View Full Version : Sun Yat Sen Cultural Park@ Balestier (晚晴园)
March 28th, 2008, 07:57 AM
A 9000 sqm site near to current Sun Yat Sen villa @Balestier will soon open for tender for development of of 675 rooms integrated cultural Park & Hotel resort.
1911年，中国革命成功后，晚晴园由当时的中华总商会 （现在的新加坡中华总商会） 接管。
March 29th, 2008, 02:40 PM
Now they have repackaged the site as a cultural hotel attraction it may have a better chance as there were no takers for this site when it was launched in 2006.
March 29th, 2008, 06:33 PM
Cultural hotel attraction in the middle of the heartlands?
I can't see it working.
March 30th, 2008, 07:20 AM
Sounds very cheesy...
March 30th, 2008, 07:21 AM
I suspect that this tender is geared towards attracting foreign funds to invest in Sg property market.
Hopefully.. we can see an iconic structure like KL's Palance of the Golden Horses, but perhaps based on it's intended cultural theme.
As long as it adds vibrancy to the local scene, I think it's a good move. Hope they also include a theme park with roller coaster rides..
March 30th, 2008, 01:01 PM
I think they are better packaging this as a normal condo cum mall or something like that. Nothing too fancy.
Won't the Thomson Line pass through Balestier?
March 30th, 2008, 03:37 PM
I think they are better packaging this as a normal condo cum mall or something like that. Nothing too fancy.
Won't the Thomson Line pass through Balestier?
Hmm... can the Villa itself attract adequate number of tourists to sustain the surrounding developments? There's also the Burmese temple next door to the villa. And an empty lot in front of the temple beside the CTE slipway.
The NS line already passes below the Villa grounds. I'm guessing Thomson Line would be passing below Thomson Road...
March 31st, 2008, 07:59 AM
March 31st, 2008, 08:01 AM
A unique hotel development within a park and a rich cultural setting
The 1.77 ha site at Balestier Road with an extensive frontage is prominently located beside the stately Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.
With a sizeable gross floor area of about 40,000 sqm, incorporating the future Zhongshan Park, it is envisaged to be developed as a distinctive hotel that celebrates its connections to the rich cultural history and architecture of the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.
Enjoying an unobtructed and excellent frontage along Balestier Road, the future hotel will be a landmark development for the area.
March 31st, 2008, 08:01 AM
A modern hotel development with contemporary Chinese architecture
Imagine traditional and modern architecture coming into play as one. The rich history of the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall sets the stage for a modern hotel development that embraces a new interpretation of traditional Chinese architecture, accentuated through simple geometric forms and courtyard gardens.
March 31st, 2008, 08:02 AM
March 31st, 2008, 02:15 PM
Will Mr Sun jump out from his grave if he know that URA uses his name without authorization? :lol::lol:
Balestier Road land parcel launched for sale
By Wong Siew Ying, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 31 March 2008 2002 hrs
SINGAPORE : A hotel site at Balestier Road has been launched for sale.
The 1.77-hectare plot is one of two hotel sites on the Confirmed List of the Government Land Sales Programme for the first half of this year.
But for the first time, the government has made developing a park a requirement as part of the tender.
Balestier Road is buzzing with activity.
And adding to it will be a new contemporary hotel which draws inspiration from Chinese culture.
The site, released for sale by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), will have a maximum permissible gross floor area (GFA) of 39,000 square metres.
60 percent of the area will be for hotel-related uses, with the remaining GFA going toward complementary commercial and residential uses.
Some 0.46 hectares of the plot will also be dedicated to the development of a public park.
Named Zhongshan Park, it is envisioned to be the grand entrance of the hotel, leading to the heritage attraction, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.
Tan See Ni, Deputy Director, Development, Physical Planning Division, URA, said, "The public event space will be 1,000 square metres in area; it's actually to provide the space for the public, National Heritage Board, even the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, to hold events in the park if they so desire.
"In addition, we also allow some F&B developments within the park, up to 450 square metres of built-up area, and this is to enable some activities to be generated within the park."
URA estimates that the site will yield between 500 and 600 hotel rooms.
