Gillman Barracks to have a farmers’ market and farm-to-table dining options as part of rejuvenation plans

The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) plans to introduce more food and lifestyle concepts to the contemporary arts cluster.

Naren Sankar

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Published: 24 May 2022, 5:17 PM

Bistros, farm-to-table restaurants and a farmers’ market are just some of the many offerings that visitors to Gillman Barracks can expect in future, after plans to rejuvenate the area into a lifestyle enclave are completed.

These plans were announced by the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) on May 24 to inject vibrancy into the arts cluster of Alexandra Road, which had seen various art galleries pull out in previous years due to a low number of visitors.

SLA kicked off these plans by opening tenders for five blocks for dining or lifestyle purposes. Four of the blocks are currently occupied with their lease ending in early 2023.

SLA will consider whether the proposals by the potential tenants incorporate green initiatives into business operations, as part of SLA’s push to make Gillman Barracks an eco-friendly precinct.

In addition, Gillman Barracks will also undergo infrastructure upgrading. Covered linkways will be added along some walking paths to connect some of the 17 blocks. Wayfindings and pit stops for cyclists will also be installed.

The upgrading works, which began this February and cost about $2 million, are targeted for completion in early 2023.

The area is the site of former military barracks dating back to 1936 named after General Sir Webb Gillman, a well-known officer of the British Army. It occupies a 6.6ha site and in 2012, was transformed into an arts cluster. The SLA took over management of the area from JTC Corp in March 2020.

SLA chief executive Colin Low said: “Families, cyclists, hikers, arts enthusiasts, nature lovers, as well as the working community and residents in Alexandra and Telok Blangah, and future residents at the newly announced Greater Southern Waterfront, can look forward to experience varied offerings throughout the day. There will be something for everyone.”

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