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Old October 10th, 2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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HUNG HOM | Waterfront Development

Hung Hom Waterfront Action Area Plan
The Action Area is located on the waterfront of Hung Hom Bay (Figure 7.5) between the Whampoa Garden Residential development to the east and the Cross Harbour Tunnel alignment to the west. It comprises mainly formed land with no development except for the KCRC Freightyard and International Mail Centre (IMC) near the western end and the Ferry Piers at the eastern end. The two main waterfront sites on the reclamation are a site zoned Commercial in the west (recently sold) and a site zoned CDA in the east.
The KCRC Freightyard, which is expected to remain in situ for the immediate future, is a major incompatible use. In the long term every effort should be made to terminate its use for container handling. The IMC may also be relocated from its current waterfront site in future. Removal of both these uses will offer the opportunity for continuity of the promenade between Tsim Sha Tsui East and Hung Hom Reclamation and for a major tourism-related development.

Development concept
The aim of the development concept (Figures 7.6 and 7.7 and Plan 4) is to ensure attractive continuity of the waterfront promenade from Tsim Sha Tsui eastwards, and to take advantage of the key location of the Hung Hom waterfront as the northern portal of the eastern gateway to the Inner Harbour. With the ultimate relocation of the KCRC Freightyard, the marine basins next to the jetty will present an interesting waterfront feature. A cluster of tourism attractions and facilities including coach parking is proposed, to draw visitors from the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and hinterland areas. To avoid reclamation, additional space is proposed by using stilted buildings and platforms to accommodate the main attractions: an Aquarium and Exhibit Gallery (e.g. on a Pearl River Trade theme), leaving the existing jetty for public use as open space and restaurant terraces with superb views of the Harbour. The feasibility and arrangement of column structures may need to be further studied together with its implication to water quality.

Built features
Northern CDA site
  • This site is proposed for two hotels set back to accommodate a widening of the waterfront promenade for restaurants and cafe terraces.
  • A stepped height concept will apply, with a maximum height of 40mPD at the waterfront facade and 75mPD at the rear, a PTI has to be provided within the site.
Freightyard Jetty site
  • In the long term, restaurants and cafes are proposed along the jetty, with up to two floors and maximum height of 15mPD. Apart from a lighthouse feature, the end of the jetty should form an open viewing platform
  • The water basin to the east of the jetty could accommodate indoor attractions, such as an aquarium and exhibit gallery, in buildings on stilts with maximum height of 25mPD.
  • The marine basin created by the angle of the jetty could contain a water feature and a moored boat attraction
  • International Mail Centre Site
    • In the long term this site could accommodate a hotel and a stepped piazza descending from the Coliseum terrace to the waterfront.
    • The hotel should be no higher than the neighbouring hotel in the Metropolis development, with a maximum height of 50mPD,
    • The Coliseum terrace should be made livelier by landscaping and provision of cafes and restaurants.
    Pedestrian access
    Pedestrian access from the existing Hung Hom Station is via the open space along the eastern side of the Hong Kong Coliseum, linking to the waterfront beneath the elevated highway. The present limited connection of Hung Hom station with the full Metro rail network will improve with the construction of the East Rail Tsim Sha Tsui Extension and the proposed Sha Tin to Central Link, from which an exit should be provided close to the waterfront.
    A continuous waterfront
    Access from the centre of Hung Hom to the eastern end of the Action Area will be via an overhead pedestrian link from near Gillies Avenue South through open spaces alongside Hung Hom South Road.
    promenade will eventually be developed along the whole waterfront but at the western end the KCRC Freightyard and IMC currently constitute a major physical and visual obstacle. The uphill footway alongside the Hung Hom Bypass overpass could be made more attractive by the provision of shelter and seating.

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