12 Jul, 2011
MBLM Ground Plaza is the new hotspot for outdoor dining with panoramic bayfront views
Singapore, 12 July 2011 – Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) continues to inject vibrancy within the Marina Bay precinct with the opening of the Outdoor Refreshment Area at Marina Bay Link Mall (MBLM) which got off to a strong start on 1 July 2011 with many diners flocking to the restaurants outdoor alfresco dining area.
A stylish addition to the necklace of world-class attractions at Marina Bay, the Ground Plaza at MBLM now features a seamless alfresco dining extension of the restaurants located there. Its location along the scenic Marina Bay waterfront allows patrons to enjoy splendid ‘front row’ views of events such as the National Day Parade and New Year Countdown, with their spectacular fireworks displays.
Situated along Marina Boulevard between the fully sold Marina Bay Residences and the fully occupied Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) Tower 1, MBLM’s Ground Plaza is the new hotspot for alfresco dining as well as a highly visible site for private events and celebrations.
MBLM’s Ground Plaza is now more than ever, a hive of activity day and night, catering to a catchment of affluent office workers from surrounding office towers during lunchtime on weekdays, and drawing a wider pool of diners that include visitors and residents around Marina Bay in the evenings and weekends. Diners can enjoy a warm and inviting atmosphere with the use of timber decking, landscaped greenery and soft lighting. They will also be sheltered from the elements by a retractable shade.
Rose Tong, Director of Retail Management for Raffles Quay Asset Management (RQAM), the asset manager of MBFC said, “This new outdoor alfresco dining destination at the Ground Plaza and the Lawn@Marina Bay will collectively enhance the appeal of MBFC and MBLM, drawing visitors, office workers, residents and their families around Marina Bay to the new downtown. This will add to the vibrancy of Marina Bay and raise its profile as Singapore’s premier lifestyle destination.”
The new oasis provides diners with an expansive view of the Marina Bay waterfront while indulging in fine Japanese food at Akari Dining & Bar – which offers lunch sets and Japanese buffet with champagne on weekends where children dine for free – as well as perfectly prepared steak at Brawn Steakhouse. Diners can also opt to unwind over drinks and food at Boulevard Bayfront and Harry’s Bar well past midnight. For additional dining options, the second floor features Paradise Pavilion, a Chinese fine dining restaurant overlooking the alfresco dining area.
The arrival of the new venue to wine and dine has been well received by office workers and residents in the vicinity.
“My colleagues and I definitely enjoyed hanging out at the Ground Plaza where we conveniently gathered for good food and drinks last week after a hectic day of work, and for networking with other professionals as well. The views and breeze from the bay are an added bonus, especially in the evenings,” said Jayce Sim, an analyst at Barclay’s Capital, one of MBFC’s tenants.
“The family-friendly atmosphere and dining promotions for families makes Marina Bay Link Mall an excellent place to bring my family to dine on weekends. My children can even fly kites and run around at the nearby Promontory and The Lawn@Marina Bay, and now we have the added attraction of alfresco dining. I will definitely be back on weekends,” said Ben Teo, a magazine publisher.
MBLM is the retail component of MBFC – the single largest integrated mixed-used development in the new downtown at Marina Bay. With more than 60 shops and restaurants across 93,500 square feet under Phase 1 of the mall’s development, MBLM offers convenient lifestyle shopping and delectable dining options for some of Singapore’s most affluent professionals, residents and visitors in the area. Phase 2 of the mall comprises 82,500 square feet of retail space, of which marketing for the remaining 28,000 square feet has just begun.
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About Marina Bay Link Mall Ground Plaza
A stylish accent to the vibrant Marina Bay area, the Outdoor Refreshment Area is a hotspot for outdoor dining, serving as a seamless alfresco dining extension of restaurants at Marina Bay Link Mall’s Ground Plaza. The alfresco dining area overlooks Marina Bay’s scenic waterfront, where stunning night views and cool breezes await diners. Quality and delectable dining choices and soft lighting come together to create a chic outdoor dining experience for visitors, office workers and residents in the vicinity.
About Marina Bay Link Mall
Marina Bay Link Mall is the retail component of the integrated Marina Bay Financial Centre development, offering a total retail area of 176,000 square feet of quality retail brands, gastronomic indulgence and convenient lifestyle services.
It serves a catchment of affluent and savvy office workers and residents working and living in the immediate vicinity of One Raffles Quay and Marina Bay Financial Centre, and thousands more from nearby Raffles Place and Shenton Way.
