ABOUT US

COMPANY PROFILE

The Royal group of companies is focused on investment of properties across Asia-Pacific region. We have over 70 years of combined  expertise in the development and management of properties. Established in 1947, our Group has invested in  diverse range of properties including Hotels, Shopping Malls, Office Towers, Residential serviced apartments and industrial buildings in the region.

We have achieved considerable progress over the past years due to our engaged leaders, teams, and partners. Testimony to our knowledge & expertise in the Asia-Pacific property market, we have obtained proven assets that are in key locations. Our sustained growth over the years  depicts the effective corporate governance and value creation to the shareholders.

The strategic locations of our properties and quality management of our portfolio have attracted many reputable tenants from various industries to include banks, law firms, business schools, executive business clubs, fast food chains, food courts, serviced offices, Departmental stores, fashion and apparel boutiques.

Since 2012 Group's portfoilio includes following Hotels in Asia-Pacific

Sofitel Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore

Sofitel So Singapore

Raffles Villa, Singapore

Royal at Chinatown, Hotel 1888, Singapore

Royal at LCY, Hotel 1887, Singapore

Orange Grove Residence, Singapore 

DoubleTree by Hilton, KL,Malaysia

Hilton Garden Inn North, KL, Malaysia

Hilton Garden Inn South, KL, Malaysia

Wisma KFC , KL, Malaysia

 

The Group has invested  in major retails in following  shopping Malls in Singapore :

Lucky Plaza

Far East Plaza

High Street Centre

Peninsula Plaza

Tanglin Shopping Centre

The Arcade

Royal Retail 

Royal One Phillip Retail

3 Phillip Street Retail

Baghdad  Street, Kampong Glam

Trengganu Street, Chinatown

HISTORY

2019

Group acquired Orange Grove residences (formerly Darby Park Executive Suites) , a serviced Residence asset in a multi-million dollar deal to be redeveloped into a hotel.

Royal Group announced  a second Raffles hotel to open in Singapore, with the launch of Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa Singapore planned for 2022.

The Group Bought Wisma KFC in Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, a 22-storey office building,  which will be turned into a hotel.

2019

2016

Royal Group bought two hotels –  Cititel Express and  Hotel Empress in Kuala Lumpur, KL Which was refurbished and re-branded as Hilton Garden Inn North & Hilton Garden Inn South respectively

2016

2015

Royal Group  acquired the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur from asset manager Blackrock.

2015

2014

Group added Ritz Carlton Double Bay in Sydney to its portfolio, which was reopened as InterContinental Sydney Double Bay in January 2014

2014

2012

Two further office building acquisitions were made to the portfolio that included 1 and 3 Phillip Street in Raffles Place.The Royal Group moved their head office to 3 Phillip Street in the First Quarter of 2012.
2012

2011

Admission of Bobby Hiranandani, Asok Kumar’s son into management. Bobby successfully tendered for a conservation building along Robinson road; the development of the Hotel has begun and is expected to be completed in 2013; the agreement with Accor to manage. This hotel will be the first entry by ACCOR’s Sofitel into Singapore, the hotel to be branded “Sofitel So”.  

2011

2000's

2001, the group invested in their head office at 22 Malacca Street in Raffles Place, Singapore. The property was bought with an occupancy rate of less than 30%. A substantial capital expenditure was devoted to refurbishment and together with an aggressive marketing strategy to populate the building with tenants; the group has a building today that is 100% occupied with a waiting list.

2003, the group ventured into commercial properties in Dubai and Malaysia. The world went into recession; and the group reevaluated their holdings to achieve the right tenancy mix to meet the global slump. In 2007, two commercial buildings were purchased in Chinatown. With the successful tenders in Chinatown, the focus shifted to begin tendering for government lands to build hotels to meet the future needs of tourist bed count in Singapore. The Chinatown properties were converted into boutique hotels that provided added value to the group’s assets. A successful bid was also made for the land at Merchant road, Singapore and converted the area into a 203 room business hotel and office building managed by Park Regis Hospitality. The property was profitably sold in 2010.

2000's

1990's

1992, the group invested in “The Promenade” in Orchard Road  and improved the rental income a change in tenant mix and then sold the property in 1997.

1993 an investment was made in the Queensway Shopping Centre. Over the years, the tenant mix was improved to enhance the yield; During the same year the group also invested in commercial space at the Peninsula Plaza. Both properties remain as part of their asset portfolio to date.

1994 the group expanded its portfolio to include Hotel properties in Australia and New Zealand. As part of the hotel portfolio purchase, the company entered into management contracts with the ACCOR group. The French group operator managed the properties and later purchased the properties from the group when ACCOR went public in 1997.

1995, an investment was made in a Hotel Property in Singapore called the “Melia at Scotts”. With the experience gained from investments in Australia and New Zealand, the management guided right mix of improvements in the property and sold it in 1997.

1990's

1980's

Mr. Asok Kumar Hiranandani took over his father’s retail business and expanded it to 30 retail outlets in Singapore. In 1985 the focus changed to investments in Real estate and their first investment was a commercial property “The Lucky Plaza” in Orchard Road. Their return on investment was 5 times after refurbishment and a change in tenant mix. That remains the group’s anchor property to date.

1980's

1950's & 1960's

Mr. Naraindas ventured into Africa and capitalized on myriad of business opportunities.

1950's & 1960's

1947

Mr. Naraindas laid the foundation in 1947 with a small silk garments trading firm in Singapore. With his relentless efforts, the business gradually expanded its horizons.

1947

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Asok Kumar Hiranandani

CHAIRMAN

Leads the Royal Group of Companies as founder Chairman. Asok has been instrumental in developing and building the group’s market share in Singapore that includes some of the iconic buildings that form part of the Singapore landscape. He has immense expertise and a wealth of experience in the commercial property, financial and capital markets. 

Bobby Hiranandani

CO-CHAIRMAN

Bobby is a graduate in Construction management; and brings the necessary skills in the building and development of hotels and offices that complements with the overall group’s strategy and philosophy. On becoming the Groups’ Co-Chairman , Bobby has embarked on the company’s most ambitious hotel project, transforming the old landmark TAS building into a hotel of 134 guestrooms under the Sofitel SO label from the ACCOR group. Being his first SOLO project he is closely involved in the 130 million dollar project himself.

Srinivasan Thiagarajan

CEO

Thiagarajan; a Chartered accountant by qualification; is also a certified associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers and has a Master’s degree in Commerce from Madras University. Thiagarajan, has been associated with the Royal group for over two decades and is adept in financial management and accounts. He has guided the group through difficult and turbulent business cycles using prudent financial and sensible management directives including the recent financial crisis in the West.

Peter John Wilding

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Peter was initially appointed as Managing Director of Royal Hotels Australia, a subsidiary of Royal Group Holdings, and was responsible for the Australian business which included redeveloping the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay Hotel. In February 2015, due to Peter’s strong capability and leadership, he returned to Singapore as the overall group Managing Director, a key appointment in the Group’s global strategy to expand our foothold in Asia, Australia and Europe.

Peter brings with him extensive experience in property development, project management, construction and funds management following senior executive roles with Mubadala, Australand, and most recently with Lend Lease. His strong track record in the industry and global relationships will strengthen the group’s senior ranks and establish a platform of sustained growth in the hospitality sector.

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