The design was said to be inspired by “the beauty of the site’s surrounding nature, especially the much-loved Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, which is close by”, according to Far East in a statement. “Our vision is to create a bustling and vibrant urban village nestled within lushly landscaped gardens and spaces.,” adds the developer. “The towers are carefully positioned so that many of the future residents will be able to enjoy panoramic unblocked views of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.”
The development will have about 20,000 sqm (215,280 sq ft) commercial podium with a mix of retail, F&B and offices. There will be a 1,800 sqm (19,375 sq ft) plaza that can be used to host various community and special events. The mixed-use development will include 700 residential units, many of which will enjoy unblocked panoramic views of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve; about 150 serviced apartments; as well as another 2,000 sqm (215,280 sq ft) of community space that will be designed as “an intergeneration hub” for seniors, youth and children.
The entire mixed-use development will be linked to an integrated transport hub with a new Beauty World Bus Interchange, a direct underground pedestrian link to the Beauty World MRT Station on the Downtown Line and include childcare and after-school care services. “It will become a key transport hub for the greater Bukit Timah precinct,” says Far East’s Boey.
The second highest bid for the Jalan Anak Bukit site was submitted by a joint venture between Singapore-listed property group Wing Tai Holdings and Mercatus Commercial Trust, which is in turn linked to Mercatus Co-operative Ltd, the real estate subsidiary of NTUC Enterprise. The third bidder was Kuok Group’s Allgreen Properties and Kerry Properties (See table below).
“The blended land cost including residential, commercial and community use is $989 psf ppr, after accounting for location and market sentiments,” comments Mark Yip, CEO of Huttons Asia. “It is a mere 1.7% higher than the second bidder, which means that this is a fair market price.”