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Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs, was recognised with the highest accolade at the The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Structural Awards 2015.

The Singapore Sports Hub, for which Arup was the structural engineer, won the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence. This is the highest accolade of the ceremony and is given at the judges’ discretion, to the project that has distinguished itself from all submissions in 2015, and for being the finest global example of structural engineering design in the year.

The Singapore Sports Hub is home to the world’s largest free-spanning dome of 310 metres, the approximate width of four A380 aeroplanes parked wing to wing. The roof, which covers the 55,000-seat sports stadium, also sets new benchmarks in efficiency of design and material usage, utilising a third of weight of steel normally used in a span of this size.

Andrew Henry, Project Manager, Arup, said:

It is a rare honour to have worked on and led the design for the Singapore Sports Hub – a fantastic project, with contributions from so many talented people. I am elated with the recognition the project and team have received, and am particularly proud of the work Arup has done on the National Stadium roof. Working under intense pressure, the team delivered exceptional technical work with a brilliant outcome. They pushed the boundaries of technology and thoroughly deserve this recognition.

To address the issue of spectator comfort in the tropics, the lightweight dome roof structure was made retractable to provide shade during events, complemented with an energy-efficient cooling system that delivers cooled air to every seat. The stadium was also designed to be highly versatile with movable seating, and is the first in the world that can be adapted to combine the sports of football, athletics, rugby and cricket.

Mike King, Lead Structural Engineer, Arup, said:

The Singapore Sports Hub National Stadium roof structure is the result of the extraordinary vision of the client, the outstanding skills and collaboration between Arup’s sports architects and structural engineers and the expertise of the main contractor and steel subcontractor. We are very proud that the team has received this accolade from the IStructE and to have helped deliver this iconic structure as part of Singapore’s nation building.

The firm was also crowned champions in four other categories: the Award for Sports or Leisure Structures, again, for the Singapore Sports Hub; the Award for Arts or Entertainment Structures for the Vegas High Roller in the USA; the Award for Regional Groups for the SSE Hydro in Glasgow; and the Housing for Low-Income Communities project in El Salvador was presented with the Award for Sustainability.

The IStructE Structural Awards is a platform that highlights outstanding achievements by structural engineers from all over the world.

For more information on the Singapore Sports Hub, home to the last two editions of Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific, visit: http://www.arup.com/Projects/Singapore_Sports_Hub.aspx

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Celebrating its recent official opening, the SGD$1.3bn Singapore Sports Hub is aiming for recognition as one of the world’s top sporting venues.

Located at a 35-hectare site in Kallang, the Singapore Sports Hub was officially opened by the country’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, on July 26, during ‘Youth Celebrate!‘; an event coorganised by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth to showcase Singapore’s youth and their achievements in sports, arts and the uniformed groups.

Speaking to Singapore news outlet TODAY, Singapore Sports Hub Chief Executive, Philippe Collin-Delavaud (who was one of the 40+ industry-elite speakers at our inaugural Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 event), stated:

It is our ambition to put Singapore on the world map. It must be a venue which brings enormous national pride to Singaporeans, and a venue which many from around the world will be in awe of.

The Singapore Sports Hub is the first arena in the world to combine world-class facilities for football, rugby, athletics and cricket, while seamlessly integrating community lifestyle, sports and entertainment.

Since its soft launch in June last year, the Singapore Sports Hub, which includes the 55,000-capacity National Stadium, OCBC Aquatics Centre, OCBC Arena, Indoor Stadium (the venue for our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference and exhibition) and water sports centre, has since hosted more than 100 events, with over 1.1 million attendees across all its venues.

It has also hosted a number of sports and entertainment events, such as the Brazil v Japan football friendly, WTA Finals Singapore*, and last month’s Barclays Asia Trophy, which saw English Premier League clubs Arsenal, Everton and Stoke City competing at the National Stadium. *Melissa Pine, Tournament Director, WTA Finals Singapore, is one of the top speakers confirmed for this year’s event.

Collin-Delavaud said that due to the scale and ambition of the Sports Hub project — the largest public-private partnership project in the world — meant that it was inevitable that it would experience teething issues.

The initial Desso GrassMaster pitch at the National Stadium drew criticism from international football teams and fans alike for its sandy conditions, with the issue resolved after the decision to switch to a lay-and-play solution, installed by HG Sports Turf, who will be showcasing their latest products at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015.

