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Normanton Park in Kent Ridge Showflat is Opened after no-sale ban

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The Normanton Park private residential development can now be sold almost two years after its developer was issued a no sale licence.

To protect homebuyers’ interests, however, there are conditions attached to the sale of the units.

Kingsford Huray Development released a statement Thursday stating that the development is located in District 5, near Kent Ridge Park. It will be open to the public for a preview on January 2, 2021.

According to the Chinese property developer, Normanton Park launch will be the biggest project launch next year. Its 1,862 units are equipped with smart home features.

Kingsford was issued a no-sale licence in January 2019 for the project, which prohibited it from selling units before obtaining the TOP although it could still begin construction.

After the Building and Construction Authority discovered that certain building works, such as windows and barriers, at Kingsford Waterbay and Upper Serangoon View had violated regulatory requirements, the BCA took the matter to court. Angry residents there reportedly took the Chinese firm to task over poor construction work.

The Business Times (BT), reported that feedback from purchasers of Kingsford Hillview Peak, a condominium near the Hillview MRT station was also considered.

Kingsford Waterbay was notified to cease building work in December 2017. This order was lifted after the completion of rectifications. Separately, the property developer was penalized S$130,000 for safety violations at the Hillview Peak work site in July 2017.

According to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) website, Normanton Park’s no-sale ban was lifted Nov 30, 2012. Instead, a sales license was issued.

A spokesperson for URA told BT that the Controller of Housing considered the fact that Kingsford had “satisfactorily” completed the Waterbay project according to the Certificate of Statutory Completion (CSC), and titles.

Hillview Peak’s condominium received its CSC, titles and was also rehabilitated. URA also stated that the developer had taken steps to address any issues raised by homebuyers.

Normanton Park’s sale-licence condition is that all units must pass the BCA Quality Mark assessment before Kingsford can apply to a TOP.

Kingsford stated in its Thursday statement that Normanton Park would like to be certified Quality Mark. This certifies the quality of workmanship in each dwelling unit in a private residential development. It could become the largest residential development in the country to attain this certification.

URA told BT last year that in general, such a requirement is “so that homebuyers can be assured that their housing units are constructed and finished to a reasonable standard of quality”.

Normanton Park is home to 1,840 one- to five-bedroom units as well as penthouses. It has nine 24-storey towers that surround the swimming pools. 230 of the units have a study.

There are 22 strata terraces on the ground floor with private parking lots and direct access to the pool.

Eight commercial units are also available, consisting of seven shops covering 43-44 square meters (sq. m) each and one restaurant measuring 104 sq. m.

For condominium one-bedroom apartments, the indicative prices start at S$700,000. The two-bedroom units are S$1,000,000, while the three-bedroom units are S$1.5 Million. Four-bedroom units are S$2,000,000.

Prices for five-bedroom apartments range from S$2.8 million to S$3.2million.

The indicative price tag for strata terrace houses starts at S$3.4million, while commercial units start at S$2million.

Kingsford stated that the development offers about 110 lifestyle options, offering a variety of relaxation and recreation options.

It is located near the Southern Ridges green corridor which includes Kent Ridge Park and HortPark as well as Mount Faber Park.

Near Normanton Park, you’ll find business centers such as Singapore Science Park 1 & 2, Mapletree Business City and Fusionopolis.

The five agencies that will be marketing the mega-project are ERA Singapore and Huttons Asia, OrangeTee & Tie (PropNex), PropNex, and SRI.

The Normanton Park sales gallery and show rooms are located. Visits by appointment only

Kingsford is owned by Chinese-citizen-turned-Singaporean Cui Zhengfeng. The company bought the Normanton Park site in October 2017 for S$830.1 million, in one of Singapore’s biggest en bloc purchases at the time.

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