Category Archives: Commercial

Wilkie Edge sold to Lian Beng and Apricot Capital

Located at the junction of Wilkie Road and Selegie Road, Wilkie Edge is a leasehold 12-storey development comprising office and retail units as well as a serviced residence, Citadines Mount Sophia Singapore. It has 88 years left on the lease. The mixed-use commercial and residential building located near Little India, is being sold for S$280 million — works out to a price of S$1,812 per square foot (psf) based on the building’s net lettable area, and a price of S$1,299 psf based on gross floor area.

Lian Beng Group and Apricot Capital, the private investment firm of Super Group’s Teo family, have agreed to acquire Wilkie Edge from CapitaLand Commercial Trust (CCT).

The sale is expected to be completed in September. The sale consideration is 39.3 % above Wilkie Edge’s valuation of S$201 million or S$1,301 psf as at Dec 31, and 53.3 % higher than its original purchase price of S$182.7 million in 2008.

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Woodleigh site to build 600 private homes plus mall

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and Kajima Development are planning to develop more than 600 residential units and a retail/commercial component with a gross floor area of about 310,000 square feet on a 99-year leasehold site in the new Bidadari Estate that they have won the tender. The two teamed up to form an equal partnership that placed the top bid for the site at a tender conducted by the Housing & Development Board.

The winning bid of S$1.132 billion translates to S$1,181 per square foot plot ratio based on the maximum gross floor area of 958,450 sq ft allowed for the commercial and residential site next to Woodleigh MRT Station.

The site’s proximity to popular primary schools and other educational institutions and the green environment in the Bidadari Estate including a park and a lake are the key attractions.

As part of the tender conditions, the successful bidder will also have to build a 6,000 square metre community club, a 2,190 sq m neighbourhood police centre, a commercial bridge towards Bidadari Park and an underpass to connect to the bus interchange as part of the development.

Mercer’s cost of living Survey 2017

Mercer’s annual Cost of Living Survey finds African, Asian, and European cities dominate the list of most expensive locations for working abroad

According to Mercer’s 2017 Global Talent Trends Study, fair and competitive pay as well as opportunities for promotion are top priorities for employees this year – not surprising given the current climate of uncertainty and change.

Mercer’s 23rd annual Cost of Living Survey finds that factors like instability of housing markets and inflation for goods and services contribute to the overall cost of doing business in today’s global environment.

Mercer’s 2017 Cost of Living Survey finds Asian and European cities – particularly Hong Kong (2), Tokyo (3), Zurich (4), and Singapore (5) – top the list of most expensive cities for expatriates. The costliest city, driven by cost of goods and security, is Luanda (1), the capital of Angola. Other cities appearing in the top 10 of Mercer’s costliest cities for expatriates are Seoul (6), Geneva (7), Shanghai (8), New York City (9), and Bern (10). The world’s least expensive cities for expatriates, according to Mercer’s survey, are Tunis (209), Bishkek (208), and Skopje (206).

Asia Pacific

Five of the top 10 cities in this year’s ranking are in Asia. Hong Kong (2) is the most expensive city as a result of its currency pegged to the US dollar, which drove up the cost of accommodations locally. This global financial center is followed by Tokyo (3), Singapore (5), Seoul (6), and Shanghai (8).

https://www.mercer.com/newsroom/cost-of-living-2017.html

Beach Road site with former Police Station going for public tender

A Beach Road commercial site hits the market on sale with some stiff competition expected. The 2ha plot can be developed for office and retail use, as well as hotel, service apartments and residential options. The reserve list site was put up for sale by public tender by the Urban Redevelopment Authority after a developer committed to bid at least $1.138 billion for the 99-year leasehold parcel.Under the reserve list system, a site goes up for tender when a developer lodges an acceptable minimum bid.

The URA says the plot, which will have a maximum permissible gross floor area of 88,313 sq m, includes the former Beach Road Police Station. At least 70 per cent or 61,820 sq m of the GFA must be for office use, while a maximum of 3,000 sq m can be use for retail. The Beach Road commercial site comes with the condition that the former station be conserved.

Keen competition for the site is expected from both local and foreign developers. The “trophy asset” developed on the Beach Road site could hit the market around 2022 – when there is limited supply of prime office space.

The Beach Road plot will have a maximum permissible gross floor area of 950,592 sq ft. At least 70 per cent – or 665,424 sq ft – must be used for offices, with a maximum of 32,292 sq ft for retail space.

Nearby South Beach was commanding “achievable rents of $9 per sq ft (psf)” – close to the average Marina Bay rent of $9.48 psf. Thus the winning bid is likely to be in the range of $1,400 to $1,700 psf per plot ratio (ppr), translating into a total bid quantum of $1.3 billion to $1.6 billion, and possibly match the $1,689 psf ppr paid for the Central Boulevard site.

