Singapore – Proposals for a new 100-hectare digital park were presented at a leading industry event today, heralding a major step forward in Thailand’s digital aspirations.
Digital Park Thailand, located in the Sri Racha district of the Chonburi Province, was unveiled at The Digital Thailand Big Bang Conference 2017. The site will be aimed predominately at digital and technology industries and it is anticipated that over 58,000 people will live and work there.
The new district will be developed over the next 10 to 15 years and is within the EEC SEZ, a special economic zone. As well as promoting digital industries, there will be a range of science and education facilities, and the creation of a new residential community.
It will also support and complement existing industries and people in the area, including existing schools, universities, and sectors including automotive and agriculture.
The Thung Suk La Road runs alongside the site and the proposals also suggest a direct connection of the proposed high speed rail link and new station at Sri Racha, providing further connectivity that will significantly boost the success of the development.
The masterplan has been designed by an international consortium including Broadway Malyan, Savills and the TEAM Group, and will see the creation of various specialist clusters focused around a central park and retail and lifestyle hub. This will include a hotel and MICE facilities to support the business community within the Digital Park.
Modelled on a campus style approach, the aspiration is to create a complete digital ecosystem with clusters focused on Digital Media and Immersive Content; Applied Digital, IOT and ICT; Medical, Healthcare and Wellness; Data Centres; Robotics; Automotive and Aviation; and a specialist Digital University.
The plan will be structured around a ‘digital boulevard’ and green connector linking the different clusters and a sizeable living zone will offer a range of quality housing designed within a lush, landscape setting, in close proximity to community facilities. It will be pedestrian and cyclist friendly and have access to a public transport network of local buses connecting to a wider transit system including the High Speed Rail and major airports.
The first phases will focus on the construction of a data centre cluster as well as the IOT Institute building. The Institute will include a mix of uses, such as research, teaching and conferencing and offices. The institute will seek to attract a number of anchor tenants, representing the key cluster industries within the Digital Park.