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Old October 9th, 2009, 05:18 PM   #101
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Any renderings?
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Old March 15th, 2010, 08:31 AM   #102
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any updates on this? the space between oc & 313....
The bridge seen which link to Orchard emberald might be due to fact that OCBC own the Land of Phoneix Hoel while GE own OE....

found thus article from 2008

OCBC and Great Eastern seemed poised to redevelop the Specialists' Shopping Centre and Hotel Phoenix complex together with Orchard Emerald just a few months ago, judging by the two companies' submissions to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

Data released by URA last October showed that provisional permission for the development of the two properties was given in August 2007.

But yesterday, OCBC said: "Orchard Emerald is held by the Great Eastern Group and we believe that Great Eastern is at a very preliminary stage with regard to this potential redevelopment."

Straits Trading, one of Singapore's oldest companies, is now seeing a buyout offer from Tecity Group, an investment firm owned by several members of the family that have stakes in OCBC.

Tecity offered on Sunday to buy all Straits Trading shares it did not already own for $5.70 a share - valuing the company at some $1.86 billion.

OCBC, which has direct and indirect interests totalling 26 per cent of the shares in Straits Trading, said on Monday that it has not decided whether to accept the buyout offer. About 20 per cent of the shares are held by Great Eastern.

Analysts said that OCBC's plan to launch a new hotel in place of the ageing Hotel Phoenix is timely as Singapore will continue to see a shortage of hotel rooms over the next few years due to increasing visitor numbers.
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Old March 15th, 2010, 02:00 PM   #103
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OCBC in negotiations to develop former Specialists' Centre site

SINGAPORE : OCBC Bank has said it is in negotiations with construction firm United Engineers on the redevelopment of a hotel-cum-retail mall at the former Specialists' Centre and Hotel Phoenix site.

This site is a long-term investment holding of OCBC Bank, and it said the proposed arrangements will enable the bank to rely on UEL's financial resources and expertise to complete the proposed redevelopment and construction project.

The terms of the arrangements are currently being discussed and negotiated.

An announcement will be made in the event that a definitive agreement is entered into between OCBC Bank and UEL. - CNA/ms
This was on Channel News Asia website a week ago.
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Old June 7th, 2010, 01:52 PM   #104
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Some news from CNA. It seems that construction may start from July.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...061598/1/.html

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United Engineers gets deal to redevelop former Specialist Centre site
By Millet Enriquez | Posted: 07 June 2010 1857 hrs

SINGAPORE : United Engineers said it has been awarded a turnkey contract by OCBC Bank to redevelop the former Specialists' Centre and Hotel Phoenix site.

The cost of the project is worth around S$550 million.

The project will be carried out in two phases.

Phase 1 will consist of the development and construction of a hotel-cum-retail mall and a pedestrian bridge, and Phase 2 will be the construction of an underpass.

The pedestrian bridge and underpass will link the new development to the former Orchard Emerald site, which is owned by the Great Eastern Life group.

Construction is expected to start in July this year with the Temporary Occupation Permits (TOPs) for both phases expected to be obtained by the second half of 2013.

United Engineers said it will use internal resources and bank borrowings for the project.

The development fees from the project are expected to contribute positively to United Engineers' earnings in the future.

United Engineers has incorporated two wholly-owned special purpose vehicles (SPV) to undertake the two phases of the project.

When the project is completed, the SPVs will be sold to OCBC Bank and cease to be subsidiaries of United Engineers. - CNA /ls
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Old June 7th, 2010, 02:38 PM   #105
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Wah finally!!!
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Old June 8th, 2010, 05:31 AM   #106
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I hope the pedestrian overpass will be designed as an icon, Orchard seriously needs a strong focal point. Its a quite tough area to photograph.
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Old June 8th, 2010, 09:02 PM   #107
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Wah finally!!!
Yeah. Finally man. Quite an eyesore to see its current condition.
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Old June 9th, 2010, 08:19 AM   #108
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But why an underpass?

The Somerset area's not as basement-focused as Orchard...
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Old June 9th, 2010, 01:21 PM   #109
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But why an underpass?

