CNBC Asia Pacific Property Awards 2009 bestows Saigon Centre with five-star rating and nomination for the prestigious International Property Awards to be held in November 2009
21 July 2009, Vietnam - Keppel Land Limited (Keppel Land), one of Vietnam's
pioneer and largest foreign property developers, continues to set benchmarks with its quality portfolio as Saigon Centre garners
its latest accolade, 'Best Mixed-Use Development' at the CNBC Asia Pacific Property Awards 2009 (APPA 2009).
As the best overall entry in its nominated category, Saigon Centre was conferred the top five-star status, qualifying it for the coveted International Property Awards to be held in November 2009.
Mr Ang Wee Gee, Executive Director and CEO of International, Keppel Land, said, "Saigon Centre has grown to become a Ho Chi Minh City landmark, setting benchmarks for quality and innovation as it continues to reinvent itself to cater to the needs of our multi-national tenants, residents and customers.
"More than awards and accolades, we are encouraged that Keppel Land's focus on excellent properties and services continue to be recognised, even as the Company builds on its reputation as the choice property developer not only in Vietnam, but across Asia."
Fronting the city's main thoroughfare Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Saigon Centre sits on a two-hectare site which is being developed in phases.
Phase One of Saigon Centre was completed in 1996. It comprises 11 levels of office space, a three-storey retail podium, 89 premier serviced apartments, a business centre and a town club. The office is almost fully leased with international tenants including Deutsche Bank, GE, Motorola and Mitsubishi. The retail component and the serviced apartments, Sedona Suites HCMC, enjoy
full occupancy. Its retail podium has gained popularity as 'The Meeting Place' to see and be seen in Ho Chi Minh City.
Developer Keppel Land and local partners, SOWATCO and RESCO, have plans for Saigon Centre to become the city's iconic development integrating subsequent phases of Saigon Centre. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, one of the world's largest architectural firms, has been appointed the architect for new concept plans for Saigon Centre.
Keppel Land also won five other awards across Asia at APPA 2009: