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PARKROYAL on Pickering - Sustainable and Green Features

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PARKROYAL on Pickering is an iconic green structure, with a hotel-in-a-garden design concept, which reflects and enhances the Singapore’s garden-city reputation.

With 15,000 square metres of lofty four-storey tall sky-gardens, reflecting pools, waterfalls, planter terraces and cascading vertical greenery, PARKROYAL on Pickering’s lush foliage constitutes more than 200% of the total land area, a scale unprecedented in a built-up city centre.

PARKROYAL on Pickering seamlessly blends cutting-edge environmentally-friendly practices and technologies. Its strong sustainable design integrated with forward-thinking business principles, ensures PARKROYAL on Pickering’s role in positioning Singapore as a world leader of green high-rise developments.


  • The building’s open-sided concept is configured to create maximum perimeter for natural light and views
  • Short building depth maximises the amount of daylight reaching internal spaces
  • High performance glass cuts out solar heat and provides an abundance of natural daylight
  • Green and blue glass is used throughout the property to improve solar performance
  • Cascading greenery keeps the west-facing walls cool and reduces energy consumption for cooling guestrooms
  • 51% of guestroom corridors are reminiscent of attractive garden spaces with natural light and fresh air
  • Roof terraces serve as recreational areas offering lush landscaping for guests, as well as insulating the upper storey of the building from direct heat gain
  • Above-ground car park removes the need for excavation, extensive mechanical ventilation and artificial lighting
  • The extensive landscape areas are designed to be self-sustaining and rely minimally on precious resources – water usage minimised by rain harvesting and usage of NEWater


  • Separate recycling bins for plastic, glass, paper and glass in all guest rooms, as well as throughout the hotel


  • Photo sensors are strategically placed to monitor the light levels
  • Fire staircases are fitted with motion sensors to conserve energy
  • Built-in rain sensors in landscape areas to turn off irrigation when a minimum level of rain is detected
  • First development in Singapore built using the Cobiaz technology, a system that reduces concrete usage by placing ‘void formers’ made of environmentally friendly recycled plastic


  • Spaces such as external hotel corridors are designed to be naturally ventilated to reduce the cooling requirements of the building
  • The central chiller system is designed to maximise its operating efficiency by incorporating various control strategies via the Building Management System
  • Hot water system is designed to use air-to-water heat pumps with a coefficient of performance of at least 4.5 (or better)
  • Demand-based controls are incorporated for ventilation systems to minimise energy use
  • Carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide sensors are used to control car park fans and ventilation for air conditioned space
  • The building is designed to maximise harvesting of natural light for areas such as the hotel corridors and lobbies
  • Energy efficient lamps (LED and T5 type fluorescent lamps) and water efficient fittings are used throughout the building where appropriate


  • Fifty different varieties of plants have been used to create a 15,000m2 lush tropical urban high-rise garden.
  • A lush tropical garden with dense layered and large leaved exotic planting like Monsteras, Alocasias & Calatheas combined with ferns and palm varieties was used to create the hotel-in-a-garden experience for the guests
  • A combination of shade loving textured ferns and partial shade loving palms & shrubs were planted addressing the varying natural light and wind conditions along the four sides of the building
  • Flora species ranging from shade trees, tall palms, flowering plants, leafy shrubs and overhanging creepers encourage bio-diversity in the city
  • Tall multi-tiered Bucida trees with fine leaves and shrubs like Calathea lutea with broad and dense leaves complement the contours of the building
  • Heliconias, Alpinias, tall and sculptural Frangipani trees –one of the most common flowering sculptural trees in Singapore, and large leaved Ficus lyrata trees act as anchors and add colour to the overall garden scheme
  • Vietnam Leaf-Flower (Phyllanthus cochinchinensis) and Lee Kuan Yew creeper (Vernonia elliptica) are the two types of plant species used for the cascading greenery
  • The vast greenery absorbs heat, shades hard surfaces and evaporative transpiration resulting in improved air quality
  • Ferns, Mondo grass (Ophiopogon), Alocasia and Euterpe Palms were chosen to minimize the potential pest attacks and lower the maintenance efforts
  • The extensive use of ferns & palms along the buildings ensure a low water xeriscape planting concept for most of the planting areas
  • Auto-irrigation & fertigation system installed for all the planter areas ensure that through timer controlled drip nozzles, slow, steady and precise amounts of water and nutrients are provided to the trees, shrubs, ground covers, vines and potted plants