Analysts said the project could draw less than five bids due to the unique condition attached to the project.
In addition, developers will also need a strong concept to the leverage on the historical value of the place and draw visitors to the park.
Nicholas Mak, Director, Knight Frank, said, "The development of this site will also have some challenges, such as the development will be separated by a park in between, and the developer is required to develop and maintain the park, so this may increase the development cost somewhat. The land price will be in the range of S$150 million to the low end of S$200 million."
The URA has met extensively with local and overseas developers to market the site.
It also took part in the Mipim real estate convention in Hong Kong last year to showcase the plans to investors from Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.
URA said this project has generated some foreign interest, but it was unable to disclose the names of the companies who came to assess the site.
Tender for the site will close at 12 noon on July 16.
The selection of successful bidders will be based on tendered land prices only.
As the project is a key development along Balestier Road, the development proposal for the site will be subject to review by a Design Advisory Panel to ensure it meets quality standards. - CNA/ms
April 1st, 2008, 03:02 AM
Sprawling hotel site in Balestier put up for sale
1 Apr 08
Among the restrictions: Developer must build a park in the middle of the 1.77ha plot
IT IS hardly one of Singapore's must-see tourist destinations, but Balestier Road is getting the sort of boost that might make it more visitor-friendly.
The Government yesterday released a sprawling hotel site for sale between Balestier Road and Ah Hood Road, in front of the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.
And there is an unprecedented twist: The developer must build and manage a park that takes up a quarter of the land right in the middle of the site.
It has even been named - Zhongshan Park - and its use has also been decided, with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) stating that it wants it to, among other things, 'enhance the experience for...visitors to the memorial hall', which draws about 50,000 tourists a year.
Other restrictions, such as a required public event space and outdoor food and beverage or retail outlets in the park, also apply.
The URA said yesterday that the land release provides a 'great opportunity to develop a unique hotel development' in an area rich with heritage.
While Balestier is better known for famous eateries and lighting shops, it is also lined with shophouses, many of which have been earmarked for conservation and are a niche tourist attraction.
But the site's large size and many restrictions mean that there are likely to be few bidders in the public tender, said property experts.
Mr Nicholas Mak, the director of research and consultancy at Knight Frank, expects fewer than five offers, with bids coming in at $150 million to $200 million, pricing it at $350 per sq ft (psf) to $470 psf per plot ratio.
The 1.77ha plot is the biggest hotel site released by the URA since 2001 and is a tad smaller than the Orchard Turn parcel, where the Ion Orchard mall and The Orchard Residences condominium are being built.
Sixty per cent of the site's total gross floor area of 430,556 sq ft must be used for a hotel, which would yield about 675 rooms - slightly more than the 663 rooms at the Grand Hyatt Singapore in Scotts Road.
The rest of the land can be used for homes, shops, offices or more hotel rooms.
Even the hotel's design, envisioned as contemporary Chinese, must be approved by a URA advisory panel.
The agency had previously offered a smaller version of the site for sale, without the park. But that plot - half the size of the present one - lingered on the market for a year without any takers before the URA took it off in October last year to combine it with other vacant land nearby.
It is now on the URA's confirmed list, so it is up for sale regardless of demand.
Consultants noted the challenges inherent in the site.
Bidders will need a strong design concept and a strategy to make the park generate income, said Mr Mak.
He added that the site is not near an MRT station and is in fact 'on the outskirts of everything'.
But some developers may still be attracted 'because the challenges may reduce the number of competitors', Mr Mak said.
'This site could attract niche developers who are experienced in developing hotels with strong themes.'
Another bright spot is the strong sentiment in the hotel sector, especially for the mid-tier segment, said Ms Tay Huey Ying, director of research and consultancy at Colliers International.
'The market is quite short of mid-tier hotels, so the prospect is good,' she said.
The hotels dotting Balestier Road are mainly budget stays, including multiple outlets of Fragrance Hotel and Hotel 81.
