Originally constructed in 1933, the Clifford Pier was designed by Frank Dorrington Ward, then chief architect of the Public Works Department and was named after Sir Hugh Clifford, the former Governor of the Straits Settlement. The conserved building sits along Collyer Quay where Johnston’s Pier once stood. Iron cast red lamps that were once part of the pier’s architectural features were restored when Clifford Pier was gazetted for conservation in 2007. Locals incidentally refer the pier as “red lamp harbour” because of the way red beacons were shone over the pier as warnings to ships.
In 2007, the conserved Clifford Pier has been meticulously re-invented and re-developed along an important promenade for Marina Bay. Restoration and conservation of the building was completed in phases, and was officially opened in 2010 after 3 years of development as part of today’s Fullerton Bay Hotel.
Singapore’s DP Architects responsible for the conservation, integrates between old and new elements where the facade fronting Collyer Quay was designed to echo the profile of the conserved Clifford Pier where beige limestone were used instead of glass. Adding to its historical context, distinctive horizontal lines were made evident on its facade. In its interior, the restaurant under the same namesake “The Clifford Pier” brought life back to its old world charm by embracing the spirit of 'poetic heritage'. Architect Andre Fu recaptures the elegance of Singapore’s golden era with a modern interpretation of heritage glamour, acknowledging the significance of the Pier’s maritime surroundings.
The heraldry found on the exterior of the building can be traced back to 1911 when Labuan had joined the colony in 1907 as part of the British Straits Settlement, composed of the arms of Singapore, Penang, Malacca and Labuan. The arms show the blasons of Singapore: (Gules, a tower Argent on its battlements a lion passant guardant Or), Penang (an Areca palm - Pinang or Betel nut palm), Malacca (a sprig of leaves and fruits of the keruingtree (Dipterocarpus sublamellatus-Dipterocarpaceae), and Labuan (a depiction of a schooner headed towards Mount Kinabalu - or Borneo - at sunrise).