Bridge+ at 79 Robinson Road provides fintech community space, avenue for collaborations
It occupies three floors and a space of 56,000 sq. ft. at the 29-storey Grade A office building.
CapitaLand’s Bridge+ at Singapore’s Central Business District provides “workspace flexibility” and is focused on building a community for the FinTech sector for collaborations and activities.
Occupying three floors and a space of 56,000 square feet at 79 Robinson Road, a 29-storey Grade A office building developed by CapitaLand, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd., the Bridge+ caters to the need of the finance and technology communities.
“We envision 79 Robinson Road to be a destination in the Singapore Central Business District (CBD), where leading members of the international finance and technology communities can gather regularly to confer and collaborate as a community,” Chew Peet Mun, managing director of Workspace and Residential of CapitaLand Singapore said. “Our flexible workspace solutions and amenities by Bridge+ 79 Robinson Road provided the apt infrastructure and services to accommodate such needs.”
Chew added: “Bridge+ 79 Robinson Road will facilitate collaborations through knowledge sharing events and networking activities to actively support the growth of fintech players and enliven the community.”
This follows the Bridge+ flagship co-working centre in the Ascent building at Singapore Science Park 1 in October 2017.
Bridge+ inked partnerships with key ecosystem players in Singapore such as Singapore FinTech Association, ASEAN Financial Innovation Network, and the Asian Institute of Digital Finance.
Bridge+ at 79 Robinson Road, offers “purpose-driven” workspace solutions for enhanced “connectivity and productivity” of businesses and employees. It also has event spaces that can host activities for 30 to 200 people, 25 meeting rooms, social areas, and a lounge, Chew said.
Chew also noted that it has an infrastructure in the event spaces on Level 2 for organisers holding hybrid events, such as technology solutions and equipment to engage both in-person and remote attendees.
The workspace gives “greater attention” to support the “safety and wellbeing” of its occupiers as they return to the office, by placing safety measures, such as coating high contact areas with anti-microbial disinfectant and providing “contactless access and reduce unnecessary touchpoints” through facial recognition and mobile app-activated access to building access points, amongst others.
Moreover, the workspace offers office tenants a sea view of Marina South Pier, low-lying conservation shophouses in the CBD, and customising their workplace. A sky terrace on Level 21 and a roof garden at the top of the building also provide green spaces to the tenants.
According to Chew, the international community can also tap into the Bridge+ network as a platform to connect and collaborate with the tenants and members of the CapitaLand workspace communities and local partners through seminars, hackathons, lab crawls, industry gatherings, and exhibitions within the centre’s event spaces.
“CapitaLand will use Bridge+ as a platform to provide customer-centric workplace solutions and to enhance the building amenities we provide in Singapore, China, and India as we recognize that the global workforce becomes more mobile and demand for flexible workspace services,” Chew said.
Rahul Banerjee, co-founder and CEO of BondEvalue, a fintech firm focused on Asian bonds, said that aside from securing a space in Bridge+ at 79 Robinson Road, they also make use of meeting rooms, collaborative spaces, and the lounge. He claimed that through the space, they have built connections and obtained insights from the activities in Bridge+.
“Bridge+ organizes many events that revolve around the fintech industry; being surrounded by other fintech players cultivates a sense of togetherness in the community, whilst providing a platform for interesting discussions,” he said. “The flexible workspace solutions also fulfil the real estate needs of BondEvalue, providing us with the necessary facilities as we grow.”
Banjeree said BondEvalue this year have onboarded many institutional members to the BondbloX Bond Exchange, and raised US$6m last June in its Series A funding round from investors such as Citi and MassMutual. It also launched its Mexico Joint Venture.
Moving forward, he said, they are expanding their products and customer base and launched new features on the BondEvalue App and working on providing global users with information on the environment, social, and governance bonds. They will also be onboarding more new members to the bond exchange and will continue growing its list of curated bonds for end investors.