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    Published March 19, 2008

    MGPA's Marina View project to cost $5b

    Devt to have over 2.6m sq ft in two towers of more than 40 storeys each


    MACQUARIE Global Property Advisors (MGPA) will spend about $2 billion building a commercial complex on two development sites at Marina View that it clinched last year.

    On the drawing board: Artist's impression of MGPA's Marina View project which will have a 250-room hotel

    With the sites having cost close to $3 billion, the total investment will be around $5 billion.

    MGPA bid for the two sites at separate public tenders just three months apart. It paid $1,409 per square foot per plot ratio (ppr) for the first parcel in September 2007 and $952.90 psf ppr for the second in November that year.

    The second parcel does come with a requirement to provide a hotel component.

    Speaking at the building agreement signing ceremony yesterday, MGPA CEO (Asia Investments) Simon Treacy said that there could be more bargains in the offing here.

    'The next six to nine months will have even better pricing available,' he said.

    Mr Treacy did not give details of future acquisitions here but was bullish on the office sector, where he believes rents can rise between 10 and 25 per cent this year.

    MGPA's Marina View development is expected to have a total gross floor area (GFA) of more than 2.6 million sq ft in two 40-storey-plus towers with a 20-metre-high podium.

    According to the conditions of the tender, at least 70 per cent of the GFA of the first site must be developed as office space. The second site must have at least 60 per cent office space.

    Also speaking at yesterday's ceremony was MGPA CEO (Asia Developments) Michael Wilkinson, who revealed that there will be a 250-room luxury hotel. He also said that the retail podium is likely to have a significant number of F&B outlets to support the offices.

    While a residential component is allowed, Mr Wilkinson said that this is not likely at the moment. However, he said that the design has not been finalised and MGPA is having 'extensive discussions' with the authorities to settle this.

    MGPA has invested about $4.5 billion in Singapore over the last 15 months. Other major acquisitions include Temasek Tower, which it bought for $1.04 billion in March 2007.

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    Macquarie Global Property unveils plans for Marina View land parcels

    By Rachel Kelly, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 18 March 2008 2157 hrs

    SINGAPORE : Macquarie Global Property Advisors (MGPA) says it expects office rentals in Singapore to remain hot, jumping by 10 to 25 percent this year.

    The Australian private equity real estate fund management firm is converting two plots of land at Marina View into twin office blocks. The two towers, expected to be completed in 2012, will also house a luxury five-star hotel.

    These land parcels drew top dollars from Macquarie Global Property last year. Costing a total of S$3 billion, the sites will soon enjoy a S$5 billion makeover.

    Site B, which Macquarie won last December for just under S$953 million, and Site A, for S$2 billion in September - are both on a 99-year lease.

    Formerly known as Marina View Parcels A and B, the two-hectare site will be transformed into twin luxury office buildings, one of which will also house a 220-room five-star hotel.

    Macquarie expects to announce in the next 3 to 4 months who they will be working with on the hotel.

    It says the towers, due to be completed between 2011 and 2012, are well-timed to catch the growing demand for office space.

    Simon Treacy, CEO, Asia Investments, MGPA, said: "I think around Asia, we are extremely busy - we see good value emerging around the region. In Singapore, we also think that there will be increased demand in the office sector - rents are likely to grow 10 to 25 percent this year.

    "I think over the medium term, people will be surprised because they've underestimated the demand in Singapore for modern international grade office space.

    "And we've seen that in Japan for 2003 and this year in Hong Kong. And, I think it's a reflection of the solid economy of Singapore and the ongoing growth in a lot of the financial service sectors and wealth management in particular."

    The towers will be more than 40 storeys high and designed by Australian architect Denton Corker Marshall, who also designed the Melbourne Museum and the Australian Embassy in Beijing.

    About 60 percent of both buildings will be set aside for office use: Tower A will house 130,000 square metres, and Tower B, 113,580 square metres.

    Besides this project, Macquarie Global Property says it is looking out for other bargains.

    Mr Treacy said: "I think over the last two years, a lot of investors have probably overlooked and undervalued Southeast Asia. I think now people are seeing very good fundamentals down here, and I think our timing was very good in making a number of acquisitions. We still think there is a very good value in buying... over the next 6-9 months."

    Office rentals in Singapore have been surging because of growing demand and a lack of supply. But more office space is expected to enter the market.

    The government is targeting to double office space in the Central Business District to an estimated 2.82 million square metres. - CNA/ch

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