This is a review of Canninghill Piers, an iconic integrated development in Clarke Quay that was launched on 5 November 2021. Situated at the fringe of Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD) and Orchard Road, it spans an area of 139,128 sq ft (12,925.4 sq m) and will comprise of two residential towers offering 696 residential units, a commercial component with F&B and retail outlets named Canninghill Square, a hotel operated under the Moxy brand by Marriott International and a serviced residence with a hotel licence under the Somerset brand.
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- About Canninghill Piers & Canninghill Square
- Canninghill Piers Fact Sheet
- Canninghill Piers Unit Mix
- Indicative Pricing
- Estimated Maintenance Fees
- Key Attributes of Canninghill Piers
- Exquisite Design Features
- Environmentally-Friendly Features
- Smart Home Features
- Residential Services At Canninghill Piers
- Canninghill Piers Location – At the Heart of Entertainment
- Singapore River
- Fort Canning Park
- Canninghill Piers - Next to The Central Business District (CBD)
- Four Historical Districts Near Canninghill Piers
- An Excellent Public Transportation Network
- A Plethora of Shopping & Dining Options
- Other Popular Shopping Districts Nearby
- 2 World-Class Medical Hubs Near Canninghill Piers
- Schools Near Canninghill Piers
- More Property Review of New Launches
About Canninghill Piers & Canninghill Square
Canninghill Piers (residential) and Canninghill Square (commercial) will occupy the site of the former Liang Court Shopping mall, Hotel Novotel Clarke Quay and serviced residence Somerset Liang Court. The site enjoys magnificent and unblocked views of the iconic Singapore River and Fort Canning Park, both of which are steep in history.
The name Canninghill Piers is chosen to reflect its rare hill and river dual-frontage. It is the only residential development in Singapore complemented by these two nature elements in its immediate surroundings.
The development will be undertaken by two of Singapore’s real estate heavyweights in a 50:50 joint venture - City Development Ltd (CDL) and Capitaland Ltd.
CDL hospitality Trusts (CDLHT) will own the hotel to be operated by Marriott International under its Moxy brand, while Ascott Residence Trust (Ascott Reit) will take ownership of the 192-unit serviced apartment and will retain its Somerset branding. The 2-storey commercial podium will be managed by CapitaLand with a retail mix that will include a supermarket, retail shops, F&B outlets, gym and children enrichment services. The entire development is estimated to be completed in December 2026.
Along with the redevelopment, the consortium will also rejuvenate the river promenade next to the integrated development, in line with the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Draft Master Plan 2019 to enhance the area’s vitality.
The promenade’s rejuvenation is expected to enhance social activities, increase foot fall and improve pedestrian accessibility along the Singapore River.
In a press release announcing the development, CDL Group Chief Executive Officer Sherman Kwek said:
"We are honoured to be partnering CapitaLand on yet another integrated development that will redefine Clarke Quay, one of Singapore’s most exciting entertainment precincts. With multiple frontages, breathtaking views and convenient access to Fort Canning MRT Station, the Liang Court site has outstanding locational attributes for an integrated development comprising residential, commercial, hotel and serviced residence components. By harnessing the strengths and capabilities of all the partners involved, we plan to transform the site into an iconic landmark along the Singapore River."
Canninghill Piers Fact Sheet
Canninghill Piers Unit Mix
Canninghill Piers offer a total of 696 units ranging from 1- to 5-bedroom premium apartments, Sky Suites and a Super Penthouse, with sizes starting from approximately 409 to 8,956 sq ft.
The development is dominated by 1- and 2-bedders, which make up 76% of total. Clearly, the developer is seeking to lower the absolute price quantum in order to attract a wider spectrum of buyers, especially those looking for investment due to its exciting locational attributes. Nevertheless, there are still quite a good number of 3- and 4-bedders, which make up 20% of total or 80 and 60 units respectively. These will appeal to bigger families for own stay.
