GuocoLand to transform Lentor Hills with bid win for prime Lentor Central site
Bringing its signature expertise in transit-oriented mixed-use developments from Singapore’s city centre to the Thomson area, GuocoLand Limited (“GuocoLand”) will spearhead the transformation of the Lentor Hills neighbourhood, following its success in securing the 185,899 square feet (equivalent to 17,279.9 square metres) Lentor Central land parcel. The parcel will yield a maximum permissible gross floor area of 651,001 sq ft.
The site is located within the new Lentor Hills estate, a tranquil neighbourhood of predominantly landed homes and low- to mid-rise condominiums. It is also close to several nature reserves and parks. As such, residents of GuocoLand’s development will enjoy unblocked views of greenery in the vicinity and the landed homes enclave. The neighbourhood will also feature new parks with seamless pedestrian and cycling connectivity.
GuocoLand will be developing the site as a mixed-use development of three 25-storey towers with around 600 residential units, including a double-volume sky terrace in each tower. The ground floor will offer more than 96,000 sq ft of commercial, F&B and retail spaces.
The development will be integrated with the upcoming Lentor mass rapid transit (MRT) station. Residents of the GuocoLand development and the neighbourhood can look forward to the convenience of having a wide range of F&B and retail options at their doorstep, including a supermarket and childcare facilities.
The Lentor central site development is expected to be ready for launch in the second half of 2022.
Mr Cheng Hsing Yao, Chief Executive Officer of the GuocoLand Group, said, “We are known to transform neighbourhoods, as can be seen in Tanjong Pagar and the upcoming Midtown area at Bugis-Beach Road. We see immense potential for this project to redefine the Lentor Hills area as an exciting residential and lifestyle destination.”
Mr Paul Ho, chief officer at iCompareLoan, said: “Guocoland is an award-winning developer and trusted to bring its experience in successful mixed-use developments to the lush premium residential enclave at the Lentor central site.”
Lentor central site to have direct access to Thomson-East Coast Line and connected to all major MRT Lines
The upcoming development will be seamlessly integrated with the Lentor MRT station, which is part of Stage 2 of the Thomson-East Coast Line (“TEL”), scheduled to begin operations on 28 August 2021. When the TEL is completed around 2025, residents will have convenient access to many parts of the island, from Bukit Timah, Botanic Gardens, Orchard Road to Marina Bay and the East Coast.
In addition, residents will be able to connect to all of the major lines – Circle Line, Downtown Line, North East Line, North-South Line and the East-West Line – via the TEL. Both the residential and retail components of the upcoming development will be able to tap into a huge and affluent catchment.
Close to Nature
The 1.7-hectare Lentor Central plot is close to vast tracts of nature reserves and parks, including the 50-hectare Thomson Nature Park, Bishan Park, Upper Seletar Reservoir Park, Lower Seletar Reservoir Park and Lower Peirce Reservoir Park. In the future, residents will enjoy Hillock Park and Linear Park, both to be just a stone’s throw away from the development.
With growing interest in living close to nature for health and wellness benefits, this proximity to nature will be a big attraction for buyers.
Schools for children of all ages
Families with school-going children will find the development well-connected to established schools, including Anderson Primary School, CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School, Catholic High School, Raffles Institution, Presbyterian High School and Anderson Serangoon Junior College, as well as tertiary institutions and international schools such as Nanyang Polytechnic and the French International School.
Ms Dora Chng, General Manager (Residential) at GuocoLand, said: “With our upcoming mixed-use development, we will bring fresh ideas to the neighbourhood while paying homage to the location and the lush greenery in the vicinity. The development will provide the Lentor Hills community with new amenities and great convenience, while pushing boundaries in the realms of liveability and sustainability, principles for which Guocoland has become renowned.”
Strong track record in transit-oriented, mixed-use developments
GuocoLand has a stellar track record in developing large-scale, integrated mixed-use developments and high-end quality residential developments. The Group’s flagship Guoco Tower is a “vertical city” with Grade A office space, luxury residences, six storeys of retail and dining options, a five-star business hotel and an urban park directly above the Tanjong Pagar MRT station.
The upcoming Guoco Midtown, built above the Bugis interchange MRT station, will transform the Beach Road-Bugis district with its 30-storey Grade A office tower, three retail clusters, 30 thematic gardens and landscape areas, as well as two high-end condominiums – Midtown Bay and Midtown Modern. The latter saw more than 60 per cent of its 558 units sold during the first weekend of its launch in March 2021.
Martin Modern, GuocoLand’s luxury condominium at Robertson Quay, has recently obtained its Temporary Occupation Permit (“TOP”). The 450-unit residential development is currently 97 per cent sold.
The 99-year leasehold site at Lentor Central was acquired through the 1H2021 Government Land Sales Programme for a tender price of approximately $784.1 million. The public tender was launched on 15 April 2021 and closed on 22 July 2021.