SINGAPORE – City Developments Ltd (CDL) has unveiled its recently revamped Republic Plaza (RP) following a comprehensive $70 million advantage improvement initiative (AEI) that started in April 2018. While RP had undergone several improvements, this is its first significant facelift because the building has been completed in 1996. It’s a total gross floor area of approximately 1.1 million sq feet and total net lettable area of 780,000 sq ft. The RP revamp is the next AEI which CDL has undertaken as part of its expansion, improvement, transformation (G-E-T) plan. Last year, CDL completed a $30 million AEI for Le Grove Serviced Residences, reconfiguring the first 97-unit land into 173 serviced flats for rent.

More retail and F&B alternatives

RP’s AEI carries a significant makeover of its principal lobby, coming frontage, person lift lobbies, in addition to lift modernisation. This was completed by partly reversing its car-park area. CDL also reworked RP’s public place designs to enhance pedestrian traffic, and technical specifications have been upgraded to accommodate to much more F&B offerings.

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After the revamp, RP currently has 24,100 sq feet of retail space over three levels at which near 40 F&B and retail outlets are located. More than 80% of the retail tenants are somewhat brand new to RP, while returning tenants comprise TWG Tea, Pâtisserie Glacé, The Herbal Bar and Bose. Meanwhile, there are numerous new-to-market theories like Heybo, Shin Donburi, BIGDADDY and SUKHUMVIT 100. The newest retail enclave also offers customisable grab-and-go theories like SIMPLEburger Inc, MOJO and Wok Hey.

CityNexus — intelligent construction app

Aside from fostering its retail offerings, CDL has created CityNexus, a wise building app that improves the consumer experience of renters. Together with the app, tenants may get value added services like building access, meeting room reservation, air-con extension requests and construction feedback submissions. The app also enables tenants to supply their guests with immediate turnstile entrance and reserve dedicated VIP parking lots.

CityNexus comprises an”order-pay-collect” role that allows workplace tenants to preorder their foods out of RP’s F&B sockets and informs them if the pick-up is prepared. CDL has also collaborated with United Overseas Bank to give F&B tenants with digital and financial solutions which match the recorder function. This assists tenants to streamline their trade workflow, enhance operational efficiency and earn real time insights in their finances.

Beyond commercial distance

Together with the launch of the revamped RP, a Creator’s Gallery was unveiled to honor the late Kwek Hong Png, creator of the Hong Leong Group, CDL’s parent firm. Located at the primary entry of RP, the gallery encapsulates his accomplishments and philanthropic gifts and pays tribute to one of Singapore’s pioneer industry leaders.

Continuing his heritage of entrepreneurship, RP is currently offering a platform to encourage aspiring social innovators. This complements CDL’s dedication to sustainability.