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Old October 11th, 2007, 03:32 PM   #1
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SINGAPORE | Ocean Financial Centre | 245m | 43 fl | Com

A new office tower is being built in Singapore, replacing the current Ocean Building, now under demolition

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43-storey block to replace Ocean Building

KEPPEL Land (KepLand) has started demolishing the 29-storey Ocean Building in downtown Singapore to replace it with a new office block - complete with state-of-the-art green features - by 2011.

The new 43-storey building in Collyer Quay will be called the Ocean Financial Centre and offer about 850,000 sq ft of Grade A space.

It will be aimed largely at financial institutions and will have one of the largest floor plates - 19,000 sq ft to 23,000 sq ft - in the Raffles Place area.

Ocean Building's heritage dates back to 1864, when the first block - a two-storey affair - was built. The second building was up by 1923, while the current one was completed in 1974.

The redevelopment plans are timely because office demand is still very robust, said Mr Tan Swee Yiow, director, Singapore Commercial, of KepLand International.

Mr Tan said some of Ocean Building's existing tenants have expressed interest in taking a lease in the new block.

Office space supply is expected to ease only in 2010, when the Marina Bay Financial Centre opens.

Once KepLand has redeveloped Ocean Building, it will integrate it with the podium block of the smaller Ocean Towers.

It will then tear down the office portion of Ocean Towers, as this space has been calculated into the allowed space for the new 43-storey block.

Existing tenants in Ocean Towers include DMG & Partners Securities and Drew and Napier.

The new block will be designed by American architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli. It will boast two significant local benchmarks: the largest solar panel system for commercial buildings in Singapore and the first hybrid chilled water system.

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Ocean Financial Centre to provide 850,000 sq ft Grade A office space
The 43-storey office development will be state-of-the-art in green and environmentally-friendly features

Keppel Land Limited (Keppel Land) further strengthens its sterling portfolio of Grade A office developments with about 850,000 sq ft of prime office space in Ocean Financial Centre (OFC).

The new name and design of the development were unveiled by Mr Lim Chee Onn, Executive Chairman of Keppel Corporation Ltd and Chairman of Keppel Land in a special ceremony held at the Reflections at Keppel Bay Show Gallery in the presence of about 200 guests from the business community.

To be completed in 2011, the 43-storey OFC will be state-of-the-art, not only in terms of premium finishes and fittings but also in innovative green and environmentally-friendly features such as the largest solar panel system and the first hybrid chilled water system in Singapore.

OFC is designed by world-renowned architectural firm, Pelli Clarke Pelli, whose portfolio of landmark commercial developments in major financial cities includes the World Financial Centre in Beijing, Two International Finance Centre in Hong Kong, the Mori Tower at Atago Green Hills in Tokyo and Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

Mr Kevin Wong, Managing Director of Keppel Land, said, “Ocean Financial Centre, with its commanding location in Raffles Place and the New Downtown, will continue to be the preferred business address of major financial institutions and multi-national corporations.

“In the Raffles Place area, it presents one of the largest floor plates – ranging from 19,000 sq ft to 23,000 sq ft which provides greater flexibility to these tenants for their operational needs.

“We are encouraged by the positive interest we have received from prospective tenants and will continue to build on the long and meaningful relationships with our previous tenants.”

On the design for OFC, Mr Cesar Pelli, Senior Principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli, said, “The design is iconic and enduring, with a soaring form that recalls the maritime heritage of the site. We are applying technology in a poetic manner, to create a memorable landmark in the skyline of Singapore.

“The design is also environmentally sustainable. The development will include a landscaped public plaza covered by a glass roof canopy and surrounded by extensive green walls, leafy roof terraces and a sky garden forming a crowning gesture. The development will be a beautiful and memorable addition to the skyline of Singapore; it will also be a wonderful addition to the public space of the city.”

OFC will be among the first commercial buildings whose design and planning have adopted the lighting and art incentives initiative by the Urban Redevelopment Authority in the business and financial district.

It will be the fourth building to rise at the same site following redevelopment. The first Ocean Building was built in 1864. The adjacent Ocean Towers will remain operational while OFC is being redeveloped.
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Old October 11th, 2007, 03:34 PM   #2
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Ocean Building, 1864 - 1919


Ocean Building, 1924 - 1969



Ocean Building, 1974 - 2007

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Old October 11th, 2007, 10:37 PM   #3
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Hmmm, a bit boring like you see in 50 other cities. This location deserves something better, much better! Maybe I like the demolished tower even more...
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Old October 11th, 2007, 10:56 PM   #4
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Th new tower looks ok, but it seems the older, the better
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Old October 14th, 2007, 05:27 AM   #5
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Old October 14th, 2007, 02:06 PM   #6
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In my opinion, the new tower is FAR better looking than that ancient barn they had there.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 02:27 PM   #7
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 08:07 PM   #8
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splendid renders, the trees in the top are looking great.
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Old January 26th, 2008, 01:30 PM   #9
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Ocean Building is dramatically shorter now
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Old January 28th, 2008, 08:33 AM   #10
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so in its 150+ years history, having changed 3 buildings, its name as always been Ocean Building? They should have kept the name for this 4th tower...
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Old June 12th, 2008, 06:14 PM   #12
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Old June 12th, 2008, 07:41 PM   #13
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Nice tower, however there are two things about it I dislike. The height of 245m and the green-blue glass. It seems that every new skyscraper rising in Singapore lately (Marina Bay Financial Centre, One Raffles Quay, The Sail) seems to be 245m high and have either green or light-blue glass. A bit more diversity certainly wouldn't hurt.
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Old June 12th, 2008, 10:27 PM   #14
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Not bad, one more nice tower to the city skyline to make it more dense
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Looks like the foundation piling has been completed. Time to rise I guess.
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If that beige-coloured building is pulled down in the near future to make space for the new Ocean tower, it will be known as the CAGA House of Singapore.
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