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Old December 22nd, 2006, 09:13 AM   #141
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Exciting city. This is one of the places I want to go for a vacation...
I love the three buildings connected by 1 rooftop. I think we are close in
the city that looks more like the cities in star wars.
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Old December 23rd, 2006, 06:30 AM   #142
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This mini-panorama by hyacinthus shows the bay...on the cusp of intensive development

The view? From the Fullerton Hotel

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10 February 2007

Progress of the seating gallery & floating platform:

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View of Marina Bay

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Old February 13th, 2007, 11:02 PM   #145
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, singapur will look wonderful, already it's one of my favourite skylines in the world!
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Old March 5th, 2007, 03:27 PM   #146
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Shows on floating stage to create buzz at Marina Bay

5 Mar 07

AS NIGHT falls, a light, water and sound show illuminates the city skyline at Marina Bay.
Not far away, audiences sit enthralled by live theatre and musical performances on a floating stage, coined the 'Aqua Shell'.

These are projects being considered to enliven the Marina Bay area at night, National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan said on Saturday.

He was responding to Mr Zainudin Nordin (Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC) who asked for an update on the developments and plans in Marina Bay to inject a night-time buzz to the city area.

Marina Bay, with Orchard Road, the Singapore River and the Bras Basah and Bugis areas, will be the focus of a multi-agency committee that is looking at ways to improve the range and quality of evening activities, Mr Mah said.

The committee is chaired by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), which will also get a consultancy study done on the show and floating stage.

Mr Mah also disclosed plans for the next phase of Marina Bay's development. They will cover three areas.

One is south of Marina Bay, which will frame a new 54ha garden due to be built by 2010.

Another is along the waterfront, and the third is adjacent to Shenton Way.

Known as the Central sub-zone, this area will continue the 'seamless growth' of the existing Central Business District, the minister said.

Current developments at Marina Bay are on track, with significant buildings being developed and infrastructure put in place, he added.

They include the integrated resort, the business financial centre, a new double-helix bridge and a waterfront promenade.

'These key developments over the next five years will transform the place into a distinctive business, residential and recreational area,' Mr Mah said.


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Old March 20th, 2007, 06:29 PM   #147
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Truly awesome... I can't wait to revisit in a few years when it has been completed..
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Old March 30th, 2007, 05:30 PM   #148
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Construction of New Bridge at Marina Bay Begins

30 Mar 07

The construction of the new landmark bridge at Marina Bay began today with a groundbreaking ceremony officiated by National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan. The bridge is a significant infrastructure planned and put in place by the government to support the successful development of Marina Bay. This new vehicular and pedestrian bridge will link the Bayfront to Marina Centre, and complete a 3.5km walking route around the bay.

Designed by an international design consortium comprising Australian architects Cox Group and engineers Arup Pte Ltd, with Singapore-based Architects 61, the 280-metre pedestrian linkway - the longest in Singapore - will sport a world’s first ‘double-helix’ structure. Its resemblance to the structure of DNA, the basic building block of life, symbolises “life and continuity”, “renewal”, “everlasting abundance” and “growth”, reflecting our aspirations for Marina Bay.

Sato Kogyo (S) Pte Ltd clinchéd the tender to construct the vehicular and pedestrian bridge at a total cost of S$82.9 million. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be the project manager for this bridge construction and also maintain the bridge upon completion in end 2009. LTA has experience and track record in building bridges, flyovers and viaducts in Singapore, such as the Esplanade Bridge, the Jurong Pier Flyover and the West Coast Highway.

The start of construction of the new bridge at Marina Bay is a significant development milestone towards realising Marina Bay’s vision as a 24/7 live, work, and play environment that integrates residential use, business centres and entertainment facilities. The bridge will link up major attractions around the bay including the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, and future ones like the Marina Bay Integrated Resort, Singapore Flyer, heritage developments at Collyer Quay and Gardens by the Bay.


The bridge is part of the government’s $2 billion investment to build the infrastructure base for the area, which includes the Common Services Tunnel, the Marina Barrage, the Downtown Extension and a new waterfront promenade.

Visitors can look forward to a unique and memorable crossing experience. Visitors can catch a panoramic view of the city skyline and watch events happening within the Bay from viewing platforms located at strategic spots along the bridge. At the northern end of the bridge, people can look forward to a fun-filled experience at Singapore’s first Art Park. It will feature the creative works of Singapore youths, selected during an Art Competition last year. The completion of the landmark bridge at Marina Bay and Art Park in 2009 will add to the exciting developments in Marina Bay. It will complete the loop of attractions around the Bay area, and be another unique attraction in Singapore.


