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Old July 31st, 2007, 04:36 PM   #41
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Nope.....this is at somerset MRT station.....
I can't find any information on ION Orchard anywhere? Or have they decided to rename it now...
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Old August 1st, 2007, 12:41 PM   #42
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I can't find any information on ION Orchard anywhere? Or have they decided to rename it now...
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=196483

Hotel Phoenix says goodbye for the last time

1 Aug 07

HOTEL Phoenix closed its doors for the last time on Wednesday after 35 years of service along Orchard Road.
To mark its final day, 150 staff of the Orchard Road landmark gathered once last time to say farewell to one another and their second home.

But many were already mentally prepared, after they were given notification of the closure six months ago.

The hotel management said at least 80 per cent of the staff had already found employment, with many of them taking up similar lines of work at St Regis, Royal Plaza on Scotts, Ritz Carlton and the new integrated resorts.

Workers also received retrenchment packages from OCBC and Phoenix Hotel.

Mr Noel Hawkes, managing director of the Phoenix, was all praise for the team who had worked with him for the past 20 years, saying: 'Brilliant working team. We have got the best people, we've had them for years, we treasure them, we love them. And in return, they deliver.'

To also reward the loyalty of one of its regular guests, the hotel gave Mr Christian Ion a free night's stay - ironically, for Tuesday, the last night of the hotel's existence.

Mr Ion, a French national based in New Zealand and Chiang Mai, was already a familiar face at the hotel since the 1990s. He was shocked to learn that his favorite hotel was no longer available after August 1.

Mr Ion, who was officially the last guest to check out of the Phoenix on Wednesday said: 'We've become one big happy family. That's one thing I'll miss very much - coming in and meeting people I know.'

The hotel has received accolades over its 35 years, like the ISO, People Developer, Singapore Quality Class and Singapore Service Class awards.

Despite its impending closure, the four-star hotel also boasted an occupancy rate of 95.5 per cent just last month, at an average room rate of $192 a night.

The hotel, which has played host to over 6 million guests, will be repossessed by its owner OCBC Bank for long-term investment and refurbished as part of plans to rejuvenate the Orchard Road shopping district.

To date, no specific plans have been submitted for the property, but two new shopping malls will be built on adjacent plots on both sides of the hotel.

A confident Mr Hawkes declared: 'I will be back.'
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Old August 1st, 2007, 03:39 PM   #43
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Unfortunate that OCBC still wants to hold on to the hotel. It's a sore thumb to the rejuvenation at the Somerset MRT prime site.

The staff of Phoenix has been lucky to get a windfall package and at the same time hired by more prestigious hotel chain like St. Regis, Ritz Calton and the Integrated Resorts.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 04:07 PM   #44
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anybody got any news on Somerset Central? Im referring to the one right above somerset mrt in case u guys are confused.

This is one BIG MYSTERY...construction is already in its advanced phase, and it is supposed to be even bigger than the high-profile Orchard Central...yet we've heard nothing...seen no renders. Im perturbed.
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 03:01 AM   #45
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They sure have started, although no renderings I've seen.

Well, the old canal is being decked over and will become a 'Discovery Walk'.

There is another thread for Somerset Central.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 05:01 PM   #46
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been procrastinating for too long for registering...ive seen some renderings as per posted by other sites...same as ion orchard, it will feature a 11 storey high video wall! here's my first post:

from youth.sg:
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and from singapore sights:

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Factsheet


Developer: Far East Organization
Architecture: DP Architects
GFA: 387, 988 sq ft
NLA: 250, 000 sq ft
No. of levels: 13 (11 + 2 basement levels)
Car park: Levels 9 & 10 (entire levels) Levels 5 & 8 (partial levels)
Shops spaces: 400
Development cost: S$650m
Opening hours: 11am to 11pm


UNIQUE ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES
Singapore’s 1st ‘Vertical Mall’

Tallest pure-retail destination in Singapore
Vertical design overcomes land area limitations
Extended Orchard Road Frontage

160m stretch along Orchard Road for maximum visibility
Street level; no conventional foyer
Pedestrians can step from street into shop
Urban Verandahs

3 open air balconies overlooking Orchard Road
Slated for outdoor seating for F&B outlets
Exchange Levels (L1, L4, L7)

Exceptionally high 7m ceilings (floor to floor) replicate street level
Designed as a common area for gathering and social activity
Faceted Membrane

11-storey-high media wall including a giant screen
Forms outer shell of Orchard Central, facing Orchard Road
Situated at the junction of Orchard Road and Killiney Road
Super Escalators

3 sets of super escalators and 6 express lifts (12 in total) will bring shoppers
from street to higher floors in seconds
Discovery Walk

Part of a 400m walkway situated above the existing Somerset canal
Links Orchard Central to Specialists’ Centre and Somerset MRT station
14m wide promenade with an enchanting and romantic theme

The cluster concept aims to address these results by grouping shops into eight different clusters with distinct identities (see factsheet):

EXCLUSIVE cluster (Levels 2 to 4)
FLAGSHIP cluster (Basement 2 to level 3)
YOUTH cluster (Levels 5 and 6)
HIGH LIFE cluster (Levels 7 and 8)
MAIN cluster (Levels 1 to 4)
DISCOVERY Walk (Level 1)
MASSTIGE cluster (Basements 1 and 2)
FOOD HAVEN (Rooftop)




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Old August 6th, 2007, 05:12 PM   #47
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Looks nice and exciting !
Far East this time better do a good one.
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Old August 7th, 2007, 03:51 AM   #48
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Orchard Central is still undergoing construction - which does not include Specialists Shopping Centre.

