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Old January 27th, 2012, 04:56 AM   #1
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HONG KONG | Exchange Square The Forum Redevelopment

New way to The Forum
The Standard
Friday, January 27, 2012



A popular pedestrian rest area at The Forum in Exchange Square will have a fresh new look by early 2014 that will not come at the cost of its famous statues and fountain, the landlord has pledged.

In a spot of good news for office workers looking for a bit of respite from the summer sun, Hongkong Land also said more ornamental trees will be erected.

A spokeswoman for Central's largest landlord told The Standard that the changes are part of a HK$560 million redevelopment to transform The Forum from a shopping arcade into an office building.

All statues, including those of two water buffaloes and a tai chi figure, will be restored to their original spots once the redevelopment is completed.

"A lot of people think the buffalo statues represent a bustling stock market, but actually that's not the case," she said. "However, the interesting thing about art is that people can have different ideas of what the statues represent."

Executive director Raymond Chow Ming-joe has said the project will result in a new iconic building in Central.

He added the company is undertaking the project for two reasons: a dearth of office space in the district and the greater income potential ensuing from such a transformation.

Timmy Yau Man-hin, who works in Central, said open areas offer workers a release from claustrophobic offices in the district, one of the city's busiest.

"Such open areas are definitely needed. There is a huge sense of pressure inside offices, as they are usual
ly small," Yau said.

"Chater Garden is another good example of places where we can have fresh air."

Other workers in Central also welcomed the decision to keep The Forum open area more or less intact, saying it offers an escape from their busy and sometimes suffocating offices.

Under the plan, the five-story Forum, which for 23 years has housed restaurants and shops, will become a seven- story gemstone-shaped building, with a total gross floor area of 48,491 square feet - about 15 percent more space.

Five of those floors will be dedicated offices, while the other two will house a car park and a bus terminal.

The east and west plaza areas will be morphed into a single space, and the existing obstructive walls will be removed to give people the feeling that the outdoor sitting area is bigger than before.

There will also be a covered passageway, leading from the sitting area to the Connaught Road footbridge.

Gentle sloping ramps will also be created to ease access for the handicapped.
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Old January 27th, 2012, 10:48 PM   #2
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Old July 30th, 2012, 05:39 PM   #3
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it looks so nice..Buy prozac

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Old August 26th, 2012, 05:39 PM   #5
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Hongkong Land Announces Details of The Forum Redevelopment

HONG KONG, 12th December 2011 - Hongkong Land today announced details of its plans for the HK$560 million (US$72 million) redevelopment of The Forum in Exchange Square, which is scheduled to commence in December 2011. The new Forum will be a seven-storey building, five of which are designed for office use. It will have a total GFA of some 48,000 sq. ft, approximately 15% larger than the current building. The redeveloped Forum is designed to achieve the highest possible environmental rating.

In keeping with Hongkong Land’s longstanding commitment to develop CENTRAL’s cityscape, another important part of the redevelopment will be significant enhancements to the surrounding Exchange Square plaza. Inspired by crystal formations, the new Forum is designed to resemble a cut gemstone nestled within natural surroundings and the plaza includes a landscaped roof garden, stepped terraces and fountains. Hongkong Land’s collection of sculptures by celebrated artists such as Henry Moore, Ju Ming and Dame Elisabeth Frink will continue to be a focal point of the area.

The Forum redevelopment including the plaza area will be completed in early 2014, with work being carefully planned to ensure minimal disturbance to tenants and visitors.

Raymond Chow, Executive Director of Hongkong Land, said, “Our continuing programme of investment in our portfolio is designed to ensure that CENTRAL remains one of Asia’s most prestigious and dynamic city centres. We believe that this latest enhancement to The Forum will benefit our tenants and reinforce the attractiveness of our high quality office space to financial institutions, multinationals and professional services firms.”
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Great news. HK needs more fountains.
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