Like all other buildings, the Singapore Conference
Hall suffered the inevitable wear and tear and underwent
retrofitting and renovation works in September 1999.
Although the external facet of the building has
remained unchanged, thus retaining its significance
in history and time, the interior design has changed
to have a more modern feel and is better equipped
to accommodate most types of events. Reopened two
years later on 22nd September 2001 at a cost of
$14.7 million dollars by then-Deputy Prime Minister
Lee Hsien Loong, it is now home to the
Singapore Chinese Orchestra, the national Chinese
Orchestra in Singapore. It is the orchestra’s
permanent venue for rehearsals and performances.
Entrusted with the management of the building, the
Singapore Chinese Orchestra hopes to enlarge the
Singapore Conference Hall’s role as a venue
provider while remaining active in both the political
as well as the arts scene.
With its well-appointed
halls, the newly refurbished Singapore Conference
Hall is now in an even better position to be the
venue provider for large-scale international events.
It has been transformed into a multi-purpose venue
that houses the SCO Concert Hall with fine acoustics
of international standards, an expansive Exhibition
Hall, a multi-functional Sectional Practice Hall,
a Concourse dotted with water features and an exclusive
VIP Lounge for the honoured guests.