Other fa­cil­i­ties

The Straits Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tan Tam Mei

A new Safra club­house to open in Choa Chu Kang in 2022 will of­fer a “fit­ness oa­sis” to more than 90,000 na­tional ser­vice­men and their fam­i­lies who live in north­west­ern Sin­ga­pore.

Safra Choa Chu Kang will be the sev­enth such club­house here and the first to boast a shel­tered pool and aqua gym.

The 1.4ha space will also fea­ture a 50,000 sq ft fit­ness and well­ness hub with a gym, mixed mar­tial arts rings and a fit­ness stu­dio.

The ground-break­ing event is set to take place late next year and the de­vel­op­ment cost is ex­pected to be be­tween $60 mil­lion and $70 mil­lion.

The club­house was an­nounced in May last year, and plans for the five-storey build­ing were re­vealed yes­ter­day at the atrium of Lot One shop­ping mall in Choa Chu Kang, where an ex­hi­bi­tion show­ing artists’ im­pres­sions and a 3D model of the club­house were on dis­play.

The pres­i­dent of Safra and Se­nior Min­is­ter of State for De­fence, Dr Ma­liki Os­man, was at the launch, along with Mr Zaqy Mo­hamad, who is Min­is­ter of State for Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Man­power and also grass­roots ad­viser to Chua Chu Kang GRC .

The club­house will be lo­cated within a five-minute walk from Choa Chu Kang MRT sta­tion and will house fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a par­tially shel­tered run­ning track and in­door play­ground.

Dr Ma­liki said Safra club­houses show ap­pre­ci­a­tion to na­tional ser­vice­men for their con­tri­bu­tion to na­tional de­fence. “Our clubs pro­vide con­ve­nient venues where NS­men can meet up for ac­tiv­i­ties and pur­sue com­mon in­ter­ests, en­cour­ag­ing them to stay con­nected and build on the close bonds forged dur­ing na­tional ser­vice,” he said.

The plans slated for Safra Choa Chu Kang are the re­sult of con­sul­ta­tions with around 1,600 na­tional ser­vice­men.

Safra Choa Chu Kang De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man, Ma­jor (NS) Andy Tan Heok, said the new club­house will be “for­ward­look­ing” and use smart tech­nol­ogy, such as a fea­ture al­low­ing users to book fa­cil­i­ties with their smart­phones.

Fa­cil­i­ties man­ager Wayne Ho, 39, who has been a Safra mem­ber for a decade, vis­its the club­houses at least once a month with his two young daugh­ters to go bowl­ing or swim­ming.

“One thing we are look­ing • A 50,000 sq ft fit­ness and well­ness hub with a gym, mixed mar­tial arts rings and a fit­ness stu­dio

• A par­tially shel­tered track • An in­door play­ground for­ward to is the in­door swim­ming pool as it means we can go swim­ming even in bad weather,” he said. “Also, the in­door play­ground would be some­thing my daugh­ters would love.”

Dur­ing yes­ter­day’s launch, Mr Ho sug­gested set­ting up a rooftop gar­den at the new club­house to help the young and old bond while tend­ing to the plants.

“This will give the new club a more com­mu­nity feel and pro­vide even more ac­tiv­i­ties for the fam­ily,” he added.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be on dis­play at Lot One un­til Fri­day. Na­tional ser­vice­men and their fam­i­lies can give feed­back on the plans through an on­line sur­vey on the Safra web­site un­til Nov 30.

PHO­TOS: SAFRA

Artists’ im­pres­sions of the new Safra club­house, which will be lo­cated within a five-minute walk from Choa Chu Kang MRT sta­tion. It will open in 2022 and the de­vel­op­ment cost is ex­pected to be be­tween $60 mil­lion and $70 mil­lion. It will be the sev­enth such club­house here, but the first to boast a shel­tered pool and aqua gym.

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