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Old May 7th, 2007, 10:47 AM   #21
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Most of the shops have already started to move out. Wonder if they are going to refurbish or redevelop.
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Old May 13th, 2007, 08:03 AM   #22
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Most of the shops have already started to move out. Wonder if they are going to refurbish or redevelop.
I prefer redevelop.....maybe they can combined somerset central development together.....create a bigger mall....
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Old May 14th, 2007, 05:48 AM   #23
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I prefer redevelop.....maybe they can combined somerset central development together.....create a bigger mall....
Could be the reason why Somerset Central hasn't released any renderings?
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Old May 14th, 2007, 09:43 AM   #24
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definitely no.
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Old May 14th, 2007, 12:48 PM   #25
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Could be the reason why Somerset Central hasn't released any renderings?
Strange why no renderings?
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Old May 14th, 2007, 02:51 PM   #26
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Maybe the design has not obtained planning approval yet?
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Old May 16th, 2007, 10:47 AM   #27
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Maybe the design has not obtained planning approval yet?
I thought construction had started?
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Old May 16th, 2007, 11:05 AM   #28
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I thought construction had started?
They have just stacked some blocks there.
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Old May 29th, 2007, 03:08 AM   #29
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Hotel Phoenix to close from Aug
Owner OCBC yet to submit application for redevelopment works

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ROOM rates in the Orchard area could soon hit new highs as a landmark hotel in the prime belt prepares to shut its doors.
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From August, Hotel Phoenix (picture) will temporarily cease operations for a major refurbishment that will take some 390 rooms off the market for possibly more than a year.
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While this will worsen the shortage of hotel rooms in the shopping enclave in the short term, the move also promises to usher in a trendier Somerset area dominated by a mega mall.
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Already, some of the 160 staff of the 35-year-old Hotel Phoenix are preparing for change. "I will look for another job," said a lobby employee. He expects to be let go when it closes for redevelopment works that, he says, will include adding a swimming pool.
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Meanwhile, the four-star hotel is accepting bookings only for stays until the end of July. After that, it is unclear when the hotel will re-open, said the reservations staff, who were also mum about whether business would re-start in time for the Formula One street race late next year.
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Average room rates have been creeping up to hit an all-time high of $194 in March, thanks to a booming economy and an increase in business conventions here.
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Should economic conditions stay robust, prices and occupancy rates — already hovering at about 91 per cent in March — are expected by analysts to rise further, especially since no new rooms in the Orchard area will be added until the posh St Regis Hotels opens around year's end. With the closure of the 20-storey Hotel Phoenix, supply will only get worse.
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"The property is in need of refurbishment," said a spokeswoman for OCBC, the owner of the hotel, which is gearing up to give the drab-looking area that includes the adjoining Specialists Shopping Centre a facelift.
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Already, most of the mall's tenants have moved out. The big plan is to build on both freehold sites a 20-storey retail cum hotel complex designed by renowned Tange Associates, the Japanese architects behind Cathay Cineplex, according to media reports. The prime site is next to the Somerset MRT station.
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When contacted, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said it had given OCBC "some preliminary advice" on its redevelopment proposal.
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However, Today understands that a formal application to make major changes — including the possibility of exceeding the building's existing height limit — has not been filed yet.
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This may be because OCBC's blueprint may change, depending on the outcome of its discussions with developers of nearby sites to create one of the biggest shopping complexes in Singapore.
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One possible tie-up is with the owner of Somerset Central, a site with a maximum gross floor area (GFA) of 39,410 square metres that will become a purely retail complex of shops, restaurants and entertainment by around end-2009. Its developer is Australia's Lend Lease Retail Investments 1 Pte Ltd, which paid the Government $617 million for the land last year.
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According to sources, the Australian firm and OCBC are in talks to "coordinate good connections between the buildings".
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A second linkage could be with Orchard Central, the former Glutton's Square site to be transformed into an all-retail development by Far East Organization late next year. OCBC has revealed that it took a 10-per-cent stake in the 6,000-sqm Orchard Central, which will be integrated with the upgraded Specialists Shopping Centre.
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If the three-way partnership does materialise, the Somerset shopping stretch of 116,675 square metres GFA will join other Orchard Road mega-malls Ngee Ann City — boasting a GFA of 162,580 sqm — and the up-and-coming Orchard Turn — which will open with 125,420 sqm of retail and residential space by the end of 2008.
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The megamall plan sounds good.....
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Old July 27th, 2007, 03:57 AM   #31
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Hotel Phoenix to close on Aug 1

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HOTEL Phoenix - famed for the roti prata and other local delicacies at its Phoenix Garden Cafe - will close on Wednesday after a 35-year run.
It is unclear if or when a new Phoenix will arise, but all 150 staff of the Orchard Road landmark, including general manager and veteran hotelier Noel Hawkes, were given their retrenchment notices last week.

