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Punggol residential site draws top bid from Chinese firm – TODAY 4 Nov 11

A 99-YEAR-LEASEHOLD residential site at Punggol Central/Edgedale Plains drew a top bid of $215.87 million yesterday, or $330 per square foot per plot ratio (psf ppr).

Chinese firm Qingjian Realty (South Pacific) Group trumped four other developers to put in the top bid for the site, which measures 218,034.6 sq ft and has a maximum permissible gross floor area of 654,103.9 sq ft. It barely edged out the second-highest bid, by Soilbuild Group Holdings, which came in at $203.888 million, or approximately $312 psf ppr.

The lowest bid came in from Opal Star and Lum Chang Building Contractors, at $290 psf ppr.

The narrow spread of bids indicates developers were more measured in bidding for the site. This could be due to the upcoming supply of around 1,500 private apartments and 700 executive condominiums in Punggol New Town, and the potential slowdown in demand for mass-market homes, in view of economic uncertainties.

While a slowing market may have deterred over-optimistic bidding, the top bid of $330 psf ppr is roughly in line with the $323 psf ppr fetched by the Punggol Field Walk site in September. It shows that tender bids in the Punggol location are holding, although there is lower tender participation today, with five bidders compared to eight in the previous one.

Zuo Haibin, managing director, Qingjian Realty Group, said they are planning for around 650 units of two to four bedrooms. The project should be launched within six to eight months, he added. The breakeven cost to should be around $700 psf.

Units at the nearby 882-unit A Treasure Trove have sold for a median price of $915 psf, based on the 750 units sold since its launch in early September.


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