Swire Properties

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Swire Properties
Traded as SEHK1972
Industry Property
Founded 1972
Headquarters Hong Kong
Key people

Merlin Swire, Chairman
Guy Bradley, Chief Executive

Fanny Lung, Finance Director
Number of employees
Parent Public listed Swire Pacific
Website Swire Properties
Swire Properties
Traditional Chinese 太古地產
Simplified Chinese 太古地产

Swire Properties Limited (Chinese: 太古地產) is a property developer, owner and operator of mixed-use, principally commercial properties in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Founded and headquartered in Hong Kong in 1972, Swire Properties is listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and, with its subsidiaries, employs around 4,500 people. The company is a subsidiary of publicly listed Swire Pacific.

Business scope[edit]

Swire Properties operates business in three main areas:

  1. property investment – property investment, namely the development, leasing and management of commercial, retail and residential properties as a long term investment
  2. property trading – property trading, that is the development and construction of properties, principally luxury residential apartments, for sale
  3. hotel investment and operations


Laying the foundations[edit]

Swire Properties was established in Hong Kong in 1972, with interests held by B&S Industries Limited and The Taikoo Dockyard and Engineering Company of Hong Kong Limited, which was renamed as Swire Pacific Limited in 1974. In 1975, Taikoo Shing, built on the former Taikoo Dockyard, became the first major development by Swire Properties. Tung Ting Mansion, the first block of Taikoo Shing, was offered for sale in January 1976.

In the following year, Taikoo Sugar Refinery Compound was renamed to the Taikoo Trading Estate (which is now known as Taikoo Place).

Swire Properties was briefly listed for the first time on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in 1977. Its shares were also traded on the London Stock Exchange.

Expansion into the US[edit]

In 1976, Swire Properties decided to invest in US by acquiring interests in Berkeley Hambro Inc, a developer headquartered in Tampa, Florida. Two years later, Swire Properties acquired interests in a joint venture with a Florida Cheezem Development Corporation Limited, to develop a 33.6-acre site on Claughton Island, Miami. Claughton Island was later renamed Brickell Key.

Pacific Place, Festival Walk and Citygate development[edit]

In 1985 to 1986, Swire Properties purchased the former Victoria Barracks in Admiralty and land surrounding it. The land was later redeveloped into Pacific Place, which was a hub consisting of a shopping mall, two office towers, serviced apartments and three five-star hotels. Pacific Place was fully completed in 1991. An office tower extension, Pacific Place Three, was completed in 2004. In 1999, StarCrest, a residential project adjacent to the Pacific Place hub, was completed, marking the revitalization of the entire Star Street area in Wan Chai.

In 1998, Festival Walk was completed, which offered retail space spanning seven levels, an office tower and a public transportation terminus. In 2011, Swire Properties sold its 100% interest in Festival Walk to Mapletree, a Singapore-based developer for HK$18.8 billion. The property transaction was the most expensive ever conducted in Hong Kong’s history.[2][3]

In 1999, Swire Properties completed Citygate in Tung Chung, Lantau, as well as Tung Chung Crescent and Seaview Crescent, two residential projects providing in total almost 3,700 units. In 2006, the retail mall of Citygate was renamed Citygate Outlets, Hong Kong’s first outlet shopping mall.

Expansion into the mainland[edit]

In 2007, Swire Properties acquired the Beijing Sanlitun project, which comprises a low-rise mixed commercial scheme comprising retail development and a 99-room hotel. The southern portion of Sanlitun Village was also opened the following year. The northern portion of Sanlitun Village was opened in 2010, marking the official launch of the entire Sanlitun Village development. It was later renamed Taikoo Li Sanlitun.

In 2011, TaiKoo Hui was opened in Guangzhou, and INDIGO was opened in Beijing. Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu was officially launched in 2015.[4]

Public listing[edit]

In 2010, Swire Properties attempted to split from Swire Pacific and undergo an IPO, but in the end postponed due to adverse economic situation.[5]

In 2012, Swire Properties was successfully listed by way of introduction on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. Its stock code is 1972 and its shares began trading on 18 January.

Hong Kong portfolio[edit]

Swire Properties’ investment portfolio comprises office and retail properties, serviced apartments, hotels and luxury residential projects.

Commercial projects[edit]

Swire Properties' investment portfolio in Hong Kong totals over 15.9 million sq ft (over 1.47 million m2) of gross floor area.[6]Taikoo Place,[7] Cityplaza,[8] Pacific Place[9] and Citygate Outlets[10] are the company's key holdings.

