British technology company Dyson has picked the former power plant and nightclub as its new Singapore headquarters.
The historic St James Power Station has a colourful afterlife.
The building was constructed and officially opened in 1927 and housed the country’s first coal-fired power plant.
It was decommissioned in 1976 due to the advent of newer power plants.
In 2006, the former industrial complex was turned into an entertainment and nightlife hub. K-pop star Jay Park as well as Singaporean singers Stefanie Sun and JJ Lin were some of the artists that performed at the venue.
In 2009, St James Power Station was declared a national monument and cultural site.
“The historic St James Power Station will be a most inspiring backdrop for Dyson’s people,” said CEO Jim Rowan.
The new headquarters is planned to be a “hive for [Dyson’s] research and development endevours.”
The company announced earlier that it intends to expand its workforce and hire over 2,000 new staff including engineers and employees working on production, design and operations.
They plan to move into the new headquarters by 2021.
Since St James Power Station is gazetted as a national monument, new owners cannot change its façade, tear down walls, or build and add extensions.
Dyson, known as a manufacturer of vacuum cleaners and hairdryers, is headed by British inventor Sir James Dyson.
He previously made the headlines in Singapore for buying the most expensive penthouse in the country and a prime lot good class bungalow (GCB) on 50 Cluny Road. /TISG