Collin-Delavaud explained:

We have inevitably encountered challenges and teething issues on opening, but we have met these head on and worked tirelessly to deliver a world-class product for Singapore.

Despite the challenges, the Sports Hub held up well during its biggest test, as it hosted 10 sports events during the South East Asian (SEA) Games that took place from June 5 to 16, 2015.

Collin-Delavaud said that the “completion and readiness” of the venue in time meant that Singaporeans were able to enjoy their favourite sports and cheer their sportsmen in a world-class environment.

He added:

Thanks to the vision of the Singapore Government, the Singapore Sports Hub was a fulcrum and key centrepiece in Singapore’s delivery of the SEA Games. Without the Singapore Sports Hub, the SEA Games in Singapore would have been a very different proposition.

The Singapore Sports Hub eco-system rose well to the challenge of hosting the complex series of sporting events, which had very high technical specifications and requirements.

Since his interview with TODAY, it has been announced that Collin-Delavaud, who has been Chief Executive of the venue since March 2011, overseeing the construction of the facility, is to be replaced by Singapore national, Manu Sawhney (pictured below).

Manu Sawhney

 

Sawhney will join the Singapore Sports Hub from September as Chief Executive-designate, with Collin-Delavaud to stay at the Sports Hub until the end of December to ensure a smooth transition.

Sawhney was part of the steering committee of the 2015 SEA Games, and also currently serves as a Director of football club Manchester United. He last held the position of Managing Ddirector of ESPN Star Sports.

In a statement, Sawhney explained:

I am honoured to be given the opportunity to steer Sports Hub’s operations and look forward to building on the strong foundations already in place.

Main image: The official opening of the Singapore Sports Hub.

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EVS delivers first-ever multisport MULTICAM second-screen experience at SEA Games 2015

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Organisers of the 28th SEA Games, Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC), have partnered with EVS, the leading provider of live video solutions, to deliver an end-to-end multimedia production service for the upcoming multisport event held in Singapore, June 5 to 16. The service includes a cloud-based second-screen delivery platform for multimedia content distributed to mobile devices.

During the tournament, viewers will be able to watch live games and near-live multicam clips from the new SEA Games app, supporting Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Developed in partnership with NETCO SPORTS, the app will feature content from all 36 sports at the SEA Games, including swimming, boxing, rugby, cycling and table tennis, to name just a few. This is the first time such an extensive multimedia delivery platform has been built for a major multi-sport event with the multicam experience.

The live multimedia production system provided by EVS enables real-time ingest, multicam editing and metadata enrichment of live content, allowing to produce hundreds of hours of sports coverage for a worldwide audience. In addition to ingest, clipping and storage capabilities provided by the XT3 server and IPDirector asset management, EVS’ cloud-based service C-Cast solution connects with the on-site production infrastructure, enabling delivery of the live, near-live content to mobile devices. Through the app, viewers will be able to select and view multiple live games as well as on-demand replays and highlights with multicam experience.

Thomas Lim, Head of the Information Operations Centre, SINGSOC, said:

When planning an event like the SEA Games, preparation time always seems short and the speed required by facilities always high. The decision to engage EVS technology into our broadcast facilities helped us alleviate those issues and concentrate on new innovations. When we planned on building a multimedia platform for the Games, we knew EVS’ involvement would be vital.

Olivier Heurteaux, SVP APAC at EVS, added:

Our C-Cast technology is quickly becoming instrumental to many live broadcast events as more and more organisations want to deliver content to its mobile audiences. Since the FIFA World Cup 2014, millions of viewers are increasingly expecting to be able to watch major sports events on their smartphones or tablets, and C-Cast is the most advanced platform that enables media rights holders to do that.

The Singapore Sports Hub will once again play host to our annual ‘live’ event for sports venue design/build, operation, management, fit-out and technology, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific, which will take place in the Hub’s Indoor Arena, September, 28-30.

Singapore National Stadium’s pitch all set for SEA Games and beyond

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The Singapore Sports Hub showcased their commitment to delivering a robust natural turf solution at the National Stadium earlier this month, ahead of their hosting of the 28th SEA Games, which commence on June 5. To help demonstrate the safe, durable and robust qualities of the new turf solution, several national football players familiarised themselves with the new turf solution.