Taikoo Place[edit]

Taikoo Place is a decentralised office area with a hub of 10 inter-connected Grade-A office towers with a total gross floor area of over 6.64 million sq ft (approximately 617,000 m2). Tong Chong Street, located at Taikoo Place, offers an open-air plaza for hosting cultural and entertainment events, streetside performances and charitable fundraising. A 20,000-sq ft multi-purpose venue, ArtisTree, was opened in 2008 for large-scale cultural events and exhibitions. A co-working space and tech startup accelerator blueprint was launched in 2014 to foster entrepreneurship in Hong Kong.[11]

List of office buildings in Taikoo Place

  • Warwick House (1979)
  • Cornwall House (1984)
  • Devon House (1993)
  • Dorset House (1994)
  • PCCW Tower (1994)
  • Lincoln House (1998)
  • Oxford House (1999)
  • Cambridge House (2003)
  • One Island East (2008)
  • Berkshire House (2014)


Cityplaza features Hong Kong Island’s biggest shopping mall by gross floor area, as well as three Grade-A office towers with a total GFA of 3.27 million sq ft (approximately 304,000 m2). The lifestyle business hotel run by Swire Hotels, EAST, was opened in 2010. Cityplaza sits atop Tai Koo MTR station.

Pacific Place[edit]

Pacific Place is a mixed-use development comprising a shopping mall, three office towers, serviced apartments and four hotels in Admiralty. The Mall, Pacific Place offers over 711,000 sq ft (over 66,000 m2) GFA of retail space, and houses approximately 140 retail and catering outlets. Pacific Place is directly connected to Admiralty MTR station.


Citygate is located in Tung Chung near the Hong Kong International Airport on Lantau Island. Citygate Outlets consists of six levels of shops, a majority of which are outlets selling clothing and sportswear. The rest of Citygate complex is made up of a nine-storey office building (ONE Citygate) with a total GFA of approximately 161,000 sq ft (approximately 15,000 m2), and Novotel Citygate Hong Kong, a 440-room hotel managed by Novotel.

Residential projects[edit]

List of residential projects by Swire Properties

Hong Kong Island Kowloon New Territories Outlying Islands
Westland Gardens (1975) Beacon Heights (1987) Greenfields (1998) Tung Chung Crescent (1999)
Rocky Bank (1981) Village Gardens (1987) Belair Monte (1998) Seaview Crescent (2002)
Westlands Court (1985) Sunningdale (1997) Ocean Shores (2003) WHITESANDS (2015)
Taikoo Shing (1987) Dunbar Place (2013)
Harbour Heights (1988)
The Albany (1989)
Lei King Wan (1989)
Parkvale (1989)
Pacific Place Apartments (1990)
Robinson Place (1994)
Island Place (1996)
The Floridian (1997)
Fairwinds (1998)
StarCrest (1999)
Les Saisons (2001)
The Orchards (2003)
3 Coombe Road (2003)
Island Lodge (2009)
AZURA (2012)
ARGENTA (2013)
Mount Parker Residences (2013)
AREZZO (2015)
Taikoo Place Apartments (2015)

Mainland China portfolio[edit]

The company has an attributable portfolio amounting to over 9.4 million sq ft (over 870,000 m2), including five mixed-use developments in Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Shanghai.

Taikoo Li Sanlitun, Beijing[edit]

Situated in the Chaoyang District of Beijing, Taikoo Li Sanlitun is Swire properties' first retail development in Mainland China. Featuring an open-plan lane-driven design, the development comprises two neighbouring retail sites and a hotel, The Opposite House. In total, the project has a GFA of approximately 1.47 million sq ft (over 136,000 m2) and is home to over 220 retail outlets.

INDIGO, Beijing[edit]

Situated in Chaoyang District of Beijing, INDIGO is a retail-led mixed-use project with a total GFA of over 1.89 million sq ft (approximately 176,000 m2). It consists of a shopping mall, a Grade-A office tower (ONE INDIGO), as well as a 369-room business hotel, EAST, Beijing. The development officially opened in 2012 and is linked to the Beijing Subway Line 14.

TaiKoo Hui, Guangzhou[edit]

TaiKoo Hui is Swire Properties' largest investment property in Mainland China with a total GFA of approximately 3.84 million sq ft (approximately 357,000 m2). Situated in Tianhe Central Business District of Guangzhou, TaiKoo Hui is located at a transportation hub with direct access to Guangzhou’s metro system. TaiKoo Hui comprises a shopping mall, two Grade-A office towers, the Mandarin Oriental Guangzhou with serviced apartments and a cultural centre.

Daci Temple Project[edit]

The Daci Temple project, in the Jinjiang District of Chengdu near the Chunxi Road shopping district, is a large-scale retail-led development of over 2.86 million sq ft (over 265,000 m2). It consists of an open-plan, lane-driven mall retail complex Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu, a boutique hotel The Temple House with 100 guest rooms and 42 serviced apartments, and a Grade-A office tower Pinnacle One. The complex is accessible from the Chunxi Road interchange station of Metro Lines 2 and 3.

HKRI Taikoo Hui, Shanghai[edit]

HKRI Taikoo Hui is a large-scale retail-led mixed-use development. It is located on Nanjing West Road in the Jingan District of Puxi, Shanghai. The development comprises a retail mall, two offices towers and three hotels/serviced apartments of approximately 3.46 million sq ft (over 321,000 m2). HKRI Taikoo Hui is scheduled to open in phases from 2016.

Dalian Project[edit]

CITIC Real Estate, Dalian Port Real Estate and Swire Properties jointly announced today that the three parties have signed a Framework Agreement signifying their intention to jointly develop a target project in Dalian Port.[12]

The sites for the target project are at Renmin Road, the core business area of Zhongshan District in the city of Dalian, Liaoning Province, with direct connection to Dalian Metro Line 2. They are expected to be developed into a mixed-use development comprising a retail complex and apartments, with a gross floor area of 295,000 m2.

