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    Default Singapore's Sports Hub

    Reported by Cubby Leong in Today, August 1, 2006

    The National Stadium will be torn down in 2007 (the National Day celebrations will be held there for the last time on August 9) and within four years, the Kallang location will be transformed into Singapore's much-hyped Sports Hub (to be completed by mid-2011) comprising:

    * a new 55,000-capacity National Stadium with retractable roof,
    * a new 6,000-capacity world-class indoor aquatic centre,
    * a new 3,000-capacity multi-purpose arena,
    * the existing 12,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium,
    * supporting leisure and commercial developments

    All facilities included in an area of over 35 hectares at Kallang with the new Circle Line (train service) to transport people to and fro the Kallang venue.

    And to ensure the project - billed at between Sing $600 million and $800 - gets off to a spectacular start, the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) are aiming to hold several marquee evnts at the Sports Hub in the first five yers.million

    "We want to host the 2011 SEA Games, if not the 2013 or the 2015 edition," said SSC chief excutive officer Oon Jin Teik.

    "Other events like the Fina World Swimming Championships can also be looked at.

    "It's important to map out a series of events, small, medium and large, to make the year exciting all round."

    While there has been talk of Singapore hosting the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in the near future, Oon feels that even with the Sports Hub up and running by 2011, it would be too soon to bid of such huge events.

    "I'll be happy to have one or two really mega events in a year.

    "But the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games shouldn't be considered at this time because it will take a lot of planning to make it a realistic aspiration."

    (Three selected consortiums, Alphine Consortium, Singapore Gold Consortium and Singapore Sports Hub Consortium, have until the year-end to submit their respective bids to build what is considered to be one of the largest PPP (Public-Private-Partnership) projects in the world.)

    To be successful, a consortium will have to show they can attract and host major sports events, as well as entertainment and leisure programmes in the Sports Hub.

    The winning bid will be announced next March and they will be awarded a 25-year lease and will receive monthly unitary payments by the SSC to run the Sports Hub.
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    Default Kallang Project to be an Icon: Vivian

    Reported in The Straits Times, March 29, 2007 by Chan Yi Shen:

    The new Sports Hub in Kallang will be a Singapore icon like the Esplanade.

    That is the belief of Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan after viewing all three proposals for the project.

    He said yesterday: "I'm glad to say that the three proposals submitted are truly spectacular. Any one of those, if built, will become an icon.

    "In the same way the Esplanade has captured and become part of our identity, appears on our postcards and our images of Singapore, I am very confident that the new Sports Hub will reach that same status."

    Dr Balakrishnan was the guest of honour at the Singapore Sports Council's Chief Executive Officer networking session at the National Stadium yesterday.

    Some 150 business executives attended the event, aimed at engaging companies and corporations to consider sports as a business.

    The three contending consortia - Singapore Gold, Singapore Sports Hub and Alphine Mayreder- submitted their bids last month.

    Expected to cost between $600 million and $800 million, work on the 34-hectare site in Kallang will begin later in the year when the National Stadium is torn down.

    When completed in mid-2011, the hub will include a new 55,000-capacity National Stadium with a retractable roof, a 6,000-capacity indoor aquatic centre and a 3,000-seater multi-purpose arena.

    The winning bid will be announced in the middle of the year.

    Calling the three bids "spectacular", Dr Balakrishnan said that a lot of thought had gone into the designs.

    He added that they took into consideration Singapore's tropical location, its location by the water and its maritime identity and history.

    He said: "My regret is that I can't show you the designs because we have to respect intellectual property.

    "We are going to have a tough time trying to pick one of the three. Unfortunately, we can only build one."

    The first public glimpse of the possible National Stadium of the future will be unveiled today by the Singapaore Gold consortium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh
    Reported by Cubby Leong in Today, August 1, 2006
    geat news about the new stadium and all, but the highlight of the article has got to be the name of the journalist. CUBBY????

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    I have actually met people with names like Curry, Funny and Condom!

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    CONDOM???
    CURRY???
    FUNNY???? (well, that's kinda cute)

    but CONDOM???

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    The is the design by The Singapore Gold Consortium which will make Singapore the first waterfront stadium in the world with an open-ended concept, as reported in today's Straits Times by Nicholas Fang.

    Key features are:

    1. Open-ended Horseshoe Design

    Spectators will get unobstructed view of Kallang Basin and the Singapore skyline. Temporary seats can be erected at empty space, boositng seating capacity.

    2. Retractable Roof

    Specators will get better views of events such as the National Day flypast of military aircraft.

    3. Sports Quay

    Waterfront promenade provides scenic vantage points for fans to watch water sports events such as dragon-boat racing.

    4. Multi-purpose Indoor Arena

    Athletes can continue training even while members of the public are using the venue.

