Breaking New Ground

SAFRA’s seventh club in Choa Chu Kang, a “fitness oasis”.

By Edmund Wee        4 November 2019

SAFRA will welcome its seventh club in Choa Chu Kang in 2022. Expected to draw over 1.4 million visitors each year, SAFRA Choa Chu Kang will join SAFRA’s staple of six clubs in Jurong, Mount Faber, Punggol, Tampines, Toa Payoh and Yishun.

Designed with a theme of a “fitness oasis”, the club is just a five-minute walk from Choa Chu Kang MRT and LRT stations and is easily accessible to residents growing up in new towns such as Tengah, as well as the new Yew Tee integrated development. In keeping with SAFRA’s drive to promote sustainability, the new establishment has been designed with eco-friendly features such as energy-saving rooftop solar panels and spaces within that are architecturally oriented to maximise natural ventilation and sunlight to reduce energy consumption. There are also plans to harvest rainwater from rooftop collection points and store them for irrigation purposes.

The club will feature many firsts among SAFRA clubs. These include having the first sheltered swimming pool, an aqua gym, a sheltered futsal court and a sky running track. An indoor climbing facility will also feature an international 15m high speed climbing wall, lead climbing and bouldering walls, as well as 10m high walls with auto-belay devices providing over 40 climbing lanes across 1,000sqm of climbing surface.

One of its highlights is its Integrated Fitness and Wellness Hub, which spans almost 29,000sqft. It will house a spa, fitness studio and an EnergyOne gym where NSmen and their families can work out and exercise to various fitness programmes. The sky running track, which makes a 150m loop along the fourth level, will also be an ideal space for NSmen on circuit training. Those with young families can also look forward to a new indoor trampoline park with fun-filled trampoline aerobics programmes for both adults and children.

The Integrated Entertainment Hub is expected to be one of the most anticipated amenities at the club where members and guests can enjoy a darts game, bowling games, KTV sessions, and a wide variety of food and beverage options, including a Burger King drive-through.

Those who enjoy open and green spaces will also be glad to know that SAFRA will partner NParks on the seamless integration of SAFRA Choa Chu Kang with the surrounding parkland to optimise the experience for all who patronise the club. Besides an outdoor amphitheatre where various events and activities can be held, there are also plans to build a biophilic playground for families to enjoy.

Designed with such a holistic vision, the club is expected to be a great spot for hosting SAF cohesion activities, given its proximity to nearby SAF camps located in Kranji, Lim Chu Kang, Tengah and Sungei Gedong. Once SAFRA Choa Chu Kang is ready, SAFRA is expected to organise over 80 unit cohesion activities at the club for over 8,000 NSmen within the first year.