Lessons from St James Power Station

St James Power Station opened as a buzzing nightlife hub in 2006, but shuttered in August last year.
St James Power Station opened as a buzzing nightlife hub in 2006, but shuttered in August last year.PHOTO: ST FILE

Experts throw up ideas on how to inject vibrancy into the Greater Southern Waterfront. Michelle Ng and Anjali Raguraman report

At the height of St James Power Station's operations, the most popular venues in the multi-concept nightlife destination included dance club Powerhouse, Mandopop club Dragonfly and world music bar Movida, complete with smaller karaoke rooms and bars and more than 100 live performers housed across the 60,000 sq ft space.

St James, which was housed in a former coal-fired power station built in the 1920s and opened as a buzzing nightlife hub in 2006, was cited as an example of "creative new uses" for two other decommissioned power stations in Pasir Panjang, in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally speech on Sunday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 24, 2019, with the headline 'Lessons from St James Power Station'. Print Edition | Subscribe