New ‘green’ CC in Pung­gol East to open in 2020

The Straits Times - - HOME - Aw Cheng Wei

Par­ents of young chil­dren liv­ing in Pung­gol East will have an­other child­care op­tion once a new com­mu­nity club opens in 2020.

The child­care cen­tre will take up the top floor of the new five-storey build­ing, which will also in­clude a base­ment.

The new club, which will be around eight times larger than the ex­ist­ing one at Block 193 River­vale Drive, will be the first com­mu­nity club to be built with mass-en­gi­neered tim­ber, which uses re­new- able ma­te­ri­als and is pre-fab­ri­cated to re­duce work done on site.

Mr Charles Chong, MP and grass­roots ad­viser for Pung­gol East, said at a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony yes­ter­day that the club aims to be a place for res­i­dents to meet, min­gle and learn.

“Since Pung­gol East is a rel­a­tively younger con­stituency, we have to tai­lor the pro­grammes (to the de­mo­graph­ics)... There is also a de­mand for child­care ser­vices,” he added on the side­lines of the event.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Teo Chee Hean, who is an MP for Pasir Ris-Pung­gol GRC, also at­tended the cer­e­mony.

Be­sides a child­care cen­tre, the com­mu­nity club will also have two dance stu­dios, a multi-pur­pose hall for sports and a culi­nary stu­dio.

Mr Chong said: “The build­ing will... pro­vide open spa­ces to of­fer res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act.”

Be­sides its build­ing ma­te­ri­als, the club will also have green fea­tures, in­clud­ing ver­ti­cal green walls and a com­mu­nity gar­den, he added.

Nat­u­ral light­ing and ven­ti­la­tion will be used as much as pos­si­ble, Mr Chong said.

He also en­cour­aged res­i­dents to take part in a sur­vey that will gauge the type of ac­tiv­i­ties they hope to see in the new club.

Mr Chong said: “We want to make this a space which res­i­dents will want to come to.”

ST PHOTO: MATTHIAS CHONG

Pung­gol East MP Charles Chong (sec­ond from left) and Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Teo Chee Hean (in white) in­ter­act­ing with some of the res­i­dents of Pung­gol at yes­ter­day’s ground­break­ing cer­e­mony. The new com­mu­nity club will have a child­care cen­tre, two dance stu­dios, a multi-pur­pose hall for sports and a culi­nary stu­dio.

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