The Hub also announced Australian-based company HG Sports Turf as the official turf supplier for the Singapore National Stadium. HG Sports Turf is a recognised international turf company with over a decade of experience delivering elite playing surfaces for world-class stadiums and international sporting events around the world, including the Sydney Olympic Games, Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Doha Asian Games and the recent Asian Cup in Australia. (HG Sports Turf is also just one of the many industry-leading companies confirmed to exhibit at our ‘live’ event for sports venue design/build, operation, management, fit-out and technology, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific, which is being hosted at the Singapore Sports Hub once again this September, 28-30.)

Philippe Collin-Delavaud, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Sports Hub, said:

Over the last few months, we have been working very closely with a qualified turf supplier that can cater to the unique climate, architectural and multi-activity needs of the National Stadium. HG Sports Turf have had success in stadia and events under challenging conditions and bring with them a highly trained and experienced team of professionals to install and maintain the turf at the nursery and at the National Stadium. We will continue to closely monitor and test the quality of the pitch before, during and after each event to ensure it is performing to our expectations of delivering a world-class facility.

HG Sports Turf has successfully delivered turf solutions in stadiums such as the Etihad Stadium – a stadium with a retractable roof, and Melbourne Cricket Ground, among many more. As for world-class sporting events, the company has supplied turf solutions for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, 2006 Asian Games in Doha, 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, 2014 AFC Football Cup in Australia and 2014 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Hamish Sutherland, Managing Director, HG Sports Turf, commented:

The Singapore National Stadium is a beacon for sports and entertainment events that required a robust natural turf solution for the SEA Games and beyond. When we heard that the Sports Hub was looking for a turf supplier, we rose to the opportunity due to our experience and success in the stadia market. HG Sports Turf sees this as a long-term partnership and we look forward to showcasing our Eclipse Stabilised Turf System at the Singapore National Stadium – one of the world’s biggest stages.

The Eclipse Stabilised Turf, one of HG Sports Turf’s proprietary turf systems, will be supplied with Bermuda Celebration warm-season grass. Eclipse Stabilised Turf combines natural grass and artificial grass in a roll of turf. The artificial grass is tufted into an open-weave backing, top-dressed with sand and planted with natural grass. The reinforcement of the artificial grass combined with the open-weave backing guarantees stability and an even playing surface when installed. Therefore, Eclipse Stabilised Turf can be used immediately after installation.

HG Sports Turf has received 100% support from the Singapore Sports Hub, with improvements to the pitch irrigation system, the full pitch under growth lights, additional fans for air movement, and the installation of 18 moisture and temperature probes to measure and manage the microclimates in the Stadium.

Zainudin Nordin, President, Football Association of Singapore, said:

We are all very excited for our boys to experience and play at the National Stadium. The team will need all the support they can get from the fans, and we do look forward to playing at the Singapore Sports Hub in the knockout stages of the SEA Games.

Low Teo Ping, President, Singapore Rugby Union, said:

Singapore is on the world rugby map, along with rugby being recognised by the International Olympic Committee. A world-class pitch to showcase this gladiatorial sport will be critical and and the Singapore Rugby Union is confident of the robust natural turf solution at the Singapore Sports Hub. With SEA Games on the horizon, this will be a great opportunity to ignite the passion of the game among Singaporeans when they come to support the national rugby team on 6 and 7 June.

Yazeen Buhari, General Manager, Singapore Athletics, said:

Being the first SEA Games event at the National Stadium, the Singapore Sports Hub has consistently kept us abreast on pitch updates as they have progressed. We have also been working closely with the team from the Singapore Sports Hub to prepare for the track and field event at the National Stadium. We are confident that this SEA Games will be one to remember for our Singapore athletes.

The pitch installation for the SEA Games will comprise 8,000sqm, or 800 rolls, of Eclipse Stabilised Turf. The turf will be transported from the nursery to the stadium with 40 flat-bed trucks, all within 48 hours. Each roll of Eclipse Stabilised Turf weighs approximately 750kgs.

 

Eclipse

Eclipse Stabilised Turf.

ABOUT THE SINGAPORE SPORTS HUB

The Singapore Sports Hub is the country’s premier sports, entertainment and lifestyle centre with integrated community programming.

