Singapore's Sentosa-Brani tourism masterplan under review


Big plans to redevelop Sentosa island are now under review.


Plans to develop Singapore’s Sentosa and Brani islands into a world class leisure and tourist destination are under review, according to local media reports.


The Sentosa-Brani tourism masterplan was revealed in the autumn of 2019, just months prior to the outbreak of the pandemic. The 600 hectare project aimed to integrate the two islands, expanding Sentosa’s existing tourism offerings and rewilding the former industrial port of Pulau Brani.


Natural habitats, including coastal coral reefs between Brani and Sentosa, wetland areas and sandy beachfronts, were to be reinstated.


Under the Senstosa-Brani tourism masterplan, the redeveloped islands were to feature five zones, including a Vibrant Cluster with attractions and outdoor performance space, Island Heart offering indoor and outdoor attractions, Waterfront with a futuristic discovery park, Ridgeline with nature and heritage attractions connecting Mount Faber, Pulau Brani, Mount Serapong and Mount Imbiah to Fort Siloso, and Beachfront boasting family-friendly water-themed attractions.


The masterplan was part of a wider government initiative to rejuvenate Singapore’s Greater Southern Waterfront.


The masterplan was expected to be implemented over two to three decades. However, construction work on the first milestone project - Sentosa Sensoryscape, a 30,000sqm multisensory two-tiered walkway connecting Resorts World Sentosa in the north with Sentosa’s beaches in the south - was halted following the outbreak of Covid-19. The S$90 million walkway was originally due for completion this year.


The entire Sentosa-Brani masterplan is now reported to be under review by Sentosa Development Corporation. Along with rising building costs, it’s believed the plan may need to go back to the drawing board due to changing tourist attitudes in the wake of the pandemic. Post-pandemic feasibility studies are reportedly being carried out.


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