Singapore Expo will soon welcome an outdoor go-kart track, indoor badminton hall and a new Timbre+ food village amid weak demand for physical events, reported The Straits Times.
Work on the new amenities began in March, when a structure that will house the new Timbre+ foodcourt was built on the site of one of the eight outdoor carparks near halls 4 to 6.
Another carpark with about 300 spaces has been converted into a go-kart track operated by KF1 Karting, which also has a circuit at the Singapore Turf Club in Kranji. The new track can host up to 15 karts and one time, and will operate under a one-year temporary occupation licence.
Taking about one month to construct, the karting area cost close to S$1 million (US$739,055), and included the remodelling of the area, laying of the tarmac, setting up the lighting system, landscaping, and construction of an air-conditioned viewing gallery. There are also plans to have an al fresco dining area on the gallery’s roof.
Meanwhile, the new indoor badminton hall will located within Singapore Expo Hall 6, and will have 22 courts, making it the largest hall in the country.
Such efforts are to help the venue generate revenue to sustain the business. Constellar Holdings, which manages Singapore Expo and MAX Atria, recently reported a 95 per cent drop in physical events at the venue since April last year.
Since the start of the pandemic, a majority of Singapore Expo’s 100,000m2 of event space has been used for other purposes.
All 10 event halls were converted into a community care facility, and since February this year, halls 7 to 10 were converted into Connect@Changi, a 1,300-room facility for international business travellers to stay and conduct meetings. The facility has stopped taking in guests since business travel initiatives were suspended in July during Phase 2 (Heightened Alert).