Bracing for the next lap

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January 26, 2017 5:00 PM SGT
In December, Knight Frank Singapore relocated from its office on the 30th floor of Hong Leong Building. As it had been a tenant there for 30 years, the move was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube on Jan 11. Twin sisters and receptionists, Anne and Irene Law, who have welcomed visitors to the Knight Frank Singapore office for a decade, shed tears as they left the premises.
A particularly poignant moment was when Tan Tiong Cheng, Knight Frank Singapore’s 66-year-old executive chairman, took a lingering look around before he switched off the lights and bent down to lock the glass doors for the final time. Tan had taken over the running of Knight Frank Singapore in 1986 as managing director, the year the company moved to Hong Leong Building.
“Thirty years ago, Hong Leong Building was an attractive location — you could see the port, and there was a clear view all the way to the airport,” recounted Tan in an address to his staff at the official move.
The 45-storey building at Raffles Quay was developed by the Kwek/Quek family of Hong Leong Group, one of Singapore’s richest families. Completed in 1976, it was a landmark in the CBD for more than a decade.
Knight Frank’s new office has an expansive clients’ lounge

Source: Knight Frank Singapore

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‘A new start’
The new Knight Frank office is now on the eighth floor of Ocean Financial Centre. “It’s a good number, good feng shui,” Tan said to his staff when they moved in. “Let’s start [the new year] on a positive note.” It also marked the co-location of both the Knight Frank Singapore and Asia Pacific headquarters, with the latter moving from UOB Plaza 2.
The 43-storey Ocean Financial Centre is a Grade A office tower completed in 2011 and acquired by Keppel REIT for $261.6 million a year later. It is a landmark at Collyer Quay and Raffles Place, as it is the fourth generation of the original Ocean Building, first built on the same site at Collyer Quay in 1864.
Knight Frank’s new premises occupy a...