79 Robinson Road achieves Temporary Occupation Permit

(Image: Capitaland) Capital Tower (left) and 79 Robinson Road (right)

79 Robinson Road secured over 70% leasing pre-commitment from multinational companies in various industries 

Developed on the site of the former CPF Building, 79 Robinson Road will be one of the most sustainable office developments in Singapore

Singapore’s latest iconic office development 79 Robinson Road, which is strategically located at the intersection of Tanjong Pagar business district and the upcoming Greater Southern Waterfront, has received its Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) on 28 April 2020. The development is jointly owned by CapitaLand, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd.

Over 70% of the development’s 518,000 square feet (sq ft) of net lettable area, primarily in the low- and mid-zone, have been taken up to date. Multinational companies occupying the newly completed Grade A office building include Allianz, EFG Bank, Howden Insurance, and William Grant & Sons amongst others. Bridge+, CapitaLand’s wholly owned coworking and flexible workspace business unit, will introduce 56,000 sq ft of collaborative spaces at 79 Robinson Road in 4Q 2020. In addition to a variety of meeting and event spaces accessible by tenants of the building, Bridge+ 79 Robinson Road offers fully furnished contemporary workspaces for companies of all sizes.

79 Robinson Road
(Image: Capitaland) Capital Tower (left) and 79 Robinson Road (right)

Mr Tan Yew Chin, CEO, Business Parks and Commercial, CapitaLand Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, said: “Developed on the site of the former CPF Building, 79 Robinson Road will be one of the most sustainable office developments in Singapore. With its one-of-a-kind kinetic-like façade, 79 Robinson Road is poised to become a new landmark in the Central Business District and symbol of Singapore’s urban renewal. The completion of 79 Robinson Road on schedule in 2Q 2020, amidst complexities caused by COVID-19 since early this year and the circuit breaker measures since April, is a testimony of our development expertise and collaborative working relationships with the main contractor, suppliers and other stakeholders in the real estate ecosystem.”

“79 Robinson Road is one of a handful of Singapore Grade A office developments completing in 2020. Driven in part by the tapering of office supply in the CBD, response for the development has been positive. Tenants are attracted to its premium workspace offerings, efficient layouts and vibrant community ecosystem, resulting in the robust leasing pre-commitment to date. We are confident that the remaining space primarily in the high-rise floors – including our double-volume Sky Village on the top floor – combined with core and flex solutions that we are offering in collaboration with Bridge+, will present an attractive proposition to companies and working professionals readying to position themselves for a business upturn in a post-COVID environment.”

Tenants at 79 Robinson Road will be taking over their premises from June 2020 onwards, after the end of the circuit breaker period, and expected to move in progressively from 3Q 2020.

One-of-a-kind design features

79 Robinson Road is designed by American architecture firm Gensler, in collaboration with Singapore’s DCA Architects.

The 180-metre tall development features a pixelated façade with panel sizes of varying sizes and tilt angles, akin to an algorithm of binary codes. Horizontal façade LED lights within the curtainwall frames enhances the dynamic and pixelated effect of 79 Robinson Road during night time. The energy-efficient façade is also designed to allow maximum light penetration while reducing solar heat gain.

Among the CBD office developments scheduled for completion in 2020, 79 Robinson Road boasts the largest floorplate at 23,000 sq ft, allowing tenants the flexibility to plan the most efficient layouts for their businesses. It is home to the city’s first in-built double-volume office space, curated for a single tenant’s use. Called the Sky Village, it occupies levels 27 and 28, greeting guests with a dramatic sea view as lift doors open.

Executives taking a breather from their workspaces can head to the Sky Terrace on level 21, where they can enjoy the coastal views or take part in community events organised by Bridge+. They can also access the building’s roof garden to enjoy stunning views of the CBD and even book the space to host exclusive events.

Developed with Singapore’s car-lite vision in mind, 79 Robinson Road will house comprehensive end-of-trip facilities at the basement for executives who wish to cycle to work. Facial recognition technology will also allow occupiers convenient and secure access to the building. The development has received the Building and Construction Authority’s Green Mark Platinum Award for its sustainable and environmentally friendly features, which include lush greenery as well as energy- and water-efficient building systems.

Strategic location

Executives working at 79 Robinson Road can enjoy sheltered access to and from Tanjong Pagar MRT station on the East-West line. The upcoming Shenton Way MRT station on the Thomson-East Coast line will also be a short 200 metres away. 79 Robinson Road is set to further benefit from the vibrancy of the upcoming Greater Southern Waterfront, a mixed-use district with residential, recreation and working spaces when completed.

Community building

Through a series of partnerships principally through Bridge+, 79 Robinson Road aims to create a vibrant collaborative ecosystem in the building and the Tanjong Pagar precinct. Bridge+ will spearhead and curate unique community-driven programmes to foster connections and interactions among its members, tenants of the building and businesses and professionals working in the CBD. One such early initiative is the seeding of a FinTech Hub at Bridge+ 79 Robinson Road. Bridge+ has inked Memorandums of Understanding with key members of the Singapore FinTech ecosystem, including the ASEAN Financial Innovation Network, FinTech Consortium, LongHash, Singapore FinTech Association, Tribe Accelerator and United Overseas Bank (UOB), to deliver programmes such as seminars, hackathons, lab crawls, industry gatherings and exhibitions to bring together the FinTech community.

Written by Ravi Chandran

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