About Anchorvale / Sengkang
Sengkang is a Chinese name that means prosperous harbour. The name is derived from Lorong Sengkang Road, off Lorong Buangkok. In Malay, Lorong means street and Sengkang implies to wedge, block or chock. This area was previously called Kangkar which refers to foot inspired by a fishing port that used to be along Sungei Serangoon.
The estate is situated in the northeast area of Singapore and has seven sub-zones occupying 1,055 ha. Sengkang borders Central Expressway to the west, Tampines Expressway to the north, a major arterial road to the east and Yio Chu Kang Road to the south. Sengkang is made up of private housing, high rise public flats and Housing Development Board (HDB). The area also features areas for industrial use and all the essential amenities.
Sengkang can be accessed through Tampines and Central Expressways. Buangkok and Sengkang MRT stations on the North-East MRT Line also provide easy access to Sengkang. Sungei Serangoon and Sungei Punggol rivers in Sengkang provide scenic views.
In the mid-20th century, Sengkang was already home to pineapple, pepper and rubber plantations. During this time, the only nearby public housing estate was Punggol Rural Centre situated along Punggol Road. The area was largely isOLAted before 1994. Housing in the area took a new turn in 1994 after an urban design team of 10 from HDB started conceptualisation for the development of a new town in Sengkang. Subsequently, Sengkang was split into 7 subzones that would house up to 95,000 private and public housing units.
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Labelled by the local newspapers, the town theme was duped “Town of the Seafarer.” The phrase reflects Sengkang’s history as a fishing village. The four neighbourhood areas; Fernvale, Anchorvale, Compassvale, and Rivervale were given two sub-themes. One signified Sengkang’s marine history and the other theme related to the extensive plantations that formerly occupied the area.
Then neighbouring areas of Sengkang were also given a colour scheme and a name that matched their theme. In design, the housing blocks, the stilt effect, and three-storey pilots were used resembling the trunks of the plantations and the stilts of fishing villages of past years.
In 1997, the first apartment blocks at Rivervale, locally referred to as flats were completed. Compass Point Shopping Centre situated at the centre of Sengkang town was opened in 2002. The shopping centre was shut for renovation in October 2015 and later renamed 1 Sengkang Mall after its reopening. The Seletar Mall situated in Sengkang West was opened in 2015. Other amenities, like parks and schools, continue to increase in the area. By the end of March 2017, there were more than 65,981 HDB housing units in Sengkang.