Indicative prices for the apartments start from $1.16 million for a one-bedder.
Four-bedders will start from $5.22 million, while a five-bedroom premium unit on the 25th floor will be priced from $8.1 million.
The development’s super penthouse, on level 48, has an indicative price of $50 million, which translates to $5,582.84 psf.
Estimated Maintenance Fees
The Maintenance Fees (MF) are estimates only and they do not include GST and carpark charges. Car parking is chargeable at monthly season rate to be determined by MCST.
“PSVPM” stands for Per Share Value Per Month. The total MF is based on $79 PSVPM which comprises $63 PSVPM Resi‐ Common MF and $16 PSVPM Common‐Common MF.
Key Attributes of Canninghill Piers
- An iconic location at Clarke Quay between the Singapore River and Fort Canning Park
- Tallest residential development at 180m along the Singapore River designed by renowned Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group
- Scarcity of waterfront homes provide excellent investment potential
- Only hill and river dual-frontage residential development in the Central Area
- Stunning views of the Singapore River, Fort Canning Park and City
- Spacious and efficient layouts , fully furnished with branded appliances and fittings
- Thoughtful provisions of Residential Services, Smart Home Features, Work-from-Home Pods and many more
- Next to the Central Business District (CBD), providing a fascinating live, work, and play experience
- A plethora of leisure, entertainment and dining options
- Close to Singapore’s historical districts (Chinatown, Boat Quay, Kampong Glam and Little India)
- Excellent transport connectivity with Fort Canning MRT station (Downtown Line) below it and Clarke Quay MRT station (North-East Line) just 8 minutes' walk away
- Near major shopping destinations such as Orchard Road, City Hall, Marina Bay and Bugis
- Close proximity to local schools and education institutions, as well as international schools
- Jointly developed by two of Singapore’s real estate heavyweights in CDL and CapitaLand
Exquisite Design Features
Designed by internationally renowned Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group, the development will comprise four towers of different heights – a pair of diagonally-facing residential towers and one each for the hotel and serviced residence.
All the four towers will sit atop a double-storey commercial podium and they will be distinctly spaced apart from each other to maximise views. This will also allow the courtyard at the heart of the commercial podium to open to the sky. A single continuous drape adorning the façade ties the various components together into an iconic and sculptural whole.
At the same time, strategic parts of the façade drape are lifted to unveil building entrances, communal areas and green spaces at various heights, creating a strong and unified architectural identity for the integrated development.
The other Canninghill Piers' unique design features include:
- 48-storey residential tower with a height of 180m facing riverside will be the tallest residential development along the Singapore River
- 24-storey residential tower with a height of 100m overlooking Fort Canning Hill
- The two residential towers will be connected by an iconic sky bridge on Level 24, filled with a wide range of lifestyle facilities such as the Sky Gym, Infinity Lap Pool, Sky Gourmet, Flexi Lounge and Function Room
- More amenities and vantage points await residents on Level 3, where an outdoor jogging track, a bouldering wall and an adventure-themed children’s play area can be found amidst verdant landscaping
- The Sky Club, a luxurious clubhouse spanning over 1,900 square feet (sq ft), with breath-taking views of Marina Bay, together with the Sky Garden, located on Level 45
- Unobstructed views of Fort Canning Hill, Singapore River, the Central Business District (CBD), Marina Bay and beyond
- A wide selection of unit types from one- to five-bedroom premium apartments, Sky Suites and a Super Penthouse, ranging in size from approximately 409 to 8,956 sq ft
Drawing inspiration from its surroundings, the landscaping of CanningHill Piers will extend the lush greenery of Fort Canning Hill to its various sky terraces. Part of an existing road that currently separates the development and the river will be transformed into an attractive riverfront promenade that connects seamlessly with the vibrant Clarke Quay lifestyle precinct that runs alongside the Singapore River.
