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Old July 24th, 2012, 06:59 AM   #1421
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High praise for green effort
The Standard
Monday, July 23, 2012


Government news photograph : Financial Secretary John Tsang (second right) tours an exhibition at the Zero-Carbon Building.

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah recommends the Zero-Carbon Building in Kowloon Bay.

And as one who studied architecture in university, he knows what he is talking about.

The project, backed by the Construction Industry Council and Development Bureau, was completed in just 18 months.

Adopting pioneering environment-friendly design and technology, Hong Kong's first zero-carbon building embodies the coordination between nature and architecture, Tsang wrote in his weekly blog yesterday. It is not without reason that Tsang recommends the Kowloon Bay building, as it has garnered a BEAM Plus Platinum rating, the highest for excellent environmental performance.

The project includes Hong Kong's first urban native woodland, which improves the local microclimate by reducing the heat island effect.

It also generates ample on-site renewable energy, with the surplus transferred to the public electricity supply system.
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New lease of life for tired buildings
The Standard
Thursday, July 26, 2012



Since the government suggested revitalizing old industrial buildings in 2009, many have been successfully converted for commercial use.

Even before then, the apm mall - originally an industrial building called Kowloon East Plaza - has become a landmark in Kwun Tong since it opened in 2005. It is located within Millennium City 5, part of a commercial cluster along Kwun Tong Road owned by Sun Hung Kai Properties (0016).

With a gross floor area of more than 600,000 square feet, the mall houses more than 170 shops spread over 11 floors.

Another example is MegaBox on Wang Chiu Road in Kowloon Bay, which opened in 2007 as part of Kerry Properties' (0683) Enterprise Square Five shopping and commercial complex in the new industrial area. The 19-story shopping block is the largest shopping center in East Kowloon with a gross floor area of 1.1 million sq ft, housing around 240 shops. Such large malls attract customers and stimulate the office market in their areas, driving up office rentals.

Office rentals in Kowloon East rose 33 percent year-on-year in June to HK$27.10 psf.
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LCQ14: Energizing Kowloon East Office
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
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A section of revitalized waterfront under the Kwun Tong Bypass.

Following is a question by the Hon Paul Tse and a written reply by the Secretary for Development, Mr Mak Chai-kwong, in the Legislative Council today (July 4):

Question:

It has been reported that the Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO) plans to transform the 200,000 feet derelict land under an elevated section of the Kwun Tong Bypass and the Tsun Yip Street Playground into music performance area and public space, so as to vitalise the industrial zone which falls silent at night time. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) apart from the development of outdoor performance area/public space, and in view of the insufficient timeslots for performances in the Hong Kong Coliseum (HKC), whether it has considered converting the two soccer pitches and two basketball courts in the Tsun Yip Street Playground into an indoor venue which can accommodate both cultural performances (e.g. concerts and visual arts displays) and ball games, so as to add cultural and recreational elements to the Kowloon East core business district project, as well as meet part of the demands for using HKC; if it has, of the outcome; if not, whether it can assess the feasibility of the aforesaid recommendation; and

(b) of a comparison of the level of satisfaction in usage and construction costs between EKEO, which was built with recyclable steel structures and old containers as its essential construction materials and embodies a number of energy-conservation concepts, and traditional office buildings, which are built with materials such as steel, concrete and glasses, etc.; if the outcome of the comparison proves that the former brings about better results on land utilisation and office uses, as well as being more cost effective, whether the authorities will consider constructing more government offices similar to EKEO in other areas in Kowloon East, and relocating some government departments to the redevelopment area to foster regional development and compensate for the deficiency of the recently commissioned new Central Government Complex at Tamar which has already been criticised for not having sufficient office space?

