Rochester Commons Development by End 2021

In Rochester Park near one-north Eden at Buona Vista, a cluster of 12 black-and-white bungalows will be used to house food and retail outlets and offices, as part of an upcoming integrated development being built by the end of 2021, called Rochester Commons.

The developer Capitaland, said in a press statement yesterday that this will be Singapore’s first campus-style mixed development, a 400,000 square feet project set on 2.4 hectares of lushly landscaped grounds in one-north.

Of the 12 heritage bungalows, five will be for retail and F&B usage, leased out to F&B operators, while the remaining seven will be for offices.

Capitaland will spend around SGD$550 million to develop Rochester Commons, and will manage it too.

Designed by global architecture firm Gensler, the project will feature a 17-storey Grade A office tower with over 200,000 sq ft of core and flex working spaces, as well as a hotel. The hotel will be operated by CapitaLand’s subsidiary, The Ascott Limited, under its Citadines Connect brand.

Catapult

Another key feature of the project will be Catapult. This will be South-east Asia’s first shared executive learning centre, using technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality (VR) to deliver training programmes.

The centre will focus on areas such as innovation and leadership, and is aimed at equipping company executives with with future-ready skills, and grooming them for leadership agility.

Mr Tan Yew Chin, CEO, CapitaLand Singapore, said: “As companies and individuals adapt to the post Covid-19 environment, executive education and re-skilling will be increasingly important.”

He added that: “Catapult at Rochester Commons is well-positioned to cater to this demand with programmes that focus on leadership development and grooming of talent for regional and senior roles. More than just a standalone learning facility, Catapult is designed to facilitate cross-learning and networking in a state-of-the-art campus. Catapult will also feature an online platform where learners and knowledge providers can learn, co-create and innovate for the future economy.”

Before its launch at Rochester Commons next year, Catapult has already started hosting learning programme pilots since early 2019 last year. These pilots are curated and jointly conducted with knowledge partners, offering potential clients a preview of the courses that will be made available at Catapult.

The development of Rochester Commons is basically in line with the Singapore Government’s vision for a world-class learning eco-system in the knowledge and research hub of one-north. Arising from all this will be greater demand for long-term accommodation in the neighbourhood as more jobs are created, to be met by projects such as the One-north Eden condo and One-north Residences.

Rochester Commons will incorporate a single digital identity access that allows staff and tenants to move through the whole development using QR code scanning, facial recognition, or access cards.

Property managers can also access a cloud-based intelligent building platform to extract space and energy usage data, to optimise buildings for user comfort.

Similarly, the 135-unit Citadines Connect Rochester Singapore hotel will provide guests with a seamless tech-enabled experience using self check-in kiosks, mobile keys, and service robots that can perform concierge tasks.

In one-north, CapitaLand presently manages Singapore Science Park 1 and 2, and Galaxis, an office building with a retail podium. While its lodging arm, The Ascott Limited under the Citadines Connect brand, runs Citadines Fusionopolis Singapore, and will manage the upcoming lyf one-north Singapore, that will complement the upcoming one-north Eden condo development.

For more details, read Capitaland’s press release on the Rochester Commons project.

Source: The Straits Times . 10 September 2020