33-year-old Teck Ghee CC to get a facelift

From top: The renovated structure will boast a new facade, a larger multi-purpose hall to fit in more guests during events, and a new garden to lend extra room for outdoor activities. The Teck Ghee Community Club is one of the older CCs in Singapore.
The Teck Ghee Community Club is one of the older CCs in Singapore. Residents who frequent the CC have fond memories of their time spent here, and are sad about the temporary closure.PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
From top: The renovated structure will boast a new facade, a larger multi-purpose hall to fit in more guests during events, and a new garden to lend extra room for outdoor activities. The Teck Ghee Community Club is one of the older CCs in Singapore.
The renovated structure will boast a new facade (above), a larger multi-purpose hall to fit in more guests during events, and a new garden to lend extra room for outdoor activities.PHOTO: PEOPLE'S ASSOCIATION
From top: The renovated structure will boast a new facade, a larger multi-purpose hall to fit in more guests during events, and a new garden to lend extra room for outdoor activities. The Teck Ghee Community Club is one of the older CCs in Singapore.
The renovated structure will boast a new facade, a larger multi-purpose hall to fit in more guests during events (above), and a new garden to lend extra room for outdoor activities.PHOTO: PEOPLE'S ASSOCIATION
From top: The renovated structure will boast a new facade, a larger multi-purpose hall to fit in more guests during events, and a new garden to lend extra room for outdoor activities. The Teck Ghee Community Club is one of the older CCs in Singapore.
The renovated structure will boast a new facade, a larger multi-purpose hall to fit in more guests during events, and a new garden to lend extra room for outdoor activities (above).PHOTO: PEOPLE'S ASSOCIATION

The revamp, to be completed in 2018, will provide more common spaces for community activities

Residents of Teck Ghee can look forward to new amenities such as a rooftop terrace and outdoor garden at their community club when it reopens in 2018.

To be located on the fourth floor of the Teck Ghee Community Club (CC), the rooftop terrace, complete with landscaping, will provide additional space for community activities. Residents can also use the space to relax and catch up with friends and neighbours.

The 33-year-old CC at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 will close for renovation next month and is set to reopen in the second quarter of 2018.

The revamp will add a new outdoor garden to the existing Wellness Centre where residents exercise and partake in activities such as karaoke singing, cup stacking and Sudoku. The garden will have space for outdoor activities such as taiji.

Residents can also expect a larger multi-purpose hall on the first floor, with gallery seats added to the second storey overlooking the hall. The extra seating will accommodate more residents during community events, dialogue sessions and performances.

New music and dance studios will also be added, while existing activity rooms on the second and third floors will be refurbished.

Said a People's Association (PA) spokesman: "Over the years, PA has engaged our residents and upgraded our CCs to keep up with our residents' preferences."

This approach has resulted in new common spaces for the community to bond, while maintaining the high quality of activities and the affordable rates of courses, the spokesman added.

During the renovation, courses and activities at Teck Ghee CC, such as yoga, children's art classes and social dance lessons, will be held at nearby schools and residents' committee centres. The CC office will operate at the void deck of Block 414, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10.

Residents who frequent the CC said they are sad about the temporary closure.

For retiree Peter Lim, 65, the CC is where he catches up with friends. "I come here to see my Teck Ghee friends," said Mr Lim, who lives in Bishan.

Sales executive Jothi Mani Joseph, 48, visits the CC daily to read the newspapers.

"When I come here, I have peace of mind; I feel very relaxed. I will definitely miss this place (during its renovation)," he said.

Most residents, however, are looking forward to the new CC. Said Madam Uma Devi, 52, a security supervisor: "It's good that this CC is renovating. With the new hall and rooftop terrace, we can have more functions as a community."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 28, 2016, with the headline '33-year-old Teck Ghee CC to get a facelift'. Print Edition | Subscribe