Tanjong Pagar Centre and Guoco Tower

Tanjong Pagar Centre is a 64-storey mixed-use project by GuocoLand. Standing at 290m it is Singapore’s tallest building. The development is estimated to cost around $3.2 billion, including the land cost. It is located on top of Tanjong Pagar MRT station in Singapore’s central business district. The maximum building height allowed in Singapore is 280m but somehow GuocoLand obtained permission to add an extra 10m to the height restriction.

GuocoLand is controlled by Malaysian billionaire Quek Leng Chan. The company paid $1.71 billion for the site in February 2011. GuocoLand is also developing Damansara City just outside Kuala Lumpur, a massive and very impressive development.

• Tanjong Pagar Centre is on FACEBOOK

The development consists of an office tower, residences, retail space and a hotel. The office tower is known as Guoco Tower. It occupies 38 storeys and have 850,000 sq ft (79.000 sqm) of lettable space.

Architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, SOM, is involved in the design of the project.

Wallich Residence with 181 units, on top of Guoco Tower, occupies level 39 to 64, from the 180m mark to 290m. Since the launch until January 2016 only 16 units have been sold at an average price of about $3,200 per sq ft, this equals $34,444 per sqm or 861,000 baht per sqm.

These are the components of the integrated mixed-use project:

• Wallich Residence at Tanjong Pagar Centre
• Guoco Tower
• Sofitel Singapore City Centre (hotel with 222 rooms)
• Retail and F&B space

• The project’s Official WEBSITE

The project started construction in June 2012. The main building contractor is South Korean conglomerate Samsung C&T Corp, a company that has worked on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and KL118 in Kuala Lumpur.

• Construction start: June 2012
• Building start to rise: October 2013
• Topping off: 13 January 2016
• Project completion: Mid 2016

The team involved:

• Developer: GuocoLand
• Architect: SOM
• Main contractor: Samsung C&T Engineering & Construction

Tanjong Pagar Centre in the media:

The Straits Times (May 2013)
The Straits Times (January 2016)

In Thailand the online community is feeling ecstatic about MahaNakhon, the tallest building in Bangkok standing at 313 metres. It is my understanding that Tanjong Pagar Centre is not enjoying the same privileges despite belonging to the same category of projects. Many people simply don’t know of the project’s existence. Both are very important developments and in my opinion Tanjong Pagar Centre deserves more media attention.

Published 11 February 2016

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