A former military parade square in Sentosa will be turned into a hotel by Far East Organisation, adding to the island's cluster of repurposed conservation buildings.
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Here is the press release from Sentosa Development Corporation:
Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) has awarded the tender for the hotel site at Artillery Avenue to Far East Organisation Centre Pte. Ltd., a member of Far East Organisation (FEO), to develop what would be the latest addition to Sentosa Island's cluster of conserved buildings that have been repurposed as hotels.
The land parcel was offered for sale on a 60-year lease term. This new hotel development will bring the total number of room keys on Sentosa to 3,800, including the hotels in the integrated resort. The tendered amount is based on an upfront land premium of S$32million plus a guaranteed annual payment of S$3.7million* or 10 per cent of the total annual gross revenue, whichever is higher.
Spanning an area of about 45,000 sqm (484,400 sqft), the land parcel has a maximum permissible gross floor area of about 36,000 sqm (387,500 sqft), subject to the payment of development charge/differential premium. The site was once a military parade square and includes six blocks of barracks and a coach park. As the parade square and barracks have been gazetted for conservation, FEO will have to adhere to heritage and conservation requirements in its development of the hotel site.
In addition, as part of its ecotourism plan, SDC requires all its developers to create a seamless environment with the site's existing forested environment, including a mandate to preserve any heritage trees that lie within the property.
FEO's proposal by ARC Studio was selected from four submissions which SDC received for the tender exercise based on a two-envelope system requiring the quality and pricing components of each proposal to be submitted separately for evaluation. Mr Benjamin Chia, Divisional Director of Property at Sentosa Development Corporation said, "FEO's proposal by ARC Studio is distinctive and has best merit amongst the tendered schemes, while using the site in the most elegant manner in compliance with our tender requirements."
Mr Chng Kiong Huat, Executive Director of Property Services, Far East Organisation said, "The dynamism of the site at Artillery Avenue, given its historical richness, ambient greenery and rapidly evolving gentrification, presents the perfect backdrop for us to create an exciting hospitality product with a new brand. The development, to be named The Outpost, will integrate two hotels with a total of 700 rooms.
"Embodying the transformation of its locale as a conduit linking the past, present and future generations, The Outpost features a new modern hotel development where classic historical elements and architectural form are brought alive to create hip, stylish and efficient spaces. The architecture of what was once the Blakang Mati Artillery barracks and the Parade Square, along with heritage and protected trees in its environs, will be conserved and will breathe new life as a premium vintage hotel wing. To reinforce Sentosa's position as Singapore's favourite resort destination, we will also offer a specially tailored hotel for families and corporate MICE groups under a branding that will best fit this unique site."
FEO has an established track record of developing and managing hospitality assets, as well as repurposing conservation buildings for contemporary use. Since 1990, FEO and its Hong Kong-based sister company Sino Group have successfully restored and revitalised five projects for adaptive reuse -
The Fullerton Heritage, Tai O Heritage Hotel (Hong Kong), Far East Square, Village Hotel Albert Court and Townerville.
FEO is also the sponsor for Far East Hospitality Trust (Far East H-Trust), which comprises Singapore's largest diversified hospitality portfolio by asset value, with 12 properties totalling 2,829 hotel rooms and serviced residence units. FEO intends to offer The Outpost as a major pipeline project for the Far East HTrust.
This tender award marks the fourth hotel that will retain the charm of Sentosa's colonial past. The existing hotels in this cluster - Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa, Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa and Capella Singapore, together with FEO's new hotel, will allow Sentosa to be distinguished as a world-class heritage resort destination providing differentiated hospitality experience options to tourists, business travellers and Singaporeans.
The hotel development is also part of SDC's continuous efforts to rejuvenate and refresh its offerings on the island as well as to position it as a premier leisure destination. Situated on elevated ground, the hotel site overlooks the Palawan Beach and the sea off the southern end of Sentosa, providing for spectacular views. Upon completion in 2018, hotel guests will have the convenience of being a short walk away from the beach, many of Sentosa's attractions and a myriad of F&B outlets. The island's various transport choices - the Sentosa Express, beach tram and buses - will also be just minutes away.