Consisting of a unique cluster development of integrated world-class sports facilities within the city, it plays a critical role in accelerating the development of the sports industry, both in terms of excellence and participation, and will take sports to the next level in Singapore.

Located on a 35-hectare site in Kallang, the Singapore Sports Hub includes the following facilities:

  • A new 55,000-capacity National Stadium with a retractable roof and movable tiered seating
  • 100PLUS Promenade that encircles the National Stadium
  • A 6,000-capacity OCBC Aquatic Centre that meets FINA standards
  • A 3,000-capacity OCBC Arena which is scalable and flexible in layout
  • Water Sports Centre featuring kayaking and canoeing
  • 41,000sqm Kallang Wave Mall
  • The iconic Singapore Indoor Stadium: host venue for our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event
  • Shimano Cycling World
  • Singapore Youth Olympic Museum & Singapore Sports Museum
  • Sports Hub Library
  • Daily community facilities and activities open for Singaporeans, including beach volleyball, hard courts for futsal, basketball and netball, lawn bowls, giant chess, skate park, climbing wall and running & cycling paths

The Singapore Sports Hub, which is managed by SportsHub Pte Ltd, is one of the largest sporting Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects in the world. It is also Singapore’s largest flagship PPP project of this nature, and has won the PFI award in London in 2011, World Architecture Festival Awards for Best Future Project in the leisure-led development category in 2013 and Sports Building of the Year in 2014.

Singapore Sports Hub celebrates host of world ‘firsts’

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In June 2014, Singapore celebrated the opening of Asia’s first integrated sports, leisure, entertainment and lifestyle destination; the Singapore Sports Hub. Located on a stunning, central, 35 hectare waterfront site, the Sports Hub provides a unique ecosystem of sporting, retail and leisure spaces, at the pivot between Singapore’s expanding city centre and the wider public community. The Sports Hub’s opening also heralded a number of world ‘firsts’ for this already iconic venue.

The Sports Hub is a key project in the Government of Singapore’s urban redevelopment and sports facilities masterplan – ‘Sports Singapore Vision 2030’ – promoting a more sustainable, healthy and active society at all levels of participation, nation-wide. Designed for long-term legacy usage from the outset, the Sports Hub sets a new standard for adaptability and social integration. By providing premier venues for major sports events and inviting and inclusive public destination spaces, the Sports Hub is an elite world-class sports destination that encourages everyday public participation throughout the year.

The Singapore Sports Hub was designed by Arup Associates, DP Architects, Arup and AECOM – with Arup Associates the lead architect for the Sports Venues, which include the 55,000-seat National Stadium, the OCBC Arenas and OCBC Aquatics Centre, and DP Architects responsible for retail, leisure and office buildings.

At the heart of the Sports Hub, the National Stadium is a state-of-the-art sports venue, air-cooled for comfort and designed with a movable roof and retractable seating to support the widest range of sports and leisure events throughout the year. It is the first stadium in the world to be custom-designed to host athletics, football, rugby and cricket all in one venue, converting from one mode to another within 48 hours.

Another ‘first’ is the fact the Singapore Sports Hub is now the world’s largest free-spanning dome structure; stretching more than 1,010ft/310m across at its widest point. The dome was conceived as a unifying protective canopy that connects all parts of the complexes’ massive master plan, through an open public ‘sports promenade’.

As a new cultural icon, the design of the stadium has focused on creating a close relationship with the city by opening the interior seating bowl and roof towards the waterfront and the city skyline. This provides spectators with breath-taking views to the heart of the city, especially meaningful for the nation’s annual spectacle, the National Day Parade. In form and massing, the National Stadium creates a distinctive silhouette and an identity for the Singapore Sports Hub, complementing the nearby Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Complementing the central National Stadium are two other key sports facilities, the OCBC Aquatic Centre and OCBC Arenas. These mid-scale venues have been designed to achieve maximum flexibility enabling them to serve both the exacting standards of a world championship sporting events as well as a diverse everyday leisure-focused sports programme.

The architecture and engineering design of all three sports venues has been led by Arup.

The Sports Hub integrates landscape, water systems and planting extensively, creating a natural setting and high quality public waterfront environment. At the heart of the Sports Hub design philosophy, the major public and landscape realms at the Waterfront Promenade and Arrival Plazas extend and enhance the city’s accessibility and green ambience. For comfort, character and further extending this holistic approach, the stadium incorporates sky terraces with planting with vertical greenery to the edge of internal concourse areas, creating a totally unique and tropical experience.

