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1. Written by News on 22-08-2009 03:29
 
 
New condo to get walkway to MRT station
HOW’S this for a condominium’s selling point: Near MRT station. Complete with all-weather walkway. 
 
The new Concourse Skyline in Beach Road could be the first private housing project to have an overhead bridge linking it to Singapore’s mass transit system. 
 
Other condo projects are likely to follow, in what could be an emerging trend. 
 
Once it is completed, residents of the 99-year lease Concourse Skyline, being built on a demolished wing of the Concourse complex, will need to walk only about 200m to the Circle Line’s rebuilt (and relocated) Nicoll Highway station due to open next year. 
 
The 360-unit condo, developed by listed property group Hong Fok at an estimated $200 million, is expected to be ready by 2013. 
 
Concourse Skyline’s unique addition arose from rather unusual circumstances. The original Nicoll Highway station, which was much nearer to the Concourse, would have had an underground link to the former Concourse wing. But when the uncompleted station collapsed, killing four workers in a 2004 construction accident, plans for the underground link were scrapped. 
 
A dispute then ensued between the Land Transport Authority and Hong Fok. Neither party would comment on this, but The Straits Times understands it partly involved the condo developer wanting direct access to the new station. The issue was settled last year, resulting in the overhead residential link. 
 
Why not an underground connection? 
 
‘The new Concourse development is no longer a commercial space, and the new MRT station is much farther away,’ explained Hong Fok director S.E. Cheong. 
 
The project will be carried out in three stages, the first being the overhead bridge spanning Nicoll Highway. It was completed recently. 
 
Construction of the second stage that links the overhead bridge to the MRT station, complete with lifts and escalators, is under way. 
 
Once the Concourse Skyway nears completion, the final segment joining the condo to the bridge will be built by Hong Fok. Access to this segment will be through a secured doorway, passable only to residents. 
 
Hong Fok had already included the linkway in publicity materials for the condo. The project was launched last year just as the impact of the world financial crisis hit Singapore. Units were then priced at between $1,500 and $1,800 per sq ft. Mr Cheong said yesterday 140 units have been sold. 
 
City Developments’ massive $2.5 billion South Beach project – also in Beach Road and targeted to be up by 2016 – will also have mass transit links. A spokesman said the 3.5ha commercial-and-residential project will have underground links to both Circle Line and Downtown Line stations, as well as to CityLink Mall that connects to the City Hall station and Raffles City Shopping Centre.
 
2. Written by News on 16-10-2008 15:03
 
 
Sales in Sept
Hong Fok’s 360-unit Concourse Skyline in Beach Road saw the most sales in Sept. Out of the 100 launched units, 68 were sold at prices ranging from $1,272 psf to $1,871 psf.
 
3. Written by News on 16-09-2008 12:35
 
 
Records strong residential sales
Leading property investment and development company, Hong Fok Corporation, has received a strong response for their new Singapore residential development, the Concourse Skyline . Private previews held over the past week have sold more than 70 per cent of the apartments released in the first phase. 
 
Hong Fok Director SE Cheong said that more than 60 of the 90 apartments in the first release put on sale at private preview over the past week sold at average prices ranging from $1,500 to $1,800 per square foot.
 
4. Written by News on 10-09-2008 13:12
 
 
First phase launched
Leading property investment and development company, Hong Fok Corporation, today launched a new 360-unit residential development that offers sweeping waterway and city views, and overlooks Singapore’s newest and most exciting attractions. 
 
The Concourse Skyline will be at the centre of Singapore’s new “action” zone. Overlooking the newly developed pit lane of the Singapore GP; the proposed Singapore Sports Hub, and the upcoming Marina Bay Integrated Resort, the location will offer buyers buzz and excitement year-round. 
 
Complementing the action activities are the attractions of the nearby Singapore Flyer and the future Gardens by the Bay, and an unmatched location next to Singapore’s convention and business centre. 
 
The development, which includes 40-storey and 28-storey residential towers, is targeted at city-dwellers seeking an exciting and fast-paced lifestyle in one of Singapore’s future prime property districts. 
 
Hong Fok Director SE Cheong said the developer and marketing agents are confident the development will attract strong interest from buyers, both in Singapore and abroad. 
 
The development, designed by internationally renowned architect Philip Cox, will offer a range of one-to-four bedroom apartments, skysuites, penthouses, and super penthouses. 
 
“We believe there is strong underlying demand in the Singapore market for appropriately priced and unique developments. We believe the Concourse Skyline meets those criteria and is priced to sell.” 
 
Mr Cheong said Hong Fok was targeting an average sales price of between SGD$1,500 to SGD$1,800 per square foot (psf) for the one-to-four bedroom apartments. 
 
Concourse Skyline represents a strong investment opportunity in terms of likely capital appreciation, and we anticipate will also generate above-average rental returns to the owner.” 
 
The two 10,000 sqf-plus super penthouses, four expansive penthouses, and four unique two-storey skysuites, all with individual swimming pools, ensures the development meets the needs of a variety of buyers, Mr Cheong said. 
 
To enhance the living experience, the Concourse Skyline offers residents the opportunity to retreat to a Sky Garden on the 29th storey, or enjoy the recreational facilities of a lap pool, gym, hot spa and jacuzzi, and barbecue area on the 5th floor. 
 
The 99-year leasehold property will be previewed to selected buyers in upcoming days. 
 
Mr Cheong said the Concourse Skyline offered a front-row seat to Singapore’s action zone. 
 
“As the only significant residential development in that area, the Concourse Skyline will have unobstructed views across a ring of exciting attractions, offer the joys of waterfront living, and is at the centre of an area that has the potential to become one of Singapore’s future prime residential districts.”
 
5. Written by News on 02-09-2008 18:05
 
 
Preview later this month
Developer Hong Fok is expected to preview its Concourse Skyline in Beach Road later this month. Prices are likely to range from $1,600 to $2,000 psf, with two-bedroom units priced upwards of $1.8 million, reported The Straits Times. 
 
The 360-unit development is slated to be completed in 2013.
 

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