SINGAPORE: A new 500-room hotel with six floors of retail space as well as office space will open in Orchard Road in the second half of 2013.
Called orchardgateway, the development will straddle the sites formerly occupied by Hotel Phoenix, Specialists Centre and Orchard Emerald.
The two towers will be linked by a glass tubular overhead bridge as well as an underpass across Orchard Road.
These plans were unveiled by OCBC Bank, Great Eastern Holdings and United Engineers Limited who are jointly working on the project.
The mall will offer 180,000 square feet of leasable space over six floors including two basement floors while the 11-story office building will yield about 3,500 square metres of gross floor area.
United Engineers Limited (UEL) said a 18,000-square feet public library will also open at orchardgateway in 2014.
The project has been awarded the Green Mark Platinum award for sustainable developments.
UEL said some green features include the harnessing of bio-gas from composting food waste for electricity production, implementing a carpark guiding system that leads motorists to the nearest parking lots to reduce exhaust gas emission, as well as installing ultraviolet emitters in air-handling units to improve air quality in the F&B areas.
These features will help to conserve 10,111,662 kilowatt-hour per year (kWh/yr) of energy which is equivalent to Singapore's electricity consumption for 2.2 hours and water savings of 579,211 m³/yr, or about 231 Olympic-size swimming pools.
That is pretty huge.