In the future, residents can look forward to hiking from Fort Canning Park to Pearl’s Hill City Park through the scenic Singapore River, as part of the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Master Plan 2019. In addition, Clarke Quay’s revitalised retail services and F&B offerings will suit the needs of the enlarged population of residents in the River Valley vicinity.
The design of Canninghill Piers and Canninghill Square is based on:
Passive Design: Adapting to the surrounding environment while utilising natural resources. These will include:
- Tropical architecture design - good shading, porous building massing, extensive greenery integration
- Wide openings to drive natural ventilation
- Maximise comfortable naturally ventilated spaces to minimise air-conditioning
- Bespoke external shadings-based orientation
- Minimised direct west-facing facade
Active Design: High performance efficient systems to reduce resource consumption (ie, energy, water, waste production) and enhance comfort. These include:
- highly efficient cooling system for whole development
- energy efficient lighting fixtures and control
- smart automated building control BMS system
- rainwater harvesting for landscape irrigation and water features
- carpark ventilation with CO sensor control
Residential Unit Design: Green features within residential units to enhance comfort and wellbeing while encouraging responsible resource use. These include:
- low VOC paint for healthier indoor air quality
- smart home features to enhance control convenience
- energy-efficient 5-ticks air-conditioners
- water efficient fittings
- dedicated recycling pneumatic chutes
Smart Home Features
There is a total of 25 smart home features:
- 12 x smart home features inside all residential units
- 1 x CCTV is provisioned in resdential units with private lift only
- 3 x smart features in the Common Area
- 8 x smart features in mobile community app
- 1 x lift calling app (apply to residential units with private lift only)
Smart Features for All Residential Units
- smart console tablet
- smart door lockset
- smart doorbell with camera
- smart motion sensor
- smart speaker/smart voice control
- smart smoke detector
- smart energy monitoring
- smart IP camera (for units with private lift)
- smart home hub/smart siren alarm
- smart air-conditioner control
- smart lighting
Smart Features in Common Areas
IoT Devices at Lift Lobby - smart audio-video intercomm & smart facial recognition system
IoT at Common Areas - smart parcel
Smart Features in Mobile Community App
- smart home mobile app
- smart invite/visitor registration
- smart facilities booking
- appointment booking
- maintenance reporting
- smart app facilities remote access control
- mobile payment for facilities booking
- car wash bay availability
Residential Services At Canninghill Piers
Canninghill Piers provides a host of residential services, with the residential service desk located on Level 24.
Canninghill Piers Location – At the Heart of Entertainment
Canninghill Piers lies at the heart of Clark Quay. It is flanked by Robertson Quay and Boat Quay - one of Singapore’s four Historical Districts. In the late 19th century, the area was the centre of trade and commerce. “Tongkangs” (bumboats) loading and unloading their cargoes from the warehouses along Clarke Quay used to be a common sight.
But today, it has been transformed into a bustling destination filled with a colourful kaleidoscope of restaurants, wine bars, entertainment spots and retail shops. The rows of charming shophouses and warehouses that have been refurbished add to the area’s charm. In the day, visitors can immerse themselves in discovering shops selling curios, souvenirs, art and craft and a variety of merchandise.
In the evening, Clarke Quay becomes a huge night bazaar where visitors can be lost in a maze of dining and entertainment outlets. Clarke Quay is very accessible as it is served by two MRT stations – Clarke Quay (North-East Line) and Fort Canning (Downtown Line).
Canninghill Piers overlooks the Singapore River, which meanders through Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay, and provides the central artery for the area’s vibrant nightlife scene. But the river offers its visitors more than just a picturesque destination for food and drinks. It also offers boat tours where they cruise up and down the entire length of the river. Traversing from one end at Marina Bay to the other end at Robertson Quay, these boat rides offer many interesting sights along the way.
These include historically important bridges such as Clemenceau Bridge and Anderson Bridge, as well as well-known Singapore landmarks such as the Asian Civilisation Museum, statues of Sir Stamford Raffles and Merlion, and the Esplanade where its spikey roof resembles a durian.
