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Emergency evacuation plans in place at Sports Hub

Sports Hub used validated safety and evacuation modelling software to develop its safety and emergency plans, finetuning them with input from the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Singapore Civil Defence Force and the police, said the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth.

SINGAPORE: The new Sports Hub and National Stadium are designed and operated based on both local fire safety codes and the UK Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds, said Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong on Monday (Aug 4), in a written Parliamentary reply to a question posed by Member of Parliament Ang Hin Kee.

Mr Ang had asked about the safety and evacuation plans at the new Sports Hub, in the case of a fire or an emergency. Mr Wong said that the UK guidelines, also known as the Green Guide, specifies international best practices in both the design and operations of stadiums from a safety perspective.

Where there are differences between the local and UK safety codes, the more stringent safety guidelines have been adopted, he added. Sports Hub Pte Ltd (SHPL) also used validated safety and evacuation modelling software to develop its safety and emergency plans, finetuning them with input from the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Singapore Civil Defence Force and the police.

The company's operational teams have experience working at major stadiums and events around the world such as Wembley, Stade De France and the London Olympic Games. They are also trained to manage emergencies that may arise.

"Public safety is of utmost importance to us. We will continue to work with SHPL and the relevant authorities to ensure that safety and evacuation plans at the Sports Hub are regularly reviewed and exercised in order to ensure public safety," wrote Mr Wong.