned by Shaw Brothers, which enjoyed its primetime as a cineplex in the 1980s, until declining usage led to its closure in the 2000s.
Taking a peek into its history
This corridor used to be lined with huge billboards
Constructed: Late 1990s
Located next to the cinema is the Woodlands Point, a small shopping arcade still functioning today.
In March 2017, it was announced that the plots of land occupied by Woodlands Point and the old Woodlands Cinema will be acquired by the state for the extension of Woodlands Checkpoint. Tenants have until October 2018 to move out.
Designed by HDB
Woodlands Town Garden
The Woodlands Town Garden was built by the HDB in 1983. In the park is an assortment of Chinese pavilions and Malay huts, and the landscaping is influenced by a mixture of both styles. Despite spanning a total of 12.8ha, it seemed to be severely under-utilised.
”Ethnicity” themed landscaping and features
A sand-based playground can also be found in the park. With most playgrounds in Singapore converted to rubber bases, this is probably one of the few remaining ones left.
With the opening of the Woodlands MRT Station in the 1990s, the town centre was shifted there, complete with its own shopping mall and bus interchange.
The old town centre is then gradually forgotten by many.
File Last Updated: March 30, 2017