Construction has started on the new Shaw Tower, which will be developed into a 200-metre future-grade mixed-use tower to rejuvenate the Downtown Core into a work-live-play precinct, acting as an extension of the Central Business District (CBD) in Singapore. Located within the Ophir-Rochor corridor, the new landmark was recognised by the 2021 International Architecture Awards for its design excellence.
Targeted for completion in 2025, the new tower is proposed to provide 435,000 square feet of Grade A office space overlooking the new CBD with a five-storey podium of retail and restaurant offerings. Community-centric facilities, including a multi-purpose hall with auditorium, meeting rooms and training facilities, will take up over 20,000 square feet.
With the aim of revolutionising Singapore’s built environment to meet contemporary needs, the tower will introduce technology-enabled sustainable features to create a scalable, pandemic-resilient and sustainable workplace. Safe and smooth access to the work area will be secured by the adoption of facial recognition; contactless entry; destination control lifts equipped with automatic ultraviolet sterilisation; and smart lighting with the Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
A critical mission of the redevelopment is to retain Shaw’s heritage of the previous tower and Beach Road’s historic characters of leisure and entertainment in its public spaces for the local community. The new Shaw Tower seeks to capture the zeitgeist of Singapore today in its sustainability journey and represent a breakthrough in how culture and history can be melded with innovative technology to bring to life the future of workplace.
The tower will also prioritise the well-being of its occupants through a biophilic design with greenery in outdoor breakout/collaboration spaces; a fitness/yoga deck; two sky terraces; and rooftop gardens. Air quality will be optimised through ultra-filtered recirculation and bi-polar ionisation while rooftop solar photovoltaic panels will generate renewable energy. With various sustainable features incorporated into the design, the new Shaw Tower will target the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Platinum (Super Low Energy) accreditation. — Construction+ Online
Source: Lendlease Media Releases