Unsurprisingly, the area has grown into one of Singapore’s must-visit tourist destination.
Fort Canning Park
Today, Fort Canning Park features nine historical gardens - the Pancur Larangan, Artisan’s Garden, Sang Nila Utama Garden, Jubilee Park, Raffles Garden, First Botanic Garden, Farquhar Garden, Spice Garden and Armenian Street Park. Across Canninghill Piers is Fort Canning Park, an iconic hilltop landmark in Singapore that had witnessed several historical events. The hill was previously home to 14th-century kings' palaces and served as the Far East Command Centre and British Army Barracks. The decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942 was also made on the hill, in the Underground Far East Command Centre commonly known as Battle Box.
The park was originally known as Bukit Larangan, or 'Forbidden Hill' in Malay. The 18-hectare park now boasts a plethora of activities, ranging from historical artifacts to outdoor lawns for concerts, as well as rich vegetation for nature lovers. Within it lies the boutique Hotel Fort Canning.
Other National Parks
Besides Fort Caning Park, Canninghill Piers also enjoys proximity to two national gardens - the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay.
Singapore Botanic Gardens - Established in 1859, it is the oldest garden in Singapore. Covering an area of 74-hectares, it was inscribed as a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site on 4 July 2015.
Today, its mission includes providing botanical and horticultural support for the nation’s greening plans, a centre for plant taxonomic and biodiversity research, as well as a recreational and educational attraction.
One of its highlights include The National Orchid Garden. Located on its highest hill, the three hectares of carefully landscaped slopes provide a setting for over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids, with about 600 species and hybrids on display.
Gardens by the Bay – The Gardens by the Bay is led by a multidisciplinary team of professionals who have been involved in the greening of Singapore and had worked alongside international and local experts to develop the Gardens.
Famed for its iconic Supertrees as well as Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, it is a showpiece of horticulture and garden artistry. Beside showcasing various beautiful plants and flowers from different parts of the world, it also seeks to educate visitors on seldom seen plant species in this part of the world.
They range from species in cool, temperate climates to tropical rainforests and habitats. There are different themes and plant exhibits over the course of the year to provide a visual treat to visitors.
Canninghill Piers - Next to The Central Business District (CBD)
The Canninghill Piers is located just beside the Central Business District (CBD) where many multi-national corporations (MNCs) are located. As such, it is one of the most prestigious and sought-after areas to own a property in Singapore, especially for investment due to the large catchment of existing high-earning tenants.
In fact, it is within walking distance (less than 15 minutes) of Singapore's financial centre, the 4th largest in the world. Alternatively, there are River Taxis that ply the whole stretch of the Singapore River, offering an alternative and interesting mode of transport.
This provides a fascinating work, live and play environment where a wide range of amenities such as shopping centres, entertainment spots, eateries and many others are within easy reach.
Four Historical Districts Near Canninghill Piers
Canninghill Piers is situated close to of Singapore's four Historical Districts – Boat Quay, Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam.
The proximity to these historically, culturally and architecturally rich areas will provide a unique living experience not found elsewhere in Singapore. These areas are characterised by predominantly two- and three-storey shophouses, ranging from the Early Shophouse Style and Transitional Shophouse Style to the Art Deco Shophouse Style.
These carefully conserved shophouses showcase their fascinating Asian heritage and culture no other structures can. Hence, they are subjected to the strictest form of building conservation guidelines to preserve their diverse facades, rich ornamentation and distinctive architectural styles.
Today, it has become a major entertainment district filled with touristy bars, shops and menu-clutching touts luring the masses into their riverside restaurants. It is especially popular with working executives who frequented the place to entertain clients or chill out after a hard day's work.Boat Quay was once Singapore's centre of commerce well into the 1960s, but the place subsequently fell into ruins as the trading businesses shifted elsewhere. In the late 1970s, the Singapore government started cleaning up the river and its sources of pollution. And in 1989, the area and its shophouses were gazetted for conservation while the river bank was developed into a pedestrian mall.