By Fiona Chan, Property Reporter
July 16th, 2008, 03:06 PM
Hiap Hoe puts in top bid of S$73.3m for Balestier Road hotel site
16 July 08
SINGAPORE : Property developer Hiap Hoe has put in the top bid of S$73.3 million for a hotel site at Balestier Road and Ah Hood Road.
The price works out to S$172 per square foot per plot ratio for the 99-year leasehold site.
Consultants CB Richard Ellis said the bid is relatively low compared to other hotel sites.
The site has a maximum gross floor area of 425,942 square feet, which can potentially yield some 675 hotel rooms.
A hotel built on the location can capitalise on the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall which is located nearby.
An upcoming Zhongshan Park, spanning 4.6 hectares, will be within the proposed development.
4,844 square feet of space in the public park can be used for outdoor refreshment areas and tea pavilions.
All in, there were three bids for the site, with Garden City Hotel bidding S$53 million, while Park Plaza put in an offer of S$35 million.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority will announce the award of the tender later.
By Victoria Jen, Channel NewsAsia
July 17th, 2008, 02:52 AM
Just three lacklustre bids for Balestier hotel site
17 Jul 08
Financial climate and site's high development requirements may be behind poor showing
By Joyce Teo, Property Correspondent
A SPRAWLING Balestier Road hotel site integrated with a park attracted just three bids, all well under expectations.
A market expert had tipped a price of about $150 million to $200 million, or $350 to $470 per sq ft (psf) of gross floor area, but the top bidder could not even manage half that.
Niche developer Hiap Hoe Group offered $73.3 million or $172 psf when the tender closed yesterday.
Garden City Hotel Holdings, owned by Mr Tew Boon Kui, lodged $125 psf, while Park Hotel's unit Park Plaza would stump up only $82 psf.
Knight Frank's director of research and consultancy Nicholas Mak, who had tipped bids of $350 to $470 psf at the end of March, said market conditions had changed.
Developers were cooling off largely because of the financial turmoil, a slowdown in the growth of visitor arrivals here and high construction costs, said Mr Mak.
Other experts felt that the 99-year leasehold site in front of the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall was not that compelling.
Although Balestier Road has a bright mix of conserved shophouses and modern commercial and residential buildings, it also accommodates budget hotels, cheap and cheerful eateries and karaoke bars.
Another key reason for the low bids could have been the development demands placed on the 1.77ha site, the biggest hotel plot the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has released since 2001.
The developer must build and manage a 0.46ha park in the middle of the plot as well as a public event space within the park.
Savills Singapore's director of marketing and business development Ku Swee Yong said a developer's returns would be hit by the need to build and manage the park.
Sixty per cent of the hotel site's gross floor area must be used for a hotel, which could yield about 675 rooms. The rest of the space can be used for homes, shops and offices.
If Hiap Hoe, which submitted its bid through HH Properties, gets the site, it is expected to use it for hotel and commercial space. It will be Hiap Hoe's first hotel project.
CBRE Research executive director Li Hiaw Ho did see a glimpse of silver lining in the three bargain-basement offers for the site.
'It is heartening to see several bids submitted for the site in view of the fact that no bids were received for a hotel site in Race Course Road/Bukit Timah Road that closed in May,' said Mr Li.
The URA will award the tender once the bids are evaluated.
August 7th, 2008, 07:54 AM
The site has finally been awarded. New hotel for Balestier with Chinese theme.
Award of tender of site for hotel development at Balestier Road
7 Aug 08
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has awarded the tender for the hotel site at Balestier Road to HH Properties Pte. Ltd. The company has submitted the highest bid in the tender for the site.
The hotel site at Balestier Road was launched for tender on 31 March 2008 as part of URA’s planning initiatives to facilitate a unique integrated hotel and park development to kick-start the rejuvenation plans of the Balestier area. With a sizable gross floor area of about 40,000 sqm, the future development will be a landmark development in the area that will establish a strong connection with the heritage Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, a national monument.