    5. Aquatic and Water Leisure Centre

    6. 200-room Hotel and Serviced Apartments

    7. 36,000 sq m of Commercial and Retail Space, as well as a Sports Museum

    (The second picture is published by the Lianhe Zaobao, a Chinese daily.)
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    Wow.. very nice concept

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    It even has a floating pitch?? Hmm......
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    Cool Great concept and design...

    ..Loh & modious, thanks for sharing them...From reading the article and looking @ the pics, look like the concept/theme is based around water/aquatic sporting events...Can't wait to see the final completion and visit it one day..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctjcad
    ..Loh & modious, thanks for sharing them...From reading the article and looking @ the pics, look like the concept/theme is based around water/aquatic sporting events...Can't wait to see the final completion and visit it one day..
    This may not be the final design as two other contenders have still not revealed their designs to the public. Whatever the case, all three designs have been highly praised and deemed suitable as another icon in the class of Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay (Durian) by our Sports Minister. The final selection is in June.

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    The Straits Times
    November 6 2007

    Sports Hub proposals promise to add buzz to Kallang

    Three groups unveil designs and plans, which include bringing in top sporting events

    By Leonard Lim

    Top sporting events, a 24/7 year-round lifestyle destination and ample entertainment and retail options.

    Singaporeans were promised all these and more when the three consortia bidding to build the Sports Hub - which will replace the 345-year-old National Stadium - unveiled their designs and proposals yesterday.

    The project will transform the Kallang waterfront area from a sleepy nook into a world-class athletic and recreational centre.

    The three bidders are the Alphine group, which includes local construction firm Woh Hup; SingaporeGold (SG), which is led by the Macquirie Group; and the Singapore Sports Hub (SSH) group, which counts design firm Arup Sports among it members.

    The groups have employed architects who have been involved in some world-famous projects, such as Beijing's National Stadium - better known as the "Bird's Nest" - and Munich's Allianz Arena, and have promised that Singapore's new stadium will be equally iconic.

    Alphine's proposal, for example, centres on a stadium that bears a resemblance to the Allianz Arena, the most memorable of the 12 venues for last year's soccer World Cup in Germany because of its exterior, which resembles a pillow.

    The group's plan calls for a similar stadium encased in a translucent membrane made of material similar to Teflon.

    Alphine also has plans for a man-made beach along the Kallang waterfront.

    The SSH's "Premier Park" proposal involves a dome-shamped stadium with a lightweight retractable roof that can be programmed to provide different colour schemes at night.

    The covered roof will allow for the projection of images, similar to that of a "giant IMAX screen", said the group's lead architect, J. Parrish, who had a hand in designing the "Bird's Nest in Beijing.

    Its proposal also includes go-karting and white-water rafting facilities.

    The last bidder, SG, unveiled its proposal for a horse-shoe-shaped stdium that opens out directly onto the waterfront in March.

    It did not announce any major changes to its plan yesterday.

    The three groups had submitted their designs earlier in the year, but were made to go back to the drawing board when the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) announced in June that a public water sports centre, located at the site of the Oasis building, had to be incorporated.

    They were given until September to submit the refined proposals, which were kept under wraps until they were presented to the media yesterday.

    Apart from unique building designs, each consortium also promises to make Singapore a flagship venue for international sports events

    Proposals include an annual pre-season tournament involving top European soccer teams, international cricket matches and tennis tournaments.

    The Sport Hub is the world's first and largest sports facility infrastructure involving a public-private partnership. The scheme is one in which the private sector designs, build, finances and operates public facilities.

    The hub is expected to cost between $650 million and $800 million. It will include a new 55,000-capacity stadium with a retractable roof, a 6,000-capacity indoor aquatic centre, and a 3,000-seater multi-purpose arena, as well as retail and other recreational facilities.

    The winning bidder will be announced in January, and construction is expected to be completed in 2011.

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    Default A year-round Sports Hub for everyone

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    By Leonard Lim:

    Shop and Dine after work-out

    A morning swim, shopping in the afternoon and dinner at a fancy restaurant, followed by cocktails by the Kallang Basin - all within the Sports Hub.

    All these will become reality once the state-of-the-art facility is completed in 2011.

    The three bidders have envisaged an integrated facility that is not only filled when there are sporting events, but is also thronging with visitors all year round.

    About 41,000 sq m of the Sports Hub's total gross floor area of 274,000 sq m must be set aside as commercial space, according to the Singapore Sports Council.

    Alpine's proposal includes a lifestyle and sports hypermarket, an organic supermarket, a commercial gymnasium and six-screen cinema.

    Dining spaces across all market segments will offer visitors a wide variety of options.

    "These retail spaces will act as a linkage between the stadium, multi-purpose indoor arena and aquatic centre," said Eugene Yong, a director of Woh Hup.

    The SG group's design calls for a combination of sports mega-stores, themed retail and dining outlets, a pasar malam and even a themed Sports Bar.

