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Old June 6th, 2008, 08:26 PM   #221
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Why does SG limit buildings to 280m? I have never heard an explanation.
The CBD almost lies straight from the Paya Lebar Airbase's runway. Though current technology should have no problem maneuvering past the buildings but for safety sake it is wiser not to take the risk. We are a small country with more than 3 airbase and 3 airport.
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Old June 20th, 2008, 07:40 PM   #223
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20 June 2008

Projects and Infrastructure under simultaneous construction

Marina Bay Sands Hotel - 3 towers
MBFC - 5 towers
Marina View - 2 towers



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wow...all are busy there...this project will give a boom economy to singapore...keep it up....
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Office Space in Singapore
Set to Double


In his speech made during the Committee of Supply Debate, National Development Minister Mr Mah Bow Tan unveiled the Government’s plan to double the size of the financial district as part of the strategy to position Singapore as one of Asia’s leading financial centres. Skyline tells you more about this vision and brings you other highlights of Minister Mah’s speech

by Pearly Cheong



Already well-known internationally as a high-quality office locale, more developments are underway at Marina Bay to sharpen this position. Mr Mah Bow Tan, Minister for National Development, announced this in his 2008 Committee of Supply Debate speech.

Because of forward planning on the part of the Government some 30 years ago, Singapore is now able to seamlessly extend our existing business district at Raffles Place/Shenton Way/Tanjong Pagar towards Marina Bay to accommodate the growing demand for Grade A office space.



Comparable to the world’s finest
Minister Mah announced that the new 85 ha growth area at Marina Bay will be more than twice the size of London’s Canary Wharf. It will provide some 2.82 million sqm of office space, or the equivalent to Hong Kong’s main business district, Central. The new financial district will be developed over more than 15 years, depending on market demand.

The vision is for Marina Bay to be the pulse of financial and business-related activities, with state-of-the-art Grade A office space within a lively waterfront area, comparable to the world’s finest cities. With the new growth area and financial district at Marina Bay, Singapore is well-positioned to attract even more financial institutions and business services to galvanise its reputation as an international financial hub.

In the shorter term, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will make available more sites for development in this area over the next five to six years, in line with market demand. When completed, these new developments will provide more than 1.1 million sqm of office space. This is equivalent to the total amount of office space at Raffles Place today.

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With its prime location in the heart of Singapore’s future downtown, Marina Bay will continue to be a magnet to global investors and tenants wanting to set up offices in Singapore.

Already, a nucleus of office developments is already forming at the new extension of the financial district, with the development of One Raffles Quay, the soon-to-be-completed Marina Bay Financial Centre, and the two recently sold sites at Marina View. Several global banks and MNCs, including UBS, Deutsche Bank, DBS and Standard Chartered are already located or will be located in these developments.

Planning ahead to meet demand

Singapore’s office sector has seen robust growth over the past three years, with demand for office space increasing by 260,000 sqm in 2007. Singapore’s economy grew by a strong 7.7 percent in 2007, and is expected to continue to grow by between 4 percent and 6 percent in the medium term. This sustained growth will continue to underpin and drive the growth of the property market and the demand for quality office spaces in the next few years.

Minister Mah also announced that apart from Marina Bay, to meet the future demand for Grade A office space, sites around the Tanjong Pagar precinct will be released, and the Ophir-Rochor corridor will also be redeveloped into a vibrant office cluster.



All set for action in Master Plan 2008

The above plans were announced in relation to one of three objectives of the Draft Master Plan 2008, which is to ensure that Singapore has sufficient land to support economic activity. The other two objectives are to reduce commuting by bringing jobs closer to homes and homes closer to jobs; and to provide greater greenery and leisure options for our people.

To meet the second objective, new commercial centres at Jurong, Paya Lebar as well as Kallang-Bugis will be developed. New industrial estates will also be created and located over different regions. All these efforts will make getting to work more convenient and cut down commuting time.

Minister Mah also addressed the need for more recreational choices and destinations to improve the quality of life. Some of the initiatives in the pipeline include more water-based recreation, new sports facilities, lifestyle destinations and parks. The Government has stepped up the development of Park Connectors, and come 2015, 200 km of these green corridors will link up our parks.

