Regular activities and experiential offerings to enliven
Somerset area as part of Orchard Road plans
Singapore, 4th October 2019 – The Singapore Land Authority (SLA), Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will launch a Price and Quality tender later this month to appoint an operator to transform the car park at Grange Road (“Grange Road site”) into a dedicated and dynamic event space with complementary commercial offerings. This is part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the current suite of lifestyle and experiential offerings on Orchard Road.
This tender follows STB and URA’s trial for innovative lifestyle concepts through various pop-up events at the car park, with the first event – Flashbang street market – having taken place in December 2017. To date, six events have been held, with one more planned for the year-end festive period (see Annex A for details). These events have brought differentiated retail, dining, entertainment and lifestyle experiences to the Somerset area, and have enlivened Orchard Road. The appointment of an operator through this tender will see more regular activities in this space, thus injecting greater street-level vibrancy into the precinct.
A new plug-and-play event space
With a site area of 4,482 square metres, the Grange Road site will be converted into a plug-and-play event space, to support a diverse range of lifestyle offerings on Orchard Road. As a centrepiece in the Somerset area, the space will inject buzz and vibrancy to Orchard Road and appeal to a wide audience.
Visitors can look forward to events and activities throughout the year as the event space will play host to both commercial and non-commercial events offering differentiated retail, dining and entertainment experiences. Examples include flea markets, pop-up attractions, local entertainment and food trucks – all of which are expected to complement the existing youthful vibe of the Somerset sub-precinct.
New public space for enjoyment
On non-event days, the event space will be an area for public enjoyment. Visitors can look forward to open spaces with greenery and interesting street furniture. Please refer to Annex B for the location plan.
Price and Quality tender for greater emphasis on offerings
The tender will be in the form of Price and Quality, with a higher weightage on the latter, as it allows for a more holistic assessment of proposals. The aim is to invite ideas for new, innovative lifestyle concepts, as well as a well-designed multi-functional space that can host a wide range of exciting events, and serve as a delightful public space for social gatherings at Orchard Road.
The tender will be launched by end October 2019 and the successful tenderer will be awarded a tenure of 3+3+3 years to construct, manage and programme the site from 1 March 2020. As such, the car park will cease operations on 29 February 2020. Interested parties may email SLA_Pty_Enquiry@sla.gov.sg to register their interest, or refer to this website for more information: SPIO http://www.sla.gov.sg/spio.
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Download link to artist impression of event space: http://bit.ly/GrangeRdSite
Singapore Land Authority
Singapore Tourism Board
Urban Redevelopment Authority
About the Singapore Land Authority
Singapore Land Authority (SLA) is a statutory board with the Ministry of Law. Its mission is to optimise land resources for the social and economic development of Singapore. SLA manages some 11,000 hectares of State land and about 5,000 State buildings, which have largely been tenanted out for a variety of uses. It also manages land sales, leases, acquisitions and allocation, developing and marketing land-related information, and maintaining the national land information database through digitised land information services. Being the national land registration authority for property transactions, SLA issues and guarantees land titles in Singapore. It also manages and maintains the national land survey system, where boundaries or legal limits of properties are defined, based on a coordinated cadastre survey system. The use of geospatial information is also spearheaded by SLA through a national collaborative environment where geospatial data, policies and technologies are established and defined, thereby fostering innovation, knowledge and value creation for the Government, enterprises and community.
For more details, visit www.sla.gov.sg or find us on Facebook and Instagram @SingaporeLandAuthority.
About the Singapore Tourism Board
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is the lead development agency for tourism, one of Singapore’s key economic sectors. Together with industry partners and the community, we shape a dynamic Singapore tourism landscape. We bring the Passion Made Possible brand to life by differentiating Singapore as a vibrant destination that inspires people to share and deepen their passions.
About the Urban Redevelopment Authority
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is Singapore's land use planning and conservation agency. Our mission is ‘to make Singapore a great city to live, work and play’. We strive to create an endearing home and a vibrant city through long-term planning and innovation, in partnership with the community.
URA’s multi-faceted role includes being the main government land sales agent. We attract and channel private capital investments to develop sites that support planning, economic and social objectives. We also partner the community to enliven our public spaces to create a car-lite, people-friendly and liveable city for all to enjoy. In shaping a distinctive city, URA also promotes architecture and urban design excellence. Visit www.ura.gov.sg for more information.