GEORGE TOWN, Oct 17 – The RM28 million retail Spice Canopy and the RM16 million of aquatic components of the Subterranean Penang International Conference & Exhibition Centre (SPICE) are set to open in December. The Spice Canopy, consisting of 59 retail lots and 108 car park lots, was completed in September and is expected to open for business this December. The anchor tenant for the Spice Canopy is the Everyday Supreme Restaurant.
In the meantime, Taiwanese coffee chain, CoffeeSmith was also opening an outlet there. Besides that, SP Setia Bhd Group general manager Ng Han Seong also said that the RM16 million aquatic centre is also targeted to completed and expected to open to public by December.
The aquatic centre are consisting of 50m swimming pools, diving pool, badminton courts, squash courts and a children’s water theme park. Meanwhile, the aquatic centre are also equipped with the green technology which are including a RM4 million solar energy system.
The overall SPICE project that undertaken by SP Setia are consisted of several components spread out over 25 acres of land which also cost a total around RM716 million. The first component are the former Penang International Sports Arena, also namely Pisa was the first upgraded at a cost of RM22 million and opened to public a few years ago.
In additional, the fourth component is the RM350 million subterranean Spice Convention Centre with a green public park on top of the centre with an iconic grand roof entrance. Ng also said at a media briefing on the progress of the project together with state executive councillor Chow Kon Yeow that the convention centre are consist of four large column-less halls and multi-storey car park which is now at about 50 per cent completion and is expected to complete by the end of 2016.
The SPICE project started in 2012 with an initial estimated costs of RM350 million for the whole project. While the final component of the massive project is a four-star rating hotel with 25-storey which having 453 rooms are estimated to cost around RM300 million while is also expected to be completed by 2018.