Balestier Road- Rich in History, Characterised by a Vibrant Mix of Uses
Balestier Road is one of the historical commercial streets in Singapore. It is located in close proximity to the commercial, retail and medical hubs at Novena and Orchard Road, Singapore’s premier shopping street. The Central Business District at Raffles Place and Marina Bay is also a short 15-minute drive away. The area is rich in history and home to an interesting mix of conserved shophouses that were built in the 1840s and monuments such as the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall which is a national monument that pays tribute to Dr Sun Yat Sen. In recognition of its strong heritage value and distinctive old world charm, Balestier has been designated as one of Singapore’s Identity Nodes since 2002.
Since the release of the Identity Plan, URA has studied the Balestier area and gazetted many conservation buildings in the area as part of the Old World Charm conservation proposals. Today, about 150 shophouses have been gazetted for conservation.
The juxtaposition of the heritage shophouses and new buildings creates an interesting streetscape along Balestier Road. Many locals and tourists explore Balestier Road to immerse themselves in its historical charms and dine in the many interesting eating outlets.
Transforming from Plans to Reality – Realisation of a Unique Hotel Development
Located along Balestier Road, the hotel site comprises a contiguous street block of 1.77 ha. URA sees that there is opportunity for the developments within the hotel sale site to serve as a catalyst for the rejuvenation and transformation of Balestier area.
With the successful sale of the site, the proposed development is envisaged to be a distinctive contemporary hotel that integrates seamlessly with the Zhongshan Park and synergises with the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and the surrounding heritage shophouses. This will add to the vibrancy and enhance the environmental quality of the greater Balestier area (see artist’s impression in Annexes A-3 and A-4).
A public event space will also be provided within the northern corner of the Zhongshan Park. This event space will form part of the pedestrian network for the area and serve as a gathering place for the staging of events and activities that will activate and enhance the vibrancy of the park. To further enhance the visitor’s experience to area, URA is also currently working with various agencies to improve the walkways and landscaping along the Balestier Road.
This unique integrated hotel-park development will also add character and variety to the hotel mix in Singapore which is part of government’s tourism effort of enhancing visitors’ experience. Given the strong cultural and historical significance, visitors interested in discovering more about Singapore's cultural heritage may visit the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Zhongshan Park and stay at the Balestier Road hotel nearby to complement their cultural experience. By 2015, Singapore expects to welcome 17 million visitors and there is a need to have more rooms and also a sufficient range of accommodation options to cater to different market segments. The proposed hotel site estimated to yield about 500 to 600 hotel rooms will therefore add significant supply to Singapore's range of Mid-Tier hotels.
A Design Advisory Panel will be set up to work with the successful tenderer and their appointed architects to identify design opportunities and guide the successful tenderer in the detailed design of the proposed development so that it achieves the desired planning outcome and enhance the overall development and urban surroundings at Balestier Road. In the past, the successful collaboration between similar design panels and appointed architects have resulted in many quality developments in the city, such as Ion Orchard, Orchard Central, Somerset Central, One Fullerton and One Raffles Link.
August 7th, 2008, 02:06 PM
thats good news. Lets hope they can execute it well.
January 27th, 2010, 02:03 PM
Hiap Hoe, SuperBowl to open 2 hotels at Balestier
27 Jan 2010
PROPERTY developer Hiap Hoe and SuperBowl Holdings, which owns and manages leisure and recreational facilities, are opening two hotels in Balestier through their 50:50 joint venture company, HH Properties.
HH has appointed Wyndham Hotel Management - which is part of the Wyndham Hotel Group - to run the two hotels.
The two hotels will be operated under the Ramada and Days Inn brands, which are new-to-market brands for Singapore.
The 390-room Ramada Singapore at Zhongshan Park will have more than 6,400 sq ft of meeting space and will be linked to an adjacent office block. The Days Hotel Singapore, also at Zhongshan Park, will have 405 rooms. Both hotels are slated to open their doors in 2014.
'Singapore is one of the most important business and leisure destinations in the Asia Pacific region and we are thrilled to introduce our Ramada and Days Inn brands to the market,' said Tom Monahan, Wyndham Hotel Group's executive vice president of international development.
Located opposite the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, the Balestier site has a land area of about 190,000 sq ft and a gross permissible floor area of about 421,000 sq ft. HH will also construct commercial developments on the site.