The tenant profile of the commercial space in the area has evolved with the completion of mammoth mixed-use development Duo in Bugis and South Beach, a joint venture between CDL and Malaysia’s IOI Group. These have brought firms such as pharmaceutical group Sanofi, Rabobank and Mastercard into the area, he said, adding that the makeover of the Kampong Bugis area will also boost development.

https://www.ura.gov.sg/uol/land-sales-repository/sites-available/beach-rd-ma.aspx

UOL to increased share in UIC via Haw Par

UOL Group, a Singaporean Real Estate Developer, will be buying over Haw Par Corporation’s stake in United Industrial Corporation (UIC), another property developer and landlord, via a share swap.

This came after days of speculation following the trading halts of three companies linked to  There was talk that the veteran banker Wee Cho Yaw, who is linked to UOL, might be restructuring his empire of companies, and a privatisation of UIC could be in the works. .

The transaction allows UOL to gain an additional significant stake in UIC which would not otherwise be easily available due to the lack of liquidity in UIC.

An increased stake in UIC gives UOL access to UIC’s commercial property portfolio, eg Singapore Land Tower and Marina Square in Singapore. Both UOL and UIC have property interests across the residential, office, retail and hospitality segments in Singapore, China and the United Kingdom. The transaction also allows both groups to collaborate on joint acquisitions of land banks and office and retail investments.

The domestic housing market is bottoming out, consolidating its holdings in UIC will help to boost UOL’s local residential exposure through UIC’s condominium projects.

Following the transaction, UOL will account for UIC as a subsidiary. UOL already has sufficient representation on the board of UIC. Thus there is a lesser incentive to cough out more cash, while allowing UOL can take UIC into its fold in a way that allows it to consolidate its numbers and its position, so that its perceived position as a developer will increase further.

The deal is subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals by Oct 2017.

Raffles Place among the latest to be affected from retail slump

One Raffles Place are hit harder by the retail slump than those in Orchard Road because of office workers’ limited shopping hours and minimal tourist traffic.

Travel products store Tumi, watch brand Swatch, jeweller Pandora and shoe brand Melissa have decided not to renew their leases and will shut soon.

The bigger tenants, which take up prime space on the ground floor, are leaving, upsetting smaller tenants, which claimed they were not told of the moves prior to them renewing their leases.

The Body Shop outlet on level three, which is moving out on Thursday next week, has not been making a profit. Other tenants moving out include Evergreen Stationery, Yami Yogurt and Blow + Bar hair salon.

3 years after its opening in 2014, most of these crowd-pullers have shut or will move out by next month, as the retail slump claims yet another casualty. Lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret, fashion retailer Uniqlo and cafe Paris Baguette have already closed their stores at the six-storey mall next to Raffles Place MRT station.

Its anchor tenant, Swedish clothing retailer H&M, has not confirmed if it will be moving out when its lease ends, providing some respite for the mall.

Downtown Line 3 to open 21 Oct this year

The Downtown Line 3 (DTL3) will open on 21 October 2017, making it the longest underground and driverless MRT line in Singapore, surpassing the 35.7km Circle Line (CCL).   The DTL3 Extension from Expo to Sungei Bedok, an additional 2.2km, will open in 2024.

Downtown Line

Downtown Line Alignment

DTL3

The 21-kilometre long DTL3 comprises 16 stations and is the longest stretch of the Downtown Line to be opened. DTL3 includes three interchange stations at MacPherson (link to CCL) , Tampines (EWL), and Expo (EWL).

1.      Fort Canning Station

Fort Canning station is located at the intersection of River Valley Road and Clemenceau Avenue. The station has two entrances and will serve developments in the area including Fort Canning Park, Liang Court, U.E Square, Park Hotel Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay Hotel, which were previously not connected to the rail network.

2.      Bencoolen Station

Bencoolen station is located at Bencoolen Street, near the junction with Bras Basah Road. It has three entrances and comprises six levels – concourse, upper mezzanine, lower mezzanine, platform and two service levels. To provide greater connectivity to the existing rail network, the station has an underground unpaid linkway connected to CCL Bras Basah station through the existing SMU basement. The NAFA Campus extension is integrated above one of the station’s entrances.

The station will serve students, office workers, businesses and tourists, with its close proximity to the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore Management University (SMU), Manulife Centre, Sunshine Plaza, National Museum and hotels along Bencoolen Street. There are also several places of worship around the station such as the Kwan Im Temple, Sri Krishnan Temple, Maghain Aboth Synagogue and Masjid Bencoolen.

3.      Jalan Besar Station

Jalan Besar station is located at the junction of Jalan Besar and Weld Road. It has two entrances and comprises two levels – concourse and platform. The station will serve Sim Lim Tower, Stamford Primary School, residences and shophouses in the vicinity. The station is within five minutes’ walk of Rochor station (on the DTL) and Bugis station (on the EWL, DTL) allowing commuters to easily transfer between rail lines.

4.      Bendemeer Station

Bendemeer station is located at Kallang Bahru, near the junction with Kallang Avenue. The station has two entrances, one on each side of the road. The station will serve the commercial buildings, residences and shophouses in the vicinity. The station is within ten minutes’ walk of Lavender station (on the EWL) and Boon Keng station (on the NEL) allowing commuters to easily transfer between rail lines.

