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Changi Cove – Heritage Restored and Modernized Set in Nature

 

What’s @ Changi Cove

Changi Cove, a restored and modernized heritage site, set in 4 hectares of lush natural greenery is a habitat for migratory birds.
 
Changi Cove is a refreshing destination for retreats, meetings and celebrations.
 
Changi Cove’s surroundings offer further opportunities for exploration and discovery. From the Changi Point boardwalk along the Changi coastline, Pulau Ubin and Chek Jawa wetlands to the laidback Changi Village, they are all easily accessible.
  
CommandHouse
Showcasing old world grandeur and dignity for special occasions. The CommandHouse offers 5 high ceiling original rooms, private gardens/parade square for private meetings and dining, celebrations and outdoor events.
 
**CommandHouse is currently undergoing upgrading works and will not be available.
 
GateWay Conference Centre
Providing contemporary facilities in a natural setting, GateWay Conference Centre offers a 210 retractable tiered seating auditorium convertible into a ballroom, 8 configurable meeting rooms and an inspiring Incubator space.
 
Meetings Rooms – Click here for our full list of Meeting Rooms at Changi Cove.
 

MyPlace
Accenting simplicity, coziness and comfort, MyPlace offers 112 modern rooms for guest on retreats, meetings and events at Changi Cove.
  

History & Geography

Changi
Heritage trees and natural setting

Changi is the vernacular name of the ‘Balonocarpus” tree a tall and valuable timber tree in Singapore, the last of which, “a 150 foot tree was blown off by the British Royal Air Force in 1942 to prevent the Japanese army in Johor from using it as a location marker” at the onset of World War II.
 
Commodore Henry Probert, The History of Changi

”Changi enjoyed one of the finest natural settings of any military base anywhere in the world, and in the main the scheme of building added to rather than detracted from it

But it was the flowering trees and shrubs that particularly delighted the newcomer… Changi benefited too from the many stately trees that were deliberately preserved by the planners, although not all attempts at preservation were successful. “ Commodore Henry Probert, The History of Changi
 
Changi Cove:  A Historic Destination

Signature Heritage trees, a stately heritage CommandHouse, conference, meeting and accommodation facilities all within a natural setting.

As you enter the foot of the hill of Changi Cove you encounter on your left the signature heritage two branched Chinese White Olive Tree “Canarium Album” which fronts the clean lined Gateway Conference Centre. Behind Gateway you will encounter another 150 year old heritage tree ‘Alstonia Angustiloba (Common Pulai)’ which fronts MyPlace. On your right rises a hill on top of which is a parade ground which fronts the stately heritage building the CommandHouse, behind which are private gardens.
 
Heritage CommandHouse

In the 1920s the plantations were cleared for a British air base and military hospital. The airbase, prison and hospital built by the British remain as heritage sites of Singapore’s history. CommandHouse was built by the Royal Engineers in 1935, Changi Prison was built in 1936 and Changi Hospital was built in 1935.

“The (Changi Cove) area was given conservation status on 27 June 2002. It contains a two-storey building of the Neoclassical Style, built by the British Colonial architects and engineers between 1920s and 1930s. The building was part of a British naval and air base protecting the eastern approach to the Johor Straits from the Japanese attack from the sea during the 2nd World War.” Singapore Urban Renewal Authority website.

The CommandHouse a neo-classical style building is “one of the few remaining outstanding Colonial buildings in Singapore of such scale and grandeur.” URA Technical Conditions of Tender March 2007.
 
History soaked

World War II Site:
Johor gun emplacements,
Changi Prison World War II Prisoner of War (POW) Camp and Changi Prison Chapel

Post-World War II Site:
British Air Force Headquarters,
British Military Hospital

Changi Village and Beach 1950s and 1960s

Changi Beach Park

Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin
 
Historic Milestones

From 1945 to 1976 the CommandHouse served as the British Far East Air Force Headquarters.

From 1977 to 1983, the CommandHouse hosted the Singapore Christian Conference Centre under Rev. David Hugh Baker.

From 1983 to 1984 the CommandHouse hosted the Singapore Armed Forces Commandos.

On 6 October 2012  the CommandHouse and site and was restored to its heritage area and building and launched as a contemporary destination.

Changi Cove, steeped in the history of Changi and of Singapore, showcases the grandeur of the heritage of the CommandHouse, the heritage of its natural setting, flora and birdlife to all our guests.