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Clarke Quay’s Transformation Nears Completion: Experience the Revitalised Riverside Lifestyle Hub from Day to Night

Singapore’s iconic riverfront lifestyle destination welcomes visitors with an exciting line-up of experiences including a myriad of new retail and lifestyle concepts, delectable lunch options and pawsome pet-friendly initiatives.

 

Singapore, 1 February 2024 – The asset enhancement initiative at Clarke Quay (CQ), Singapore's renowned riverfront dining and lifestyle hub, is currently in its final stages, gearing up for its official launch in 2Q 2024. Owned by CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust (CICT) and managed by CapitaLand Investment Limited (CLI), this iconic destination is set to redefine day-to-night experiences. Located along the Singapore River in the heart of the city, the precinct is embracing a metamorphosis that will elevate its appeal, welcoming visitors to a bustling new hub of excitement and entertainment.

Mr Richard Phua, General Manager, CQ @ Clarke Quay said: “As part of our commitment to staying ahead of the curve and on the pulse of the evolving lifestyles of our customers, we are actively enhancing our downtown malls with fresh and captivating retail and lifestyle experiences that leave a lasting impression on both tourists and locals. The transformation of CQ @ Clarke Quay into a day-and-night lifestyle destination is core to our asset enhancement strategy, where we blend modern interpretations of the precinct’s rich heritage with a vibrant mix of lifestyle, entertainment, and F&B brands. Locals and tourists can also look forward to pet-friendly dining options and a myriad of community engagement programmes in our refreshed CQ @ Clarke Quay.”

Blending modernity with heritage 

Coming up in 1Q 2024 is the restored The Warehouses (Block B), adorned in new heritage colours that pay homage to historical palettes and accentuate the characteristics of the reinstated godown typology.

Fronting The Warehouses’ facade is the “Fire Fish”, a modern myth created by artists Yip Yew Chong and tobyato which takes reference from Clarke Quay’s heritage as a Teochew enclave. Its elements are inspired by the firewood trade in the area, its distinctive red and white Teochew bumboats that once lined the Singapore River, and the iconic storytellers entertaining the coolies on Read Bridge.

This being their first collaborative mural artwork, the two artists have combined their contrasting styles to create a contemporary, yet heritage-relevant piece. Yip Yew Chong’s signature style and tobyato’s large-scale motifs shine through in this mural artwork that simultaneously evokes memories of Clarke Quay from yesteryear and looks forward to what is to come for the precinct.

In line with the preservation of Clarke Quay’s cultural legacy, upgraded steps that also double up as seats have been added to the landing of Read Bridge. This pays homage to Read Bridge’s historical role as a communal space for storytelling. Complemented by a new accessibility ramp, these seats incorporate original wood pieces from the TwaKows, historical cargo vessels that were previously located at CQ.

Furthermore, heritage panels and bronze plate tiles, strategically positioned throughout the area, recount the enthralling history of the Singapore River and Clarke Quay precinct, serving as educational elements for visitors as they explore the area's rich heritage.

Improved thermal comfort and building energy efficiency

Another key enhancement at the revamped CQ is the reduction of daytime ambient temperatures. Existing angel canopies have been upgraded with top performing Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) membrane to reduce solar heat by 70% and optimise daylight conditions. Adding to the sustainability features is a new omni-directional fan which lowers the environmental temperatures by approximately 2°C through evaporative mist cooling, all whilst reducing energy consumption by approximately 50%.

Along with the enhancement of CQ’s property management systems, which includes upgrading the building chiller plant to attain system efficiency of 0.60kW/RT, CQ has upgraded its green building rating conferred by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) from Green Mark Certification to Green Mark GoldPLUS.

An exiting new tenant mix

CQ’s rejuvenation, which started in 3Q 2022, has infused 50% new and refreshed concepts into the diverse lineup of lifestyle, dining and entertainment offerings.

CQ now encompasses three key zones - The Riverfront (Blocks A and D), The Warehouses

(Block B), and The Circuit (Blocks C and E).

The Riverfront (blocks A & D)

Where pet owners can indulge in alfresco dining, nestled along Singapore’s iconic riverfront.

Furry friends can now join in the fun of exploring and hanging out by the river with many new pet-friendly dining choices at The Riverfront. New pet-friendly amenities, ready at the end of 1Q 2024, include dedicated hydration bay and pet waste stations, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience for both pets and their owners.

CQ recently hosted a series of pet-friendly events spanning workshops, pet talks and river walks. Pet owners can look forward to more of these activities in the upcoming months.

A holistic experience awaits: CQ boasts a plethora of riverfront lifestyle, wellness, and all- day dining options nestled among charming heritage shophouses, adorned in colourful palettes reminiscent of historical times.

Embark on a revitalising daytime adventure as you explore the wellness offerings at CQ. Experience a tailored fitness journey at Bold Fitness, where personalised coaching and gym facilities cater to your unique fitness objectives. Alternatively, find tranquillity away from the city's hustle and bustle at Natureland Spa.Therapy. Here, skilled therapists await to guide you through spa treatments crafted for a complete body reset and the ultimate relaxation.

