Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Pasir Ris, home to 1st ‘green’ sports complex (Work begins on new $40 million sports complex in Pasir Ris)

MORE THAN SPORTS: The building will have three pools, retail and food outlets. (ARTIST’S IMPRESSION: SINGAPORE SPORTS COUNCIL)

BY JUNE 2011, Pasir Ris will be home to Singapore’s first “green” sports complex, which will have environment-friendly and energy-saving features.

The 1.4ha complex – the size of about two football fields – will have solar panels to save on energy use, walls covered with plants to cool the air naturally, and a rainwater-harvesting system to trap water that can be used to water plants, among other features.

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Most sports complexes here have just two or three “green features, such as energy-efficient fittings, but this new one will have at least five, said Mr Kenneth Hui, chief of sports-facilities group at the Singapore Sports Council (SSC), which runs public sports complexes here.

The “green” electrical equipment alone can help save up to 15 per cent in operating costs, he added. Yesterday, construction of the complex began after a ground breaking ceremony attended by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan, Members of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC and the SSC’s senior management.

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Mr Teo, who is also an MP for the area, said: “Residents have long expressed a need for a proper sports centre with more purpose-built facilities.” The complex will be a “convenient place where residents can unwind after a hard day’s work, or go to with their families and friends for sporting fun during weekends”, he said.

It is not clear how much of the $40-million budget will go towards eco-friendly features, but “as much as possible will be set aside to put in the green features”, Mr Hui said.

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The actual number of such features will be finalised in about six to nine months’ time. The SSC aims for the complex to attain the Building and Construction Authority’s Green Mark platinum award, the highest accolade given to environment-friendly buildings here.

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The complex will be equipped with a multi-purpose sports hall that can seat up to 2,000 spectators, three swimming pools, a gymnasium and a dance studio. Its two outdoor tennis courts and indoor volleyball court will meet international standards. The volleyball court will have a 12.5m-high ceiling, instead of the usual 9m-high one, which will allow international competitions to be held there.

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It will also have 950 sq m of retail shops and food-and-beverage outlets. The SSC will bring in shops that complement those in nearby shopping mall White Sands, so that “residents will get things they don’t get there”, Mr Hui said.

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Sales executive Ang Gek Yew, 44, is looking forward to the new swimming pools, which would be a five-minute walk from his flat. He said: “We live 10 minutes away from water-theme park Wild Wild Wet, but it’s not practical to take my kids there all the time because of the entrance fee. “Having this new complex will be...much more convenient.”

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Work begins on new $40 million sports complex in Pasir Ris

TODAY, Monday December 21, 2009, NEWS, PAGE 8
BY Asha Pop atlal

PHOTO: TODAY, Monday December 21, 2009, NEWS, PAGE 8
The new sports complex in Pasir Ris.To day File Picture

SINGAPORE — Pasir Ris residents who have been clamouring for easy access to more purpose-built sports facilities now have something to look forward to.

Work on a new $40 million sports complex began yesterday and the sprawling 1.4 hectare complex is scheduled to be ready by June 2011.

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The complex is designed to fit in with a park setting. It will have eight badminton courts, two outdoor tennis courts and a fully-equipped gymnasium. There will also be a 50-metre lap pool, with smaller ones
for learning and wading.

Once completed, it will be the Singapore Sports Council’s 22nd Sports and Recreation Centre.

Gracing the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday were the area’s MPs, including Acting Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also President of the Singapore National Olympic Council.

Residents took part in a sports carnival as part of the festivities.
Asha Pop atlal

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