I have no idea what has happened to OCBC's Specialists Shopping Centre and Phoenix Hotel - which already closed...

What I was puzzled - all 3 sites are owned by different developers but there is none of news from them that they are developing together.

Orchard Central is under the management of Far East.

Specialist Shopping Centre and Phoenix Hotel owned by OCBC. By banking law, OCBC has to include the hotel in its redevelopment and there is some restriction on its redevelopment...

The other site which already started digging - under Bovis Lend Lease (known as Somerset Central).
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Old August 15th, 2007, 04:51 AM   #49
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Looks like they are planning on demolishing the carpark first. Its all covered with the scaffolding now.
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Old August 15th, 2007, 07:53 PM   #50
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hope the 3 diff management can do a marvellous job in integrating the 3 projects as one mega art piece!
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Old August 16th, 2007, 04:07 AM   #51
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ah well. i think lucky plaza, far east plaza and orchard shopping centre should be redeveloped.
others like lucky plaza and orchard emerald can be refurbished, as filipinoes patronise lucky plaza and orchard emerald has this nice green facade to it; quite unique.
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Old August 17th, 2007, 02:18 PM   #52
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Some findings when I passed by Specialists' Shopping Centre today:-
  • all the shops are being closed down and signboards taken down as usual
  • the sliding ad screen at the front of the building had been taken down
  • demolition scaffoldings and nets are being built up at the carpark section of the building

Nevertheless I am yet to see white barrier fences to be put up to seal up the area.
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 07:21 AM   #53
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As on 22 Aug 2007, demolition works has started on the carpark section of the building. Saw the bulldozers in action. Demolition scaffoldings are in the progress of building up on the hotel building.
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 07:48 PM   #54
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Update on Orchard Central site:

Currently, they are working on 2nd floor above ground...you can actually now see how high ceiling it is per level..

So now they are done with 4 levels (B1, B2, L1 and L2). I guess hopefully by this year end, we can see the massive height of it and perhaps so cladding?
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Old November 24th, 2007, 06:15 PM   #55
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Just to clarify those pics are of Orchard Central...we hav still yet to see those of Specialist Shopping Centre/Hotel Phoenix redevelopment...so we shall wait patiently for the works of Kenzo Tange/AWP architects..

This project seems to be plague with so many problems..

Fire on rooftop of former Specialist Centre
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SCDF fire fighters quickly put out the fire, which broke out at about 11.50am. -- PHOTO: KUMAR ASHOK PERIASAMY

A FIRE broke out on Wednesday morning on the rooftop of the former Specialist Centre/Phoenix Hotel in Orchard Road, which is being demolished.
A construction project manager spotted the fire coming from a cooling tower on the rooftop of the six-storey building, next to the Orchard Central building which is under construction.

Thick smoke billowed from the fire site, forcing the evacuation of over 50 workers on the rooftop and in other parts of the building. Over at the adjacent Orchard Central building site, another 100 workers were also evacuated to across the road. No one was hurt.

The fire attracted more than 100 curious onlookers and shoppers who lined the opposite side of the road where Centre Point shopping centre is.

SCDF fire fighters quickly put out the fire, which broke out at about 11.50am.

A building manager said the fire could have started from the infill of the rooftop cooling tower.


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Old November 25th, 2007, 03:24 AM   #56
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I gather 2 facts from the above post which left me abit confused.

1) It stated that "Specialist and Phoenix was being demolished". So it is now confirmed that the site is going under full redevelopment? I thought I read somewhere that govt restrictions does not allow the developer to fully demolish the building, and that they will simply be doing a refurbishment instead.

2) Kenzo Tange is confirmed as the architect?
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Old November 25th, 2007, 07:28 AM   #57
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yup..they are going full redevelopment..tats y..specialist centre is being torn down now..hotel phoenix is already down..both developments belong to the same owner ..i.e OCBC..so i guessed they have managed to convince the authorities...tats y the delay.

kenzo tange in collaboration with Alfred Wong Partnership is the architect..until now they are quite secretive about the design..they have to go through many rounds of design development with the authorities..before it can be revealed to the public..so lets just wait patiently
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Just to clarify those pics are of Orchard Central...we hav still yet to see those of Specialist Shopping Centre/Hotel Phoenix redevelopment...so we shall wait patiently for the works of Kenzo Tange/AWP architects..

This project seems to be plague with so many problems..

Fire on rooftop of former Specialist Centre
By Tracy Sua


SCDF fire fighters quickly put out the fire, which broke out at about 11.50am. -- PHOTO: KUMAR ASHOK PERIASAMY

A FIRE broke out on Wednesday morning on the rooftop of the former Specialist Centre/Phoenix Hotel in Orchard Road, which is being demolished.
A construction project manager spotted the fire coming from a cooling tower on the rooftop of the six-storey building, next to the Orchard Central building which is under construction.

Thick smoke billowed from the fire site, forcing the evacuation of over 50 workers on the rooftop and in other parts of the building. Over at the adjacent Orchard Central building site, another 100 workers were also evacuated to across the road. No one was hurt.

The fire attracted more than 100 curious onlookers and shoppers who lined the opposite side of the road where Centre Point shopping centre is.

SCDF fire fighters quickly put out the fire, which broke out at about 11.50am.

A building manager said the fire could have started from the infill of the rooftop cooling tower.


NIce article. The fire was quite bad. Luckily, no one was injured
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you were there also?
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