Capella Sydney

Pontiac Land’s Sydney Property Wins Reggie Shiu Development of the Year Award

Pontiac Land Private Limited’s (“Pontiac Land”) property, Capella Sydney has won the Reggie Shiu Development of the Year award at Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) 2023. This will be the Singapore-based luxury property developer’s second property to win this prestigious award. Previously, their development Patina Maldives, Fari Islands, had received the same accolade in 2021.

The HICAP Reggie Shiu Development of the Year Award recognises a single development of the year representing the accomplishments of material market impact in a variety of ways, including overcoming challenges to completion, scale, innovation, quality, performance, and return on investment. This prestigious award is named in honour of Reggie Shiu, a trailblazer in the regional hotel industry, formerly associated with Accor Asia Pacific. With only three finalists, the award is highly selective and sought after by hotel developers in the Asia Pacific region.

“Pontiac Land has always been passionate about creating meaningful developments that enrich and help shape their communities. Capella Sydney provided us with a perfect chance to thoughtfully repurpose a culturally significant landmark in downtown Sydney, converting it into a luxury hotel accessible for the public to experience. Winning this award stand as a testament to the remarkable synergy between Pontiac Land and Capella Hotel Group, reinforcing our shared dedication to create and deliver exceptional properties across the globe,” says David Tsang, Chief Executive Officer, Pontiac Land Group.

Situated just 400 meters away from Sydney Harbour, the heritage-listed former Department of Education building, a part of the historic Sandstone Precinct, underwent an intensive seven-year process of meticulous planning, design, and development under the stewardship of Pontiac Land. The result is the magnificent Capella Sydney Hotel. Pontiac Land appointed Make Architects to sensitively restore and remodel this former Edwardian Baroque-style governmental landmark for new purposes. For the first time, the ground floor was fully opened to the public, a transformation skilfully executed by BAR Studio, responsible for the elegant new interiors throughout the hotel. Throughout this process, the design team collaborated closely with various consultants and stakeholders, including Heritage NSW and the City of Sydney. Despite being newly opened in March 2023, Capella Sydney has since received multiple awards and accolades, among them is the Best Hotel Brand by Travel + Leisure readers in the 2023 World’s Best Awards and the AHEAD Asia Hotel of the Year Award.

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About Pontiac Land:

Pontiac Land is a privately-held property developer, owner, and operator based in Singapore. The Group’s collection of properties includes mixed-use developments with hospitality, commercial and residential components.

Leveraging on sixty years of experience in luxury property development, Pontiac Land seeks to better the built environment through thoughtful architecture and design. Each development is curated with art and spaces are maintained by the Group’s in-house property management team to deliver hospitality to our guests and tenants. The collection spans Singapore, New York, Sydney and the Maldives.

In 2006, Pontiac Land co-founded Capella Hotel Group in Asia. The Group subsequently acquired Capella Hotel Group as a wholly-owned subsidiary in 2017, extending Pontiac Land’s presence to over 20 destinations globally.

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About Capella Hotels and Resorts:

The Capella Hotels and Resorts constellation consists of properties located in Singapore, Ubud, Bangkok, Hanoi, Shanghai and Hainan. Capella Sydney is the first one in the Australian market. Future openings include exciting destinations such as Japan, Maldives and South Korea. The exceptional hospitality brand, taking its name from the brightest star of the Auriga constellation, shines a spotlight on local heritage, culture and community whilst crafting authentic guests’ experiences with the highest level of personalised service and combining a legacy of thoughtful design. Capella Hotels and Resorts was named 2nd Best Hotel Brand in the world in the Travel + Leisure ‘World’s Best Awards’ in both 2021 and 2020. Capella Hotels and Resorts is a member of DISCOVERY, a multi-brand loyalty programme representing a collection of 40 independent hotel brands in over 100 countries worldwide.

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