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Sentosa military barracks to become a heritage hotel

It will help to meet demand from soaring visitor numbers

Published on Sep 1, 2012 6:00 AM
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The site on which a heritage hotel is to be built was once home to artillerymen defending Singapore during World War II. -- PHOTO: DESMOND LUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

They were once home to artillerymen defending Singapore against seaborne invaders during World War II.

Now, the former British military barracks on Sentosa are set to be turned into a rather more comfortable form of accommodation.

A heritage hotel is due to be built on the site, which is the size of four football pitches.

Companies keen to take on the project are being asked to submit tender bids to the island's dedicated statutory board, the Sentosa Development Corporation.

 
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At 4.2ha, the site is big enough to accommodate a hotel with up to 550 rooms - more than any other on the island. 

At the moment, 13 hotels and resorts dot Sentosa, offering 2,930 rooms in total.