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In his 2011-12 Policy Address, the Chief Executive announced that we would adopt a visionary, co-ordinated and integrated approach to transform Kowloon East, comprising the Kai Tak Development Area (KTDA), the former industrial areas of Kwun Tong and Kowloon Bay, into an attractive central business district (CBD) to sustain Hong Kong's long-term economic development. In just a few months' time since its establishment in February this year, the Pre-Kowloon East Development Office has organised various briefings, seminars and workshops to engage the public and relevant stakeholders and draw on their ideas and insights. The views collected had been consolidated to form the Conceptual Master Plan of Kowloon East 2.0 (CMP 2.0), which was announced on June 7,2012 when the Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO) was established officially. The CMP 2.0 embraces the grand vision of promoting our long-term economic growth and global competitiveness by transforming Kowloon East into another premier CBD. It also spells out the ten main tasks that need to be accomplished in achieving the vision. They include exploring the possibilities to develop the vacant lot of about 10,000 square metres under the Kwun Tong Bypass into a public space for staging arts and cultural performances and to transform Tsun Yip Street Playground into an inviting and vibrant place. It is to integrate arts and cultural activities into city life and create a unique atmosphere to set the scene for the transformation of Kowloon East.

My reply to the two parts of the question is as follows:

(a) The Tsun Yip Street Playground (TYS Playground) lies at the heart of the Kwun Tong Business Area where buildings are densely packed. According to the Draft Kwun Tong (South) Outline Zoning Plan (S/K14S/17), the TYS Playground is zoned as 'Open Space'. It is an invaluable 'city lung'. We therefore should strive to preserve and transform this urban space into a place where people would like to work, to do business, to walk, to stay and to play. To this end, we will enhance tree planting and greening works and consider introducing new design elements for transforming the TYS Playground into Kwun Tong Industrial Heritage Park. The Park will be a testament to the transformation of Kowloon East from an old industrial area into a new business centre as well as a link for the past, present and future. The TYS Playground can also be used to stage various arts performances or carnivals in future, turning this rare open space in the heart of Kwun Tong into a dynamic and vibrant public space within the business area.

(b) The office building of the EKEO commenced operation in early June. Apart from basic office facilities, it also houses an information kiosk. Apart from serving as a venue for hosting public engagement activities and receiving visitors, the kiosk also accommodates exhibition panels, models and video programmes about Energizing Kowloon East and KTDA. In addition to providing an efficient workspace for the professional EKEO team in Kowloon East, the office building of the EKEO is a pilot project that showcases a new sustainable design concept with low carbon footprint. The building itself serves as a demonstration model for other temporary buildings in Hong Kong in the future, including construction site offices. As the office building is a temporary structure made of recyclable freight containers and other steel works, its size and height are restricted by the container module, making it only suitable for short and medium term use by small to medium sized teams. Given that the office building is a temporary structure and its design, materials and building services facilities are intended for short-term use only, its construction cost is lower than that of a general permanent government office building. That said, as the design concepts and standards for temporary structures and general government buildings are different, we should not draw a direct comparison between their construction unit costs.

On relocating government departments to new development areas, the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council has approved funding for the construction of Trade and Industry Tower in the KTDA in January 2012. The Tower will provide 33,000 square metre net operating floor area and will mainly be used for accommodating the government offices currently housed in the Trade and Industry Department Tower in Mong Kok as well as other leased private premises. Moreover, the three existing office buildings near the Wan Chai waterfront will also be relocated to the two reserved sites for new government office buildings at the KTDA. Moving government offices from prime locations to government office buildings in the KTDA will not only optimise use of land resources but also boost the development of Kowloon East.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 03:21 PM   #1427
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Link hunting factory bargains
The Standard
Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Link Real Estate Investment Trust (0823) is set to diversify, buying up industrial buildings and converting them into shopping malls as the outcry over high rents at its existing properties grows louder every day.

More than 98 percent of shareholders backed the REIT's diversification strategy at its annual general meeting yesterday.

"The Link is in talks to buy some factory buildings. The acquisition will depend on the properties' cost, return and synergy effect to the company," said spokesman Poon Kai-tik, without disclosing details.

The REIT - which operates 180 malls and car parks owned by the Housing Authority - is not allowed to buy land.

It is known for renovating premises for rent. But shop operators at its malls have been complaining of steep rental hikes. Owning shopping centers outside the realm of the Housing Authority is seen as key to boosting future revenue.