OCBC Bank, which owns the hotel and the adjoining Specialist Shopping Centre, declined to comment on the terms of the package, but The Straits Times understands that it is a generous one.

All staff will get a month's pay for each year of service, on top of two months' pay in lieu of notice. For management staff, the payout is capped at 25 months.

There could be more good news for staff: Other hotels are already looking to hire some of them.

Some senior staff have already been snapped up by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Resorts World at Sentosa.

Meanwhile, others, such as Orchard Hotel, are interviewing staff to fill positions in their housekeeping and kitchen departments.

Ms Amy Ang, Orchard Hotel's director of marketing communications, told The Straits Times that her hotel is looking to take on some of the more mature and senior staff.

She said: 'Some of the staff have been with Hotel Phoenix for a long time, so they are very experienced, which will be a bonus for us.'

Hotel Phoenix has also organised job fairs and invited human resource officers from other hotels to interview employees.

The hotel, a stone's throw from Somerset MRT, was started in 1972 by Mr Tan Chin Tuan, then the chairman of OCBC bank.

In recent years, the 392-room establishment has been achieving occupancy rates of above 90 per cent.

Up to 40 per cent of its clientele are repeat guests. The majority come from Australia, Europe and Indonesia.

OCBC Bank remains mum about redevelopment plans for the hotel and Specialists' Shopping Centre. Its spokesman simply said the bank will hold on to both properties for 'long-term investment' and that a 'major refurbishment' is in the pipeline.

Speculation on the properties - which have a gross floor area of 443,689 sq ft, has been rife recently.

Redevelopment in the area promises to reshape Orchard Road - the buildings will be flanked by Far East Organization's $650-million Orchard Central and Land Lease's $900-million Somerset Central development.

Market watchers note that amended banking rules effectively bar OCBC from tearing down the buildings for redevelopment. However, it can refurbish or retrofit them.

Meanwhile, the hotel's closure will have some immediate impact on the industry: It will tighten the squeeze on hotel rooms here.

Supply is already tight because of a surge in tourist arrivals, which has pushed average room rates past the $200 mark for the first time, and the loss of Hotel Phoenix's 392 rooms will be felt.

However, the STB said it has been working with other authorities on adapting unoccupied state buildings into hotels to address the overall room shortage issue.


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Old July 27th, 2007, 10:51 AM   #32
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I wonder what's the redevelopment plan for this site??
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Old July 27th, 2007, 11:40 AM   #33
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Is this going to be the new ION Orchard?
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Old July 27th, 2007, 02:08 PM   #34
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Nope.....this is at somerset MRT station.....
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Old July 28th, 2007, 06:37 AM   #35
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From what was reported, it seems that the building will be refurbished rather than torn down and rebuilt, but that is still to be confirmed...
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From what was reported, it seems that the building will be refurbished rather than torn down and rebuilt, but that is still to be confirmed...
I prefer a totally new building......
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Old July 28th, 2007, 08:23 AM   #37
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From what was reported, it seems that the building will be refurbished rather than torn down and rebuilt, but that is still to be confirmed...
As long as OCBC continue to hold on to the phoenix hotel, they cannot demolish and rebuild new. The banking regulation required them to give up non-core asset up to a threshold, but I think OCBC will not give up such an excellent property beside the prime Somerset MRT site.

This is similar to the property behind Somerset MRT that is now rebuilt into SOHO service residence. Wee CY is more clever, moving the asset to his property subsidiary UOL, so it's not regulated by the banking law.

Those property beside the Somerset MRT are golden goose that will continue to lay golden eggs. They will not sell them.
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Old July 29th, 2007, 02:49 PM   #38
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I saw some machineries used for demolition next to the building ytd . It comprises of a concrete pulverizer equipped excavator (reduces concrete chunks into smaller ones.) and another with a hydraulic hammer i think .
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Old July 30th, 2007, 06:05 AM   #39
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u have a cute avatar....
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Old July 31st, 2007, 04:34 PM   #40
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