INDIA/SINGAPORE, 23 August 2017 – Ascendas-Singbridge Group (“Ascendas-Singbridge”), Asia’s leading sustainable urban development and business space solutions provider, and GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, today announced the acquisition of a 16-acre land parcel in Pune, India. This acquisition is the second investment under the Ascendas India Growth Programme (“AIGP”), in which GIC is a principal investor along with Ascendas-Singbridge. Established in 2013, AIGP has a target asset size of S$600m. Its first investment was in the International Tech Park Gurgaon.
Acquired from the Kohinoor Group of Pune, the land parcel is located in Kharadi, the prime suburban business district of Pune. It is close to social infrastructure such as residential developments, hotels, business parks, malls, educational and medical institutions. With a total development potential of 2.2 million sq ft, the land parcel will be developed into an IT and IT Special Economic Zone park with supporting amenities, a trademark of Ascendas-Singbridge’s IT parks in India. The first phase will offer approximately 1 million sq ft of space, and is scheduled to be completed by early 2020 to the advantage of occupiers.
Mr Sanjay Dutt, CEO, Operations and Private Funds, Ascendas-Singbridge India, said: “Pune has seen a consistently strong demand for business space which is evident from the high occupancy levels at our IT parks in the city managed by Ascendas-Singbridge. With this new site in Kharadi, we will be able to offer our occupiers more options within the city. This development will offer the best in terms of quality, services and amenities to enable our occupiers to manage their operations efficiently and enjoy the best experience.”
This latest acquisition under the AIGP is in line with plans by Ascendas-Singbridge and GIC to grow their portfolio and deepen their presence in India.