Approval has been given to Marina Bay Sands (MBS) from the Singapore authorities for a fourth high-rise in a planned expansion for the iconic resort of three buildings linked by a sky pool. The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) released data on 26 January sharing the commercial projects with development approvalsat the end of the fourth quarter of 2023, in which MBS was one of them. The new building will be a hotel and retail development, and according to URA data, it will have 153,100 square meters of hotel space with over 587 rooms and 12,185 square meters of retail space.
A live performance arena that seats at least 15,000, as well as additional meeting/convention/exhibition capacity, will also accompany the development. A sky roof with a swimming pool will also float on top, similar to the adjacent hotel. Parent company Las Vegas Sands has commented that project costs are expected to “meaningfully exceed” the initial $3.3 billion USD estimates – inclusive of land – that were made in 2019 due to “inflation, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, higher labor and material costs, and other factors”.
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Design, development, and programming work are said to be ongoing. It is expected that construction will start this year based on the deadline of April 8, 2024 to start according to a development agreement with the Singapore Tourism Board.
Learn more about this story in The Straits Times.