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     FrontPage Edition: Wed 5 July 2006

Newton Food Centre reopens after nine-month makeover


Excerpted from Press Release 'Newton Food Centre Closes For Makeover, Re-opens Next Year ' 21 Sep 2005

Popular tourist destination Newton Food Centre reopened last Saturday, 1 Jul 2006, after undergoing a complete makeover under the Hawker Centre Upgrading Programme (HUP). It was closed from 1 Oct 2005 to 30 Jun 2006.
During the renovation period, its hawkers were relocated to a temporary site which the stallholders themselves had arranged - along Monk's Hill Terrace and Winstedt Road, a stone's throw from Newton Food Centre. The temporary site began operation on 11 October 2005.
Newton Food Centre's new design, inspired by its characteristic al fresco dining areas, features prominently.
Originally built in 1971, Newton Food Centre has established an enduring reputation as a must-try tourist destination synonymous with Singapore's famous hawker fare. It is just as popular with Singaporeans - being recognised as a favourite local makan haunt.
This affection for the Centre and its charm and character formed the basis of its new design. The Centre's sense of openness and al fresco hawker-food dining close to the heart of the city - distinct features of the centre pre-upgrade - has been preserved amid tropical architecture.
Supporting the openness and space is the layout of the stalls in a horseshoe-shaped configuration, along with architectural elements such as sun-shading, column bases and blinds, surrounded by a lushly landscaped courtyard integrated with seating.
The design takes into consideration the tropical heat - it is open-concept, with natural cross-ventilation, large overhangs and eaves, allowing patrons the choice to dine within a sheltered dining space.
The new centre has a seating capacity of 1,640 to serve the patrons of the Centre's 83 stalls.

Excerpted from Press Release 'Newton Food Centre Closes For Makeover, Re-opens Next Year ' 21 Sep 2005

Photos of the new place will be available here shortly.

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