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I wonder what is the square thingy(in one of the renderings) they are goin to build on the central promontory site?
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Old April 22nd, 2007, 02:05 PM   #151
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I wonder what is the square thingy(in one of the renderings) they are goin to build on the central promontory site?
The development programme for that site has not been announced yet, but I expect it to be soon, since it will be one of the waterfront sites. It will be a place for "civic and community" usage.


Race for downtown office space

21 Apr 07

Unprecedented squeeze forces global firms to look ahead to buildings that are not even built yet

A NEW space race is up and running, and it is happening in downtown Singapore, with global firms signing ever bigger deals to lock in office real estate in the face of an unprecedented squeeze.
And it is not just buildings under construction, like the Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC), but ones that are still little more than glints in developers' eyes.

It is all a far cry from a few years ago, when rents were tumbling.

The shoe is on the other foot now, with rents for prime space - if any can be found - going through the roof.

Grade A office rents - the most coveted space in prime areas - rose nearly 23 per cent in the first quarter to $11.80 per sq ft (psf), according to data from Jones Lang LaSalle.

Indeed, rents are rising so fast there are concerns they could eventually affect costs to the point that firms limit their expansion here, said a market watcher.

It is also forcing major financial institutions to book ahead to reserve their spots in the limited number of buildings on the drawing board that offer the large, contiguous space they need.

Some are looking at space coming onstream in 2009 and beyond, consultants said.

'It's partly a result of Singapore's positioning itself as a financial centre and partly the result of tight supply,' said Jones Lang LaSalle's regional director, head of markets, Mr Chris Archibold.

'This will continue for the next year or so, for new buildings coming onstream in two to three years' time,' he said.

While phase one of the MBFC is not due for completion until early 2010, one third of its 1.62 million sq ft of office space has already been spoken for.

Standard Chartered Bank pulled off a coup this week by tying up 24 floors of phase one in a 12-year lease.

The supply squeeze has prompted market players and the Government to release more space, but much has already been snapped up.

The Merrill Lynch Harbourfront building, which will be ready in 2008, was fully taken up by late last year.

Other financial institutions such as Citigroup and Credit Suisse could all be looking for more space, said market watchers.

On-going redevelopment of several buildings, such as Overseas Union House, Straits Trading Building, 71 Robinson Road and the Asia Chambers Building, has added to the pressure on supply.

But that has not stopped some firms from trying to lock up space when the buildings come back onto the market after 2009.

In 2010, Harbourfront offices will provide more space while Ocean Building - if it is turned into offices - could yield 832,000 sq ft by 2011.

Rental rises will ease as supply lifts over a three- to five-year horizon, said CB Richard Ellis executive director Moray Armstrong.

Hongkong Land, part of the group developing the MBFC, has increased the amount of office space at the centre to meet increased demand.

Mr Robert Garman, its director of commercial property, South Asia, said about 3.5 million sq ft out of the 4.72 million sq ft area of the entire MBFC will be offices, he said.

Mr Garman said talks are on-going with several parties to lease a further 1 million sq ft of space in phase one. The deals are likely to be signed within a year, yet the building will not be completed until 2010.

Phase one of MBFC has two office towers and a fully-sold residential tower.


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Old April 22nd, 2007, 02:39 PM   #153
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^ Looks exciting.....
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 02:59 PM   #154
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Hmmm... i think the government should not release the sites near the barrage so fast. Should wait till really short of supply then only sell at a premium.

Also, there are no MRT connections to that area.

Maybe can also reclaim outwards even more
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Old April 24th, 2007, 04:00 AM   #155
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I think the sites surrounding the future Gardens will be released once the Gardens are ready - high demand for homes & hotels fronting the park and with seaview.

Eventually, MRT will serve that area. And more reclamation is planned for the future.
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URA Launches Tender for Another Prime White Site at Marina Bay

30 May 07



The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) launched a white site (Land Parcel A) at Marina View for sale by public tender today.

Land Parcel at Marina View

Land Parcel A is strategically located within the Marina Bay area, next to the existing Central Business District (CBD) at Raffles Place and close to other prime office developments such as One Raffles Quay (ORQ) and Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC). The location of the Land Parcel is shown in the plans at Annex A-1 and Annex A-2.

Land Parcel A offers a unique opportunity for a distinctive landmark office development in a prime downtown location. The development of this site will help to build up the critical mass of office space in the Marina Bay area and develop the area as an international business and financial hub.

