800-seat hawker centre, indoor sports hall to open at Bukit Canberra
800-seat hawker centre, indoor sports hall to open at Bukit Canberra. Residents in the Sembawang area will have access to an 800-seat hawker centre and an indoor sports hall beginning in the third quarter of this year.
The Bukit Canberra integrated sports and community hub, when completed, will include the first polyclinic nestled within community facilities.
“Because we have an aging population in the northern part of Singapore,” said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung on Sunday, “it will supplement the current infrastructure for primary care in the area” (June 5).
The polyclinic will offer a wide range of medical services, including acute and chronic disease treatment, as well as women’s health services like cervical and breast cancer screening.
“I hope we can combine healthcare with all of the social activities to bring about preventive care and healthy living for the residents of this town,” Mr Ong said during a visit to the Canberra Link construction site.
The polyclinic’s opening date has yet to be determined.
The 12ha hub developed by Sport Singapore will initially open in the first half of 2020, bringing together multiple agencies such as the People’s Association, Ministry of Health, and National Parks Board.
It will eventually have five swimming pools and Singapore’s largest ActiveSG gym.
Canberra House, formerly known as the old Admiralty House, will be converted into a library.
“We’ve been delayed 112 to two years because of Covid-19… we will see the facilities open up gradually, and I hope that once it opens, residents know and feel that it’s worth the wait,” Mr Ong explained.
Poh Li San, Vikram Nair, and Lim Wee Kiak, all Sembawang GRC MPs, accompanied him on the site visit.
The nearly finished hawker center will have 44 stalls.
To reduce the facility’s environmental footprint, sustainability features such as a food digester as part of a food waste conveyance system will be installed.
The indoor sports hall can hold 12 badminton courts or three basketball or volleyball courts.
The hall could also hold 2,000 people for community events at once, or it could be reconfigured with a retractable seating gallery that could seat up to 500 people at once.
The hub will host events such as Pesta Sukan (Malay for “sports festival”) in July and the Sembawang GRC National Day 2022 observance ceremony in August in the coming months.
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