    "There will also be a Sports Hotel, which will be a stand-out element and maximise the commercial viability of the project," said Macquarie executive director Neil Arora, who is head of the SG consortium.

    SSH's plans include an optional hotel.

    Said its spokesman Christain Brezet: "We want to have a Sports Hub that reaches out not just to the sporting community, but also a life-style destination for families and couples."


    Programmes to nurture talent

    Iconic designs and world-class sports events will elevate the Sports Hub into a top sporting venue.

    But the three bidding consortia are also targeting the softer aspects.

    In their proposals, they also emphasised individual community outreach programmes with the aim of inculcating a strong sporting culture among Singaporeans and producing talents.

    The Singapore Sports Hub group's "Premier Park" proposal includes a Sports Institute Next Generation (SING) programme that emphasises youth development.

    "The aim is to encourage more people to pick up sports from a young age, allowing Singapore to spot talent and train its future medal winners through a high-performance programme," said World Sport Group president and chief executive officer Seamus O'Brien.

    "We see the Sports Hub as a catalyst for change in this respect."

    Events management company WSG is one of SSH's bid partners.

    Its plans include a multi-sport Singapore National Games at the Sports Hub for nine days every year, and 192 special nights annually when the public can compete against national and international athletes there.

    As for SingaporeGold, it is leveraging on the expertise of the Australian Institute of Sport, one of its bid partners.

    The AIS is internationally renowned for its ability to develop a strong base of grass-roots development in sports," said Australian Sports Commission chief executive Mark Peters.

    "If we win the bid, we'll set up a training base for our elite athletes here.

    "Top coaches, sports scientists and athletes can conduct workshops and seminars for locals and share our best practices.

    "Hopefully, then Singapore will see more podium finishes on the global stage."

    As for the Alpine consortium, its water-sports centre will provide an environment for elite athletes and the public to enjoy sport together.


    BY Terrence Voon:

    Water sports a vital feature

    Singaporeans can look forward to a big splash when the Sports Hub is completed - no matter who wins the bid.

    All three bidders have made water activities at the Kallang Basin a cornerstone of their plans.

    This means that visitors will be able to enjoy activities like sailing, canoeing, jet-skiing and even white-water rafting all year round.

    The consortia were told to include a water-sports hub in their design plans earlier this year.

    The water-sports hub will be at the site of the Oasis building, a popular eating destination for Singaporeans.

    All three delivered, through in different ways.

    Alpine Mayreder, for example, will build a boathouse morth of the 35ha development, near where the Police Coast Guard headquarters used to be.

    The facilities there will also be used to house the offices of national sports associations.

    A visitors' centre is situated in the south, complete with a viewing tower and an "urban beach" for beach volleyball games.

    The Singapore Sports Hub group also went big on water-related activities.

    Aside from a Watersports Centre that can host sports like kayaking and dragon-boat races, there are also plans to construct a 3,300 sq m waterfront promenade.

    The group also wants to build a man-made white-water rafting facility, believed to be the first of its kind in the region.

    All three design plans also include a 500m-long course for water-based races.

    Said Neil Arora, head of SingaporeGold: "We have over 41,000 sq ft of commercial space at the Sports Hubs - we'll be delighted to give the tenants of Oasis a place there."

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    this brings higher tax mang, it looks really expensive. But with the stadium torn down, means no singapore open next year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yy_ling View Post
    this brings higher tax mang, it looks really expensive. But with the stadium torn down, means no singapore open next year?
    No, it doesn't mean higher tax. In fact if you're talking about income tax(direct taxation), the rate has been going down, but the GST, which is based on consumption (or indirect tax), has gone up. But despite lower income tax, the Inland Revenue is collecting more money because companies and individuals are making more money.

    Furthermore, from what I understand this Singapore Hub is not totally financed by the government as there will be private partnership with the public sector. The successful bidder will contribute not only money but also ensure that the project is successful on a long-term basis. This uniquie arrangement seems to be the first of its kind in the world. Some details can be found in the above articles.

    The Singapore Open has for a long time been held at the beautiful Singapore Indoor Stadium and most probably will continue to be held there. Although SIS is in Kallang itself, it will not be pulled down, only the outdoor National Stadium will be demolished.

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    wow that great a new beautiful singapore sport hub that is really great men awesome it really beautiful

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    The 3 designs have been revealed in the local newspapers today, all look very impressive.

    Personally I prefer the "Horse-shoe" design by the Singapore Gold consortium as I found the "Dome" design by Singapore Sports Hub and the one by Alpine's are similar to many other major stadium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linus View Post
    I have actually met people with names like Curry, Funny and Condom!
    condom? i wonder what happened how did it get to that?

    on to the matter of the design, wow that would be so cool. just hope for no tsunami or flash flood or the stadium would be a mess. but i guess they must have thought of it and have contigency plans for natural disasters. woh! seriously creative juices flowing there...

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