2 Bedok food centres to close for upgrading

Two popular hawker centres at Block 16 Bedok South Road and Block 85 Bedok North Street 4 will be closed for upgrading works next week (mid-February).

Blk 16 Bedok South Road Market & Food Centre, popular for fishball noodles and cuttlefish kangkong, will be closed for upgrading from February 13 to mid-December. 

The facelift for Blk 85 Bedok North Street 4 Market & Food Centre, more commonly known as "85 Fengshan Centre", will be closed on February 16 and is expected to reopen in early 2013.

The food centre is well-known for its Bak Chor Mee noodles, Hokkien Mee and porridge.

The two centres, built in 1975 and 1977 respectively, will have a more conducive and hygienic dining environment. Residents will also be able to shop at the nicer markets after the improvements too.

The upgraded centres will feature wider passageways and cooler ventilation as the cooked food stalls will be fitted with mechanical exhaust systems. The public toilets will also be upgraded.
It will be easier for diners to get seats at the two centres too.

The number of seats at Blk 16 Bedok South Road will be increased from 1027 to 1096, while the number of seats at Blk 85 Bedok North Street 4 will go up from 894 to 1196.

Other key aspects of the upgrading include the replacement of floor and wall tiles, improvement of the electrical, plumbing and sanitary systems, as well as the provision of roller shutters for the cooked food and lock-up stalls at both centres.

The NEA currently manages 107 hawker centres. So far, 95 hawker centres have been upgraded under the Hawker Centres Upgrading Programme. 

Some of the hawker centres currently undergoing upgrading, include Blk 4A Jalan Batu and Blk 4A Eunos Crescent.