For a period of time, Suntec City has been closed off in stages to the public for its renewal plans. Yesterday marks the first milestone with the Opening of Phase 1 and Suntec Singapore. The opening ceremony was marked with much fanfare and lighting up of the new Fountain of Wealth. The Fountain has 136 water jets and will feature new water and lighting effects.
Since opening its doors in June 2013, Suntec Singapore has hosted 96 events and welcomed 650,000 visitors, reaffirming it as the preferred Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) destination. Several significant new features of Suntec Singapore include complimentary wifi services that can accommodate up to 6,000 devices at any one moment, digital signages and an impressive three-storey high definition digital wall along the external façade.
I had tried the wifi services during SMU Convocation 2013 last month and the speed they offer is remarkable for a free service. Additionally, I noticed that the wifi services are split into different wifi VLANs with varying levels of restrictions, giving its customers some flexibility in offering premium wifi services to their VIPs and guests.
The high definition digital wall is a collaboration between LG Electronics and Suntec Singapore, and is affectionately called the Big Picture. It combines 664 full HD LED screens, boasting 84 times the resolution of Full HD, or 21 times of Ultra High Definition resolution. “The technologies and innovative features of our Full HD LED display deliver exceptional picture quality, clarity, color and contrast to bring about an immersive viewing experience,” said Mr. Scott Jung, Managing Director of LG Electronics Singapore.
The completed Phase 1 of Suntec City houses approximately 100 retail outlets and 50 F&B restaurants. Key fashion tenants include UNIQLO, H&M and Cotton On. Previous tenants like GAP, Guess, La Senza, Dockers, Levis and TM Lewin have returned as well. New F&B offerings include Oushin Steakhouse, L’Entrecôte, Pack’d Peperoni Pizzeria, NamNam Noodle Bar, LÈ Restaurant and Asian Tapas Bar. Diners will enjoy an enhanced dining experience with an unobstructed view of the Fountain’s display.
Phase 2 of the renewal was started in March 2013 and is expected to be completed in Q4 of 2013.
Below is a gallery of images given to the media and LG Electronics (first 8) and the rest are shots of the event.