The Draft Master Plan will be presented publicly in May 2008 and will guide Singapore’s land-use planning and development for the next 10 to 15 years


Sustainable Development

Minister Mah’s key emphasis in his speech is that sustainable development must continue to be a key priority of the Government. Land use planning will continue to be done judiciously to ensure that we can grow comfortably into the future, and yet provide an even higher quality living environment for our people.

As a signal of the Government’s commitment to ensure that the growth we strive for is not at the expense of our quality of life, an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Sustainable Development (IMCSD) was formed to review policies and chart new strategies for Singapore’s future development. The committee is co-chaired by Minister Mah and Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim.

Moving forward, Minister Mah announced that the IMCSD intends to co-create a sustainable development strategy with the people and private sectors for the future, by seeking the views and expert knowledge that resides both locally and internationally.

It will look into specific new initiatives in various areas, such as transport, our built environment, promoting green industry and expanding green spaces, to make Singapore the leading eco-global city in Asia.

The Committee will also launch a blueprint next year that will provide a comprehensive road map of the initiatives and the measures that Singapore will need to take to sustain our development for the next 10 years and beyond.

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Old July 2nd, 2008, 05:36 PM   #226
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Green Singapore has blue-water dreams

30 June 08



SINGAPORE is known for its greenery but it may soon be recognised for its blue - as in blue water.
That is the hope of civic officials behind a project to seal off the city-state's waterfront from the sea and create a three-in-one water source for drinking, flood control and recreation.

Recently finished after about three years of construction, the S$240-million Marina Barrage will create a new source of precious water in a city-state with almost no natural resources of its own.

When reporters toured the project shortly before its completion, workers with trowels were finishing the edges of a bridge more than 300 metres long - the key structure in the barrage.

Below the bridge are nine steel gates that act as a tidal barrier, the developers said. The gates are activated by giant black cylinders that look like cannons.

On one side of the bridge, sun glints off the rippling greenish sea filled with ships. On the other side, the still water is brownish against a backdrop of Singapore's business district.

'The water here is still seawater,' Mr Yap Kheng Guan, project director for Singapore's water agency, PUB, says as he stands on the bridge and points behind him towards the reservoir and Marina Bay.

PUB officials say rainwater will eventually flush out that sea water.

Probably by early 2010, they say, the flushing will have created a freshwater lake for drinking and recreational use on the edge of the city's commercial heart and a burgeoning tourist and entertainment district.

Mr Yap said the type of fish in the water will change along with the water.

'There will be a different biodiversity,' he said.

Marina Bay itself is undergoing dramatic change with the construction of a multi-billion-dollar casino complex, the new Singapore Flyer observation wheel, renovation of an old ferry terminal, and the Gardens by the Bay horticultural development adjoining Marina Barrage.

Sealing off the reservoir and stopping its three-metre tidal variation will make it an even more appealing venue for boating, windsurfing and other activities, the PUB says.

A boat hoist has been installed at one end of the barrage, which officials said was already operating as a tide gate.

'Gradually we are kicking in the functions, step by step,' said Mr Khoo Teng Chye, PUB's chief executive, who forecasts an opening early next year.

The barrage itself is completed but final work continues on a visitors' centre.

'We are on schedule,' Mr Yap said.

During heavy rain, the barrage's steel gates can be opened to release storm water into the sea at low tide, the PUB says.

At high tide, seven pumps inside a spacious and bright building at one end of the barrage will send the excess storm water into the sea, helping to ease the threat of flooding in older, low-lying parts of the city.

During a test of the flood gates, water pours into the sea, making it look like a wide stretch of frothy rapids.

A curving ramp will lead visitors to the roof of the pump house, where a worker hosed down freshly-laid grass. PUB hopes the pump house and its attached dining spots will become a destination in themselves.

Aside from flood control and recreation, the barrage will create the city-state's largest catchment area which will meet about 10 per cent of the city's current water demand, the water agency said.

'This is probably the only one of its kind where you have a reservoir taking water from a highly urbanised area,' Mr Yap said.

Several rivers drain into the catchment but they carry little ground water.

