Home Builders Plan To Add WFH Features In Their Projects

Home Builders Plan To Add WFH Features In Their Projects

SINGAPORE – Given that work-from-home (WFH) remains the default set-up here, developers are considering to incorporate design features that support such trend in their upcoming residential projects, reported The Business Times on Saturday morning (20 February, SGT).

WFH features could include more flexible space and function rooms within their new projects that can also be utilised as business centres for holding conferences and meetings.

For instance, City Developments Limited (CDL) told the news agency that it’s looking to add such amenities at its upcoming projects like the Liang Court redevelopment and Irwell Hill Residences along Irwell Road. The 2nd is slated to be unveiled in H1 2021, while the residential component of the 1st will be launched this year and will be developed via a partnership with CapitaLand.

Features being mulled include flexible space that can be turned into a home office, and balconies that can be utilised as exercise or dining areas to free up other areas for work.

The home builder is also considering to improve the lobby and provide a concierge service to promote a more corporate ambience for residents who need to meet business colleagues or receive work-related parcels.

Moreover, CDL is looking to equip function rooms with power points and Wi-Fi facilities so that it can function as a business centre, while conference rooms & meeting rooms could be constructed to support telecommuting employees.

Similarly, CapitaLand plans to strengthen data infrastructure for 5G tech and raise bandwidth allocation to cater to the work, leisure, or study needs of residents.

“For future developments, we are exploring ways to maximise space efficiency and flexibility, while allowing for clear demarcation between personal and work life,” said CapitaLand Singapore’s Managing Director for workspace & residential, Chew Peet Mun.

Chew revealed that some of its ongoing private residential development will come with WFH features. For example, some units at Outram’s One Pearl Bank, which is expected to be ready by 2023, will be equipped with a swivel table that can be used as a work desk.

Meanwhile, GuocoLand shared that homes at its Midtown Bay condo along Beach Road will come with a 3.2 metre ceiling that lets residents construct a loft area that can be used as a personal space, freeing up more areas for work. In addition, the wardrobes’ neutral design scheme creates a professional atmosphere.

So far, more than 70 units have been taken up at the 219-unit Midtown Bay at an average selling price of almost S$3,000 psf, stated the developer. Furthermore, the Guoco Midtown mixed-use project that it forms part of will come with a 30-storey office building with 770,000 sq ft of Grade A office space.

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