With a site area of about 1.02 ha and a gross plot ratio of 13, the Land Parcel can yield a maximum permissible gross floor area (GFA) of 133,120 sq m. A minimum of 70% of the total permissible GFA is to be developed for office use. This is to meet the demand for prime office space. The remaining 30% of the GFA may be developed for additional office space or other allowable uses under the white zoning, such as hotel, residential and other commercial uses (e.g. retail and entertainment).

The site enjoys direct frontage onto a public open space linking Marina Boulevard to Straits Boulevard and has panoramic views of the city skyline and Marina Bay. It will be connected to surrounding developments at ORQ, One Marina Boulevard, MBFC and the future development at One Shenton through an extensive network of underground pedestrian walkways and second storey links.

The site will be served by the Common Services Tunnel, a comprehensive system of underground tunnels which house and distribute utility service lines, including power and telecommunication cables. The future office tenants will have access to uninterrupted supply of major utilities, emergency back-up services and the capacity for expansion to meet changing utility needs.

Land Parcel A at Marina View is one of the seven sites to be released for sale under the Confirmed List of the first half 2007 Government Land Sales Programme announced by MND on 21 December 2006. The details of the site are given in Annex A-3. More details of the site are available on URA website at http://www.ura.gov.sg/sales/MarinaView/MV-intro.html.

Developments around Marina Bay

The Marina Bay area, Singapore’s downtown district, is located within the heart of the city. It comprises the existing CBD at Raffles Places, Shenton Way and Marina Centre, together with the new development area around the Bay. The district will be an international business and financial hub and is envisaged to be a dynamic, 24/7, Garden City by the Bay.

Marina Bay is shaping up well and fast. Apart from the The Sail, a luxurious condominium development, MBFC and Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort which will be completed in the next few years, the government has also recently sold the 2.67ha site at Collyer Quay to be developed into a lifestyle hub featuring a luxury boutique hotel with a good mix of retail and entertainment uses. The development at Collyer Quay site is scheduled to be completed in 2009.

Other exciting attractions that will be added to the loop of existing attractions around the bay, includes The Singapore Flyer – one of the tallest observation wheels in the world which is scheduled to be completed in 2008, 100 ha of prime land for the development of three distinctive and unique world class Gardens by the Bay and a 3.5 km long promenade and a new iconic pedestrian bridge featuring the world’s first double helix design construction.

Details on the tender of Land Parcel A at Marina View

A tender period of 16 weeks is allowed for the site. The tender will close at 12 noon on 19 September 2007. Selection of the successful tenderer will be based on the tendered land price only.
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^ Is this the site where plot ratio is the highest??
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nope, that is the plot on the top right corner of this one
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Now there are a total of 2 highrise sites that the government is offering for development in the area for this year :


Choice site to sustain building pace in Bay area

15 Jun 07



(SINGAPORE) A trophy site just off Shenton Way will be put on the Government Land Sales (GLS) programme for second-half 2007.

The Marina View site will be the second on the GLS programme that defines a new corridor in the New Downtown, with an adjoining site launched in May.

Marina View, to be launched in July, could provide more than 900,000 square feet of commercial space. And the government wants it developed fast.

In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of National Development said: 'The release of the Marina View site via the confirmed list will maintain the momentum of building up Marina Bay and facilitate the seamless growth of the Central Business District into the Marina Bay area.'

While recognising the need to maintain momentum, it is interesting to note that more prime commercial sites are not on the list.

One reason could be that future demand is close to being met.

Jones Lang LaSalle regional director and head of investments Lui Seng Fatt believes that if and when all the key available commercial sites on the GLS programme are developed - about six sites including Marina View and another new site called Tampines Concourse - up to 2.5 million sq ft of office space could be in the pipeline in about three years.

'I think this supply is just right,' he said.

There is, of course, undersupply at the moment, but Mr Lui believes this can only be 'alleviated' by interim measures such as releasing unused state-owned buildings.

Savills Singapore director of marketing and business development Ku Swee Yong also believes the number of new prime sites being released is just right, saying: 'If you have too much construction in the Marina Bay and CBD area, it could be a strain on the infrastructure.'

With no fear of a flood of sites in the Marina Bay area, the Marina View site will be even more attractive to developers. Mr Ku believes amalgamating it with the adjoining site released earlier could prove to be even more profitable, as some common services could be shared. 'This type of prime site needs to be huge,' he said, adding that bids could be around $1,500 per sq ft per plot ratio.

Colliers International director for research and consultancy Tay Huey Ying also feels the current office space crunch cannot be alleviated by more land sales.

According to her, the situation is so severe that special measures may be needed to maintain Singapore's competitiveness. These could include temporary but more aggressive tax incentives or concessions to help businesses defray the rising cost of renting.



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