'Basically you're bringing in rain water,' Mr Yap said. Sewage is captured in a separate system.

Water from Marina Reservoir and others in the city is one of four sources of Singapore's water. Some is imported from Malaysia, some comes from a desalination plant, and the rest is known as NEWater. The NEWater starts as treated sewage, which is reclaimed and further purified. Most of it goes to industrial and commercial users, PUB says.

For Singapore, the Marina Barrage project marks the culmination of a cleanup effort that began about two decades ago when working barges still plied and polluted the main Singapore River.

Now, tiny fish dart about in city river water, which is visited at times by long-necked white birds.

But the water is certainly not blue. After heavy rain the rivers become a soupy olive-brown and filled with vegetation, discarded plastic drink bottles and other garbage.

Water for drinking from the reservoir will be specially treated to make it safe, the PUB says.

'We will no longer have the benefit of the sea flushing out the pollutants on a daily basis,' Mr Khoo said, adding that the biggest challenge is ensuring the cleanliness of water flowing into the catchment.

Clean-up crews in small boats patrol the water system but the PUB is counting on the public to play their part in keeping their aquatic playground and drinking fountain clean.

'We want them to understand that water should be something that you cherish,' Mr Yap said.

Eventually, he said, they hope the water will be blue. -- AFP
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Thanks for the articles Raffles. The Marina Bay development is very ambitious in scale. I love the design of the casino - it puts Las Vegas's or Macau's tacky efforts to shame - but I'm less inspired by the boxy office blocks.
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Thanks for the articles Raffles. The Marina Bay development is very ambitious in scale. I love the design of the casino - it puts Las Vegas's or Macau's tacky efforts to shame - but I'm less inspired by the boxy office blocks.
The boxiness of the new office blocks arise from developers going for large floor plates and also because the new land plots at Marina provide for larger sized developments. (One of the towers at the MBFC appears to be the fattest I've seen for any major building here and is reputed to have the most GFA)

Contrast this with the finer-grain plots at Raffles Place where individual buildings were built over the same plots that used to house smaller buildings. It does show a kind of evolution of the city fabric...

I feel that the new office blocks do seem to have a certain uniformity and blandness in being glass-clad, with new design requirements encouraging sky gardens and other such 'eco' friendly taglines. I hope the design of the public spaces at street level will help integrate the human flow into the new city areas...but thats as far as the Marina area is concerned. Other more established parts of the city like Orchard, Bugis and Tanjong Pagar are getting their own fair share of new developments.
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MARINA VIEW DEVELOPMENT



The Building Agreement for the Marina View (Land Parcel B) sale site was signed on 18 March 2008 between the Singapore Government and MGP Kimi Pte Ltd during a ceremony held at The Fullerton Hotel. Ms Grace Fu, Minister of State for National Development was the Guest of Honour at the event.

MGP Kimi Pte Ltd was awarded the tender for the Marina View (Land Parcel B) sale site on 5 December 2007 with a successful bid of $0.95 billion. The developer had earlier clinched the bid for the Marina View (Land Parcel A) sale site at $2.02 billion and was awarded the tender for this site on 25 September 2007. The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) was the Government’s sales agent for both sites, which will be home to premium office developments. The project also marked the developer’s first successful participation in the Government Land Sales programme in Singapore.

This new development will not be just another office block. It will be the first office complex in Marina Bay to be integrated with a luxury hotel consisting of at least 220 rooms. Together with the other retail and food and beverage (F&B) outlets in the office complex, the Marina View development will reinforce our vision to make our city centre a lively, pulsating 24/7 hub, not just for business but also for play.

This future development will see two towers with more than 40 floors on top of a 20-m tall podium. The North Tower will be located on Land Parcel A with a proposed GFA of about 130,000 sqm, comprising mainly Grade A office space. A good mix of retail and F&B uses will take up the first and second floors of the tower.

With a maximum floor area of 113,580 sqm, the South Tower on Land Parcel B will include prime office space and luxury hotel rooms. Both towers will adopt advanced technology to maximise environmental sustainability and minimise operating costs.

The project is expected to be completed around 2011 or 2012. Australian architectural firm Denton Corker Marshall has been appointed the project’s lead design consultant.



