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Old July 19th, 2006, 07:26 PM   #81
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Hey Raf, so this is the floating platform project that was mentioned many months back? The one where they say it's gonna hold future National Day Parades? Great! The project is materialising after all! ive come across this construction site b4 and always wondered what exactly it was.

Hmm, but the seating gallery seems kindda small isn't it? And not sure if Marina Bay is big enough to accomodate a football field-sized floating platform.
yes this is the one indeed.

The seating gallery is definitely smaller than the National Stadium simply because its not meant to be a replacement for the stadium. It will only hold the parades until the new one is built.

Well in the rendering below you can get a rough idea of the size of the floating platform

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Old July 19th, 2006, 10:09 PM   #82
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Old July 19th, 2006, 10:43 PM   #83
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Old July 27th, 2006, 05:13 PM   #84
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Three sites at Marina Bay for sale

27 Jul 06

By Bernice Bong, Straits Times Interactive



The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will put up for sale the promontory site in front of the Business and Financial Centre in the Marina Bay.

National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan announced the URA's plan on Thursday when he revealed investment opportunities in the Bay at the Singapore Institute of Architects' 45th annual dinner.

Mr Mah said the site is 'intended for a low-rise, iconic structure for use as a public attraction' such as a gallery or aquarium.

He also said that another site next to the new Garden at Marina South would be sold.

'This site is ideal for a boutique hotel set within extensive lush greenery.'

Mr Mah disclosed the URA and the Singapore Tourism Board are studying a site at the southern coast of Marina South for an international passenger terminal.

He said the URA is working with relevant agencies to seek investors' feedback and garner interesting business concepts and ideas.

'We will also identify other sites in the Marina Bay area for office and housing development and release them over time to meed demand.'



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The minister also said the URA wanted to bring more activity and vibrancy to the Greater Marina Bay, comprising Marina Bay, Marina Channel, Kallang Basin/Kallang River and the Singapore River.

The Bay will host the inaugural International Pink Dragon Boat Council World Championships in September.

It will also be the place for high-speed sporting events such as jet-ski, wakeboarding and water-ski championships. A 2.5 km long power-sporting circuit has been earmarked for these races.

At the Kallang Basin, a 35 hectare zone of water has been earmarked for non-motorised sports such as canoeing and dragon boating. Nearby, a 5 ha zone at the Kallang River will be used for motorised water sports.

Over at the Marina Channel, there will be a new 1 km race course for dragon boat, canoeing and rowing competitions, in a 30 ha water sports zone.

Mr Mah added that to enhance the accessibility to and in the Bay, water taxi services will be extended with 13 new stops to the various attractions and water bodies.
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Old July 27th, 2006, 05:28 PM   #85
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Old July 27th, 2006, 05:29 PM   #86
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cant wait for the design of the promontory site in front of the Business and Financial Centre in the Marina Bay
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Old July 27th, 2006, 05:41 PM   #87
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As a HKer, I really enjoy what's happening in Singapore,
we are similar while we are competitors,
sincerely wish every success and brilliance in the Marina Bay and same brightness in our West Kowloon.
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Old July 29th, 2006, 03:54 AM   #88
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Marina Bay is really cool. I know a Singaporean girl who works for Las Vegas Sands and was involved in the bid for the Marina Bay "integrated resort" (but why didn't they just call it a casino? ).
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Old July 29th, 2006, 04:15 AM   #89
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It's slightly strange that all of this land, in such a prime location right next to the CBD, was not developed before. Why is that? What was the land used for before?
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Marina Bay is really cool. I know a Singaporean girl who works for Las Vegas Sands and was involved in the bid for the Marina Bay "integrated resort" (but why didn't they just call it a casino? ).
1. They called it an integrated resort because the gaming or casino component only makes up a small percentage of the resort.

2. And for a country known for its rules, it certainly doesn't want to be associated with the bad image of gambling and casinos.
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It's slightly strange that all of this land, in such a prime location right next to the CBD, was not developed before. Why is that? What was the land used for before?
1. The land was reclaimed from the sea only a decade or two ago, so it has seen little developments (an under-utilised subway station, some roads and low rise buildings) in order to allow for the reclaimed land to settle before high rise developments are built on it.

2. By the time the land was absolutely right for development, land prices fell as the recession struck. The government slowed down/stopped the sale of land parcels for development.

But since now the economy's doing really fine and the land's settled enough already, its a really boom time for this HUGE PIECE OF LAND.

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@Monkey....informally, most people refer to it as a casino...although calling it an "Integrated Resort" sounds like a typically bureaucratic term to package it....that said both the future resorts have to provide more than just gaming components

more details of the next 3 parcels:

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Old July 29th, 2006, 09:17 AM   #93
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1. The land was reclaimed from the sea only a decade or two ago, so it has seen little developments (an under-utilised subway station, some roads and low rise buildings) in order to allow for the reclaimed land to settle before high rise developments are built on it.

2. By the time the land was absolutely right for development, land prices fell as the recession struck. The government slowed down/stopped the sale of land parcels for development.

But since now the economy's doing really fine and the land's settled enough already, its a really boom time for this HUGE PIECE OF LAND.
True...but in any case, the land reclaimed at Marina Centre was the first to be utilised, and built upon from the 80s:

1982:



Marina Centre:




view from one of the hotels at Marina Centre (by encon):




a large part of Marina East is set aside as a golf course and future park space:

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Singapore will be changed a lot when those project completed
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Old July 29th, 2006, 02:56 PM   #95
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yes

and I can't wait for those project to be completed
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Old July 30th, 2006, 06:46 AM   #96
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@Raffles and Ignoramus
Thanks for the replies. I will be back in Singapore soon....
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BFC developer to market first Marina South apartments soon

Consultants say sale could set new benchmark price

3 Aug 06


(SINGAPORE) The first residential development at Marina South will go on sale soon, making it possible to actually 'live, work and play' there.


