The former Joo Chiat Police Station will be re-developed into a complex with two hotels, including what will be Singapore’s first Hotel Indigo, the successful bidder for the site said on Wednesday (Oct 1).
Hotel Indigo is a fast-growing chain of boutique hotels with design features that reflect the area’s culture and history. The chain is managed by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), whose brands include Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza.
Keong Hong Holdings, one of the joint venture partners that successfully bid for the site, said the new complex will have a gross floor area of 25,000 square metres and will comprise the 131-room Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, the 451-room Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong, food and beverage outlets and retail shops.
The two hotels are scheduled to open in 2016. Under the hotel management agreement with IHG, the hospitality giant will provide the full spectrum of hotel management services, including consultancy on the design and construction of the two new hotels.
Keong Hong – which is listed on the Singapore Exchange’s Catalist board – and its partners won the tender for the former Joo Chiat Police station site earlier this year with a top bid of S$352.8 million.
One of the conditions in the tender was that the “historically and architecturally significant” former Joo Chiat Police Station be restored as part of the future hotel development.
Source : Channel NewsAsia – 1 Oct 2014