Beyond maximising greenery and passive cooling measures, innovative engineering solutions have been integrated into the design to ensure minimal use of natural resources. The bowl cooling to the stadium achieves a 60% reduction in energy use when compared to a conventional ‘cooled stadium’. The energy used is offset by energy harnessed from renewable energy sources – making this a ‘zero carbon’ cooled stadium. Economy of means is a key characteristic of the main dome structure itself which uses one third of the steel weight per square metre when compared to other large span structures of this scale. In recognition of these achievements, the Sports Hub was awarded BCA Gold+ Mark, an outstanding result for a major stadium and multi-sports facility, in comparison to its peers around the world.

The Singapore Sports Hub, which is managed by SportsHub Pte Ltd, is one of the largest sporting Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project’s in the world. It is Singapore’s largest flagship PPP project of this nature, and has won the PFI award in London in 2011 and the World Architecture Festival Award for Best Future Project in the leisure-led development category in 2013.

Quick Facts

Located on a 35-hectare site in Kallang, the Singapore Sports Hub includes the following facilities:

  • The new 55,000-capacity National Stadium with a retractable roof and movable tiered seating
  • The 6,000-capacity OCBC Aquatic Centre that meets FINA standards
  • The 3,000-capacity OCBC Arena, which is scalable and flexible in layout
  • The Water Sports Centre, featuring dragon boating, kayaking and canoeing
  • The 41,000sqm Kallang Wave mall
  • The iconic Singapore Indoor Stadium
  • The Singapore Sports Museum
  • The Sports Hub Library
  • Daily community facilities and activities open for Singaporeans, including beach volleyball, hard courts for basketball, lawn bowls, giant chess, skate park, climbing wall and running/cycling circuit

SINGAPORE SPORTS HUB DESIGN TEAM
Arup + DP Architects + AECOM

MASTERPLAN
DP Architects + Arup + AECOM

ARCHITECTURE
National Stadium
Arup Associates

OCBC Arena; OCBC Aquatics
Arup Associates + DPA

Retail, Leisure, Office
DP Architects

Architect of Record
DP Architects

ENGINEERING
Arup

M&E
Arup + Squire Mech

LANDSCAPE

AECOM

The Design Team and client representatives will deliver their insights into how the Singapore Sports Hub was transformed from a vision into an already iconic reality at this September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and trade show, which is being held in the Hub.

Images courtesy of the Singapore Sports Hub, Arup and Arup Associates.

Images courtesy of the Singapore Sports Hub, Arup and Arup Associates.

Singapore Sports Hub: Project Design Statement

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In June 2014, Singapore celebrates the opening of Asia’s first integrated sports, leisure, entertainment and lifestyle destination; the Singapore Sports Hub. Located on a 35 hectare waterfront site close to the heart of Singapore, the Sports Hub provides a wide range of sporting, retail and leisure spaces within easy reach of the city centre and international airport.

 

The Singapore Sports Hub is a key project in the government’s urban development plan, forming a central part of the 2020 vision for a sustainable, healthy and expanding population. The design of the precinct capitalises on the strategic site location. With easy access to the Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) network and adjacent expressways, the requirements for major events are well served. Links to the extensive local pedestrian network and the island-wide park connector system provide a seamless connection to local residential areas, the wider waterfront and to the city centre.

 

Often large stadia and sports developments are focused on a specific major sporting event, with less consideration given to the long-term use of the facilities. The Singapore Sports Hub breaks this mould; designed, built and operated for the long term, it will set a new standard for adaptability and integration, both within the city’s growing fabric and as the focus for a nation-wide strategy to build sporting culture and participation at all levels, for generations to come.

 

At the heart of the Sports Hub is the new National Stadium – conceived as a unifying protective canopy that connects all parts of the Sports Hub masterplan. The dome to the stadium has a span of over 310m, making it the largest free spanning dome structure in the world; an awe-inspiring event space. The National Stadium is a state-of-the-art sports venue, air-cooled, and designed with a movable roof and retractable seating to support the widest range of sports and leisure events throughout the year. It will be the first stadium in the world custom-designed to host athletics, football, rugby and cricket all in one venue, converting from one mode to another within 48 hours.
As a new cultural icon, the design of the stadium has focused on creating a close relationship with the city by opening the seating bowl and roof towards the waterfront and the city skyline. This provides spectators with breath-taking views to the heart of the city, especially meaningful for the nation’s annual spectacle, the National Day Parade. In form and massing, the National Stadium, creates a distinctive silhouette and an identity for Singapore Sports Hub, complimenting the nearby Singapore Indoor Stadium.

