JTC has launched three sites under the first half 2018 Industrial Government Land Sales (IGLS) programme. The launch of the sites is part of the Government’s efforts to offer more choices for industrial development. Two sites are available for tender while one site (under the Reserve List) is available for application.
The Singapore government releases land regularly through land sales programme for private sector development to meet demand arising from economic growth. As one of the land sales agent for the IGLS programme, JTC releases land for development via public tenders. The sites are launched via the confirmed list or the reserve list.
Under the Reserve List, the Government will put up a site for tender if:
- An interested party submits an application with an offer of a minimum purchase price that is acceptable to the Government; or
- There is sufficient market interest in the form of more than one unrelated party submitting minimum purchase prices that are close to the Government’s Reserve Price for the site within a reasonable period.
Sites available for tender:
|S/N||Location||Site Area (Ha)||Gross Plot Ratio||Zoning||Tenure||Tender Closing|
|1||Braddell Road||0.97||2.5||B1||30-year||11 July 2018 (Wednesday), 11.00am|
|2||Tampines Industrial Drive (Plot 10)||0.47||1.4||B2||20-year||25 July 2018 (Wednesday), 11.00am|
The site at Braddell Road was made available for application under the Reserve List for the first half 2018 IGLS Programme. JTC had received an application for the site to be put up for public tender, with a committed bid price of not less than $18,302,300.
The site at Tampines Industrial Drive (Plot 10) is the fifth out of six Confirmed List sites for the first half 2018 IGLS Programme.
Site available for application under the Reserve List:
|S/N||Location||Site Area (Ha)||Gross Plot Ratio||Zoning||Tenure|
|1||Corporation Drive (formerly referred to as Yung Ho)||1.28||2.5||B2||30-year|
The site at Corporation Drive is the fifth out of seven Reserve List sites for the first half 2018 IGLS Programme.
In December 2017, the government announced that it as trimming its industrial land supply for the first half of 2018, after industrial prices and rents showed themselves to be responding as hoped to the government’s supply spike in recent years. The Government promised to continue to release sufficient land through the industrial Government Land Sales programme to ensure an adequate supply of industrial space in Singapore.
Industry experts noted at that time that the industrial government land sales programme for the first half of 2018 reflected the government’s sensitivity to the still fragile state of the industrial property market, in spite of the uplift in economic and trade conditions.
JLL head of research and consultancy Tay Huey Ying noted that “The measured H1 2018 IGLS programme is seen as a positive for the industrial property market as it would allow the market time to soak up the available space amid the more upbeat economic outlook. This would help to mitigate any downward pressure on industrial rents and prices in 2018.”
Others however noted that the recovery in the industrial market is “uneven” as some firms are still looking to consolidate or downsize their space requirements to remain cost-efficient. Supply completions for 2018 are expected to taper off due to construction of new properties, putting a squeeze on cost competitiveness on industrial land.
In March 2018, former Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang explained how the Industrial Government Land Sales is part of the solution to ensure that industrial land costs remain competitive.
“For companies in the manufacturing sector, rental costs constitute a relatively small proportion of business costs, and is usually less than 2.0% on average. We have nonetheless taken measures to ensure that industrial land costs remain competitive.
First of all, JTC Corporation benchmarks its land prices internationally to ensure that they are competitive.
Second, the Government releases land for private-sector industrial developments through our half-yearly Industrial Government Land Sales Programme to ensure that there is sufficient land and industrial space to meet demand, support economic growth, and maintain the stability of the industrial property market.
With an increase in the supply of land and industrial space, the industrial price index has decreased by 16.6% from its peak in 2014, while the industrial rental index has declined by 13.4% from its peak in 2014.
Third, we have also made public the statistics on industrial space prices, rents, as well as occupancy rates to improve transparency and help companies make informed decisions.
We must continue to take bold strides to seize opportunities to innovate, and not let our domestic constraints of a tightening labour market and scarcity of land hold us back.”
In 2016, the Government announced that industrial land and properties previously under the Housing & Development Board (HDB) will be transferred to JTC Corporation (JTC) by the first quarter of 2018. About 10,700 industrial units and 540 industrial land leases were transferred from the HDB to JTC in this period. The move was implemented to improve the support for small- and-medium enterprises in terms of their land space needs as their businesses grow.
JTC and HDB said in a joint press release then that the consolidation of industrial land and properties under JTC will allow tenants to have a “one-stop access” to the full range of public sector industrial facilities available and that the consolidation will enable the pooling of similar capabilities and resources under one agency for better planning and operational efficiency.
It was also touted to enable more comprehensive master-planning of new industrial districts and better clustering and integration of complementary activities along the value-chain.
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