Comcentre slated to become Singapore’s first end-to-end carbon neutral development

Singapore’s telecommunications company Singtel has announced that it is partnering with global real estate group Lendlease to transform its Comcentre headquarters into a S$3 billion world-class sustainable workplace, featuring the latest smart building and digital technologies.

The new Comcentre will be designed by a renowned team of architects including New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox. The net-zero energy development will be built in line with carbon-neutral construction principles.

In their joint statement, Singtel and Lendlease said the project is slated to become Singapore’s first end-to-end carbon neutral development, from design to construction to operations. It is forecast to be completed in 2028.

The two partners have agreed to enter into a joint venture for the redevelopment, where Lendlease will subscribe to 49% of the shares of the joint venture company in 2024 and Singtel will hold 51%. As anchor tenant, Singtel is expected to occupy about 30% of the total space.

Lendlease will provide development, construction and ongoing property and asset management services for the project. The new building is expected to have a total gross floor area in excess of 110,000 sq m, comprising two 20-storey towers of premium grade/Grade A office space with views of the CBD and surrounding Orchard precinct.

At ground level, a large sheltered arcade and vibrant urban space will offer almost 3,000 sq m of F&B, lifestyle and retail space, including Singtel’s new flagship store. The proposed design also features an elevated rooftop park providing a 300-person auditorium, a running and walking track and integrated wellness hub.

In addition, the new development will incorporate the best practices in sustainable and biophilic design, with the aim to minimise embodied, construction and operational emissions of the project. It will target the highest health, technology and sustainability ratings, including BCA Green Mark Platinum (Zero Energy), WELL Platinum and WiredScore and SmartScore ratings.

What’s more, the building will be designed to maximise natural wind flows and onsite solar generation, while creating an elevated landscape area for both the community and office tenants to enjoy.

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