SINGAPORE — Gillman Barracks will get a S$2 million facelift and could soon see new offerings including a farmers' market, bistros with live music and farm-to-table dining options, according to the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) on Tuesday (24 May).
"Through the rejuvenation plans, Gillman Barracks will be transformed into a vibrant, creative lifestyle enclave," Colin Low, chief executive of SLA said at a media briefing.
As part of the plans, which will be carried out across two phases, SLA will also be upgrading the enclave’s infrastructure to enhance the overall visitor experience to the barracks. The plans include adding covered linkways along some walking paths and a new thematic playground to provide an additional recreation spot for families with children. The upgrading works, which began in February 2022, are targeted to be completed by early 2023.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong said Gillman Barracks' rejuvenation is part of SLA's efforts to unlock greater value from state properties.
Set in a former military barracks dating back to 1936, Gillman Barracks has an estimated site area of 6.6ha and comprises 17 iconic colonial state properties.
The SLA took over the lease and estate management of Gillman Barracks from Jurong Town Corporation in March 2020. Currently, there are 18 tenants at Gillman Barracks — 10 commercial arts galleries, a non-profit institution, an art institution and six F&B operators.
The SLA today launched five tenders for food and beverage and lifestyle uses, such as farmers’ markets, bistros with potential live music, farm-to-table dining options, and lifestyle workshops for varying ages.
This is to meet the increasing demand for unique offerings and outdoor interactive spaces that befit new and evolving lifestyles that have emerged in recent years, the authority said.
Tenders for the five blocks will open for eight weeks starting 24 May 2022.
The SLA will subsequently offer similar tenders for other blocks in the second phase.
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