More than 40 percent of households in the territory live near a mall owned by The Link. Chief executive George Hongchoy Kwok-lung has said the firm is keen on buying industrial buildings and overseas assets.

"The number of local malls, being limited, cannot catch up with consumption growth. Revamping industrial buildings can boost supply," said Hongchoy.

Experts worry that The Link's capital needs may soar if it tries to buy factory buildings.

"It needs lots of money to buy industrial buildings and even more to renovate them. It can either borrow from banks or increase rents at existing malls," said Terence Chong Tai-leung, executive director at The Chinese University of Hong Kong's Institute of Global Economics and Finance.

The Link is in danger of becoming a monopoly as it expands its network and gains more influence, said Chong.

"The reason why people rent space in industrial buildings for use as offices or homes is because rates are cheap," said Sze Lai-shan of the Society for Community Organization, adding that rents in industrial estates may increase when The Link starts snapping up buildings.

Putting the screws on The Link, a group of protesters demanded the government buy back the 25 percent stake of The Link it previously held.

Poon stressed tenants' means are taken into account when considering rental hikes.

"We have clear ideas of how much revenue tenants have to put into rents, and we will not raise them too high as we do not want to drive them away," he said, adding that rents at The Link's properties have gone up 7 percent every year on average.

Earlier reports have claimed that The Link has leased more than 50 percent of its malls to large chain stores, forcing smaller tenants to leave.

"It is so unfair that around 80 percent of small tenants have to shut down their business in these malls because they cannot afford the high rents," one of the protesters said.

Poon said the firm is open to the government's buyback proposal.

The Link Reit gained 1.5 percent to close at HK$33.25 yesterday.
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Architects drafting new roles
The Standard
Monday, July 30, 2012

Some may say the golden age of being an architect is over.

An architect's role has been increasingly declining in the past decades, from the master of the universe, down to a glorified draftsman.

The phenomenon is attributable to the growth in the contractor's power within a project, and the less experienced project managers hired by the client.

Although the architect is still the person overseeing the project, the actual decisions and day-to-day operations are very much influenced by outside parties, building up to a drop in professional pride and respect.

Therefore, some architects around the world have been undergoing two new waves of restructuring in the past decades: specialization and diversification.

For specialization, some architects choose to establish themselves as specialists in certain building types - for example, as skyscraper or retail experts.

When clients have a project in hand, they would consider finding the specialist due to their job references on the building type and their resources and staff experience in handling such projects.

In medicine, you would look for a specialized heart surgeon when you encounter cardiac problems.

Although it might limit the type of projects coming in, by being a relatively authoritative figure in the specialized field, the architect would be able to leverage a large role in managing the project.

However, unlike medicine, in architecture there is always a danger in specialization since each building type has a cycle.

So, at times, some might suffer from a shortage of projects.

Hence, others pursue diversification.

By definition, diversification means architects not only engage within the architectural field, but also peruse other industries such as urban planning, landscape, interior, product, furniture, jewelry and even fashion design.

By doing so, they establish themselves as a one-stop shop for a client. From inception to completion, they are fully capable of handling issues, ranging from large scale down to the minute detail setting.

Also, by diversifying their income, they successfully shield themselves from any project type's recessional cycle.

With their credibility in certain fields - by way of the halo effect - they can often market themselves as all-around experts.

However, there is also a downside, which is the risk of managing and recruiting an all- around office, with sufficient essential resources and staff to handle the complex and diverse projects.

Lately, there is an increasing trend moving toward both extremes.

