Suan Lum and Siam Tribute

CPB pushing city land development - Lang Suan residents face eviction this year - Bangkok Post, March 14, 2007
The Crown Property Bureau will turn away from small lessees and instead invite large-scale property developers to build megaprojects on its land in the heart of Bangkok for the sake of bigger returns, in a move which surprised some residents but was welcomed by estate developers. A source at the bureau said the change would start with a plot on Phloenchit road within this year.
The plot stretches from a corner next to Mater Dei school to near the Ton Son Tower building, and its width extends from Phloenchit road down Lang Suan road to Nguan Lee restaurant on the curb between Lang Suan and Sarasin roads...

Legal moves loom over Suan Lum - The Nation, November 24, 2006
...The bureau said in a statement that it had made an offer to P Con Development (Thai), the developer and operator of the shopping centre, to sign a written confirmation that P Con would vacate the site of the former Pre-Cadet School and follow all arrangements by April 1. But P Con did not sign the letter, and the offer was revoked.
...The bureau understands that P Con has continued to improperly collect rent from the site occupants, so it will take all necessary lawful measures to clear the site, the statement said. P Con signed a three-year lease to develop the former Pre-Cadet School site. It expired at the end of 2004 and was extended until March 2006.

Seven vie to develop Suan Lum location - Completed project may be worth B100bn - Bangkok Post, March 4, 2005
The Crown Property Bureau (CPB) has given seven short-listed bidders until the middle of the year to propose development plans for a 127-rai site on Wireless Road now used by the Suan Lum Night Bazaar.
The seven bidders are Sansiri; Natural Park; the TCC Group, led by liquor tycoon Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi; the Central Group; MBK; Siam Piwat, the owner of Siam Center and Siam Discovery; and the Maleenont Group, owners of BEC World...
The CPB now manages 40,105 rai of land nationwide for His Majesty the King. Of the total, 8,835 rai are in Bangkok, of which 30% is rented by government agencies and state enterprises.
"Our efforts to increase efficiency in collecting property rents have already begun to bear fruit. We now have a steady rental income as a safeguard for the bureau while dividends from core investments have been rising sharply to reflect business recovery,'' he said...


Lumpini Stadium to 'close' - December 8, 2004
This is interesting news. 2Bangkok.com first reported in January 2004, long before it was otherwise public, that the Lumpini Stadium, along with Suan Lum, was to be removed to build the tallest building in the world--Siam Tribute. The story in The Nation does not mention what will happen to the Lumpini Stadium land, but the story may not be that the venue is moving, but that the entire area will soon be redeveloped.

Lumpini Stadium ends with a bang - The Nation, December 6, 2004
...The event billed as “Super Tuesday” will mark 51 years of fighting for the historic Lumpini stadium which will close its doors as a premier boxing arena early next year to make way for a new modern venue at Lunlinchee 3, Trok Chan, in Bangkok...


(Photo: VRML Bangkok)

Proposed world's tallest building for Bangkok - January 5, 2004
Rangsan Architects are cooking up a world's tallest building proposal for Bangkok. VRMLBangkok.com (their website is not up yet) made the above graphic. That is Chong Nong Si Skytrain Station in the foreground. We'll have more news on this project soon.
Latest for Suam Lum - December 18, 2003
A floating market with a 600-seat restaurant, along with several other attractions, is to be opened at the Suam Lum (Lumpini) Night Bazaar in central Bangkok at the end of next year... Construction is to begin in April and be completed in November.
This is the former site of the Armed Forces Academy Preparatory School, which which was moved in the mid-1990s to ease traffic congestion in the area. The market on the site is supposed to be temporary to fund the relocation of the school. There have been promises and expectations that the area would be a park or used for "educational, cultural and recreational purposes," but the land is probably in too prime a location not to attract the forces of commercial development.

World's tallest building for Bangkok? - November 12, 2003
From an inside source commenting on "Siam Tribute," a new building planned for the Lumpini Boxing Stadium area:
I really like the design of Siam Tribute.. Reminds me of the old Miglin Beitler tower proposed for Chicago. And you're right it's super super tall... Siam Tribute is only a conceptual design at this stage. But it will be approximately 730m tall (about 700m to the top "skylounge" plus 30m to top of the roof). I've seen the building's cross sections + sketches.
It will be located next to the Lumpini Boxing stadium. Still not sure if and when it will be developed. First they have to get permission to lease the property from Crown Property Bureau [that manages the land]... I was so overwhelmed! One of the architects whispered in my ear "... it's going to be the tallest building in the world."

This general area has been controversial for development since the garish night bazaar was set up "temporarily" two years ago on the grounds of the Armed Forces Academy Preparatory School:
Crown land agency defends night bazaar - siamfuture.com, August 28, 2002
It denied media reports claiming interior ministry regulations had been amended to reclassify the site on Rama IV road as a commercial development.
"An eyesore" and "a disgrace" - siamfuture.com, 00:02, July 26, 2002
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