The Float @ Marina Bay could sport a new look in five years’ time, hosting more than just large-scale events such as National Day parades.
Facilities such as swimming pools and a water sports center, as well as eateries and stores have been proposed for the venue and may be completed by 2025, the National Development and Defense ministries said today, unveiling proposals to better utilize the space.
“Creating a liveable and people-centred city for all Singaporeans is a key part of Singapore’s long-term urban development plans. In this regard, the redevelopment of The Float @ Marina Bay remains a part of these plans to enhance the vibrancy of the city centre and to create public spaces where the community can come together,” a statement issued by the ministries said.
A permanent gallery paying tribute to National Service has also been proposed. It would showcase stories from the military, police, and emergency responders. The floating platform located in Marina Bay just next to the Esplanade Theatre also serves as a venue for celebrating those graduating from two years of mandatory service.
The designers of choice for the redevelopment project come from WOHA Architects, who are known for designing the Oasia Hotel Downtown and the award-winning Kampung Admiralty mixed-use property catering to the elderly.
According to the proposal, the redevelopment work will start in March 2022 and is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2025.
The Float was the primary venue for the National Day Parade from 2007 to 2011. Originally intended to be a temporary structure, it went on to host sporting events, concerts, and art exhibitions while the Singapore Sports Hub was under construction.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced in 2017 that the space would be redeveloped into a permanent venue to hold large-scale national and community events such as the National Day Parade, River Hongbao, and the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown.
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