Chinatown, situated south of the Singapore River, is the original settlement of the Chinese community in Singapore. It is just one station from either the Fort Canning or Clarke Quay MRT station.
The area’s proud heritage has remained very much on display. There are ornate Chinese, Buddhist and Hindu temples, museums and plenty of interesting sights to appreciate its old-world charm. Many of its shophouses with their original texture and fabric are largely intact, depicting the simple lifestyles of the early immigrant community.
The Chinatown of today is much-beloved for its blend of old and new, where traditional medicinal halls sit alongside bold new bars and trendy lifestyle shops.
Little India, as the name signifies, is a popular place for the Indian community in Singapore to congregate. It is bounded by Serangoon Road, Sungei Road and Jalan Besar. The place was once used for agriculture and later for cattle trade. There was once a racecourse too.
To this day, this enclave of rich culture and unique heritage has remained. Most of its built fabric of the late 19th century or early 20th century is still largely intact.
The district is a tantalising blend of new and old, with contemporary street art and hip eateries operating alongside age-old temples and vendors selling a tantalising mix of spices, silk, flowers and handicrafts.
Historically one of Singapore’s oldest urban quarters, the Kampong Glam of today is a fascinating blend of tradition and trendy lifestyle, while colourful street art adds to its beguilement.
It is bounded by Ophir Road, Victoria Street, Jalan Sultan and Beach Road. Traditionally, it was a Malay residential area with ethnic-based activities around Arab Street. Its unique characteristic lies in its unique streetscape and the large open spaces of the Istana Kampong Glam, a national monument.
In many of its conserved shophouses, visitors can find merchandise such as Persian carpets, traditional fabrics, colourful textiles, jewellery and handicrafts. Along with them are funky cafes and exotic restaurants that attract a varied crowd. These include Lebanese food to Turkish and Middle Eastern delights, as well as shisha/hookah joints.
An Excellent Public Transportation Network
Canninghill Piers is located above the Fort Canning MRT station (Downtown Line). It is also a short 8 minutes' walk to the Clark Quay MRT station (North-East Line). As they are closely linked to several MRT interchanges – Chinatown, Raffles Place, City Hall and Dhoby Ghaut – they provide excellent connectivity and convenient access to many parts of Singapore.
According to a study by the Department of Real Estate, School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore, properties within 600m of MRT stations and near interchanges are found to be more highly valued.
Besides MRT stations, Canninghill Piers is also close to major expressways such as Central Expressway (CTE), Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) and Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE). All of them are just a short drive away.
At the same time, there are many public buses plying Clemenceau Avenue and River Valley Road. This will provide residents even more transportation choices, which make car ownership less of a necessity.
With such an excellent transportation network, it will help to reduce the time spent on commuting to work, study or run errands. Hence, residents will have more time for themselves and family, leading to a better quality of life.
A Plethora of Shopping & Dining Options
Although Canninghill Piers will have its own shopping podium, that’s not all! At its doorstep is Clarke Quay – a popular and hip entertainment and shopping spot that offers good food and a unique shopping experience.
For example, visitors can shop at the Royal Selangor Pewter or discover funky jewellery and knick knacks from pushcarts that line the street. More shopping spots can be found at Riverside Point and Clarke Quay Central Mall nearby.
Riverside Point - It is home to some renowned brands and independent stores where visitors will find a huge collection of apparels, homeware, souvenirs and all kinds of accessories. There are also a number of eateries where visitors can grab a meal before continuing with their shopping spree.
Clarke Quay Central Mall – A tad further away along Eu Tong Sen Street, it is connected to the Clarke Quay MRT station. Boasting a 5-story retail podium, it is home to a range of gastronomical delights ranging from authentic Japanese cuisines, Chinese specialties to Western fare.
