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JLL publishes book to commemorate Singapore’s 50th year of independence

50 Stories – a coffee table book profiling 50 landmark developments constructed over the last 50 years


Singapore, 30 July 2015 – JLL is pleased to present 50 Stories, a commemorative book celebrating 50 years of independence in Singapore. The publication profiles 50 landmark developments constructed over the last 50 years, reflecting the dramatic evolution of Singapore's landscape since independence in 1965.

Containing a message from Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan, 50 Stories aims to provide a visual representation of Singapore's urban, architectural and economic development through buildings, as well as highlighting JLL's involvement in many of these major landmarks.

The book, which took about a year to complete, was designed and produced by Epigram, a renowned design agency based in Singapore. Darren Soh, an award-winning landscape and architectural photographer, was commissioned to photograph the 50 buildings in the book.

Singapore's open and transparent economy has successfully attracted real estate investors from all over the world. The country's unique approach to urban planning has supported its physical evolution from an industrialising city to a thriving financial centre of international repute. Instrumental to this transformation is the Urban Redevelopment Authority's land sales programme – many of the buildings featured in this book were constructed on land sold by the government under this programme.

Said Chris Fossick, JLL's Managing Director for Singapore and South East Asia: "At JLL, these 50 buildings represent more than simply the concrete facades that line our streets. For us, buildings are our business and our passion. As a company, we help clients to own, occupy and construct buildings all over the world. JLL set up our first office in Singapore in 1973, and over the past 42 years, Singapore has played an important role in JLL's regional and global business. The firm currently employs over 1,200 staff from our offices at Republic Plaza, the base from which we manage over 30,000 employees working across 16 countries in the region. Publishing 50 Stories is our way of paying tribute to Singapore's spectacular half century of progress."

Other initiatives by JLL to commemorate SG50 include organising a special Singapore Breakfast Talk event for key corporate clients, where the firm presented what it perceived as the most important policies and events that have shaped and defined Singapore's real estate market over the past 50 years. Attended by over 100 clients, the event saw a panel of distinguished panellists reviewing how these policies came about, how successful they were, and their relevance to Singapore's continued success.

The firm has also come together to collectively perform 50 good deeds over the course of 2015 – these can be on a corporate, department or individual level. Some of the good deeds include adopting ARC Children's Centre as JLL's charity in 2015, organising a Chinese New Year lunch for elderly residents and volunteering weekly with Lions Befrienders.

A Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, JLL has over 230 corporate offices in 80 countries, and a global workforce of 60,000. Last year, the firm completed $118 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions; 33,500 transactions for landlord and tenant clients representing 662 million square feet of space; and on behalf of our clients, provided management, leasing and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio spanning 3.4 billion square feet.​

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