Sunday, January 01, 2006

Singapore tenders for new national sports complex

Singapore has invited potential bidders for a new SG$ 800 million sports complex. The island republic will decide on a contractor by mid-2007 and the designated new “sporting hub” is expected to be completed by 2011.

"This will eventually become a national icon," Singapore Sports Council chairman Alex Chan told En-lai Yeo of Associated Press. "This will provide a competitive edge when Singapore goes out to bid … for multi-sport events, for example the South East Asian Games, Asian or Commonwealth Games."

“The 35-hectare site, located near the business district and its soon-to-be-built casinos, are part of the country's attempts to shed its dull image and attract new investment for an economy heavily reliant on manufacturing and electronics,” Yeoh commented.

The aging National Stadium will be torn down, and replaced by a new 55,000-seat venue with a retractable roof capable of hosting football, track, tennis and rugby events. Nearby, an indoor arena will complement the existing Singapore Indoor Stadium.

And there will be specific space for retail outlets too. The venues will "add to the vibrancy of Singapore," Chan said.

A non-compulsory Tender Briefing will be held on Friday 20 Jan 2006 at 1430 hours at the Singapore Sporst Council threatrette located at 15 Stadium Road, Singapore 397718. All interested Tenderers wishing to attend must register via email: ssc_sportshub@ssc.gov.sg.

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