January 28th, 2010, 06:00 PM
great! we need more hotel rooms.
January 29th, 2010, 03:34 AM
Balestier is shaping up to be another hotel cluster. Besides this development, a Value Hotel had recently opened and I believe a new Ibis Hotel is under construction on the site of the former Ruby Plaza.
April 17th, 2011, 08:16 PM
Wyndham Hotel Group to Introduce Two Hotel Brands to Singapore
Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with more than 7,000 hotels and 11 brands, today announced that its Ramada(R) and Days Inn(R) brands will enter Singapore with the development of two hotels: the 391-room Ramada Singapore at Zhongshan Park and the 405-room Days Hotel Singapore at Zhongshan Park.
Both new-build properties will be developed by HH Properties Pte. Ltd., a joint venture between niche property development group, Hiap Hoe Limited, and SuperBowl Holdings Limited, an owner and manager of leisure and commercial properties. Construction will begin early this year and the hotels are expected to open in 2014.
To be managed by Wyndham Hotel Group, the properties will be built at Balestier Road, just opposite Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, a national monument that pays tribute to the father of the 1911 Chinese Revolution. The Balestier Road area, rich in history, is home to countless shophouses dating back to the 1840s. With a land area of approximately 17,600 square meters, the hotels will flank Zhongshan Park, creating a unique integrated development with a strong heritage connection and old world charm.
'Singapore is one of the most important business and leisure destinations in the Asia Pacific region and we are thrilled to introduce our Ramada and Days Inn brands to the market,' said Tom Monahan, Wyndham Hotel Group executive vice president of international development. 'We are excited to work with HH Properties as we expand our global footprint.'
The 17-story Ramada Singapore at Zhongshan Park will include a full service restaurant, fitness center, swimming pool, business center and more than 600 square-meters of meeting space.
The 14-story Days Hotel Singapore at Zhongshan Park will feature amenities including a full service restaurant and fitness center. This will be the first Days Inn property to be managed by Wyndham Hotel Group. The company has a managed portfolio of nearly 30 hotels.
'We have spent a considerable amount of time planning the project and are now looking forward to seeing it take shape,' said Teo Ho Beng, managing director of the Hiap Hoe Group. 'We selected Wyndham Hotel Group to manage the hotels based on the company's strong brands and track record and are really excited about the opportunity to work with the Hotel Group.'
Wyndham Hotel Group, part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN), encompasses more than 7,000 hotels and 590,000 rooms under the hotel brands: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts(R), Ramada(R), Days Inn(R), Super 8(R), Wingate by Wyndham(R), Baymont Inn & Suites(R), Microtel Inns & Suites(R), Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham(R), Howard Johnson(R), Travelodge(R) and Knights Inn(R).
All hotels are independently owned and operated excluding certain Wyndham and international Ramada hotels which are managed by our affiliate or through a joint venture partner. Wyndham Hotel Group is based in Parsippany, N.J. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.
Hiap Hoe Limited is a niche integrated property developer, engaged in the development of luxury and mid-tier residential properties that are distinct in design and preferred for their excellent locations and investment prospects. The Group has launched some distinctive projects such as Cuscaden Royale, Oxford Suites, Signature At Lewis and The Beverly. Upcoming signature developments include choice residences at Cavenagh Road, St Thomas Walk and Balmoral Road. More information on Hiap Hoe can be found at www.hiaphoe.com.
SuperBowl Holdings Limited owns and manages leisure and recreational facilities including bowling centres, billiards centres and amusement centres under the brands 'SuperBowl', 'SuperCue' and 'Super Funworld'. Founded by the Hiap Hoe Holdings Pte. Ltd. in 1987, SuperBowl has grown to become a household name synonymous with family leisure and entertainment. Since its listing on the Singapore Exchange in 1994, the Group has also expanded into commercial and retail rental properties, mainly in central Singapore. For more information, please visit www.superbowl.com.sg.
January 1st, 2013, 02:13 PM
View of the two hotels
January 1st, 2013, 11:47 PM
^^ Thanks for the pics. I have not been able to take pics of the area since I did not pass by the area often. :)