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Jurong Innovation District, Singapore

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On this page: Illustration of how the popularity of innovation districts increases the rental revenue collected by the government. Find case studies below, or visit the Guidelines on Innovative Revenues for Infrastructure section and the Content Outline, or Download the Full Report.

Project Summary:


Value Creation in the control of real-estate development rights can be well illustrated by considering hubs such as Education Hubs, Health hubs, Digital Hubs, Transit-Oriented Developments, Mixed-use Developments and Innovation Districts.

Innovation districts are geographic areas where public and private stakeholders collaborate to attract entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business incubators to revitalize depressed downtown areas.1

The rise of innovation districts can be attributed to their inherent benefits. Innovation districts are well-equipped with state-of-the-art amenities and equipment that lessees can tap on, enhancing their corporate productivity and experience of workers, customers, and users. Consequently, the popularity of innovation districts increases the rental revenue collected by the government.

Project Structure

Community-orientated value creation

The manufacturing sector in Singapore contributes approximately 21% of Singapore's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs almost 500,000 staff, making it a pivotal industry in Singapore.2

Jurong Innovation District (JID), Singapore's first 600-hectare innovation hub, was built to spur innovation in areas such as robotics, advanced manufacturing, urban solutions, clean technologies, and intelligent logistics.

The hub is expected to create some 1,200 jobs in the next 18 months, with the district's workforce growing to over 4,500 once companies such as industrial developer Surbana Jurong and bicycle components heavyweight Shimano move their operations into the district.3

The construction of JID has revitalized Jurong from a brownfield area of old industries and low-productivity warehouses into a lively industrial park aimed at catalyzing innovation.

Furthermore, concentrating all the manufacturing powerhouses of Singapore in a single district facilitates the creation of a manufacturing ecosystem.


JID comprises five precincts: Nanyang Technological University, Cleantech Park, Bahar, Bulim, and Tengah. Presently, anchor tenants of Jurong Innovation District include Nanyang Technological University, Siemens, Shimano, and YCH Group.

In 2020, JID continued to make strides to become Asia's advanced manufacturing hub. Over the past year, it attracted $420 million worth of new investments.

Key players for delivering improved services

JID is a development by JTC, a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. JTC is in charge of Singapore's industrial progress developing and managing industrial estates and providing facilities to enhance operations of industries.

For example, fully serviced plots and buildings that appeal to leading businesses to co-locate in a commercial ecosystem, attracting and retaining the best global talent.

Mechanism for Maximizing Funding for Infrastructure

Rental revenue earned by JTC ultimately flows to the government as JTC is a statutory board. Consequently, the government can utilize the revenue to develop more serviced plots for industrial development.

In 2020, rental income from land and building contributed 88.7% to JTC's total operating revenue of SGD 2.3  billion.4

Typical Business Model

Government Landowner
Statutory Board Responsible for industrial development
Lessees Rents the space and pays a fixed rental fee

In JTC Corporation's current business model, lessees are charged a fixed rental fee to lease land, office, or shared spaces in Jurong Innovation District. Size, location, and the availability of amenities are factors that determine the rental fee.

Lessons Learned

Confidence for sustainable delivery for communities

  • State-of-the-art facilities at Jurong Innovation District enhance the productivity of its locators while providing a stable revenue stream for JTC for it to perform its mandate of championing Singapore's industrial progress.

Managing the risks

  • JTC follows standard lease agreements for its land and/or building with contract provisions that require lessees to adhere to pre-agreed uses ensuring that a development is in line with Singapore's broader strategy.
  • JTC is conservative in risk taking as a landlord of industrial estates rather than as a co-investor.

Footnote 1: The rise of innovation districts

Footnote 2: 5 things you should know about Jurong Innovation District - Singapore's advanced manufacturing hub

Footnote 3: JTC Corporation Annual Report FY2020

Footnote 4: Ibid


The Guidelines on Innovative Revenues for Infrastructure (IRI) is intended to be a living document and will be reviewed at regular intervals. They have not been prepared with any specific transaction in mind and are meant to serve only as general guidance. It is therefore critical that the Guidelines be reviewed and adapted for specific transactions

To find more, visit the Innovative Revenues for Infrastructure section and the Content Outline, or Download the Full Report.  For feedback on the content of this section of the website or suggestions for links or materials that could be included, please contact the PPPLRC at




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Updated: February 26, 2024