On 13 February 1959 a fire started in Kampong Tiong Bahru, leaving 12.000 people homeless (source: NLB).
SIT quickly cleared the area and built few 5-storey blocks with 1-Room flats and 9-storey blocks as well as terraced houses.
1970-1978 slab block with 4-Room Improved (82-84 sqm or -88 sqm with kitchen extension), stairs for each two units.
Jurong Town Corporation established in 1968 and built 5 estates in parallel with HDB: Taman Jurong, built 1964/1969-1974, most demolished in 1990s and 2000s).
The SIT housing was similar with British housing, 2-storey terraced houses, 3/4-storey walk-up flats, and since 1950s, 7/9-storey high-rise flats, plus one 14-storey block built in Queenstown in 1956.
Should send this letter to HDB with suggestion how to make better public housing? In 32 years, SIT built only 23,000 flats, housing 8.8% of Singapore population in 1959.
During 1950s (or even earlier), SIT also built terraced houses, two clusters survived: Jalan Bahagia (in Whampoa, 28 blocks, 200 units), Stirling Road (in Queenstown, 13 blocks, 84 units).
Most units are 3-Room (originally 78 sqm) but on Stirling Road there are some 4-Room (99 sqm).
Some floor plans of rental flats are available on HDB Info WEB under PPHS (whole block floor plans, no dimensions).
This article is often cited in forums or shared on Facebook Please cite the link to main page /singapore/hdbfloorplans Show to your friends ALL the articles about HDB provided on site, not just 1 page! Queenstown: Princess Margaret (SIT 1952-1958) vs Tanglin Halt (HDB 1962-1964), source: sg Singapore Improvement Trust set up in 1927, public housing developments were small-scale, until Tiong Bahru started in 1936 and Queenstown started in 1952 and completed by HDB in 1960s.
1-Room flats were introduced in 1958, as 3-storey blocks with double-loaded corridor.
In early 1970s four new towns were started: Bedok, Marine Parade, Telok Blangah, Woodlands (Marsiling estate); also for smaller estates like Kallang Basin and St.
George (in Kallang); Geylang East, Haig Road, Jalan Eunos and Sims (in Geylang); Dover, Ghim Moh, Holland Village (in Queenstown); Farrer Road (in Bukit Timah), Lorong Lew Lian (in Serangoon), Sin Ming (in Bishan).