Workspaces That Spark Joy
We identify five reasons why more and more tenants are feeling happier and healthier about working in Business and Industrial Parks.
The good vibes that come from working in a business and industrial park are beginning to rub off on many. Other than being able to avoid the downtown crowds, people are just loving the freedom of having more personal space, or the chance to belong in a like-minded community. Either ways, one of the biggest perks about being surrounded by open environs is the privilege to walk out from your building and straight into lush, green vistas — as and when you feel like it.
In Singapore, a number of business and industrial park properties live up to these expectations. Here’s how to make the most of the amenities in and around these facilities.
1. Achieve Your Green Goals
For the growing numbers who opt to cycle to work, trying to find a safe bicycle park and other end-of-trip facilities can put a dampener to a good cause. At Nordic European Centre, one of the most space-efficient buildings within International Business Park (IBP), bicycle lots, locker rooms as well as shower facilities are catered exclusively to tenants.
Likewise at UBIX, a premium B1 industrial building at Ubi coming up later this year. Here, modern workspaces are matched by an impressive façade and stylish lobby. To encourage a car-lite agenda, bicycle lots, lockers and shower rooms come standard with the building’s other environmentally sustainable features — an advantage seldom seen in an industrial hub.
2. Discover Your Sporty Side
If you enjoy tennis and happen to work at Techview in Kaki Bukit or Techpoint in Ang Mo Kio, more power to you. Not only are they home to some of Singapore’s top semi-conductor assembly and testing plants, these industrial properties also offer a full-sized tennis court, where you can channel your inner Pete Sampras after work. For squash enthusiasts based at Corporation Place, a tenants-only squash court lies hidden behind its stoic façade in the Jurong Industrial Estate. What a great way to relieve stress!
If racquet sports are not your thing, there are other avenues to unleash your competitive instincts. The Aperia in Kallang, for example, offers a lovely rooftop pool with an infinity edge, enticing you to pick up swimming. For those at The Oasis in Science Park 1, the climbing gym and fitness centre operated by Fit Bloc offers a chance to buff up, while leisurely laps in the private pool could be your mini escape from the afternoon sun. Separately, at Changi Business Park, there is a futsal facility operated by The Ark. A friendly match at this outdoor court could deliver the same caloric burn, without having to assemble the whole football team.
3. Kick-Start A Fitness Plan
No time for a healthy lifestyle? No reason to procrastinate, especially with these stylish gyms sitting right next to your office. Check out the well-equipped fitness facilities available exclusively to tenants at Nordic European Centre and Techpoint; work with a personal instructor at Bespoke Fitness, located within Infinite Studios at Mediapolis @ one-north; or drop by the gym at The Oasis in Science Park 1, which is open to the public.
We know it can be pretty intimidating having to sweat it out in open view. The Gym Pod is a novel way to exercise in private (yes, the entire gym to yourself), without having to queue for the equipment. All you need is the mobile app to reserve and access the facility — and the good news is: a number of gym pods can be found at our industrial and business park locations! Choose from facilities for strength training and high-intensity spin classes (an adrenaline-pumping session on a stationary bike), or select from larger venues that come with changing and shower rooms.
Almost coincidentally, many of our developments are literally adjacent to popular park connectors and nature enclaves. The Ulu Pandan Park Connector is a good example. This 7.1 km trail begins at Commonwealth Avenue West and winds its way alongside several buildings at IBP, en route to Biopolis. Here, you can spot Red-Capped Woodpeckers, Kingfishers and White Egrets, often seen in the canal beside the park connector. If you stay in the West, a slow jog to work in the morning during the flowering season would be an extra treat, as the branches and tree trunks could be covered in yellow Saraca blossoms!
Further south, the historic Kent Ridge Park is right beside Science Park 1, and all you have to do is locate its side entrance opposite The Oasis. Once inside these biodiverse grounds, you will be greeted by a picturesque pond, some 20 exercise stations, an elevated Canopy Walk linking you to HortPark, as well as a plethora of wildlife, as you unwind to the calls of birds and insects.
5. Take Time to Chill
Last but not least, one of the best things about business and science park premises are their campus-style layouts. Think interconnected buildings set in sprawling surrounds, coupled with plenty of uplifting spaces and amenities for enrichment, networking and social interactions. In fact, these open spaces are ideal for small-group activities — a safer alternative for post-pandemic gatherings.
Look no further than Science Park 1 and 2, Changi Business Park and the upcoming Rochester Commons, where many enchanting and open facilities would fit the bill. Almost destinations in their own right, these developments also offer a diversity of refreshing experiences — from food and dining options, to festivals and communal events.
Unique to Rochester Commons would be the dozen black-and-white conservation bungalows that lend their charm to the location’s F&B experience. With its eclectic options, this development could soon claim its top-spot among Singapore’s trendiest hangouts, with spacious grounds for lifestyle events and activities. Likewise, it is easy to be spoilt for choice at Changi Business Park, where amenities range from serviced suites and hotels, to shopping malls, supermarkets, clinics and childcare centres.
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