Located at the former Tampines Stadium, the new hub – named “Our Tampines Hub – will be Singapore’s first integrated community and lifestyle centre.
SINGAPORE: About 3,000 Tampines residents got a preview of their new town hub as they joined Tampines grassroots leaders at a topping-out ceremony on Sunday morning (Feb 21).
Located at the former Tampines Stadium, the new hub – named “Our Tampines Hub – will be Singapore’s first integrated community and lifestyle centre. It will house a football pitch, a new regional library, community and arts facilities, a hawker centre, retail shops, as well as Singapore’s first indoor inclusive playground for children with special needs to play together with other children.
The new hub spans about 5.3 hectares, the size of about eight football pitches.
“From childcare needs to healthcare needs to government services to library facilities, sports facilities, arts facilities, it really brings all these different elements under one roof,” Finance Minister and Tampines GRC MP Heng Swee Keat said.
“It will not be a shopping mall, but a community mall where families, neighbours can spend quality time together.”
“We can see now that with the existing facilities there’s already a big demand, so we expect that there’ll be more, as well as there’ll be a lot of programing targeted at the community, to get people to be active, to learn a new sport, and then we also look forward to hosting national, regional sporting events that will bring more spectators to Tampines,” added Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and MP for Tampines GRC.
Organisers also took the opportunity to launch the Tampines Kindness movement, in support of the Singapore Kindness movement.
“Beyond the hardware, what is most important is to develop a sense of kindness, and when you have a kind community, you build a kind Singapore,” said Mr Heng.
Former National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan and former grassroots adviser Irene Ng were also present. Mr Mah first introduced the idea of the town hub in 2011 as part of a five-year master plan for Tampines.
The hub will be opened in three phases between November 2016 and June 2017.