There are also an array of eclectic shops offering fashion and accessories, electronic goods, gifts and novelties, beauty parlours and many more. Clarke Quay Central also participates in the yearly Singapore River Festival held between August to September, where visitors can look forward to a host of exciting family friendly events and performances by the river.
Robertson Quay And Mohamed Sultan Road - Robertson Quay used to be one of the three largest wharfs along the Singapore River. The other two being Boat Quay and Clarke Quay.
But since the 1990s, the area has been repurposed for hotel, commercial and residential uses. Today, it has been transformed into a hip place filled with restaurants, pubs, cafes, upmarket condominiums, offices and recreational facilities. One of its distinctive landmarks is the Alkaff Bridge that has been turned into a piece of colourful art.
At night, it is a gem of an entertainment spot by the Singapore River that offers a tranquil ambience for dining or just to chill out with friends. Unsurprisingly, it has attracted a flourishing community of expatriates and locals into the neighbourhood.
Other Popular Shopping Districts Nearby
Other than the area around Clarke Quay, Canninghill Piers is also very close to many major shopping districts nearby. Due to its well-connected transportation network, they can be easily reached. These include the following:
Orchard Road – Just one station away, Orchard Road is Singapore’s premier shopping district. It is home to numerous internationally renowned department stores catering to the well-heeled. Famous brands such as Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Cartier and many more can be found along the 2.2 km-long shopping belt. There are also many interesting food options, ranging from budget fare to Michelin star restaurants.
City Hall – The City Hall MRT station is just two stops away. Situated at the heart of the Civic District is the Raffles City Shopping Centre. Inside, visitors will find many high street names alongside a great choice of dining options, including an affordable and cheerful food court at the basement.
Marina Bay – There are a couple of shopping malls in the area, which include Marina Square, Suntec City, Millenia Walk and the Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands. Together, they provide an eco-retail system offering a one-stop destination for all your retail needs – ranging from affordable merchandise to high-end fashion.
Bugis – Three stations from Canninghill Piers, Bugis is a bustling place with modern shopping malls and gleaming skyscrapers alongside enthralling conservation buildings that give the area its fascinating character. The current Bugis Street in now an open-air bazaar selling an eclectic mix of merchandise under canvas roof. Beside it is the Bugis Junction and Bugis+ shopping centre that cater to a diverse crowd.
2 World-Class Medical Hubs Near Canninghill Piers
The Canninghill Piers is situated conveniently between two world-class medical hubs. They are the SGH Campus at Outram and Health City at Novena, two and five stations away respectively.
First announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 2016, the development of SGH Campus will take place in phases over the next 20 years. So far, the Academia, Singapore Heart Centre and Outram Community Hospital have been completed.
Meanwhile, the Health City Novena is expected to be completed by 2030. Together, both developments will cater to Singapore’s rising healthcare needs amid an ageing population. They will include Patient Care, Research and Education, providing an environment that supports the latest models of care that are holistic, multi-disciplinary and team-based with integration across the whole spectrum of medical care.
As Singapore is well-known for its cutting-edge medical and healthcare services, it is a popular destination for medical tourists from the region. Given Canninghill Piers central location and its proximity to these two medical hubs, they will further boost its investment appeal.
Schools Near Canninghill Piers
For families with school-going children, Canninghill Piers is an ideal place to set up home due to its proximity to many schools and education institutions. These include the following:
- River Valley Primary School
- Alexandra Primary School
- Zhangde Primary School
- Anglo-Chinese School (Junior)
- Margaret's Primary School
- Crescent Girls’ School
- Gan Eng Seng Secondary
- Outram Secondary School
- School of the Arts (SOTA)
For older children, there are 3 tertiary institutions nearby at Bras Basah and are two MRT stations away. They are:
- Singapore Management University (SMU)
- Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)
- LASSALE College of the Arts
As for the National University of Singapore, it is only eight stations away at Kent Ridge.
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