Sunday, May 30, 2010

Straits Times: Singapore developers score big

May 28, 2010 
Singapore developers score big 
City Developments, Far East Organization, UOL and Keppel Land win international prizes for their buildings
By tay suan chiang 

Four Singapore property developers were winners in this year's Fiabci Prix d'Excellence Competition, considered as the Olympics of the international real estate industry.

The Sail @ Marina Bay by City Developments came out tops in the Residential (High Rise) category. Far East Organization (FEO) won two accolades: a top award for Central at Clarke Quay in the Office category and a runner-up prize for its Square 2/Novena Medical Centre in the Specialised Project category.

UOL Group also clinched two awards. Its Pan Pacific Suzhou was tops in the Hotel category, while its one-north Residences was a runner-up in the Residential (High Rise) category.

Rounding off the list was Keppel Land, which bagged a runner-up prize in the Residential (Low Rise) category for its Jakarta Garden City project.

Indonesian Vice-President Boediono handed out the awards in Bali last night. Fiabci is the French acronym for the International Real Estate Federation, which organises the annual Prix d'Excellence to recognise excellence in property development. Entries are judged on five criteria: global concept, architecture and design, development and construction, community benefit and environmental impact, and financials and marketing. 

There were 54 entries this year, with 12 winners and 12 runner-ups. Other winners included Hungary's Chemical Research Building and Malaysia's Adiva Parkhomes, Courtyard Terraces & Apartments.

On the projects by Singapore developers, Mr Yeow Thit Sang, president of the awards, said: 'They are of high standards and world-class quality.'

* Strong track record

Dr Steven Choo, chief executive officer of the Real Estate Developers' Association of Singapore, said: 'It is testimony to the outstanding quality real estate that our members consistently create and a ringing endorsement of Singapore's presence as a global city of distinction in urban design and development.'

Singapore has been a strong Fiabci award winner. Past winners include Republic Plaza office tower, St Regis hotel and Esplanade Theatres On The Bay.

Said Mr Ashvinkumar Kantilai, president of the Singapore Institute of Architects: 'Our consistent success in the Fiabci awards over the years is proof of the maturing architectural design environment in Singapore. 

'Over the years, the synergy among the developers, architects and contractors, with support from the Government, has helped to leapfrog Singapore's international standing in producing and delivering creative, innovative and sustainable design solutions.'

This year marks FEO's sixth time winning the awards, the most by any Singapore developer since they were introduced in 1992. Its past winners include residential projects Orchard Scotts, Gardenville and The Bayshore as well as The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and Far East Square.

While the accolade is handed out to developers, Mr Chng Kiong Huat, FEO's executive director for development and planning, said the awards give end-users 'peace of mind that the developer can build and deliver'.


- Pan Pacific Suzhou 
Fiabci Prix d'Excellence Award winner

Located in the south-eastern part of the Ping Jiang District in Suzhou, Pan Pacific Suzhou, a winner in the Hotel category, sits in a strategic location and combines architectural grandeur with exquisite garden features.

The design of the five-star, 481-room hotel shows sensitivity to its environment and ingenuity in integrating the old and new elements.

- one-north Residences 
Fiabci Prix d'Excellence Award runner-up

A runner-up in the Residential (High Rise) category, the 405-unit one-north Residences is part of the larger one-north master plan in Singapore. 

One-north is a 200ha development centred on knowledge-based industries that provide a stimulating and creative physical environment in which to live, congregate, interact and exchange ideas. 

The condominium is arranged around a large courtyard to make the most of the surrounding park views.


- Central 
Fiabci Prix d'Excellence Award winner

Shoppers may gripe about finding it hard to locate the shops in the mall of this development, but Central, completed in 2008, is a Fiabci winner in the Office category.

It introduced the first-of-its-kind purpose-built Small Office Home Office (Soho) units - functional and versatile spaces for office and residential use.

Central comprises two Soho towers, a 25-storey office block, a sky garden, recreational facilities and a retail podium. 

It has attracted a vibrant community of entrepreneurial businesses including consultants and professionals in the legal, information technology, logistics, recruitment, education and fashion industries.

- Square 2/Novena Medical Centre 
Fiabci Prix d'Excellence Award runner-up

This project is the first of its kind in Singapore: a medical centre with a retail podium and which is connected directly to a hospital. It is a runner-up in the Specialised Project (Purpose-built) category.

The retail segment, called Square 2, has five floors offering a variety of shops and restaurants. Its basement level connects directly to the Novena MRT station.

The Novena Medical Centre has 145 clinics located on four floors. Facilities include day surgery and diagnostic radiology centres. An air-conditioned overhead linkway connects Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore's second-largest public hospital, to the third-level lift lobby of the medical centre.


- The Sail @ Marina Bay 
Fiabci Prix d'Excellence Award winner

A winner in the Residential (High Rise) category, The Sail @ Marina Bay was designed by renowned Norwegian/ American architect Peter Pran. 

Consisting of two 70- and 63-storey towers housing 1,111 apartments in all, it is Singapore's tallest residential development.

The towers have a unique sculptural form and their waterfront location gives home owners clear views of the Marina Bay area.


- Jakarta Garden City 
Fiabci Prix d'Excellence Award runner-up

Located a 35-minute drive from downtown Jakarta, Jakarta Garden City consists of 8,000 houses with facilities such as shopping malls and a market in its compound. It is a runner-up in the Residential (Low Rise) category.

It is modelled after 'clean, green Singapore' and will be developed as 'the ideal integrated township to live, work, play and learn in'. It is Indonesia's first township to be designed with a green lifestyle theme and will have eco-friendly features.

Team Marshe
Martin Koh/ Sherry Tang
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