Sengkang means prosperous harbour in Chinese. This area used to be a fishing port along the Sungei Serangoon. Fishing villages, rubber, pepper and pineapple planations flourished in this area in the olden days.
Before the town was developed, it was home to farms and tropical forests. There was a few low rise residential in Punggol Rural Centre accomodating those resettled farmers located along Punggol Road. Those blocks was enbloc to make way for high rise residential.
In 1994, HDB started to conceptualise a new town in Sengkang. Sengkang is subdivided into few zone which will eventually housed aproximately 100k public and private housing.
Sengkang is also the first satellite new town in Singapore to have its major public transport amenities built in tandem with the main public housing development. The main heavy rail tunnels through Sengkang and the elevated track infrastructure of the intra-town Sengkang LRT were developed as the existing public housing blocks were being built in the late 1990s. An integrated approach to transport, housing and commercial uses was also adopted in the planning of the town centre of Sengkang. Commuters alighting at Sengkang MRT/LRT have direct access to the Sengkang Bus Interchange, the shopping mall at Compass Point and the residential development at Compass Heights in a contiguous building complex.
The first apartment blocks in Sengkang at Rivervale were completed in 1997. By mid 2001, about 34k of units have been completed. By 2006, there are clsoe to 400 HDB apartment blocks in Sengkang New Town, comprising of four-roomers, five-roomers and executive flats.
Senkang is located north of Hougang, in the north east region of Singapore. The town is bounded by Tampines Expressway (TPE), Kallang Paya Lebar expressway (KPE) to the east, Hougang town to the south and Jalan Kayu to the west. Sengkang town centre is located in Compassvale.
Sengkang’s two main rivers, Sungei Punggol and Sungei Serangoon, bring life through the town with a network of green connectors along their water banks, linking Yio Chu Kang, Sengkang and Punggol, and Hougang. We start with Sengkang Riverside linking to Punggol Waterway finally ending at Punggol Park. Sengkang have one of the nicest swimming complex, Sengkang Swimming Complex which have a featured pool with water slides features. These park connectors are linked to the Coney Island Park in Punggol New Town and the existing Punggol Park in the south, to better serve the recreational needs of the residents of Sengkang. Sengkang Sculpture Park, located in Compassvale, is an elongated green space created below the LRT viaducts.
Today, Sengkang houses several shopping malls like Compass One, Rivervale Mall, Rivervale Plaza, Seletar Mall. It have big eateries like Kopitiam Square (Compassvale) and Kopitiam City (Buangkok). Wet markets located in Kopitiam Square and Rivervale Plaza. It also houses few 24 hrs NTUC for the residents’ grocery needs.