The development's general manager David Martin said yesterday sales of units will start in the fourth quarter of this year. Sizes will range from one-bedroom to penthouses, with a range in between.

The sizes and mix of units will be disclosed later, Mr Martin said. 'We are continuing to monitor the market while we finalise the specifications of the apartments.' And as for price: 'Clearly, this will depend to some extent on the final offering.'

The site for the Business & Financial Centre at Marina Bay (BFC) was bought in July 2005 by a consortium comprising Cheung Kong Holdings, Hongkong Land and Keppel Land.

The BFC is envisioned as the financial centre of Singapore's new downtown but will have a substantial residential component, estimated to be about a third of the total gross floor area.

The BFC will be built in phases, and in the first phase there will be two office towers and a 428-unit high-end residential block 55-storeys high.

Using the current resale prices for nearby The Sail @ Marina Bay by City Developments Ltd (CDL), the average price for BFC's residential units could be around $1,500 psf, although its developers are likely to want to add a premium because of proximity to the upcoming Marina Bay Sands integrated resort.

Mr Martin said there has been plenty of interest. 'The level of enquiry received to date reflects strong demand from international retail buyers and investors who want to share in the expected strong rental and capital appreciation of this development.'

Other developments in the downtown area include The Lumiere by BS Capital on the site of the former HMC Building, The Clift at the Natwest Centre site by Far East Organization and the redeveloped No 1 Shenton Way by CDL.

At BFC, the units will either face Marina Bay or the Singapore Straits.

Savills Singapore head of research Wallace Chu said the BFC units could set a new benchmark price.

On whether the inclusion of one-bedroom units is any indication of the target market, Mr Chu said The Sail also has small units and sold well.

The BFC's owners could also be looking to break the record for most expensive leasehold condominium. So far, Draycott 8 by Wing Tai Holdings is said to be the most expensive at around $1,800 psf.

On price expectations by the BFC owners, a property consultant told BT a new benchmark could be set. 'It depends on how fast you want to sell the units. If you set it too high, you will take a longer time to sell the units.' He also noted that being a 'mixed development', the BFC may not appeal to all buyers.
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some information on the upcoming Gardens by the Bay project.


A green spot close to our hearts

10 Aug 06



SINGAPORE: You might never have guessed it - but there could be a tree-hugger in every Singaporean.

In a National Day survey conducted by Today, the upcoming Garden City by the Bay - incorporating three gardens that make up the National Parks Board's (NParks) Gardens by the Bay project, water sports, a reservoir and a giant Ferris wheel - was rated as the project Singaporeans were most excited about.

It even ranked ahead of the likes of the multi-billion dollar Integrated Resorts, the Sports Hub and the plan to make Orchard Road pedestrian friendly.

Asked for his response to the survey, Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan said: "The Gardens will be for all Singaporeans to own, to enjoy, and to share with our family and friends. I am delighted by the positive feedback from the public. It shows that Singaporeans appreciate and have developed a bond with our parks and gardens and our greenery."

Other than giving each Singaporean shared ownership of a 94-ha prime property, the Gardens by the Bay is also meant to project Singapore as a truly global city in a global garden.

Last week, an international jury of 11 reviewed submissions from eight world-class bidders - selected from an initial pool of 70 interested entrants - depicting their vision of the Garden at Marina South, Garden at Marina East and Garden at Marina Centre.

A winner will be announced in September, and the masterplan will then be the canvas upon which another competition of detailed designs will be held.

The three distinctly themed yet interconnected waterfront gardens will form the Gardens by the Bay, with phase one due for completion between 2009 and 2010.

According to Dr Tan Wee Kiat, NParks advisor and former chief executive, the final list of participants comprise internationally-renowned firms from the UK, US, Japan, Australia and Singapore.

Explained Dr Tan: "A key mission of the Gardens is to project the image of a modern Singapore to the world, to express to the rest of the world why Singapore is a contender as a global city."

The best team for the job will be the one best representing the context of the Gardens - such as Singapore's uniqueness as one of the largest cities on the equator, its position on the confluence of trade routes, and its role as a tropical garden with global ambitions.

Indeed, a cool conservatory showcasing plants from temperate climates will be part of the 54-ha garden in the heart of Marina South. It will also be home to the Singapore Garden Festival - which will be held for the first time this December - and other horticultural events.

Said Dr Tan: "Beyond transforming Singapore from a Garden City into a City in a Garden, we are also developing software that is needed to sustain our City in a Garden by involving the participation of the living communities in Singapore and nurturing a culture of gardening. One way to do this is to showcase examples of tropical gardens in this part of the world."

To be held at Suntec City Convention Centre in the ten days before Christmas, the exhibition will be on a scale equivalent to some of the established festivals in temperate cities, such as the famous Chelsea Flower Show.

Other than being Singapore's inaugural Garden Festival, it will also be the first show to bring together the best garden designers from around the world to create gardens and compete for top honours.

"This show will allow our locals to build up their expertise, confidence and provides a chance to practise their art," said Dr Tan.

NParks plans to make the Singapore Garden Festival a biennial show. Tickets are already available at Sistic outlets starting from $6.

By Tor Ching Li, TODAY
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