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.