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On Monday, October 15, representatives of S P Setia, Multiplex, Shangri-La and the City of Melbourne gathered to break ground on what will become one of Melbourne’s most iconic developments, Sapphire By The Gardens located at 308 Exhibition Street.
 
Developed by S P Setia, the mixed-use project’s western tower measures 62 stories and will host Melbourne’s newest five-star hotel, Shangri-La Hotel, Melbourne. The eastern tower is 60 stories and will house over 300 luxury residential apartments.
 
The two towers will be joined by a striking Sky Lounge on level 46 overlooking the UNESCO world heritage site, the Royal Exhibition Building and its surrounding Carlton Gardens.
 
Speaking at the event, Mr. Choong Kai Wai, chief executive officer of S P Setia’s Australian operations, said that he was excited to see work commence on site.
 
“Today’s ground-breaking ceremony represents a significant milestone for Setia and further signals our commitment to developing a pipeline of projects that are highly sought after by the Australian market,” said Choong. “The secret behind Sapphire By The Garden’s success, with over 95 percent of the project sold, was the substantial underlying demand for premium, highly-livable and world class residential apartments in Melbourne’s CBD. The market wanted a high-quality product and we’re proud to have delivered that at this site.”
 
The AUD565 million (about USD404 million) build contract to deliver Shangri-La Melbourne and Sapphire By The Gardens was recently awarded to premier global construction company, Multiplex.
 
Graham Cottam, regional managing director of Multiplex Victoria, said that he anticipated this build would become one of the organization’s, and Victoria’s, most significant construction projects over the next three years.
 
“We are thrilled to be appointed by S P Setia to deliver this world-class mixed-use development, drawing upon our extensive experience constructing high-rise buildings in the city,” said Cottam. “As one of Multiplex’s largest projects currently underway in Australia, it is set to generate significant employment throughout its construction and beyond.”
 
With construction anticipated to take three years, the project is expected to generate over 1,000 jobs during the construction and initial hotel operational period, representing a significant economic impact for Victoria.
 
Locatedin the north east corner of Melbourne’s CBD near the culture and theater precinct and overlooking the Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Centre, the project’s 500-room luxury hotel is perfectly positioned to cater for tourists visiting Melbourne.
 
Mr. LIM Beng Chee, chief executive officer of Shangri-La Asia Limited, said that high demand for five-star accommodation in this thriving commercial and tourist precinct, coupled with strong hotel occupancy rates, made this location the perfect-fit to launch Shangri-La’s first Victorian offering.
 
“Melbourne is one of Australia’s top business and tourism cities and we are pleased to partner with SP Setia for our expansion in the city,” said LIM. “Shangri-La Hotel, Melbourne will be part of an iconic building complex within walking distance of diverse offerings including vibrant retail and dining hubs, as well as cultural and theaterattractions. We couldn’t have chosen a more strategic and spectacular location to site our hotel and to introduce our Asian-inspired hospitality to all visitors once the complex is completed.”
 
 
VIPs gathered at the Sapphire By The Gardens development site in Melbourne, Australia on October 15, 2018 to ceremoniously launch an iconic twin tower development which will measure 62 stories tall.  Set to debut in 2022, the project will house over 300 luxury residential apartments and the city’s newest five-star hotel – Shangri-La Hotel, Melbourne.
  • Regional Managing Director of Multiplex, Mr. Graham Cottam
  • The Deputy President and Group COO of S P Setia, Datuk Wong Tuck Wai
  • The President & CEO of S P Setia, Dato’ Khor Chap Jen
  • The High Commissioner of Malaysia, H.E. Dato’ Sudha Devi
  • The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp
  • The Chairman of S P Setia, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid
  • The CEO of Shangri-La Asia Limited, Mr. Lim Beng Chee
  • The CEO of S P Setia Australia, Datuk Choong Kai Wai
 
Sapphire By The Gardens VIP

The Sapphire By the Gardens ceremonial groundbreaking in Melbourne, Australia on October 15, 2018 included from left:
  • The CEO of S P Setia Australia, Datuk Choong Kai Wai
  • Regional Managing Director of Multiplex, Mr. Graham Cottam
  • The Chairman of S P Setia, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid
  • Kandiah Kamalesvaran (Kamahl) – entertainer at the ground breaking event
  • The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp
  • The President & CEO of S P Setia, Dato’ Khor Chap Jen
  • The Deputy President and Group COO of S P Setia, Datuk Wong Tuck Wai
  • The CEO of Shangri-La Asia Limited, Mr. Lim Beng Chee
  • The High Commissioner of Malaysia, H.E. Dato’ Sudha Devi