|For Immediate Release||2 August 2022|
2 August 2022, Hong Kong - Swire Properties is pleased to announce that Two Taikoo Place, the Company's latest triple Grade-A office tower in Taikoo Place, has attained a pre-leasing commitment of close to 50%.
In addition to leading Swiss wealth management group Julius Baer, which earlier confirmed that it will take up four floors spanning close to 100,000 sq ft, more companies have committed to moving into the new tower, including Amundi, one of the biggest asset managers in the world; BASF, the multinational chemical company; and flagship management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group. In addition, a bank confirmed to lease over 150,000 sq ft of office space of Two Taikoo Place, accounting for almost 20% of the tower's lettable area. The deal with this anchor tenant of Two Taikoo Place will be one of the biggest office lease transactions on Hong Kong Island in recent years.
"We are excited to welcome a host of new tenants to Two Taikoo Place who I'm confident will make a fantastic contribution to the vibrant Taikoo Place community. In the wake of the pandemic, and given changes in the way people work, corporates are more than ever focused on the health and well-being as well as productivity of their employees particularly when they are considering their workspace," said Don Taylor, Director of Office at Swire Properties.
"Two Taikoo Place is benefiting from this desire for a higher quality of office accommodation, appealing to tenants through its versatile workspaces as well as the broad range of amenities at Taikoo Place as we continue on our placemaking journey. What's more, the new tower's outstanding sustainable development credentials are helping corporate tenants to attain their own sustainability goals and aspirations."
David Shick, Head of Private Banking, Greater China and Branch Manager, Hong Kong at Julius Baer, said: "The Greater China region and especially Hong Kong continues to be a core market for us and we are excited to soon expand to a space that will serve as a base for us to grow our presence in this important region. I am excited to have the opportunity to design an innovative next generation workplace that enhances our client journey and caters to their ever-changing needs.
"We are drawn to the high-quality design at Two Taikoo Place, which can support the implementation of our latest workplace solutions. We look forward to embarking on our new phase of growth at Two Taikoo Place which provides us with excellent infrastructure and a conducive working environment that is aligned to our sustainability ambitions and caters to the overall experience and wellbeing of our workforce."
Slated to open before the end of this year, Two Taikoo Place is the latest addition to Swire Properties' HKD15 billion Taikoo Place Redevelopment Project. The new tower will feature 42 storeys of premium office space with a total area of around 1 million square feet. It will complement the entire Taikoo Place community, including One Taikoo Place which opened in 2018.
Two Taikoo Place has been designed and built to the highest sustainability standards, achieving Pre-certified Platinum ratings for LEED, WELL and BEAM Plus. Similar to One Taikoo Place, the design of Two Taikoo Place has incorporated a broad array of best-in-class sustainability and wellness features, including a waste-to-energy tri-generation system, solar photo-voltaic panels and a wind turbine, which together will supply renewable energy equivalent to approximately 6% of the landlord's building energy source. An artificial intelligence (AI) smart platform that utilises machine learning and big data analytics will provide insights on energy management, which will help automatically optimise building systems, detect faults and enable predictive maintenance. To reduce the building's embodied carbon emissions, 100% low-carbon concrete, certified by the Construction Industry Council, was procured for Two Taikoo Place.
The ongoing redevelopment of Taikoo Place is set to elevate the area's status as a Global Business District. A key highlight of the redevelopment is the two new triple Grade-A office towers - One Taikoo Place and Two Taikoo Place - that are being linked to the other eight office towers in the district by elevated, air-conditioned walkways designed by Paris-based design company Hugh Dutton Associés. More ground level space is being opened up for landscaped gardens with cascading water features. Designed by award-winning London-based landscape architectural practice Gustafson Porter + Bowman, the creation of Taikoo Square and Taikoo Garden will provide 70,000 sq ft of open space for the community to enjoy. New F&B outlets will be made available at the pedestrianised piazza fronting Two Taikoo Place, including al fresco dining spaces, adding to the already vibrant F&B offerings at Taikoo Place.
About Swire Properties
Swire Properties develops and manages commercial, retail, hotel and residential properties, with a particular focus on mixed-use developments in prime locations at major mass transportation intersections. Swire Properties is listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and its investment portfolio in Hong Kong comprises Taikoo Place, Pacific Place, Cityplaza and Citygate. The Company's completed portfolio in Hong Kong comprises approximately 15.8 million sq ft (approximately 1.5 million sqm) of space.
In the Chinese Mainland, Swire Properties has six completed mixed-use developments in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. They include Taikoo Li Sanlitun and INDIGO in Beijing, HKRI Taikoo Hui and Taikoo Li Qiantan in Shanghai, Taikoo Hui Guangzhou and Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu. INDIGO Phase Two in Beijing and Taikoo Li Xi'an are currently under development. The Company's completed portfolio in the Chinese Mainland comprises approximately 14 million sq ft (approximately 1.3 million sqm) of space.
In addition to Hong Kong and Chinese Mainland, the Company has investments in the United States, Indonesia and Vietnam.
2022 is Swire Properties' 50th anniversary. Throughout the year, the Company will be celebrating its achievements and the core values that have underpinned its success, over the past five decades, under the theme of "ORIGINAL. ALWAYS". "ORIGINAL" captures Swire Properties' forward-looking and innovative spirit, and "ALWAYS" refers to the Company's long-term commitment and trusted reputation. A range of special events and campaigns will be launched to celebrate this milestone.
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