Western Singapore – It isn’t all about Jurong
There is an ever increasing demand for condominiums in the west of the island – a demand that doesn’t just stem from the well-publicised developments in and around Jurong. There are several other initiatives and projects that have created, and are still creating an unprecedented and huge pool of high quality tenants and potential tenants.
Here we look at three of the most high profile.
- Science Park I & II
Located along Ayer Rajah Road, Singapore Science Park 1 was begun in 1981 as part of a government initiative to provide an environment that would encourage R&D to flourish. By the time it was completed in 1995, the facility boasted 4,600 staff working within the 240,000 sq m2 of R&D space located across more than 20 buildings.
With the success of the SSP I, development of Science Park II began before the first one had been completed. Located at a 20 hectare plot between Pasir Panjang Road and South Buona Vista Road SSP II was completed in 2002, bringing the whole workforce across both parks to as much as 10,000. Not quite half of the 270 businesses are involved predominantly in information technology, with the rest made up of companies in the chemical, electronic, food, life science, telecommunications, manufacturing and engineering technology sectors.
As well as the business premises, the park also has several green spaces as well as sporting and leisure facilities and restaurants.
- One North
Located between the CBD and Jurong, and adjacent to the National University of Singapore, One North is a 200 hectare purpose built development that houses both public and private institutions. Specifically built to promote, support and grow biomedical sciences, ICT (Infocomm technologies) media, engineering and physical sciences in Singapore. The inclusion of educational institutes, dedicated residences as well as leisure and recreational amenities means it is very much a self-contained “work, live, play and learn” environment.
One North houses 3 separate business developments, each focussing on a specific industry and technology:
Fusionopolis – the state of the art facilities at this 30 hectare development play host to businesses specialising in ICT, media, physical sciences and engineering. An important initiative at this facility is that it very much encourages the fostering of relationships between different businesses providing the perfect environment for end to end business ventures, as well as R&D and technological innovation.
Biopolis – the biomedical science hub of not just One North but for Singapore as a whole. It is home to some of the world’s largest and most prestigious companies including Abbott, Lilly, Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline, all who have their R&D base at Biopolis. The campus boasts more than 2000 scientists, drawn from all over the globe, all undertaking research.
Mediapolis – a self-contained, 19 hectare cluster specialising in interactive digital media, complete with its own specific IT infrastructure and facilities.
- National University of Singapore & National University Hospital
Established in 1905, the NUS is widely recognised as not only the best university in Asia, but one of the finest in the world. It is also home to more than 20 research centres, providing invaluable work on everything from cancer to logistics. The large campus is also home to the widely regarded NUH, which as well as serving as a tertiary hospital, also houses a clinical training and research centre for the university’s medical and dental faculties.
Upcoming New Launch Condo