Sembawang residents, rejoice.
From the third quarter of this year onwards, Sembawang’s newest hawker centre and indoor sports hall at the Bukit Canberra integrated sports and community hub will be open to the public.
Apart from that, there’ll also be a polyclinic, marking the first time Singapore has ever built a polyclinic amidst community facilities.
And here’s all you need to know about all of these new features of Sembawang.
Of course, we’re starting off with everyone’s favourite: the hawker centre, which is almost fully completed in terms of construction.
The hawker centre alone will be able to hold up to 800 diners, so you won’t need to jostle for your spot during peak hours.
With 44 stalls’ worth of space at the hawker centre, there’s no doubt that there’s going to be something for everyone.
Apart from the variety of stalls and food, the hawker centre will also have sustainability-related equipment such as a food digester.
These features are part of a food waste conveyance system that helps decrease the environmental footprint of the hawker centre.
Indoor Sports Hall
Just like the hawker centre, the indoor sports hall will also be able to accommodate large groups of people for various activities.
To put things into perspective, the hall will be as large as 12 badminton courts, three basketball or three volleyball courts.
The maximum capacity for the hall is 2,000 people, making it the perfect size for community events.
There will also be a retractable seating gallery installed, and the gallery will be able to seat up to 500 people at a time.
As for the polyclinic, residents can seek medical services ranging from treatment for acute and chronic diseases to women’s health services such as cervical and breast cancer screening there.
Health Minister Ong Ye Kung noted on Sunday (5 June) that the north of Singapore has an ageing population, making the polyclinic useful to address the needs of residents in the area.
He also expressed his hopes that social activities will be synergised with healthcare to promote healthy living and preventive care for residents of Sengkang while on a visit to the construction site located at Canberra Link.
As for now, the opening date for the polyclinic has not been announced.
The 12ha hub, which was planned to be open in the first half of 2020, is a collaboration between several agencies such as Sport Singapore, the People’s Association, Ministry of Health and National Parks Board.
There are also plans for the hub to have five swimming pools and the largest ActiveSG gym in Singapore.
Apart from that, Canberra House, known as the old Admiralty House in the past, will be located in the hub as well in the form of a library.
The Health Minister brought up how the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the opening of the facilities being delayed, but hopes that the wait will be worthwhile for the residents.
During his recent site visit to the construction site, fellow Sembawang GRC MPs Poh Li San, Vikram Nair and Lim Wee Kiak were present as well.
As for now, residents can look forward to events such as Pesta Sukan (Malay for “festival of sports”) and the Sembawang GRC National Day 2022 observance ceremony that will be held in July and August respectively.
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Featured Image: Sembawang Sports and Community Hub
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