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Some pics from 12 July 2008.

Progress of the pedestrian & vehicular bridge



The Marina Barrage Visitor Centre



Progress of One Shenton and Marina View sites.

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An overview --->

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Fantastic pano R-C ---- much appreciated Sir !
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Thanks Veru, you're very much welcome!

For info, thats taken from the Chinese restaurant on 60th floor of UOB Plaza
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Evening and night pics - 25 July 2008

Maybank Tower sporting coloured lights. The government is encouraging building owners to explore lighting their buildings.





The Sail @ Marina Bay, not quite occupied yet



This old building nearby has recently been refurbished and houses luxury serviced apartments (The Ascott Raffles Place)



The Marina Bay Residences rising

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nice pics... Following Hong kong foot step? it's gonna be really nice in the near future.
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Thanks. Besides the scheme to encourage buildings to light up, there is a planned lightshow to coincide with the opening of the casino I hear.

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These pics are taken today with nice cloud formation Looking very nice and can't wait when everything is finished.








Think these workers have safety belt else could be a hard landing...



Taken last week...






Looks like someone is taking a nap
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The restoration of the old Clifford Pier - to be converted into a waterfront hotel.







The towers of the Marina Bay Financial Centre are rising



Progress of the Sands resort.

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Very impressive.... Hope by next National Day Parade, we could have them ready. This will allow more people to participate and watch the fireworks.
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Marina Bay all set to sparkle

17 Sep 08

Plans for two promenades unveiled which will complete waterfront loop, linking bay attractions

By Jessica Lim
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PLANS for the last two links of the Marina Bay chain have been laid down, completing a 3.5km waterfront loop joining up the necklace of attractions in the bay area.

- An 800m water-misted stretch along Bayfront, adjacent to Bayfront Avenue.

- A 400m shady walk through pavilions under large solar-powered fans along Marina Boulevard.

The links were announced by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) yesterday.

The uninterrupted waterfront promenade designed by Australian architects Cox Group in collaboration with local firm Architects 61, will cost $35 million to build.

When ready around the end of next year, visitors will be able to walk a loop linking the Merlion Park, Esplanade Theatres, the ArtScience museum and integrated resort (IR), Marina Bay Financial Centre and The Fullerton Heritage.

Ultimately, the plan is to create a vibrant waterfront area, drawing visitors to shop, eat, play or simply take in the view of the bay from any spot on the promenade.

The Bayfront stretch will be a two-tier promenade with a granite-paved upper-level and a lower-level timber boardwalk to allow visitors to go right down to the water's edge.

The main attraction is a 300m-long stainless steel tube-like structure, which can be as high as 10m, equipped with audio speakers, night-lighting and spray misters to bring temperatures down a notch.

The promenade will widen at the southern corner of the Bay into an open space with water features such as dancing water jets. Next to that will be a visitor centre showing developments in the area, a cafe and an information booth.

The lively, pumping ambience of the Bayfront stretch will give way to a shadier, more tranquil gander along Marina Boulevard.

There, visitors can rest their feet and sit on the seawall among flowering shrubs and shady trees, and be cooled by solar-powered fans.

The announcement for the final two links has come 18 months after URA unveiled its plans for the first, a double-helix bridge linking the IR site with the Singapore Flyer ferris wheel. The Flyer opened officially in March, and the bridge will be up around the end of next year.

Said URA's chief planner Koh-Lim Wen Gin: 'These constructions help us to take full advantage of the waterfront. It allows people to enjoy this reservoir in the heart of our city and allows lots of events to take place next to and on the water.'

The URA is now calling for tenders for the promenades' construction.

The Marina Bay loop will be part of a longer 11.7km waterfront route around the Marina Reservoir, linking the Gardens by the Bay, the Marina Barrage and the new Sports Hub. These are in the midst of construction.

The designer, renowned Australian architect Philip Cox, hailed the Marina Bay area as the 'new focus of the city' and a way for Singapore to become 'the most successful maritime city in the world'.

He said: 'Every part of Singapore offers a different experience. This one will lead to a

refocus, a shift of the centre of the city to this area and away from Orchard Road.'
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