In addition to greater convenience for commuters with seamless transfers between the new air-conditioned bus interchange and the Bukit Panjang MRT and LRT stations, commuters using the new Bukit Panjang ITH can expect new features to enhance their overall journey experience. The new ITH will also feature several technological innovations to improve workplace safety, for example, a traffic management system to detect and increase bus captains’ visual awareness of bus movements within the bus parking area.
The Bukit Panjang ITH is the first integrated transport hub operated by SMRT Buses, who has invested significantly to ensure a positive travelling experience for commuters using the new ITH.
The Bukit Panjang ITH will take on a different look and feel, with its design and function planned around three key themes: Commuter Centricity, Workforce Oriented and Community Bonding. Please refer to the Annex for a summary of new features at Bukit Panjang ITH.
One of the few features unique to this hub is that commuters can soon borrow items such as portable USB charger, shopping trolley and an umbrella when they travel through the Bukit Panjang ITH. To borrow the items, commuters need to go to the WeCare Shop located near the bus interchange at the ground level of the connected Hillion Mall, also to provide an identity card (to be scanned) and a contact number. They may keep the items for up to three days, after which SMRT employees will contact them to return the things.
The Bukit Panjang ITH is fully equipped with barrier-free facilities which makes it convenient to take public transport, especially for commuters with mobility issues as well as commuters travelling with young children and prams. For example, graduated kerb edges are installed at all boarding berths to facilitate boarding and alighting of buses by passengers in wheelchairs. Bus berths and lifts have also been braille-equipped for the visually impaired.
Priority queues and accompanying seats will also be demarcated for seniors, less mobile and expectant mothers to rest and wait at, so that they can be accorded priority boarding for their buses.
All new and upcoming ITHs and Bus Interchanges developed from 2014 are also designed with standalone nursing rooms which comes with diaper changing amenities and a wash basin.
Well-loved by celebrities in Singapore as well as in the region for its edgy, rock and roll style clothing designs, American brand Hardy Hardy has chosen ION Orchard for the location of its first flagship boutique in Southeast Asia.
Set in the heart of Orchard Road and slated to open in early September, the new 1,200 square feet retail space will feature sleek marble flooring, elegant rose-gold and black metal railings and rugged industrial walls. This will be Hardy Hardy's second Singapore store following the first at Bugis+.
Inspired by American street couture brand Ed Hardy, the diffusion line Hardy Hardy caters to the young (and young at heart!), spirited and rebellious wearer. A rich sense of urban cool underlies each collection while the inspired tattoo motif embodies the American Rock’n’Roll legend. The skull logo from Day of the Dead is the brand’s signature logo, representing the endless pursuit of innovation and a darkly alluring aesthetic.
Hardy Hardy blends the art of tattoo and the spirit of Rock’n’Roll into every design. Each collection projects a sense of mental toughness and a vibe of poetic romanticism mirroring the hedonistic rebelliousness of Guns N’ Roses. This gothic aesthetic is reworked into youthful, ready-to-wear designs that capture the wearer’s attention with striking prints, sharp tailoring and bold detailing to create a distinct take on high street style.
Beat the winter blues this season and get set to party with Hardy Hardy’s urban chic Fall/Winter collection. Whether you’re going for biker cool or party rock, this range dares to be different. Mix and match these distinctive pieces to create your own street-smart statement. From studded leather jackets to tulle skirts and crystal-embroidered sweaters, you’ll be sure to stand out from the crowd.
This rebellious collection is marked by understated black and white combinations juxtaposed against dark moody fabrics. Featuring the label’s signature blood red roses, skulls and American eagle, this latest season also incorporates glittering sequins, tough metallic studs and sparkling crystals to create the ultimate rebel rocker look.
The Fall/Winter campaign also introduces the stunning work of two exceptional artistic collaborators; renowned Singaporean actress, singer and model Fann Wong and acclaimed celebrity photographer, Wee Khim.
From Seoul to SoHo to Singapore; South Korean luxury eyewear brand Gentle Monster is set to open its first Southeast Asia flagship store at ION Orchard in September.
Customers can shop its full eyewear range at the upcoming store, which includes Gentle Monster’s recent collaboration with international celebrity Tilda Swinton.
Often sported on A-list Korean and Asian celebrities, as well as influential models like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, Gentle Monster is known for its experimental designs combined with high functionality.
Gentle Monster currently has 15 flagship stores worldwide, including China, Hong Kong and South Korea.
Cinema-goers in the East are in for a treat come end September 2017! Cathay Cineplexes is coming to Parkway Parade, making it the eighth Cathay Cineplex in Singapore.
With seven spacious halls to comfortably accommodate 880 cinema-goers, consumers can look forward to having a memorable, one-of-a-kind cinematic experience while indulging in Cathay Cineplexes’ iconic caramel popcorn. Well-loved movie characters will also come to life through advances visual digital projection and impeccable Dolby Surround Sound technology.
To encourage more inclusive movie experiences, Cathay Cineplexes at Parkway Parade will be the first Cineplex under Cathay Organisation to introduce the Assistive Listening Device system for hearing and visually impaired individuals. The system uses infrared to provide clear high-quality sounds with maximum intelligibility and is designed for low distortion and high clarity.
Don’t miss the latest action blockbusters or the most heart-warming romantic comedies with Cathay Cineplexes at Parkway Parade.
Cathay Cineplexes Parkway Parade is located on Level 7 of the mall and is open to public from end of September 2017.
The Container is a tapas and cocktail bar that draws inspiration from the elements of earth, air, water and fire. It is also one of two specially curated concepts – Aburiya Japanese Wagyu Yakiniku and The Container Wagyu Tapas & Bar which are located side by side, right next to the iconic Singapore River on Boat Quay, offering a comprehensive Japanese Wagyu experience.
In Hokkaido, wagyu farmers all have a second ‘home’.
At the end of the day, they will gather in old, used containers which are converted into informal ‘bars’.
It is at the bars where they share anecdotes about their day’s work and their family (or how some miss theirs who live in other prefectures). They enjoy small plates of wagyu dishes, served up along with sake and beer. Sometimes, the farmers take turns to prepare their hometown wagyu specialities.
Laughing, bonding, over their stories. A place of camaraderie and friendship. This is a celebration of life. The Container is inspired by this experience.
At Aburiya, you will embark on a real Japanese Wagyu beef journey in more ways than one. Presenting to their customers a unique experience with two specially curated concepts – Aburiya Japanese Wagyu Yakiniku and The Container Wagyu Tapas & Bar are both located on Boat Quay, right next to the iconic Singapore River.
As believers of the “nose to tail” philosophy, the people behind Aburiya and The Container respectfully ensure that they use all the cuts of the Japanese Wagyu beef which they import to Singapore from their partner farmers, to minimise wastage and also to showcase the various unique cuts of the beef.
At Aburiya, they pride ourselves in delivering the perfect yakiniku experience.
They also import their own ‘bincho’, also known as ‘white charcoal’, from their own source. A Japanese tradition for yakiniku, grilling Japanese wagyu over ‘white charcoal’ imparts a special flavour to the slices of wagyu beef.
Located on the second storey of a Boat Quay shophouse, Bee Bee's is the oasis in the CBD with a view of the Singapore River and skyline. Named after the matron of his life, 22-year-old Bryan Kishore emptied his bank account to open up Bee Bee’s, a Tiki cocktail bar with elements of Peranakan fare - a beautiful fusion of Malay and Chinese cultures, and each one's favourite ingredients and cooking techniques. Get ready for nights filled with swagger, spice, and bad advice.