NEA calls for tenders for two new hawker centres

A hawker centre at Block 505, Jurong West Street 52.
A hawker centre at Block 505, Jurong West Street 52. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Two new hawker centres at Yishun and Jurong West will open next year - under the likely management of social enterprises.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Tuesday (Dec 20) it is inviting socially conscious operators to tender for their management on a not-for-profit basis.

The two centres, among 17 to be built by 2027, are expected to commence operations in August and September respectively.

The centre at Jurong West Street 61 will have 34 cooked food stalls, 14 market stalls and about 480 seats when completed, while the centre next to Yishun Park will feature 45 cooked food stalls and about 760 seats. Both will have built-in tray-return facilities, among other amenities, the NEA said.

Apart from ensuring affordable meals and high standards of cleanliness, tenderers should propose measures to raise productivity, promote graciousness and implement food waste recycling, it said.

Separately, the NEA also announced that social enterprise NTUC Foodfare has been appointed to run seven more hawker centres in 2017, after a successful pilot managing the existing Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre since 2014.

NTUC Foodfare, which also operates a hawker centre at Bukit Panjang, will take over management of five existing centres at Toa Payoh Lorong 5, Old Airport Road, Chong Pang, and two at Whampoa Drive on July 1.

It will also manage two new centres at Kampung Admiralty and 110 Pasir Ris Central when completed in mid-2017.

This follows positive feedback from stallholders at the Bedok Interchange hawker centre, said the NEA, adding that there will be no change to the way rentals are determined after Foodfare takes over the management of the five existing centres.

"The bundle approach would offer the operator economies of scale and greater flexibility to experiment with new ideas and operational processes to further improve the vibrancy and operational efficiency of the hawker centres," the NEA said.