Sophia Hills named Singapore’s Best Heritage and Residential Development

ISKANDAR PUTERI – Sunway Property’s joint venture development with Hoi Hup Realty Pte Ltd and SC Wong Holdings Pte Ltd, Sophia Hills was recently lauded at the Singapore Property Awards 2019 in the Heritage and Residential (Mid -Rise) Category and qualified for FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Awards 2020.

Mr Tan Wee Bee, Deputy Managing Director, Property Development Division (Iskandar & International), Sunway Berhad, (left) received the award from FIABCI Singapore President, Dr Lim Yan Yuan (right) and accompanied by past presidents Mr David Ong and Mr Peter Tan.

This is the second award for the project which had earlier received a “Special Mention” in the 2018 Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Architectural Heritage Awards (AHA). It is also Sunway Property’s 19th FIABCI award to date.

The FIABCI Prix d’Excellence recognizes projects that best embodies excellence in all the real estate disciplines involved in its creation and illustrates concretely the FIABCI ideal of ‘providing society with the optimal solution to its property needs.’ The coveted awards, deemed the ‘Oscars’ of the international real estate industry are selected by a panel comprising top real estate professionals and experts from around the world.

At the award ceremony, Deputy Managing Director, Property Development Division (Iskandar & International), Sunway Berhad, Tan Wee Bee received the awards from FIABCI Singapore President, Dr Lim Yan Yuan.

Commenting on the award, Tan said, “We are humbled by the recognition from the FIABCI Singapore chapter. Sunway Property is very much aligned to the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals where culture has a crucial role to play in the United Nation’s SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. We attribute this win to the specialists and our teams who have been a part of this conservation effort.”

Sophia Hills is a landmark development in Singapore, as it is a first-of-its-kind conservation initiative to involve three heritage buildings located on Mount Sophia, in the prestigious District 9 which includes Orchard Road.

Sophia Hills in District 9 won the Heritage and Residential (mid-rise) at the Singapore Property Awards 2019 and qualified for FAIBCI d'Excellence 2020.

Sophia Hills in District 9 won the Heritage and Residential (mid-rise) at the Singapore Property Awards 2019 and qualified for FAIBCI d’Excellence 2020.

The development comprises a new 493-unit condominium block situated on Mount Sophia which was deftly integrated with three conserved buildings. The first is an art deco building which was the original Nan Hwa Girls’ School built in 1917 and has been re-designated as a childcare centre and kindergarten. The second, Trinity Theological College Chapel which was founded in 1948, is to be converted into a restaurant.

The third, the Olson Building which was part of the Methodist Girl’s School, and was designed by Singapore’s pioneer architects in 1928 will be used as the clubhouse for the condominium development. The buildings were carefully and meticulously restored using appropriate materials, techniques and finishes.

Sunway Property had ventured into Singapore 13 years ago, in 2007. To date, Sunway Property had built 5,397 units with a gross development value (GDV) of SGD 4.9 billion (RM 14.98 bil). Currently, Sunway Property has 1,800 acres of land bank in Johor a mere five kilometres away from the Singapore Second Link via the Coastal Highway Southern Link (CHSL).

The township, Sunway Iskandar, consists of six precincts, namely The Lakeview, The Capital, The Parkview, The Riverside, The Seafront and The Marketplace – with each precinct designed to be self-sustaining integrated cities with convenient amenities. To date, Sunway Iskandar is already emerging to be a thriving city, with RM 3 billion (SGD 1 billion) worth of properties already built and in the pipeline.

This article is contributed by Sunway Property.

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