The Somerset area's not as basement-focused as Orchard...
Speaking about the underpass, does anybody what they are going to build at the former Orchard Emerald site? This has been bothering me as they are going to an underpass to that site.....
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Old June 10th, 2010, 03:18 PM   #110
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Any renderings? A lot of development lately... hope the dead zone in front of Le Meridien would be developed next!
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Old June 13th, 2010, 05:39 AM   #111
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Where is the URA model of Singapore - is that the "Singapore City Gallery"? Or maybe at the headquarters in Maxwell road?

I am going to SG next month and would love to have a look.
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Old June 13th, 2010, 05:48 AM   #112
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Where is the URA model of Singapore - is that the "Singapore City Gallery"? Or maybe at the headquarters in Maxwell road?

I am going to SG next month and would love to have a look.
I am sure it is located at the HQ in Maxwell Road. Here is a video of the Gallery.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYUCXZ2d33Y
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Old June 13th, 2010, 07:43 AM   #113
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Its at URA center at Maxwell Road. Yes its the same thing as Singapore City Gallery. Have a nice stay =)
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Old July 16th, 2010, 03:24 PM   #114
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New retail, hotel & office project on Orchard Road
By Georgina Joseph | Posted: 16 July 2010 2106 hrs


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SINGAPORE : Singapore's Orchard Road will be adding another new face to its shopping belt.

A retail, hotel and office development will soon come up at the sites of the former Specialists' Centre and Hotel Phoenix, as well as Orchard Emerald mall.

The project, costing some S$700 million, is expected to be completed in the second half of 2013.

A groundbreaking ceremony on Friday marked the start of the redevelopment of three neighbouring sites on Orchard Road.

Where the former Specialists' Centre and Hotel Phoenix used to be, a new 4-star hotel with about 500 rooms will come up, along with nearly 21,000 square metres of retail space.

United Engineers (UEL) is the developer of the site, which is wholly owned by OCBC.

Across the road, the former Orchard Emerald site will contain around 3,500 square metres of office space and 2,700 square metres of retail space. The site is wholly-owned and developed by Great Eastern Holdings.

The two sites will be connected by a glass overhead bridge across Orchard Road, which developer UEL said is the first in Singapore.

UEL is not concerned that its new development is a relatively latecomer in the saturated Orchard Road shopping strip.

Jackson Yap, CEO, United Engineers Limited, said: "We are the last of the jigsaw that would make this into a significant shopping area. The key to this is connectivity.

"You can go seamlessly in bad weather and so on, into the three shopping malls. You can cross the street, and also shop on the other side of the road."

The new development will also be connected by passageways to its neighbours 313@Somerset and Orchard Central. Its Basement 1 will also be connected to the Somerset MRT station.

UEL said it is confident it can generate decent foot traffic.

Mr Yap said: "Phoenix Hotel has always been well-occupied, partly because of its location and also its proximity to many shopping malls. So we expect the hotel to be full and the hotel is full because we have good shopping tenants!"

A key tenant will be a new Singapore Visitors Centre, but the developers are keeping mum on the retail mix for now.

Observers say the new development may also feature some high-end brands, given Orchard Road's reputation as a premier shopping belt
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Old July 16th, 2010, 03:29 PM   #115
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Old July 16th, 2010, 04:17 PM   #116
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Thanks, Autobot. I have to say the rendering on the pdf file looks quite interesting. We'll just have to wait and see how it goes.
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Old July 17th, 2010, 02:19 AM   #117
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Wow more retail space in the somerset area...another 260000 sq ft (est) added
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Old July 17th, 2010, 07:53 AM   #118
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Here's how it will look like:
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Old July 17th, 2010, 08:17 AM   #119
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I love the fact that it provides a gradual transformation in architecture from 313 to Orchard Central.
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Old July 17th, 2010, 10:50 AM   #120
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I love the fact that it provides a gradual transformation in architecture from 313 to Orchard Central.
Agree!! Tis facade is really eye catching and the glass bridge compliments it.
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