New design for Tampines Town Hub unveiled, groundbreaking in two months' time

THE design, for the new Tampines Town Hub, Singapore's first integrated lifestyle town hub, was unveiled on Sunday.

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said the groundbreaking ceremony for the hub will be held in two months' time, and that more details will be announced then.

Mr Heng, who is the Advisor of Tampines Grassroots Organisations, said that about 15,000 residents have given ideas and feedback through face-to-face interviews, phone surveys and focus group discussions over the past 18 months. Their ideas went into the design of the Hub, which includes Singapore's first regional sports centre.

Mr Heng said: "This Town Hub...has to reflect the community's aspirations and value. It's not going to be another commerical development, but rather, it will be an important community space for residents to come together."

For example, retail space has been "significantly cut down".

"They wanted a space for which the entire family can come together, three generations, four generations so the hub has been designed with those facilities in mind..,They also want to have, of course, a hawker centre, and not just expensive restaurants, and we will have that," Mr Heng added.