The Singapore Land Authority (SLA), Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will launch a Price and Quality tender later this month to appoint an operator to transform the car park at Grange Road (“Grange Road site”) into a dedicated and dynamic event space with complementary commercial offerings.
The transformation project is part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the current suite of lifestyle and experiential offerings on Orchard Road.
This tender follows STB and URA’s trial for innovative lifestyle concepts through various pop-up events at the car park, with the first event – Flashbang street market – having taken place in December 2017. To date, six events have been held, with one more planned for the year-end festive period. These events have brought differentiated retail, dining, entertainment and lifestyle experiences to the Somerset area, and have enlivened Orchard Road. The appointment of an operator through this tender will see more regular activities in this space, thus injecting greater street-level vibrancy into the precinct.
With a site area of 4,482 square metres, the Grange Road site will be converted into a plug-and-play event space, to support a diverse range of lifestyle offerings on Orchard Road. As a centrepiece in the Somerset area, the space will inject buzz and vibrancy to Orchard Road and appeal to a wide audience.
Visitors can look forward to events and activities throughout the year as the event space will play host to both commercial and non-commercial events offering differentiated retail, dining and entertainment experiences. Examples include flea markets, pop-up attractions, local entertainment and food trucks – all of which are expected to complement the existing youthful vibe of the Somerset sub-precinct.
On non-event days, the event space will be an area for public enjoyment. Visitors can look forward to open spaces with greenery and interesting street furniture. .
The tender will be in the form of Price and Quality, with a higher weightage on the latter, as it allows for a more holistic assessment of proposals. The aim is to invite ideas for new, innovative lifestyle concepts, as well as a well-designed multi-functional space that can host a wide range of exciting events, and serve as a delightful public space for social gatherings at Orchard Road.
The tender will be launched by end October 2019 and the successful tenderer will be awarded a tenure of 3+3+3 years to construct, manage and programme the site from 1 March 2020.