IT’S going to take a lot of cleaning. Just six months after causing uproar by relocating his business to the Far East, James Dyson has vacuumed up the biggest and most expensive apartment in Singapore for £43.5million.
The Wallich Residence super-penthouse is at the top of the 950ft-high Guoco Tower, the city state’s tallest building. There is 21,000sq ft of living space — spread over three floors — with five bedrooms, a rooftop swimming pool and a jacuzzi.
Photos show a marble-floored interior with a giant walk-in wardrobe, big enough to hang a chandelier in, and a grand piano.
But if it is not to the former fine art student’s taste, a team of designers and architects are on standby ready to customise it to his specification.
The apartment gives the inventor — worth an estimated £9.5billion — access to the facilities and services at the five-star Sofitel Singapore City Centre, which is in the same building. There is also a concierge service.
The Dyson boss, 72, and his wife Deirdre Hindmarsh, said to be in her 70s, became tenants of the 99-year leasehold property on June 20, according to official title records.
‘Given the decision to locate the headquarters in Singapore and the growing focus of the company’s business in the region, of course James Dyson has bought a property there,’ a Dyson spokesman said.
The Singapore apartment is the latest addition to Mr Dyson’s collection of properties. They include a £20million London townhouse and a £3million chateau in Provence with its own vineyard.
He also owns a £50million New York penthouse and a 51-bedroom stately home in Gloucestershire.
He has a £40million Gulfstream jet and a yacht that was used by Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson in 1936, the year before they married. Mr Dyson restored it at a cost of £25million.