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Spicing up the island Aquatic centre promises splashing fun for visitors


(From left) SP Setia Berhad general manager Ng Han Seong, Khor and executive vice-president Datuk Koe Peng Kang checking out the Olympic-sized swimming pool at the Setia SPICE Aquatic Centre in Bayan Lepas, Penang

(From left) SP Setia Berhad general manager Ng Han Seong, Khor and executive vice-president Datuk Koe Peng Kang checking out the Olympic-sized swimming pool at the Setia SPICE Aquatic Centre in Bayan Lepas, Penang

CHILDREN can have a splashing time in the pool while their parents attend fitness classes or even train their stamina at the Olympic-sized swimming pool at the Setia SPICE Aquatic Centre, in Bayan Lepas, Penang.

Water sports facilities such as the diving pool, swimming pool and children’s water theme park are bound to please everyone.

For those who love to sweat it out, there are other sports facilities such as the badminton courts and squash courts.

Several people swimming in the huge pool after the opening ceremony. — GARY CHEN/The Star

(Several people swimming in the huge pool after the opening ceremony. — GARY CHEN/The Star)

Within the centre are function rooms, a cafe, a sports clinic and a swimming school.

SP Setia Berhad acting president and chief executive officer Datuk Khor Chap Jen said SP Setia undertook a public-private partnership project with the then Penang Municipal Council (now known as Penang Island City Council) to revamp the Penang Indoor Sports Arena (PISA) and its aquatic centre.

“We added three components to the project – a convention centre, a hotel and retail outlets.

“In return, we are granted a 30-year concession by the council to manage and operate the Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SPICE) upon its completion,” Khor said in his speech during the opening of the Setia SPICE Aquatic Centre on Thursday.

Khor said facilities at the aquatic centre were powered by solar energy.

“A RM4mil solar photo voltaic system which can generate up to 980 megawatt hour per year has been added onto the roof of both the aquatic centre and the Setia SPICE Canopy. It is the biggest commercial solar PV farm in Penang and will help to supplement SPICE’s electricity consumption.”

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who launched the aquatic centre, mentioned that the proposed light rail transit (LRT) line would be passing through Setia SPICE.

“So in the future, if you want to come here, you can come by road or by LRT, either from George Town or from the Penang International Airport,” Lim said.

Lim added that the refurbishments and enhancement of the previous PISA that was just a sports centre, has increased the service offerings and value tremendously.

“The aquatic centre will be complemented by a world-class convention centre, hotel, retail, F&B outlets; spread over 25 acres (10.1ha) upon its completion.”

Lim said he looked forward to continuous support from the private sector to transform Penang into an international and intelligent city.

The swimming pool is open from 8am to 11pm daily including public holidays.

Prices for adult entry is RM8 (Monday to Friday / 8am to 6pm), RM10 (Monday to Friday / 6pm to 11pm) and RM10 (Saturday, Sunday and public holiday / 8am to 11pm).

For children below 12, senior citizen 55 and above, and the disabled, the entry fee is RM6 (Monday to Friday / 8am to 6pm), RM8 (Monday to Friday / 6pm to 11pm) and RM8 (Saturday, Sunday and public holiday / 8am to 11pm).

For spectators, the price is RM2 (Monday to Friday / 8am to 6pm), RM3 (Monday to Friday / 6pm to 11pm) and RM3 (Saturday, Sunday and public holiday / 8am to 11pm).

The price for renting the badminton or squash courts is RM14 (per hour per court) from 8am to 5pm; and RM18 per hour per court) from 5pm to 11pm.

It was opened to the public in Dec 19 last year.

For more details, visit www.setiaspice.com or e-mail to spiceaquatic@spsetia.com or call 011-36047668.

   

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