Renovating a whole serviced apartment property sounds like a tricky proposition. How do you keep operating and not impact current and long-term residents? What do you change and what do you keep the same? We asked Darren Cher, Senior General Manager of Great World Serviced Apartments in Singapore, to list five key facts about their soon-to-be-finished serviced apartment renovation.
#1 The timing was right
“The apartments have been around since 1997 – over 20 years. The last minor refurbishment was done in 2013, so we were definitely due for a makeover! We wanted to enhance and refresh the stay experience for our residents and guests. The eight-month serviced apartment renovation began in September 2019, and will be completed by April this year.”
#2 The whole property will benefit
“We started with 28 units over six floors in our West Tower last September. We updated the entire look and feel of the apartment while keeping the functional layout.
“Our next phase will be the common areas: the main reception area, gym, children’s playroom and swimming pool. The outdoor Jacuzzi, which is currently on level two, will be moved to level three with the main swimming pool. In its place will be an outdoor alfresco dining and seating area to take advantage of our beautiful waterfall landscape.
“We will be renovating the resident’s lounge, too, because we’re planning to start serving breakfast to our residents here. It will incorporate co-working spaces and booths, and offer a meeting room that residents can still enjoy after breakfast hours.”
#3 Keeping a lid on disruption was key
“From a project management point of view, we needed to minimise the disturbance to our residents. So, we planned the works and carried them out one floor at a time, to minimise the nuisance to all the other floors. We chose a non-peak season for the project, and renovation hours were kept strictly to 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday.
“We also needed to have good logistics planning for the transportation of all the materials and furniture, and for disposing of debris. It took a lot of organising!”
#4 It’s a Singapore-driven project
“The renovation works were done by Corten Interior Solutions, a Singapore-based integrative interior fit-out company, in collaboration with interior design firm Expression Galleries. Corten have also completed projects for Courtyard by Marriott (collaboration with Expression Galleries), Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, Winsland Serviced Suites by Lanson Place and the Four Seasons Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. So, we knew we were in good hands.”
#5 There are new features galore
“Residents now have a refreshed and updated home to look forward to, with a modern look that creates a welcoming and comfortable environment – a home away from home. The serviced apartment renovation now gives residents interiors that are modern yet comfy. We changed the carpets in the bedrooms to vinyl flooring as it’s more stylish (it looks just like timber!) and is also more durable and easier to maintain.All the kitchen cabinets have been changed and, more importantly, we added a dishwasher!
“Also, we’ve chosen more comfortable sofas and a rug in the living room that adds to the homely feel. The bedrooms have also been fitted with new wallpaper and bed heads with reading lights.
“For the planned common areas – the resident’s lounge will be a more conducive environment for guests to meet, mingle and do their own work. We’ll also add new greenery to the pool and Jacuzzi area to create an oasis vibe.”
Great World Serviced Apartments
2 Kim Seng Walk
6722 7000 | stay.greatworld.com.sg
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