SINGAPORE - After nine months of upgrading, the 44-year-old refurbished market and food centre at Block 112 Jalan Bukit Merah will reopen for business on December 1. Business will resume progressively as stalls complete their renovation works.
19 out of the 28 cooked food stalls will be resuming business. After the renovation, the number of stall units have been reduced to 22.
Patrons can look forward to a more spacious and hygienic dining environment, as the placement of stalls has been reconfigured. This will improve ventilation in the centre and allow for better patron movement within the centre. The seating capacity at the upgraded centre has also increased by approximately 20 per cent to 350 seats.
The renovation cost $4.5 million, and sees added facilities such as improved fire safety features as well as upgraded toilet fixtures which include handicap-friendly fittings and diaper-changing counters.
To conserve electricity, skylights have been installed in the centre to supplement the existing lighting with natural light during daytime. Motion sensors have also been installed in toilets to reduce electrical usage.
Space has also been set aside for tray-return facilities, which is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2014.
The upgrading is part of National Environment Agency's (NEA) Hawker Centres Upgrading Programme (HUP). To date, 104 hawker centres managed by NEA have been upgraded under HUP. Other centres currently undergoing upgrading include Block 6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza and Block 44 Holland Drive.