Opening of the Singapore Sports Hub
The Singapore Sports Hub was successfully completed in June. The inaugural event was a concert by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra which took place on 28 June, with the presence of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. As many as 3,345 musicians performed classical music songs in the 55,000-seat National Stadium, breaking another World record for this brand new leisure and entertainment venue. Pre-inaugural events counted the World Club 10s Rugby tournament (21-22 June / National Stadium) and the 2nd Southeast Asian Swimming Championships (14-24 / Aquatic Centre).
BYME Singapore was responsible for the design, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of all buildings services for the entire complex. The project was entirely developed with BIM technology (Autodesk Revit).
As the centrepiece of the Singapore Sports Hub, the new stadium is covered by a retractable roof measuring 300 meters in diameter (the Hub’s first World record) and provides spectacular views of the waterfront and Singapore city skyline. The roof features a unique lighting system forming a 20,000-pixel screen on which the Singapore flag will be projected, during the National Day and sporting events. To ensure spectators’ comfort, a unique and innovative air-conditioning system was developed for the bleachers which circulate cool air under the spectators’ seating. The cooling capacity-related capital and operational expenditure have been significantly reduced by the use of latent thermal storage (15 MWr out of 36 MWr total cooling capacity), Turbocor chillers and a reverse district cooling system that features a two-kilometre long HDPE condensing water loop.
The Singapore Sports Hub is another flagship project that demonstrates BYME’s technical expertise for cost effective and energy efficient facilities. It also demonstrates the firm’s capability to bring large size and complex projects to a successful end with the highest standards in terms of safety and quality. As a matter of fact, the project involved up to 300 staff and 1,200 workers at peak time, for a total of 5.4 million accident free man-hours.