5.      Geylang Bahru Station

Geylang Bahru station is located along Kallang Bahru, at the junction with Geylang Bahru. The station has two entrances and comprises two levels – concourse and platform. The station will serve Kallang Basin ActiveSG Swimming Complex, Kallang Basin Industrial Estate and HDB estates in Geylang Bahru, providing greater connectivity for workers and residents.

6.      Mattar Station

Mattar station is located near the junction of Merpati Road and Mattar Road. The station has two entrances. One of the entrances leads to Merpati Road and will primarily serve Canossa Convent School, Macpherson Primary School, Masjid Sallim Mattar Mosque and those working in Kallang Pudding area. The other entrance leads to Mattar Road near the Circuit Road hawker centre (Blk 79 and 79A Circuit Road) and the Macpherson Community Club.

7.      MacPherson Station

MacPherson station is located along Circuit Link, near the junction with Circuit Road. It has two entrances and comprises three levels – concourse, mezzanine and platform. It will serve Geylang Neighbourhood Police Centre, industrial buildings and residences in the vicinity.

The new station will allow commuters to conveniently transfer to the CCL as the DTL platforms are connected directly to the CCL platform though a short escalator ride. This could be done as the bottom-most level of the DTL station was constructed along with the CCL station, allowing the two lines to be built in close proximity.

8.      Ubi Station

Ubi station is located near the junction of Ubi Avenue 1 and Ubi Avenue 2. The station has two entrances, one of which is located close to the residential estate.  The station aims to serve the nearby high-rise light industrial buildings and also supports a dense HDB estate with schools in its vicinity such as Maha Bodhi School and Manjusri Secondary School. The station exterior is bronze in colour to depict the colour of Ubi (Malay for “tapioca”).

9.      Kaki Bukit Station

Kaki Bukit station is located along Kaki Bukit Avenue 1, near the junction with Jalan Damai. The station has two entrances and comprises three levels – intermediate, concourse and platform. Utilities found within the station footprint posed challenges during the construction of the station, and they had to be relocated during different phases of excavation. The station will serve Bedok North Secondary School, Kaki Bukit Tech Park, Kaki Bukit Tech View, as well as residences along Bedok Reservoir Road, Jalan Damai and Jalan Tenaga.

10.  Bedok North Station

Bedok North station is located at Bedok North Road, near the Pan-Island Expressway flyover. The station has three entrances and comprises three levels – concourse, mezzanine and platform.

The station will serve Damai Primary School, Bedok Town Park, HDB estates and industrial buildings nearby.

11.  Bedok Reservoir Station

Bedok Reservoir station is located at Bedok Town Park, beside Bedok North Avenue 3. The station has two entrances leading to the residential blocks in the vicinity and the Bedok Town Park.

The station will serve many schools, residences and parks such as Bedok Town Park, Bedok Reservoir Park, Damai Secondary School, Bedok Green Secondary School, Red Swastika School, Yu Neng Primary School and residences along Bedok Reservoir Road.

12.  Tampines West Station

Tampines West station is located at Tampines Avenue 4, near the junction with Tampines Avenue 1. It has two entrances leading to HDB blocks nearby. Both entrances are connected directly to taxi stands, drop-off points and bicycle parks. The last tunnel boring machine (TBM) on DTL3 broke through into the Tampines West station in June 2015, marking the completion of tunnelling works along the DTL3. The station will serve Temasek Polytechnic, Junyuan Primary School, East View Primary School, Tampines Polyview and Tampines Palmspring HDB estates.

13.  Tampines Station

Tampines station is located along Tampines Central 1. The station has three entrances and comprises three levels – subway (retail level), concourse and platform.  The station is connected to the Tampines Bus Interchange and the EWL and will service commuters travelling to offices and shopping areas around the Tampines town centre. The station will also serve commercial buildings such as OCBC Tampines Centre One, AIA, Telepark, Our Tampines Hub and residences in Tampines.

14.  Tampines East Station

Tampines East station is located along Tampines Avenue 7, near the junction with Tampines Avenue 2. It has four entrances leading to the current site of Tampines Junior College and HDB blocks in the vicinity. The station will serve Tampines Junior College, Ngee Ann Secondary School, Tampines North Park and residences nearby.

15.  Upper Changi Station

Upper Changi station is located at Upper Changi Road East. At 205m, the station is the longest on the DTL3. It has four entrances and comprises three levels – concourse, intermediate, and platform. Two of the entrances are connected directly to bus stops, taxi stands, drop – off points and the bicycle park. The station will serve the Singapore University of Technology and Design and residential estates in the vicinity. For the convenience of movement between the station and SUTD, there will be an underground linkway between them.

16.  Expo Station

Expo station is located along Changi South Avenue 1, 25 metres below ground level. It has four entrances and comprises three levels. The station will primarily serve Singapore Expo and a major business hub, the Changi Business Park. As Expo connects to Changi Airport on the EWL, commuters will have an additional travel option when going to the airport.

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