Shanghai Qiantan Project[edit]

Swire Properties entered into a Framework Agreement with Shanghai Newbund Industrial Development Co., Ltd. (上海前灘實業發展有限公司) signifying their intention to jointly develop a retail project with an expected total gross floor area of approximately 1.33 million sq ft (124,000 m2) in Qiantan, Pudong New District in Shanghai.[13]

United States portfolio[edit]

Swire Properties Inc., established in Miami since 1979, is one of South Florida’s international developers of urban office, hotel and condo real estate.[14]

Brickell Key Development[edit]

Swire Properties has invested US$1 billion in a master‐planned development of Brickell Key in Miami, Florida. This island mixed-use community includes two office buildings, commercial retail, eight condominium towers and the Mandarin Oriental, Miami.

Brickell City Centre[edit]

Situated in the epicentre of South Florida’s international trade and finance corridor, Brickell City Centre is a landmark mixed-use development in downtown Miami from Swire Properties Inc. The project's first phase includes a premium shopping complex anchored by department store Saks Fifth Avenue, two residential towers REACH and RISE, the first EAST hotel in the United States, and two mid-rise office towers called Two Brickell City Centre and Three Brickell City Centre, as well as carefully planned public spaces. Phase one of the project opened in 2016.

List of projects in Brickell Key by Swire Properties

  • Brickell Key One (1982)
  • Courvoisier Centre I (1986)
  • Courvoisier Centre II (1990)
  • One Tequesta Point (1995)
  • Courvoisier Courts (1997)
  • Two Tequesta Point (1998)
  • Mandarin Oriental, Miami (2000)
  • Three Tequesta Point (2001)
  • Courts Brickell Key (2003)
  • Jade Residences (2004)
  • Carbonell (2005)
  • ASIA (2008)

Singapore portfolio[edit]

In December 2012, Swire Properties agreed to acquire eight residential units at Hampton Court, 2 Draycott Park in Singapore as investment properties.[15]

Swire Hotels[edit]

see Swire Hotels

Swire Properties formed Swire Hotels in 2008 to create and manage urban hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the United States.

List of hotel portfolio by Swire Properties

Hong Kong Mainland China US
The Upper House The Opposite House (Beijing) Mandarin Oriental, Miami
EAST, Hong Kong East, Beijing EAST, Miami
The Headland Hotel Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou
Island Shangri La, Hong Kong The Temple House (Chengdu)
JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
Conrad Hong Kong
Novotel Citygate Hong Kong

Swire Restaurants[edit]

Swire Restaurants owns and manages restaurants in Hong Kong. Plat du Jour is a French bistro in Quarry Bay. Ground PUBLIC is a café at One Island East and 625 King's Road, and PUBLIC is a restaurant at One Island East. The Continental is an all-day Grand Café at Pacific Place.

Sustainability and CSR[edit]


Swire Properties aims to reduce its environmental impact by reducing or preventing pollution and waste. Swire properties intends to reduce its annual energy consumption by 52 million kWh by 2020 from its 2008 amount.

Swire Properties currently has 24 HK-BEAM, BEAM Plus and 5 LEED Platinum and Gold-certified projects in its portfolio. The company has increased its total gross floor area in Hong Kong by 16.7% while achieving a simultaneous 13.1% energy reduction since 2001.[16]

Community Ambassador Programme[edit]

In May 2001, around 40 Swire Properties employees established a volunteering programme in an effort to make a difference in the community. Since then, the Programme has grown to include over 1,000 employers, tenants and their family members who have participated in over 400 activities and contributed a cumulative 45,000 service hours.[17]


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  2. ^ "Swire sells Festival Walk to Mapletree". FinanceAsia. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Swire sells Festival Walk to Singapore's Mapletree". The Standard. 29 July 2011. Archived from the original on 7 January 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Swire's 'Juggernaut' Project Poised To Shake Up Chengdu's Retail Scene". Jing Daily. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Swire Properties cancels IPO as markets take a beating". FinanceAsia. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
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  9. ^ "Pacific Place Hong Kong". Pacific Place. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  10. ^ "the only outlet shopping mall in Hong Kong located on Lantau Island". Citygate Outlets. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  11. ^ "Swire Properties eyes China as next step for its start-up accelerator". South China Morning Post. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  12. ^ "CITIC Real Estate, Dalian Port Real Estate and Swire Properties Jointly Announce Framework Agreement for the Development of Dalian Port Project". Swire Properties. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Swire Properties Announces Framework Agreement for the Development of Shanghai Qiantan Project". Swire Properties. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  14. ^ "United States". Swire Properties. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  15. ^ "Swire chairman not fretting on homes". The Standard. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  16. ^ "Swire Properties Ranked Amongst Asia's Leaders in Sustainability Study". Swire Properties. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  17. ^ The Community "The Community, Swire Properties" Check |url= value (help). Swire Properties. Retrieved 24 August 2015.

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