Goodbye, rainbow blocks …

Rochor Centre, known for the 
 brightly coloured facades of differing shades of blue, green, red and yellow, will be demolished in June 2018. What’s left are just memories.

We are saddened by the decision to demolish Rochor Centre as the buildings’ deck of rainbow colours are simply breathtaking!

Before the demolition happened, we brought the kids to the estate. The place, though vacant, was filled with birds and cool breeze. What’s not to love?

This is also my first time flying a drone (high up in the skies) to document the beautiful place. Goodbye, Rochor Centre. Goodbye, rainbow blocks. Enjoy the documentary!

History

Rochor Centre was a group of buildings in Singapore built by the Housing and Development Board. Dating back to the 1960s, there was an increasing number of people living in slum-like condition with poor sanitation due to the insufficient housing for Singapore’s increasing population. Therefore, as part of the urban renewal program under the Housing and Development Board, Rochor Centre was built and completed in 1977 to take in residents and businesses that was uprooted across the city.

Rochor Centre is bound by Rochor and Ophir Roads and Queen Street in the south of Singapore, just outside of the Central Business District. There are total of 4 blocks (Blocks 1 through 4). The first three floors consist of shophouses and offices. The fourth floor is a void deck, and residents stay from the fifth floor onwards. The top floor is level 17. Rochor Centre has over 180 shops that sell a wide variety of goods.

In 15 November 2011, it was announced that the Rochor Centre would be acquired by the government to make way for the new 21.5 km North-South Expressway (NSE) and Ophir-Rochor development programme. This NSE will become Singapore’s 11th expressway and connects the northern parts of the island with the East Coast Parkway (ECP) when it is completed in 2023. As a result, it will reduce the burden off the congested Central Expressway (CTE) and benefit all those living in the East and North of Singapore by cutting down the rush hour journeys by up to 30%.

As of December 2016, 533 out of 567 households who were living in Rochor Centre had all moved out since the completion in March 2015. The HDB blocks started construction in April 2012 at Kallang Trivista. They had accepted our apartments at the Kallang Trivista complex.

As a result, residents moved to Kallang Trivista, with the exception of some residents moving to Tampines, an HDB estate located at Upper Boon Keng Road by end October 2016. The Victoria Street Wholesale Centre was torn down and moved to Kallang. All the households were moved out by February 2017.

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