SINGAPORE – CapitaLand opened its 29-storey Grade A office building at 79 Robinson Road in the heart of the central business district on Friday January 14.
Built on the site of the former CPF building, the prime office development comes with smart features such as a touchless lift system and is designed with sustainability in mind with energy saving features .
It is jointly owned by the Singaporean property giant and its Japanese partners Mitsui & Co and Tokyo Tatemono and currently has around 93% committed occupancy.
Sixteen multinationals from various sectors such as banking, law, aviation and telecommunications have signed up as tenants. These include Allianz, BOC Aviation, EFG Bank and Howden Insurance.
An exclusive duplex office space on the 27th and 28th floors, called The Sky Village, is occupied by Boston Consulting Group.
Tenants also have access to Bridge+, CapitaLand’s flexible workspace and community platform that occupies 56,000 square feet over three floors. It has a second location in the Ascent building at the Singapore Science Park.
Shared offices, private suites, meeting rooms and collaborative spaces have been available for rent at 79 Robinson Road since January last year. A flexible office costs $550 per month and an office in a private suite starts at $850 per month.
Event organizers who have turned to hybrid events can also use Bridge+ spaces, which offer live streaming equipment.
Bridge+ currently has over 30 member companies. Bridge+ members at 79 Robinson Road include the Bank for International Settlements Innovation Hub, fintech firm BondEvalue and The FinLab, UOB’s innovation accelerator.
With hybrid working arrangements now part of the new normal, developers and designers need to rethink how they build and design workplaces, for example by providing more collaborative spaces, National Development Minister Desmond said. Lee, who was the guest of honor at the launch.
“I am happy to know that 79 Robinson Road is well equipped with Bridge+… (which) integrates conventional office spaces and flexible spaces, such as coworking and meeting spaces.”
Mr. Lee added that the ministry will study trends such as working from home or working outside the office, and how they may shape land use. He also engaged developers in conversations about the impact of hybrid working arrangements on development plans.
The building, which received the Green Mark Platinum award from the Building and Construction Authority, was designed to reduce carbon footprint, in line with the sustainability targets of the Singapore Green Plan 2020.
For example, it uses double-glazed glass which reduces exterior heat permeating interior spaces, reducing the need for air conditioning. Spot lights also adjust their intensity based on the amount of sunlight available.