NDP 2022 to be held at The Float @ Marina Bay as redevelopment plans delayed

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in 2017 that the redeveloped space would be named NS Square once works are completed. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)
The Float@Marina Bay has been used to host National Day Parades. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

SINGAPORE — This year's National Day Parade (NDP) will again be held at The Float @ Marina Bay, as plans to redevelop the floating platform into the NS Square have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen revealed the NDP plans in a post on his Facebook page on Tuesday (22 March).

"The building of NS Square on the Marina Bay has been announced. Because of COVID-19, we will start that development later, which allows us to hold NDP 2022 there this year," he wrote.

"Look forward to combined air, land and sea components for NDP 2022 and larger crowds for both participants and spectators."

The Ministry of National Development (MND) said in a media release on Tuesday that works on the NS Square – a community and events venue featuring sports facilities, an NS-themed gallery and a waterfront promenade – have been rescheduled to start in March 2023, and are expected to be completed by end-2026.

When the NS Square was first announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day message in 2020, it was due to be completed by end-2025. It was also earmarked to host future NDPs.

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