Springleaf Tower

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Springleaf Tower
MAS Building, Springleaf Tower.JPG
Springleaf Tower, with MAS Building on the left
General information
Location 3 Anson Road, Shenton Way
Downtown Core, Singapore
Coordinates 1°16′30″N 103°50′47″E / 1.2751°N 103.8463°E / 1.2751; 103.8463Coordinates: 1°16′30″N 103°50′47″E / 1.2751°N 103.8463°E / 1.2751; 103.8463
Owner Macquarie Global Property Fund II
Roof 165 m (541 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 37
Lifts/elevators 13

Springleaf Tower (Chinese: 春叶大厦) is a 37-storey, 165 m (541 ft) office and residential skyscraper located in the central business district of Singapore located on 3 Anson Road and near Prince Edward Road,[3] The development is in the zone of Shenton Way and Tanjong Pagar near other skyscrapers, such as 8 Shenton Way, MAS Building,[4] International Plaza, and Anson Centre, all of which are roughly 100 metres away.[5] It is a Grade A office building.[6]


Springleaf Tower was completed in 2002. Firms involved in the development include CapitaLand Commercial Limited, CapitaLand Limited, Benson Global, and DTZ Debenham Tie Leung (South East Asia) Private Limited.

However, the Springleaf Tower's construction was not smooth. In the late 1990s, the developer of the building, a subsidiary of the now defunct Ban Hin Leong Group, ran into financial problems. It was unable to pay its contractors for the completion of the 37-storey building. This led to the UOB Case.[7]

UOB Case[edit]

The Ban Hin Leong Group suggested that one of the contractors, Yongnam Holdings, purchase a floor, and that it set off the value of its work against the sale price of the floor. It was agreed to by United Overseas Bank (UOB), who was the mortgagee.[7]

However, after Yongnam completed the work, UOB refused to release its mortgage. UOB said that it did not encourage or endorse the barter arrangement and later foreclosed on the building. Yongnam then sued UOB to protect its interest. UOB subsequently lost the case, and was asked to cede ownership of the floor to Yongnam.[7]

Building sale[edit]

Twelve floors in Springleaf Tower were sold in January 2007 for S$134 million, bought by Macquarie Global Property Advisors. Just a few months later, in October 2007, the same twelve floors were sold again, at $225 million. This equates an increase of almost 70 percent. It was bought by SEB Asset Management, part of German pension fund manager SEB.[8]

Cabinet fire[edit]

On January 31, 2008, there was a fire at Han's restaurant and the tenants at Springleaf Tower were all asked to evacuate their offices. The Singapore Civil Defence Force sent two fire engines, two fire bikes, three support vehicles, one ambulance and one red Rhino to the scene. In total, about 300 occupants of the building were evacuated. It was soon found that a cabinet in the restaurant started the fire.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Springleaf Tower at Emporis
  2. ^ "Springleaf Tower". SkyscraperPage. 
  3. ^ "Goodwins is at SpringLeaf Tower". Goodwins Law Corporation. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  4. ^ "Asia Travel : Map of Springleaf Tower (S) 079909". StreetDirectory.com. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Springleaf Tower is a place in Singapore on the Map of Singapore". SGPageNation. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  6. ^ "Investments - Springleaf Tower". Macquarie Global Property. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "UOB loses appeal in Springleaf Tower case". WordPress. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Arthur Sim (3 October 2007). "MGPA sells 12 floors of offices for quick profit". The Business Times. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Cafe cabinet fire sends hundreds evacuating". STOMP. Retrieved 2008-02-12. [dead link]

External links[edit]