Shaw Tower an early icon of urban renewal: Experts

The Shaw Tower, a 35-storey office and retail complex built in the 1970s, was part of the authorities' plan in the late 1960s to raise a "Golden Mile" of modern skyscrapers of hotels, shops and luxury apartments in the Beach Road area
A view of Shaw Tower in 1984. It was one of the earliest buildings to use large precast facade panels.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Above: A view of Shaw Tower in 1984. It was one of the earliest buildings to use large precast facade panels. Right: A Jade cinema ticket stub for the movie Wild At Heart from 1991.
A Jade cinema ticket stub for the movie Wild At Heart from 1991. PHOTO: COURTESY OF LAI CHEE KIEN

One side of Beach Road represents colonial-era Singapore - it is dotted with shophouses and structures such as Raffles Hotel.

Meanwhile, the other side of Beach Road is home to a string of post-independence buildings such as Golden Mile Complex and Golden Mile Tower.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 09, 2018, with the headline 'Shaw Tower an early icon of urban renewal: Experts'. Subscribe