With its warehouse-inspired designs that evoke a sense of nostalgia and old-world charms, the upcoming FairPrice Finest Clarke Quay store pays tribute to the precinct’s rich history, blending tradition with modern flair. The store celebrates local brands not only in its food hall but also in its range of lifestyle retail offerings. Those seeking a touch of indulgence can dive into exquisite cocktails at the signature Grocer Bar or indulge in the very best from artisanal pastries and coffee to wines and mouth-watering food.

The Clarke Quay store of renowned music retailer, Swee Lee, features not only a cafe and bar but also a vibrant community space, promising an exciting experience through hosting fan events and live performances. Furthermore, discover an extensive selection of musical instruments, vinyl, lifestyle products through a convenient click-and-collect counter or the exclusive, By Appointment Only room.

All-day entertainment and culinary hotspot: Gear up for a dynamic line-up, featuring the newly opened dessert cafe Overscoop as well as Home Singapore, an innovative duo concept redefining the traditional cafe experience. By day, Home Dawn welcomes visitors with freshly brewed coffee and an array of enticing brunch specialties; at sundown, Home Dusk transitions into an electrifying live music lounge, creating a dynamic atmosphere with resident live bands performing daily.

Delve further into the diverse offerings, exploring options like the live Asian music powerhouse, Simply Retro by Tin Box; the arcade and live music bar, Level Up; or China’s largest pub chain, Helen’s Bar, which delivers an immersive experience at its second outlet in Singapore.

Nestled within a 154-year-old Chinese mansion, the iconic The Riverhouse stands as a dynamic two-storey venue with multiple concepts awaiting discovery. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Mimi, a contemporary Chinese restaurant which will be hosting exciting tea workshops in the upcoming months; enjoy cocktail and artist collaborations in the months ahead at Yin’s alfresco bar; the vibrant international Asian club Yang; and soak up lively Greek entertainment at Zorba the Greek Taverna.

Recent introductions enhancing the dining experience include Chapters by Drinks & Co, showcasing an extensive wine selection, and Sanchos, serving delightful Mexican cuisine. Infusing bold and authentic flavours into The Riverfront zone are Grand Konak Turkish and Lebanese Cuisine and 24-hour Thai concept Nana Thai Royale. Established favourites such as Seafood Paradise, Fu Lin Restaurant and Bar, and Red House Seafood further solidify the Quay's reputation as a culinary hotspot.

The Warehouses (Block B)

Lifestyle, dining concepts and community engagement experiences, blending modernity and heritage.

Expanding lifestyle and dining concepts: Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the vibrancy of The Warehouses, which will host the upcoming Swee Lee Clarke Quay and FairPrice Finest Clarke Quay, targeted to open at the end of February.

Visitors can also step into a rich tapestry of Chinese cuisine at East Treasure Chinese Restaurant. Their exquisite recipes and interior, infused with a touch of modernity, promise to evoke nostalgic charms. Indulge in the restaurant’s signature dishes such as the 60-hour dry- aged roasted duck, double-boiled tonic soup with crocodile meat, chilli and white pepper crab, amongst other crowd favourites.

The Circuit (Blocks C & E)

A pulsating hub of high-energy concepts and entertainment that celebrate all-things local.

Local gems to global sensations: While Zouk remains a mainstay at CQ, there are plenty of live music options at Chupitos, Cuba Libre Café and Bar, Gabbar, The Singapura Club and Octapas. Other entertainment choices include the latest K.Star Karaoke outlet featuring 22 futuristic-themed rooms, and Slingshot, Asia’s tallest slingshot ride where visitors can experience height defying gravitational force.

Culinary adventures that celebrate local: For food enthusiasts eager to explore Singapore’s diverse culinary landscape, the revamped SG Hawker promises a gastronomic adventure. Located within The Circuit, SG Hawker brings together tantalising delights from around the island into one casual dining spot. Among its offerings are the Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang, which was featured in the 2021 Michelin Guide, and Xing Yun Chicken Rice, which received the Michelin Plate recognition in the guide.

Elevate your lunch experience 

In addition to the refreshed lifestyle and dining options, lunch time by the Singapore River just got even better with an expanded range of tantalising lunch spots, offering the perfect midday escape. Delve into a world of flavours with irresistible 1-for-1 lunch meals. Group diners will take delight in the ‘1 Dine for Free with every 3 Lunch sets’ promotion, where purchases of every three set meals will entitle guests to one complimentary set meal - providing extra perks for those dining in groups.

Drivers can save more with 2-hours free parking every day between 8am to 6pm, making it not only a feast for the palate but also a treat for the wallet.

Together, these additions ensure a myriad of all-day dining and lifestyle options, promising a delightful day to night out at CQ @ Clarke Quay, by the Singapore River.

SOURCE: Capitaland

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