Mapletree unveils V Plaza and opens first serviced apartment

11:00 | 26/03/2019

Mapletree Investments (Mapletree) today unveiled the design of Grade A twin office towers V Plaza – a joint venture with Saigon Co.op Investment Development JSC (SCID) – and officially opened its first Mapletree-developed serviced apartment in Vietnam, Oakwood Residence Saigon in District 7 of Ho Chi Minh City.

About 160 guests witnessed the unveiling of V Plaza which was graced by guest-of-honour Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore Teo Chee Hean, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Thanh Phong, chairman of Mapletree Edmund Cheng, and chairman of SCID Diep Dung.

Mapletree also hosted guests to a second celebration at Oakwood Residence Saigon. DPM Teo, Nguyen Thanh Phong, and Edmund Cheng unveiled a commemorative plaque to officiate the opening ceremony and toured the 30-storey serviced apartment.

When completed in 2023, V Plaza will be the largest office complex in District 7, offering 66,000 square metres of net lettable area of office space. The new skyscrapers are highly anticipated to cater to the demands of local and international companies in e-commerce/IT, banking and financial services, and manufacturing.

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Artist’s impression of V Plaza (centre, behind SC VivoCity) when fully completed in 2023

Together with the existing SC VivoCity, Mapletree Business Centre, RichLane Residences, and Oakwood Residence Saigon, V Plaza will complement Mapletree’s “Work, Live, and Play” concept for the 4.4-hectare integrated development.

“Having successfully transformed the HarbourFront and Alexandra precincts in Singapore, Mapletree brought its expertise to Ho Chi Minh City and created a ‘Work, Live, and Play’ environment at Saigon South Place. Our flagship properties in Singapore are well-received and we target to deliver a very good set of results in Vietnam. Saigon South Place, which started out as a greenfield project, has injected vibrancy to today’s District 7. We are confident that Saigon South Place will be a highly sought-after destination because of its proximity to the Central Business District, many international schools, industrial zones, as well as the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre, providing a one-stop convenience to those living and working nearby,” Cheng said.

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The official opening of Oakwood residence Saigon

“On March 16 seven years ago, SCID and Mapletree celebrated the ground-breaking of SC VivoCity. SC VivoCity attracted occupancy of above 95 per cent in its third year of operation in 2018 and footfall at the shopping mall also increased annually. We look forward to scaling greater heights with Mapletree upon the completion of V Plaza,” said Dung.

Meanwhile, Oakwood Residence Saigon offers 237 fully-furnished serviced apartments ranging from studios to three-bedroom units, and premium amenities such as multi-function meeting rooms measuring up to 110sq.m, an on-site restaurant, fitness centre, swimming pool, and a children’s playground. Managed by Oakwood, the property has attracted many expatriates and business travellers since its soft opening in April 2018.

mapletree unveils v plaza and opens first serviced apartment
Oakwood Residence Saigon is the first Mapletree-developed serviced apartment in Vietnam

At the event, each guest also received a box of artisanal soap, a project collaboration between Mapletree and Faire Soap (Faire). With a start-up grant from Mapletree, Faire produces chemical-free soaps from excess cow's milk sourced in Cu Chi Village in Vietnam.

Apart from reducing the wastage of excess milk, these soaps help to uplift Vietnamese farmers’ income and better their livelihood. Faire is co-founded by a team of students from Singapore Polytechnic and University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City.

Since entering Vietnam in 2005, Mapletree is committed to growing its footprint in the country. The group will continue to transform more precincts, develop flagship properties, and be on the lookout to acquire operating assets which are in line with their strategy. At present, Mapletree owns and manages more than $1.09 billion of assets in Vietnam.

Nguyen Huong

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