Singapore, 30th September 2015 – Singapore GuocoLand Limited (“GuocoLand”) signed a multi-year contract with Virgin Active for a 31,000 sq ft, state-of-the-art fitness space at Tanjong Pagar Centre. Located on the sixth floor of Guoco Tower, Virgin Active’s latest club will be opened by mid-2016, when the development is completed.
Virgin Active is the latest to join a growing group of retail, lifestyle and F&B brands taking up space at the integrated mixed use development. The global fitness club is known for its holistic approach to health and fitness and its facilities will be available to residents, hotel guests, and office workers in the building.
Mr Cheng Hsing Yao, Managing Director of GuocoLand Singapore said, “International brands such as Virgin Active will reinforce Tanjong Pagar Centre’s position as a cosmopolitan centre that offers premium quality work, living and lifestyle experiences. Virgin Active and GuocoLand share the same vision and aspiration for Tanjong Pagar Centre as a lifestyle hub in the CBD. Our office tenants will appreciate this wonderful amenity, so will our retail and F&B tenants. We will also be working with Virgin Active to develop special packages for our residents, tenants and hotel guests.”
Sitting atop the Tanjong Pagar MRT station, Tanjong Pagar Centre spans 1.7 million sq ft right in the heart of Tanjong Pagar and the Central Business District. Once completed in mid-2016, the integrated mixed use development will become the tallest building in Singapore soaring at a height of 290m.
“We are excited that our second Virgin Active outlet in Singapore will be based at Tanjong Pagar Centre which will be Singapore’s tallest building once it is completed in mid-2016. Our new outlet here will be designed with this in mind, especially the exercise studios, which will be strategically-positioned to capitalise on the great views and natural lighting. We will also be introducing new concepts which are in line with Tanjong Pagar Centre’s vision of providing modern and liveable places in the heart of the business district, as well as giving back to the community,” said Christian Mason, Managing Director, South East Asia, Virgin Active.
“We will also work with Virgin Active to organise health and fitness-related public activities and events in Tanjong Pagar Centre’s Urban Park. All these will be the building blocks towards making Tanjong Pagar Centre a model of live-work-play ‘Integrated Vertical City,” said Mr Cheng. Tanjong Pagar Centre houses a 150,000 sq ft landscaped Urban Park which can accommodate up to 2,000 people.
“The Urban Park will be an ideal location to host public fitness events such as Zumba, yoga and other exercise sessions that will be held for free. This community outreach programme that will be organised by Tanjong Pagar Centre in collaboration with Virgin Active, will benefit the people working and living in the surrounding areas, and attract people to come and enjoy the great amenities at the Centre,” added Mr Cheng.
Featuring the latest technology and equipment all in one floor, Virgin Active’s Tanjong Pagar Centre space will also set a new standard for lifestyle and fitness performance in this district. It will feature a $500,000 high altitude training studio which will simulate altitudes of up to 3,000 metres to improve the training benefit and a 200 sq m exercise studio that can accommodate up to 50 people. Both these studios will be the largest amongst Virgin Active’s gyms in Asia. Members will also have access to a 30m swimming pool which is one of the longest of its size for a commercial gym in the CBD area.
Virgin Active’s design will also incorporate many energy conservation elements in line with Tanjong Pagar Centre’s heavy focus on sustainability. Awarded the Platinum Green Mark Award and LEED Platinum pre-certification, the development has been designed to achieve overall energy savings of 32% and water conservation of 35%.
Tanjong Pagar Centre integrates 890,000 sq ft of premium Grade A office space, a 100,000 sq ft dynamic lifestyle and F&B component, 181 luxurious homes, 222 luxury 5-star hotel rooms and a 150,000 sq ft landscaped Urban Park. Designed by world renowned architectural firm, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the development has also been honoured with the World Architecture News (WAN) Mixed-Use Award.