Targeted for completion before the close of 2021, Rochester Commons in Singapore’s one-north is set on 2.4 hectares of lush landscaped grounds. In addition to a Grade A office tower, hotel and 12 black-and-white heritage bungalows, Rochester Commons will feature Catapult, South East Asia’s first shared executive learning centre designed to deliver training programmes in an experiential and immersive way.
Built in line with the Singapore government’s vision for a world class learning ecosystem in one-north, the approximately 400,000 sq ft integrated development is developed and managed by CapitaLand.
Designed by Gensler, Rochester Commons will include a 17 storey Grade A office tower with more than 200,000 sq ft of core and flex working spaces. Corporates can choose from column-free large floor plates spanning 22,500 sq ft per floor or in one of the seven heritage bungalows that have been conserved and converted into unique workspaces.
Catapult is a purpose-built executive learning centre open to the broader learning community. It will feature technologies such as virtual and augmented reality as well as neuroscience principles adopting immersive learning approaches, some of which are already on trial at Catapult’s showroom at the Bridge+ coworking space in Ascent building at Singapore Science Park 1. The centrepiece is a 180° immersive screen which facilitates shared virtual reality viewing experience during workshops as well as expanded virtual conferencing capabilities.
Designed for the community to enjoy a secure and efficient access, the project will feature a single digital identity access that allows executives to easily move through the entire integrated development via facial recognition, QR code scanning or access cards. A mobile app will be available for tenants and visitors to book amenities and access building services. The design will also deploy a cloud-based intelligent building platform that allows the property manager to draw insights using energy and space usage data to optimise building functions for occupiers’ comfort.
The 135 unit Citadines Connect Rochester Singapore will similarly offer tech-enabled features such as mobile keys, self check-in kiosks and content streaming-enabled televisions. Entirely digital-enabled, guests will be able to book, check-in, request for services, check loyalty points, check out, make payment and provide feedback via an app. Catering to both short and long stays, Citadines Connect Rochester Singapore is ideal for leisure and business travellers. The hotel will have a swimming pool as well as a 24 hour gymnasium. Service robots will perform tasks such as concierge services, delivering clean laundry and refilling room supplies.
The integrated development will be connected via an approximately 1,200 ft green trail, interspersed with a sky garden, viewing decks, event spaces and meeting pods for the community to enjoy the outdoors. With its eco-friendly features, the project has been acknowledged with the Green Mark Platinum award, Singapore's Building and Construction Authority’s highest accolade.
The food and beverage establishments at five of the heritage bungalows will feature various options and outdoor social spaces including a multipurpose outdoor court named ’Common Ground’, will provide space for community events.
The project is located between Singapore’s two major business hubs, the Central Business District and International Business Park at Jurong Lake District, the latter set to become the largest commercial and regional centre outside the city centre.
Situated within one-north, Singapore’s research and knowledge hub, the integrated development is co-located with international businesses and research facilities. Rochester Commons is a short walk from Buona Vista MRT station which serves the East-West and Circle lines. The integrated development also has ample bicycle parking and end-of-trip facilities.