NDP 2022 to be held at Marina Bay floating platform; redevelopment into NS Square delayed

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SINGAPORE – This yr’s National Day Parade (NDP) will as soon as once more be held at the Marina Bay floating platform – possible for the final time earlier than it’s redeveloped into the NS Square, a challenge delayed for a yr due to Covid-19.

The birthday bash was additionally held at the favored waterfront location final yr.
In a Facebook put up on Tuesday (March 22), Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen stated the redevelopment of the floating platform had to begin later due to Covid-19. 

“(This) allows us to hold NDP 2022 there this year.” 

“Look forward to combined air, land and sea components for NDP 2022 and larger crowds for both participants and spectators,” he added.

Works to flip the Marina Bay floating platform into the brand new NS Square had been initially slated to be accomplished by 2025. 

But delays brought on by the pandemic imply works can begin solely later, the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of National Development stated in an earlier assertion on Tuesday. 

“Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation and its impact on the construction sector, works have been rescheduled to start in March 2023 and are expected to be completed by end-2026,” the ministries added.

“More details on the project will be shared when ready.”

The challenge to redevelop The Float @ Marina Bay into NS Square was introduced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 2017.

The everlasting house will characteristic neighborhood sports activities services and a brand new public waterfront promenade. It can also be earmarked to host future NDPs in addition to a gallery devoted to nationwide servicemen. 

The design consultancy tender for the NS Square challenge was awarded in 2020, with the ministries saying then that renovation will begin in March 2022 and be accomplished by end-2025. 

This yr’s NDP is organised by the Singapore Army’s Third Division. It will be the eleventh time that the occasion has been hosted at the floating platform.

The parade has additionally been held at the Padang and the Sports Hub during the last decade.

At final yr’s scaled-down NDP, solely about 1,000 reside spectators had been allowed at the floating platform. It had 600 reside performers – a fraction of what earlier NDPs concerned. 

Large an infection clusters at Jurong Fishery Port and KTVs had compelled tighter Covid-19 restrictions, which additionally resulted in a postponement of the bash, for the primary time, to Aug 21 as a substitute of Aug 9. 

At the occasion, organisers performed a video tribute to the floating platform, which opened in May 2007 as a brief construction.

It hosted the NDP for the primary time that yr whereas the National Stadium was being torn down. 

Preparations for this yr’s occasion has begun, with the organisers in the previous few months calling for a number of tenders for associated works. These embody infrastructure works, artistic companies together with ornament at and across the venue, publicity marketing campaign, and for a “pack bag” in addition to costume rental.

One tender printed on authorities procurement portal GeBiz on Feb 28 by the Ministry of Education referred to as for bus companies on July 9, 16 and 23 for National Education exhibits in a location in “Downtown Singapore”. 

National Education exhibits weren’t included at the final two NDPs. 

The tender doc referred to as for about 1,050 buses in complete in addition to a administration group to coordinate the buses and ferry spectators, who’re principally main faculty pupils, to and from the venue on all present dates. 

 

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