Fragrance Eyes Final Sales at Premier Tower


Singapore-listed property developer Fragrance Group has topped out its 79-storey Premier Tower in Melbourne as it pursues efforts to sell the remaining units in the skyscraper.

The Fragrance Group had sold around 80 per cent of the units in the Premier Tower, a total contracted $490.3 million, according to the group’s first quarter results filing. The revenue from the apartment sales will be recognised upon completion of the tower in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The tower’s marketing agent Colliers confirmed on Thursday that 90 per cent of the Premier Tower has now sold, with 80 apartments remaining.

The 796 apartment skyscraper had a successful initial sales push, securing 60 per cent off-the-plans sales after a Beyonce-inspired marketing campaign launch in 2015.

Despite PR to the contrary, the claim the tower was inspired by pop star Beyonce was denied by Fragrance Group boss Koh Wee Meng.

The Singaporean group has an active development presence in Australia with seven projects under way, including four hotels in Hobart.

▲ Fragrance Group has sold 30 per cent of 388 apartments at its recently-completed NV Apartments in Perth.
▲ Fragrance Group has sold around 30 per cent of 388 apartments at its recently-completed NV Apartments in Perth.

The group owns the recently-completed 431-key Novotel Murray Street and a 296-key Ibis hotel in Hobart. The developer’s last financial update revealed it had sold 30 per cent of its recently-completed NV Apartments in Perth.

On Tuesday, the Fragrance Group listed a 29-storey office tower, Tower 15, on the edge of the Raffles Place CBD in Singapore for S$715 million (A$723m).

Multiplex is building the $315 million Premier Tower, which now stands 246 metres above street level—competing with UEM Sunrise’s recently completed 289m Aurora tower and the 319m Australia 108 nearby.

The tower’s six-storey podium will house a 172-room hotel and guest facilities.

According to Multiplex, the wave-like design of the Premier Tower presented several challenges to construction.

“Changing floorplates and cantilevered slabs required innovative approaches to formwork and installation of the facade,” Multiplex regional managing director Graham Cottam said.

Construction of the tower is on track for completion by the end of 2020.

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