Watersports Centre To Be Incorporated Into Singapore Sports Hub Project

Singapore , 14 Jun 2007

Watersports Centre To Be Incorporated Into Singapore Sports Hub Project
Singapore, 13 June 2007

The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) announced today that a public watersports centre would now be incorporated into the Singapore Sports Hub project, at the site where the current Oasis Building is located. With this latest enhancement, the three short-listed consortia bidding for the project will be asked to enhance their tenders and submit their refined proposals incorporating the new requirements by September 2007. The successful bidder will then be selected by December 2007.

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, said: "Integrating a watersports facility into the Sports Hub will create a vibrant, exciting one-stop centre for land and water sports, leisure and recreational activities. Members of the public can look forward to more water-based activities, like canoeing, dragon-boating and rowing, in the Kallang Basin and the Greater Marina Bay area."

Land in Kallang where the Oasis Building currently resides has been gazetted today for acquisition. The inclusion of the Oasis site will enhance the overall masterplanning and integration of design for the Sports Hub project. The Singapore Sports Council will be issuing a formal set of documents to the three Sports Hub bidding consortia on the additional requirements for the watersports centre. These requirements include having a strong community focus for the water-based activities, incorporating the needs of the relevant water-based National Sports Associations, and integrating the infrastructure and programming into the bidders' overall submissions. The consortia will be given 10 weeks to refine their proposals and incorporate the watersports centre element.

Mr Oon Jin Teik, CEO of SSC, said: "As a part of the Sports Hub, the watersports centre will provide the following benefits for Sporting Singapore: first, it will position Singapore Sports Hub as the world's first large-scale land and sea sports facility with integrated programming; and second, it will offer Singaporeans a new, expanded set of opportunities to play, watch, and enjoy sports. I am really excited to see a watersports centre being included as part of the Sports Hub."


Enclosures

Annex A: Singapore Sports Hub Site Map
Annex B: Singapore Sports Hub Consortium Team List

For media inquiries, please contact:


Alvin Hang
Assistant Director (Group Communications)
Singapore Sports Council
DID: 6340 9671
HP: 9222 1010
Fax: 6345 2541
Email: alvin_hang@ssc.gov.sg


About the Sports Hub
Scheduled to be completed in 2011, the Sports Hub will be a cluster of world-class venues to cater to international sporting and entertainment events and a lifestyle hub with sports as a theme. Occupying an area of over 34 hectares, the Sports Hub will include a 55,000-seater National Stadium with a retractable roof, an Aquatic cum Water Leisure Centre with a seating capacity of up to 6,000 seats, a 3,000 seater multi-purpose indoor arena to accommodate multi-sport elite training and competitions, the existing 12,000 seater Indoor Stadium and supporting commercial developments.

About SSC
The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) is Singapore's lead agency tasked with developing sports in Singapore. Our vision is to create a Sporting Singapore where Sports is a way of life. SSC aims to develop sports champions and create enjoyable sporting experiences for Singapore through the three strategic thrusts of cultivating a sporting culture, achieving sports excellence and creating a vibrant sports industry. Formed on 1 October 1973, SSC is a statutory board under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports. SSC's address on the world wide web: www.ssc.gov.sg




 
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