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Pan Pacific Hotels Group to open flagship PARKROYAL in Singapore – PARKROYAL on Pickering

Published Date: 5 April 2011

Singapore, 5 April, 2011 - Pan Pacific Hotels Group announced today that it will open its flagship PARKROYAL hotel — PARKROYAL on Pickering, a PARKROYAL Collection hotel on Upper Pickering Street in Singapore in 2012.

Designed by award-winning design firm WOHA, PARKROYAL on Pickering features a hotel-in-a-garden concept and sustainable features that have earned it a Green Mark Platinum score, the nation's highest green rating. WOHA are the architects behind iconic buildings such as The Met in Bangkok, and in Singapore, the School of the Arts and Stadium Mass Rapid Transit Station.

Located at the key gateway into the Central Business District and the Raffles Place financial hub, the 363-room property lies close to bustling Chinatown. Waterfront entertainment and restaurant options along the Singapore River are also easily accessible.

This flagship hotel, which boasts an investment cost of close to S$350million, will feature a dedicated wellness floor with a day spa, a 300m nature trail and waterfall walk, an expansive pool terrace, a state-of-the-art gymnasium as well as a business centre with full secretarial services. Guests can also unwind at a rooftop bar which offers spectacular 360-degree views of the city skyline.

Amongst its green features are rainwater harvesting, automatic sensors to regulate energy and water usage, and solar cells that will power landscape lighting. Greenery features prominently in the hotel's design concept; lofty four-storey tall skygardens, spread throughout the building's façade bring lush greenery directly to the rooms and internal spaces. In total, the property will boast 15,000 sq metres of skygardens, reflecting pools, waterfalls, planter terraces and green walls. A diverse variety of greenery ranging from shade trees, tall palms flowering plants, leafy shrubs and overhanging creepers will come together to create a lush tropical setting – extending the green areas from Hong Lim Park and encouraging bio-diversity in the city.

"The design of PARKROYAL on Pickering demonstrates how we can not only conserve greenery in our high-rise city centre but multiply it in a manner that is architecturally striking, integrated and sustainable," said Donovan Soon, Senior Associate of WOHA. "It underpins our garden city image and will set Singapore as a world leader on the stage of green high-rise developments. The soft foliage and sensuous curves of the skygardens will come together with the crisp, streamlined glazed tower forms to create an arresting architecture."

"With its awe-inspiring design features, this is a brand-defining hotel for PARKROYAL," said A. Patrick Imbardelli, President and Chief Executive of Pan Pacific Hotels Group. "We are delighted to have WOHA behind our flagship hotel and are looking forward to the hotel redefining the skyline in the area, and setting new standards for the PARKROYAL brand."

Pan Pacific Hotels Group currently owns and operates three other PARKROYAL properties in Singapore – PARKROYAL on Beach Road, PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road and PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Singapore.

The flagship PARKROYAL on Pickering is an important part of the brand's growth which has seen the addition of three PARKROYAL properties in Australia - PARKROYAL on Darling Harbour, Sydney, PARKROYAL on Parramatta and PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport which just launched on 1 April 2011.

The PARKROYAL brand will also debut in China in 2013 with PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Green City, Shanghai and PARKROYAL Taihu Resort, Suzhou in 2014.


Media contacts:

Pan Pacific Hotels Group
Chan Hse May
Director, Corporate Communications
DID: (65) 6808 1265
Fax: (65) 6821 8001
chan.hsemay@pphg.com

About Pan Pacific Hotels Group Limited
Pan Pacific Hotels Group Limited is a wholly-owned hotel subsidiary of Singapore-listed UOL Group Limited, one of Asia's most established hotel and property companies with an outstanding portfolio of investment and development properties. Based in Singapore, Pan Pacific Hotels Group owns, manages and/or markets over 30 hotels, resorts and serviced suites with over 10,000 rooms in Asia and North America including those under development. The Group comprises two acclaimed brands: Pan Pacific® and PARKROYAL®.
Pan Pacific ® is a leading brand in Asia and the Pacific Rim situated in key cities of distinguished destinations offering premium accommodation and services. PARKROYAL® is a collection of comfortable leisure and business hotels and resorts located in the heart of cities and interesting locales across Asia Pacific. For more information, visit pphg.com