Aug 7, 2017
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Among its newest facilities are a 400-seat arts theatre and six purpose-built swimming pools. (Image: Our Tampines Hub)

Our Tampines Hub (OTH), an integrated community and lifestyle mega-complex was officially opened on Sunday (6 August) by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, reported TODAYonline.

Touted as Singapore’s biggest community and lifestyle hub, the 2.5 million sq ft facility is equivalent to the size of seven football fields. It was envisioned in 2011 and took three years to construct.

All of the facilities in OTH are now operating since the hub’s first phase was rolled out in November, except for its arena that is expected to open by late-September or early-October.

Based on government data, the hub attracted an average of 750,000 visitors per month during Q1 2017. This increased to 830,000 from April to June, with the figure forecasted to double to 1.5 million in the future, said Director Suhaimi Rafdi.

Among its newest facilities are a 400-seat arts theatre and six purpose-built swimming pools. Regarded as the first above-ground ActiveSG pools, the six-storey pools are part of the ActiveSG Tampines Swimming Complex and include a jacuzzi pool, an eight-lane training pool and a 10-lane competition pool. These started operating last month, with admission prices of S$1.50 on weekdays and S$2 on weekends.

Moreover, the hub features a 150,000 sq ft regional library that is nearly 80 percent bigger than the Tampines Regional Library and has about 400,000 books. It also has a 150 sqm community gallery that showcases the estate’s history.

OTH’s town square spanning 110,000 sq ft also has a 5,000-seat stadium with a Fifa two-star football pitch.

As for its arena, currently around 80 percent complete, it will house facilities for playing tennis, futsal and hockey.

Meanwhile, all of the 105 shops in OTH’s mall is now fully leased, except for one shop that is slated to open in October, noted Suhaimi, adding that rent there is at least 30 percent cheaper than other shopping centres within the vicinity.

He also revealed that BHG was keen to relocate to OTH from Century Square, but the department store operator required a large space, which the hub doesn’t have.

 

This article was edited by Denise Djong.

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