Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Aerospace park bites a chunk off Seletar camp

Business Times: Tue, Aug 07

[SINGAPORE] Military operations at Seletar Camp will be consolidated to operate out of a smaller area, as part of the camp is released to make way for the development of the aviation sector.

Said Colonel Kenneth Liow, director of public affairs at the Ministry of Defence: "Mindef has been working closely with the Urban Redevelopment Authority to release the required land at Seletar Camp for the development of the Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP). The transfer of land will be completed by the end of this year."

"The existing Singapore Armed Forces units in Seletar Camp will be consolidated within a smaller area and continue to operate from there," he added.

Mindef was unable to provide specifics on how much space was being released for the development of the aviation hub.

This marks the third and final phase of development for the aerospace park. Infrastructure works are expected to be completed by 2014, said the developer and industrial landlord, JTC Corporation (JTC).

Indeed, the first two phases of development, which span 90ha, have been completed, with 80 per cent of the area leased out. Some of the tenants include ST Aerospace, Bombardier, Rolls Royce, and Bell Helicopter.

Bell Helicopter and sister firm, corporate jet maker Cessna, opened their 160,500-sq-ft facility, which includes maintenance hangars, a paint shop, and a warehouse, last month.

This is in addition to two ready-built facilities - the Business Aviation Complex (BAC), and Component Manufacturing and MRO Facility (CMMF) which were commissioned by JTC.

The seven-storey multi-tenanted BAC, which sits on a plot of some 30,139 sq ft, has a gross floor area of some 75,347 sq ft. It is targeted at incumbent companies at the SAP that require warehousing and storage space, as well as new entrants who are looking for a quick start-up space.

Separately, the CMMF comprises eight standard factory buildings and occupies a three hectare site at the southern tip of the SAP.

Earlier this year, JTC announced that Meggitt Aerospace Asia Pacific signed a lease agreement for a 2,000-sq-m (approximately 21,2528 sq ft) standard factory unit in the CMMF.

Plans for the aerospace hub were announced by the government in 2006. The park, which spans 320ha, is expected to provide economies of scale and increased efficiencies to companies.

"The CMMF and other developments in SAP will be home to companies that will contribute to the SAP's annual value add target of $3.3 billion by 2018," said JTC.

Seletar camp was formerly the site of the largest British Royal Air Force (RAF) base in the Far East. Built in the 1920s, it became operational in 1928.

The eastern side of the camp was handed over to the Singapore Armed Forces and functions as a military facility while the western side, with its black-and-white houses, were leased out for residential use.

The area surrounding the aerospace park has been zoned as "reserve site", which refers to areas in which the specific use has yet to be determined.

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