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Singapore Sports Hub is a sports and entertainment complex in Kallang, Singapore, which is designed to host international, national and community scale events. Undertaken under a public-private partnership, the 35ha facility is part of the Greater Marina Bay master plan to transform Singapore into an international business and leisure destination.

The Singapore SportsHub Pte Consortium has been appointed to execute and operate the project for a 25-year period. The consortium includes Dragages Singapore, HSBC Infrastructure Fund III, United Premas and Global Spectrum Pico. In November 2013, OCBC Bank signed a 15-year agreement with the consortium to serve as the premier founding partner for the Singapore Sports Hub.

Construction of the S$1.33bn ($1.08bn) project began in October 2012 and inauguration was held in June 2014.

Singapore Sports Hub design

"Singapore SportsHub Pte Consortium has been appointed to execute and operate the project for a period of 25 years."

The sports hub includes a new 55,000-seat National Stadium, a 6,000-seat indoor Aquatic Centre and a 3,000-seat multi-purpose arena. The 12,000-seat Singapore Indoor Stadium, which hosts a range of international indoor events, is integrated into the sports hub.

The hub also features 41,000m² (441,320ft²) of retail, restaurant and entertainment space, a water sports centre, leisure and commercial developments.

The National Stadium is the centrepiece of the facility and is one of the largest in the world. It is oriented towards the waterfront and the city skyline, providing splendid views of the city.

A key feature of the stadium is the upturning bowl-shaped dome, which includes a retractable roof. The dome spans 312m and will weigh 8,057t. The stadium also features moveable tiered seating.

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Singapore Sports Hub facilities

The National Stadium has been designed taking the tropical climate into due consideration. Heat gain is minimised by providing shading over the seating and giant installing louvers, while the roof is insulated with a multi-layer ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) pillow.

The OCBC Aquatic Centre provides international level facilities for swimmers and includes a 50m competition pool, a 50m training pool and a 5m-deep diving pool. The centre is designed to host sports events such as swimming, water polo and diving. The Water Sports Centre comprises 35ha of the newly developed Kallang Basin and offers rowing facilities. The sports hub also includes a recreational water sport facility called Splash and Surf for surfing enthusiasts.

Comprises two blocks of multi-purpose halls, the OCBC Arena is a flexible area organised in two multi-purpose modules arranged along a central public atrium. It can be divided into six sports halls to simultaneously host a variety of events such as badminton, fencing, gymnastics, table tennis and shooting. Along with these major facilities, the sports hub also includes a water sports centre.

Public spaces include the sports promenade which can be used as a jogging route, a stake park and retail outlets. Recreational facilities to carry out programmes, such as beach volleyball, rock climbing and basketball are also part of the hub. The hub also contains the Singapore Sports Museum and the Sports Hub Library.

Singapore Sports Hub construction

The new stadium was built in place of the former 40-year old National Stadium. Demolition work on the old stadium was completed in February 2011.

Work on the hub required approximately 22 to 26 cranes. It used around 250,000m³ (8.8 million ft³) of concrete, 13,500t of steel structures, 6,000 piles and 30,000t of rebars. The construction involved 4,200 workers.

Singapore Sports Hub sustainability

The sports hub was designed to maximise the open spaces and natural lighting. Landscaping was done to integrate greenery into the site.

"The project was undertaken under a public-private-partnership."

A unique bowl-cooling system provides localised cooling by transferring air from the chillers to each seat in the stadium. It consumes lesser energy than overhead cooling. The energy required for operating the system is being offset by solar panels fitted on the site. As a result, the system has a zero carbon impact on the environment.

Singapore Sports Hub contractors

The project was designed by Arup Sport and DP Architects. AECOM was the master plan and landscape architect. BIM Solutions Centre developed the Building Information Management (BIM) Strategy for the project.

Xin Networks was contracted to provide passive network infrastructure for the information and communications system at the stadium. CS Bored Pile System was responsible for the foundation bored pile work.