Dyson Starts Occupying St James Power Station
SINGAPORE – Dyson has finished Phase I of the restoration of the St James Power Station in 3 Sentosa Gateway. As such, it has started moving into the historic building, which will house its new global headquarters, reported The Business Times on Monday morning (22 November, SGT).
The Tech firm, which was established by billionaire inventor James Dyson, announced that it intends to officially open the new office space and R&D facility by March 2022.
In a press release, Dyson’s CEO Roland Krueger said they are “honoured” to breathe life into the landmark building along the waterfront site as its new global headquarters.
“Dyson’s scientists and engineers will add to its already significant history through the discoveries they make and the technologies they develop. We would like to thank the Singapore government, and everyone who made it possible for us to move in ahead of schedule.”
Constructed in 1927, St James Power Station is known as the first coal-fired power station in Singapore. Then in 2009, it was gazetted as a national monument.
Situated near VivoCity shopping mall within the vicinity of Harbourfront, the 110,000 sq ft commercial property was previously used as a nightlife hub.
Dyson, which is known for making bagless vacuum cleaners, disclosed that its new headquarters will double its research and engineering presence in Singapore, in addition to being the heart of its global expansion.
As part of its S$5 billion global investment plan announced in 2020, Dyson said St James Power Station will contain new state-of-the-art research laboratories. In particular, the facility will focus on conducting research and development (R&D) on sensors, robotics, energy storage, vision systems, power electronics, machine learning, connected devices, embedded software, and artificial intelligence.
In April 2021, the tech firm announced that it plans to hire 250 additional scientists and engineers in Singapore in the next 5 years.