SINGAPORE — Members of the public have been invited to offer their suggestions for the redevelopment of The Float @ Marina Bay, which will be renamed NS Square once the works are completed.
The government will be taking “ideas and suggestions for facilities and possible activities that they envision taking place within NS Square”, said the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) and the Ministry of National Development (MND) in a joint statement on Monday (29 April).
The site, which has played host to national and community events such as the National Day Parade and River Hongbao, was built as a temporary stage in 2007 and there are “several limitations to the existing structures, which are not designed for long-term use,” said the ministries.
“Event organisers often face difficulties staging events at the venue as only basic facilities are provided. Access towards the waterfront has also been restricted during event days, which affects public enjoyment of the Bay,” they added.
The aim of the redevelopment is to turn the venue into a “vibrant events and entertainment space where the public can enjoy arts, culture and sports activities at the waterfront all year round”. Part of the project will also look to improving pedestrian connectivity to provide a continuous loop around Marina Bay.
Showcasing Singapore’s ‘NS story’
Also in the works is a gallery showcasing Singapore’s national service (NS) story, where visitors can experience and witness the contributions of national servicemen across the nation’s history, said the statement.
The Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will call for an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the transformation of Float@Marina Bay in NS Square in the second quarter of this year. DSTA will also launch a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the design and development of the gallery.
How to send in your suggestions
Those looking to share their ideas and suggestions for NS Square and the NS-themed gallery can send their feedback through the following:
The URA’s feedback page (until 24 May): https://www.ura.gov.sg/Corporate/Forms/DMP19-Arts-Culture-Feedback-Form
The NS Square webpage (until 30 June): https://www.mindef.gov.sg/web/portal/mindef/news-and-events/latest-releases/article-detail/2019/others/nssquare
There will also be opportunities to view the selected NS Square design at a public exhibition next year.
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