Just minutes from the CBD, in the vibrant one-north business and innovation hub, is Rochester Commons, a new iconic campus-style development that promises to reshape the future of office spaces.
Its centrepiece—a 17-storey modern commercial office tower—rises in sharp architectural contrast against the huddle of black-and-white bungalows that are vestiges of Singapore’s colonial past. The result is an exciting fusion of new and old, where opposites meet to form the first-of-its-kind integrated workplace.
Spread over 2.4 hectares of lush grounds, Rochester Commons is designed to be a connected workspace, a dynamic learning hub, a smart business hotel and a trendy hangout all at once. It is master-planned to be a breeding ground where ideas teem and opportunities germinate; an inclusive space where diversity can flourish, leaders can learn from leaders, and where endless possibilities await emerging generations of knowledge entrepreneurs.
With a prestigious one-north address, you have arrived at the icon of Singapore’s knowledge economy where some 700 leading R&D, technology and media industry players call home. The close proximity to these MNCs and research institutions makes Rochester Commons a compelling choice for many in the professional services, FinTech, IT, media and telecommunications, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and nutrition sectors—especially those seeking established partners for research and collaboration.
Strategically sited between Singapore’s two major business hubs, the Central Business District (CBD) and International Business Park at Jurong Lake District, the up-and-coming development is well positioned to offer hub-and-spoke options for companies seeking complementary business space in the renowned research and knowledge district.
Rochester Commons connects people to places, with a short walking distance to the Circle and East-West MRT lines as well as easy access to the city centre and nearby R&D and technology clusters. The convenience of a native retail scene adds to its attractiveness as a prime spot for business relocation or expansion.
Learners, coaches and professionals in the Executive Education sector are welcome to be part of this dynamic ecosystem, as interest in executive education and reskilling increases in the post-COVID-19 world. As a facility dedicated to cross-learning and networking, Catapult is ready for the new normal, with its online platform and curated programmes for the grooming of next-generation leaders and innovators.
Also integral to the Rochester Commons experience is Citadines Connect Rochester Singapore, a 135-unit contemporary business hotel managed by The Ascott, CapitaLand’s wholly owned lodging business unit. Guests can expect tech-enabled features, such as mobile keys, self-check-in kiosks and content streaming enabled televisions, along with a ‘Grab & Go’ counter for food and beverage and daily necessities. At this stylish accommodation where chic living meets digital convenience, there will be a swimming pool and a 24/7 gymnasium. Service robots will perform concierge roles, such as delivering clean laundry and room supplies. In addition, guests can kick back and relax at ‘Re-Space’ – a laid-back lounge area fitted with USB charging points, lockers and shower rooms.
Lending their character and charm to this melting pot are the dozen double-storey bungalows nestled in Rochester Park’s sprawling greenery. Seven of these carefully-conserved bungalows have been designated as office space, while the remaining five are reserved as F&B venues with their own outdoor turfs waiting to become cosy and private extensions for casual meetings, fine dining or late-night drinks.
A 1,200 ft-long Knowledge Trail, lined with lush and uplifting enclaves, leads from the main office tower to the bungalows, crafting a corridor of opportunities for networking and social interactions. Here, nature meets modern lifestyles as lush terraces with edible plants, reflexology walks and gravel garden intersect with community spaces, such as the outdoor fitness area, multipurpose court and amphitheatre.
Meanwhile, the myriad interweaving of indoor and outdoor spaces provide knowledge pioneers with unlimited freedom to engage and collaborate. From meeting pods and sky terraces that extend into open spaces on elevated viewing decks, these multifunctional spaces create a unique identity for the development.
As a destination, Rochester Commons offers a diversity of refreshing experiences, ranging from elegant dining concepts to biodiverse gardens. The Common Ground, a multi-purpose event space, will become an easy focal point for festivals and communal happenings, while its spacious lawns will encourage a host of healthy lifestyle activities. Given Rochester Commons’ green mandate, cyclists and joggers can look forward to end-of-trip facilities, such as a bicycle hub complete with racks, lockers, showers and other facilities at this BCA Green Mark Platinum-certified development.
Rochester Commons is poised to be Singapore’s first fully-integrated digital campus. With smart features interconnecting the building, learning and lodging facilities, executives can expect to navigate seamlessly within the campus, with facial-recognition technology for efficient access to the office, hotel and learning premises. The experience is complemented by high-speed campus-wide networks, and an intuitive mobile app for booking facilities, receiving notifications and discovering the plethora of events and activities exclusive to the Rochester Commons community.
Beyond the use of contactless technology, Rochester Commons also offers digital features and services that will provide communities with greater assurance in a post-COVID-19 world.
As the focal point where ideas and cultures collide, Rochester Commons captures the imagination with its bespoke opportunities for new and expanding businesses, exciting amenities for tenants and communities, and fresh experiences for anyone excited about the future.
A COVID-19 makeover to safeguard our community
The safety and wellbeing of all our tenants and visitors to Rochester Commons are of the utmost priority to us. The surrounding lush and open spaces are not only uplifting to the mind, they also provide natural ventilation and a much-needed respite from work. Some of the new sanitisation services we will be providing to protect tenants and guests against the pandemic include:
◆ Hands-free access to minimise contact
◆ Automated UV sanitisers for escalator handrails
◆ Roaming UV robots that continuously sanitise common areas
◆ Mobile app to access integrated services, and minimise movement and contact
◆ CCTVs and infrared thermal scanners at the lobby for safety and security
◆ Private washrooms for tenants who take up half-floors or more