 

Surrounding the National Stadium is an active “social plinth”, which integrates other sporting, commercial, civic and community facilities, including the Aquatics Centre and the two Indoor Arenas. These smaller scale venues have been designed to achieve maximum flexibility enabling them to serve both the exacting standards of a world-championship sporting events as well as a diverse everyday leisure focused sports programme.
The “social plinth” creates a human-scale frontage for the monumental stadium, injecting life and vibrancy while connecting the various facilities, as well as numerous event plazas throughout the site. On non-event days, these spaces will inspire participation through bustle and activity. On event days, this integrated realm will attract people to come to the Sports Hub many hours before the event, to spend time at a waterfront restaurant or one of the external event plazas.

 

Further exemplifying the integration of sport and public space is the Sports Promenade. Principally designed to provide rain and sun-protection to spectators outside of the stadium, in response to the harsh tropical climate in Singapore, the design was developed to realise the potential of this 1km connector space for everyday use. On non-event days, the Sports Promenade transforms into an exercise area with a jogging track and fitness centres, accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This inspirational civic space links the National Stadium to various key sports venues, lifestyle destinations, public rooftop spaces and green spaces within the Sports Hub, offering stunning views out to the city and the surrounding waterfront.
The Sports Hub integrates greenery and landscape extensively to create a high-quality, natural waterfront environment. The major public and landscape realms of Singapore Sports Hub, such as the Waterfront Promenade, integrate the island-wide park connector system, further enhancing its accessibility and green ambience. The stadium itself incorporates sky terraces with planting and vertical greenery to the edge of internal concourse areas, to create a totally unique and tropical experience.
Innovative engineering solutions have been integrated into the design to ensure minimal use of natural resources. The bowl cooling to the stadium achieves a 60% reduction in energy use when compared to a conventional ‘cooled stadium’. The energy used is offset by energy harnessed from renewable energy sources – making this a “zero carbon” cooled stadium. Economy of means is also a key characteristic of the main dome structure itself which uses one third of the steel weight per square metre when compared to other large span structures of this scale. In recognition of these achievements the Sports Hub was awarded BCA Gold Mark+ in 2012.
KEY FACILTIES
The Singapore Sports Hub facilities are:
• 55,000-seat National Stadium with a retractable roof and comfort cooling
• 3,000-seat National Aquatic Centre, expandable to 6,000 capacity for specific events
• 3,000-seat Multi-Purpose Indoor Arena, scalable and flexible in layout
• 41,000sqm of commercial retail space with integrated leisure waterpark and rock-climbing
• Sports Information and Resource Centre, with a sports library and museum
• Water Sports Centre for canoe, kayak and dragon boat athletes and enthusiasts
• The existing 12,000-seat Singapore Indoor Stadium
• A diverse range of community sport facilities: hard courts, skate park, fitness corners, jogging and cycling tracks, bowling lawn, beach volleyball court, etc.

 

DESIGN TEAM CREDITS
Singapore Sports Hub Design Team: Arup + DP Architects + AECOM
Masterplan: DP Architects + Arup + AECOM
Architecture – Sports Venues: Arup Associates (lead) + DP Architects
Architecture – Office, Retail & Leisure: DP Architects
Engineering: Arup
Landscape: AECOM

 

The Singapore Sports Hub will also host this September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event, with the Design Team, along with client representatives, to speak in detail on the project. Further information can be found online at: www.SAEvents.uk.com

 

Artists impression of the Singapore Sports Hub. Courtesy: Arup

Artists impression of the Singapore Sports Hub. Courtesy: Arup

Singapore Sports Hub achieves country’s first sports venue sponsorship

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OCBC Group will become the largest sponsorship partner of the Singapore Sports Hub, with OCBC Bank being named the exclusive Premier Founding Partner. OCBC Bank and its private banking subsidiary, Bank of Singapore, will have naming rights to the OCBC Arena, OCBC Aquatic Centre, OCBC Lounge (National Stadium Club Lounge at the North Wing), Bank of Singapore Lounge (National Stadium Club Lounge at the South Wing) and OCBC Premier Suite (VIP Lounge at Singapore Indoor Stadium).

