Construction of the Esplanade began in 1998 and was completed in October 2002 at a cost of S$600 million, fully financed by Singapore Pools and the Singapore Totalisator Board. The Esplanade’s Concert Hall was inaugurated by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra on 11 October 2002.

The Academy of Medicine, Singapore, moved to larger premises at the National Kidney Foundation Singapore, Kim Keat Road, on 11 October 2008. The new premises on the 11th and 12th floors of the building have twice the total area which provides a more conducive working environment for staff and additional facilities for members as well as Colleges and Chapters.


On 11 October 2012, Singapore media reported that the country's 76,000 civil servants would be allowed to contribute to the Our Singapore Conversation with the lifting of a long-standing gag order preventing public servants from speaking publicly on government policies, although they are still not allowed to talk "about their current work or policies they worked on."