HomeTeamNS members can expect their new clubhouse in northern Singapore to be the first of its kind to be equipped with smart technology and eco-friendly features when it opens in 2020.
The anticipated Khatib Clubhouse, which had its ground-breaking ceremony yesterday, will have self-service kiosks and chatbots for members to book club facilities and renew their memberships digitally.
A cashless payment system - set up in collaboration with POSB - and digital memberships, meaning members will not need to carry a physical membership card, will also be introduced.
Ms Agnes Eu, chief executive of HomeTeamNS, said using technology will give members a "more seamless visitation experience".
The new clubhouse will feature green innovations, including solar panels, smart lighting controls and a swimming pool fitted with eco-filtration technology which helps to reduce chlorine levels in the water and improve its quality.
Unlike previous clubhouses which were built at the sites of former Singapore Police Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force buildings, the five-storey Khatib Clubhouse will be the first to be built from scratch.
Located in Yishun Avenue 2, it will have an "urban retreat" theme and is expected to serve around 250,000 visitors a month. The clubhouse, occupying 1.5ha, will also be 40 per cent bigger than the current largest clubhouse at Bukit Batok.
Number of visitors the Khatib Clubhouse is expected to serve a month.
It will have a four-storey indoor adventure hub with various obstacles, such as a rope course and fireman slides, to foster team-building.
An indoor training facility will provide realistic simulations of different scenarios national servicemen (NSmen) may encounter, including terrorist assaults, to improve their marksmanship, decision-making and leadership skills.
Both these facilities will be open to the public for recreational use.
Khatib Clubhouse will be the first of three smart clubhouses scheduled to open from 2020.
Although plans for the other two clubhouses - in Bedok and Tengah Forest Town - have yet to be finalised, they will also feature smart technology and green features. The Bedok clubhouse will have a "waterfront haven" theme and Tengah, a "great outdoors" theme.
Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam was guest of honour at the ground-breaking ceremony of Khatib Clubhouse.
Mr Shanmugam and Manpower Minister Josephine Teo, who is the president of HomeTeamNS, viewed a fly-through video presentation of the clubhouse and its 3D scale model.
In his speech, Mr Shanmugam said the clubhouse, among other initiatives, is a small way of thanking Home Team NSmen for their service to the nation.
Suggestions from NSmen, obtained through workshop consultations, online surveys and feedback on the HomeTeamNS Alumni Connect website, played a huge role in the planning of Khatib Clubhouse.
Colonel (NS) Jorge Lau, co-chairman of the Khatib Clubhouse Development Committee, said: "This is truly a clubhouse built for NSmen, by NSmen."