Phase One comprises 93,500 square feet which is primarily Subterranean (sited below TheLawn@Marina Bay), on the ground floor and Level 33 of MBFC Tower 1, on the ground floor of MBFC Tower 2 as well as on street level at the Ground Plaza overlooking the Marina Bay waterfront. Phase One of the Mall is now open for business.
Phase Two comprising 82, 500 square feet will be spread over 3 floors in Tower 3 with TOP expected in 1Q 2012.
The Subterranean component of Marina Bay Link Mall provides a web of seamless connections to the Raffles Place MRT Station, One Raffles Quay, Marina Bay Financial Centre Towers 1 and 2, Marina Bay Residences as well as office and residential developments fringing the Marina Bay waterfront as well as future developments surrounding the MBFC development. By 2013, the mall will also be linked to Downtown MRT station (Downtown Line) which will provide easier access for all to Marina Bay Link Mall, MBFC and to Marina Bay.
For more information on Marina Bay Link Mall, please visit www.marinabaylink.com.sg
About Marina Bay Financial Centre
Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) is being developed by a joint venture comprising three of Asia’s most experienced and trusted property developers – Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd, Hongkong Land and Keppel Land, and managed by Raffles Quay Asset Management (RQAM).
MBFC sits on a prime 3.55 hectare waterfront site at the heart of Singapore’s new downtown. The tenant-centric design of this purpose-built financial centre combines the best in form and function, making it a key draw for businesses and befitting Singapore’s position as a global financial hub.
MBFC offers a breathtaking blend of three distinguished office towers with nearly 3 million sq ft of Grade A office space, two residential towers comprising 649 luxury apartments and penthouses as well as approximately 176,000 sq ft of retail space to meet the daily convenience of our business community and residents.
MBFC achieved the Green Mark Gold for its office towers 1 & 2, Marina Bay Residences and Marina Bay Suites and the Green Mark Gold Plus for its office tower 3 conferred by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore. This award recognises the efforts made by the developers to encourage sustainable design practices, and makes MBFC one of the few developments to win more than one BCA Green Mark award.
For more information about Asia’s best business address, please visit the MBFC website @http://www.mbfc.com.sg
Raffles Quay Asset Management Pte Ltd
Incorporated in 2001, Raffles Quay Asset Management Pte Ltd (RQAM) was established by Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd, Hongkong Land and Keppel Land Ltd with the mandate to market and manage One Raffles Quay. Its portfolio has since expanded to include the Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC), which stands out together with One Raffles Quay as premium developments in Singapore’s new downtown at Marina Bay.
Marina Bay Financial Centre (Phase 1) Owners
Hongkong Land is one of Asia’s leading property investment, management and development groups with premium commercial and residential property interests across the region. The Group owns and manages some 450,000 sq. m. (five million sq. ft) of commercial space in Hong Kong that defines the CBD, while in Singapore it has a number of major developments. Its subsidiary, MCL Land, is a prominent developer in Singapore. Hongkong Land Holdings Limited is incorporated in Bermuda. It has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange, and secondary listings in Bermuda and Singapore. It is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.
K-REIT Asia is a commercial real estate investment trust (REIT) sponsored by Keppel Land Limited (Keppel Land), one of Asia’s leading property developers.
Listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited by way of an introduction on 28 April 2006, K-REIT Asia has a market capitalisation of $1.9 billion and an asset size of $3.6 billion as at 30 June 2011.
K-REIT Asia’s portfolio comprises six quality assets, four in Singapore and two in Australia. In Singapore, these include Bugis Junction Towers, a one-third interest in Marina Bay Financial Centre Towers 1 & 2 and Marina Bay Link Mall, a one-third interest in One Raffles Quay and a 92.8% interest in Prudential Tower. In Australia, K-REIT Asia owns the 77 King Street office tower in Sydney and a 50% interest in 275 George Street in Brisbane.
A pan-Asian REIT, K-REIT Asia’s objective is to generate stable income and long-term growth for Unitholders by owning and investing in a portfolio of quality income-producing commercial real estate and real estate related assets in key cities across Asia.
Listed on 9 December 2004, Suntec REIT holds properties in Suntec City, Singapore’s largest integrated commercial development (including one of Singapore’s largest shopping mall), Park Mall, Chijmes, a one-third interest in One Raffles Quay, a one-third interest in Marina Bay Financial Centre Towers 1 and 2 and the Marina Bay Link Mall, and a 20.0% interest in Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre. Its aim is to invest in income-producing real estate which is primarily used for retail and/or office purposes. Suntec REIT is managed by an external manager, ARA Trust Management (Suntec) Limited.