At the press conference OCBC Bank signed the 15-year agreement with the Singapore Sports Hub as the Premier Founding Partner. Bank of Singapore is part of the OCBC Bank’s 15-year agreement. An in-principle agreement for a significant partnership has also been reached with OCBC Bank’s insurance subsidiary, Great Eastern Holdings.

Philippe Collin Delavaud, CEO, Singapore Sports Hub, said:

We are delighted today to welcome OCBC Bank on board as our Premier Founding Partner. This is a local Singaporean bank who has a long established record of giving back to the community, and we are proud to have them join us to help make this state-of-the-art sports, entertainment and lifestyle hub a success in the eyes of Singaporeans. OCBC’s continuous contribution will benefit the entire Singapore Sports Hub infrastructure, including helping to sustain community facilities and programming. The overall success of this innovative project will rely on both community and corporate engagement, together with national pride.

OCBC Bank Chairman, Dr Cheong Choong Kong, said:

As with other successful companies, our CSR programme is one of giving back to society. Our involvement with the Singapore Sports Hub is part of this programme, but it would be disingenuous of me to claim that CSR is the sole motivator. We cannot deny the immense commercial value of the naming rights and the prominent presence of OCBC in the iconic Sports Hub. When events of international standing are held at and televised from the Sports Hub, as they inevitably will be, the name of OCBC will be visible. This should keep our shareholders happy.

Our sponsorship money will be primarily channelled to fund activities that the community can participate in, activities that are typically not commercially viable for operators to organise. This our partner has readily agreed to. Our money will help our partner put together a variety of grassroots activities and events that could range from learn-to-play programmes and clinics for communities to try out new sports, to a simple game of football or basketball for neighbourhood children.

In anticipation of the official opening of the Singapore Sports Hub in 2014, OCBC Bank Group CEO, Samuel Tsien, who was also present at today’s media conference, said:

I am pleased that the OCBC Group has the opportunity to support one of the most iconic projects in Singapore, the Singapore Sports Hub, with OCBC Bank being recognised as the Premier Founding Partner. It is not the brick and mortar of what will be the OCBC Arena or the OCBC Aquatic Centre or any of our other named facilities that excites me. Instead, I am most excited about what the funding from the OCBC Group can do for the Singapore community: Helping the Singapore Sports Hub put together a broad spectrum of grassroots activities as well as international events that could appeal to our citizens and international visitors alike. I am excited that OCBC can play a small part in reinforcing social cohesion: Strengthening the Singapore community that we want to give back to. On the personal front, I am looking forward to being part of the Kallang Wave, which is a unique experience at sports events and concerts in Singapore. And I would like to see the Kallang Wave come to life not just at the new National Stadium, but also at the OCBC Arena and the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

Great Eastern Holdings’ Group Chief Executive Officer, Chris Wei, said:

We launched our unique Live Great Programme in May 2012 to help our customers live healthier, better and longer. Our Programme centres on actively helping our customers live a healthy lifestyle. Its wide-ranging activities and benefits, tips and information have gained tremendous traction. The world-class Singapore Sports Hub will add an exhilarating new dimension to our Live Great offerings and is an excellent platform for us to further promote the important message of active, healthy living to all Singaporeans from every walk of life. I am excited by the great synergy between OCBC Group and the Sports Hub and I am confident that the community will benefit immensely from this strategic partnership.

This is the first Founding Partnership to be officially announced by the Singapore Sports Hub, which was facilitated by World Sport Group – Singapore Sports Hub’s exclusive Commercial Rights partner.

Main picture (L-R) Adrian Staiti, SVP, Global Partnerships, WSG; Andrew Georgiou, CEO, WSG; Samuel Tsien, Group CEO, OCBC Bank; Dr Cheong Choong Kong, Group Chairman, OCBC Bank; Philippe Collin Delavaud, CEO, SportsHub Pte Ltd; Mark Collins, Managing Director, Sports Hub; Toh Boon Yi, Chief, Strategic Development & Marketing Group, Singapore Sports Council