Sep 16, 2019
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It is the only Singapore project amongst the 11 winners, which include projects from countries such as China, Russia and the United States.

Guoco Tower, the flagship mixed-use development of GuocoLand Limited, bagged the 2019 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Awards of Excellence. It is the only Singapore project amongst the 11 winners, which include projects from countries such as China, Russia and the United States.

The winners “demonstrate a comprehensive level of quality and a forward-looking approach to development and design”, said GuocoLand in a release.

It noted that the award also recognised Guoco Tower’s “continual efforts in placemaking – where the development has gone above and beyond for the community, and has been a catalyst in the rejuvenation of Tanjong Pagar”.

At 290m, Guoco Tower is Singapore’s tallest building. The mixed-use development comprises premium Grade A offices, retail and F&B space, an Urban Park, luxury homes at Wallich Residence and 5-star Sofitel Singapore City Centre.

Serving as the gateway connecting the central business district and the Tanjong Pagar district, the tower created a dynamic community while becoming a key catalyst in the rejuvenation of the area. The developer, for instance, set aside 150,000 sq ft for the Urban Park to bring ample public space to a dense urban centre at Tanjong Pagar.

Featuring a 16-metre high glass canopy, the Urban Park comes with in-built lighting and sound systems and could house up to 2,000 people.

“GuocoLand is fully committed to support the Live-Work-Play concept through a series of events programming at the Urban Park. They focus on three core pillars – fitness, music and play. These have created opportunities for people to connect and engage during the work week, and on weekends,” said the release.

Guoco Tower, for example, collaborated with Japan Rail Café for various events, such as ‘Autumn in the Train’ and ‘The Sakura Lounge’ while anchor tenant Virgin Active organised weekly group fitness programmes like Body Combat and Zumba.

Guoco Tower won the ULI Asia Pacific Awards for Excellence in June 2019. Other notable awards received by the development this year include the Best Design Land Transport Integration by Land Transport Authority; and the Award of Excellence Winner for Urban Habitat: Single-Site Scale by The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

 

Agnes Ong  at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact her about this or other stories, email agnes.ong@propertyguru.com.sg

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