Whichever direction an architectural firm chooses to pursue, it must be one that goes parallel with the office's vision and resources. Architect Nicholas Ho and art historian Stephanie Poon don't always see eye to eye.
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SDEV's speaking notes (works policy areas) tabled at LegCo Finance Committee Special Meeting
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Following is the English translation of the speaking notes (works policy areas) of the Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, tabled at the Finance Committee Special Meeting in the Legislative Council today (March 7):

Chairman,

Water Supply and Water Leakage

Surface water collected locally from water gathering grounds provides 20 per cent to 30 per cent of water supply to Hong Kong at present. About 70 per cent to 80 per cent of water is imported from Dongjiang (DJ) to make up the shortfall. In last December, we signed a new agreement worth $11,241.34 million with the Guangdong side for the supply of DJ water to Hong Kong between 2012 and 2014. This can ensure a reliable and flexible supply of DJ water to Hong Kong, based on actual needs, up to 2014, even under extreme drought conditions with a return period of one in 100 years.

To facilitate formulation of effective water conservation measures, the Water Supplies Department (WSD) commenced in September last year a survey to collect information on general water consumption patterns and habits of domestic household users. Over 1 000 households have taken part in it and the information collected is being analysed by the department. Furthermore, to develop new water sources, we plan to explore the feasibility and cost effectiveness of constructing a desalination plant in Tseung Kwan O. We plan to consult the Panel on Development in April, and seek funding approval from the Finance Committee in June for engaging consultants to conduct detailed studies and site investigation, which are expected to commence by the end of this year.

Hong Kong enjoys one of the safest drinking water supplies in the world. WSD has been following the World Health Organization (WHO)'s "Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality" as the standard for the quality of drinking water in Hong Kong. The water quality of the entire water supply system is continuously monitored by WSD and samples are regularly taken from catchments, impounding reservoirs, water treatment works, service reservoirs and the water distribution network for testing to ensure compliance of the water quality with the relevant standards in WHO's "Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality". The number of samples taken every year by WSD exceeds 100 000.

We are continuing with our efforts to reduce water main bursts and leaks. The water mains replacement and rehabilitation programme is making good progress and has entered Stage 4. Under the programme, some 3 000 kilometres of aged water mains will be replaced and rehabilitated. As at December 2011, a total of 1 710km of water mains have been replaced or rehabilitated. The water main leakage rate has also reduced from 25 per cent in 2001 to 19 per cent in 2011. It is anticipated that the leakage rate will be further decreased to 15 per cent upon completion of the programme in 2015.

Flooding

On improvement against the risk of flooding, we are now implementing three drainage tunnel projects: Hong Kong West Drainage Tunnel, Tsuen Wan Drainage Tunnel and Lai Chi Kok Drainage Tunnel at a total cost of about $6.5 billion. These projects are expected to be completed progressively from 2012 to 2013. We have also obtained funding of $1,065.8 million from the Finance Committee for the construction of an underground storm water storage tank at Happy Valley Recreation Ground to relieve the flooding problem in Happy Valley and upgrade the system so that it can withstand rainstorms with a return period of one in 50 years. The works have commenced in late 2011 and are expected to be completed in phases by early 2018.

We are now reviewing the Drainage Master Plan in East Kowloon and West Kowloon to assess the flooding risks of these districts and propose improvement measures. We are also conducting studies to identify rivers with flooding risks and devise a warning system for residents living in adjacent areas.
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K Wah finds footing in SHKP stronghold
The Standard
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Midsize developer K Wah International Holdings (0173) has gained a foothold in Tseung Kwan O after outbidding bigger competitors and buying a plot for HK$1.17 billion - in line with market estimates.

Plot 66D1 is near the Tseung Kwan O MTR station and stands in the middle of three parcels of land owned by Sun Hung Kai Properties (0016).

With a maximum floor area of 297,456 square feet, the land premium translatesto an average of HK$3,929 per buildable square foot. At most, 270,497 sq ft can be allocated for residential use while the rest is meant for commercial development.

A neighboring plot, coded 66B2, was sold to Wheelock & Co (0020) in January for around HK$3,800 per buildable square foot, while SHKP bought site 66C1 for about HK$4,100 psf in May. Both developers also bid for 66D1.

The site carries flat volume stipulations - a minimum of 360 and not more than 378 units must be built. Each flat will be around 715 to 734 sqft.

K Wah, controlled by Macau gaming tycoon Lui Che-woo, said it will develop the plot on its own.

A nearby plot, 66C2, will invite tenders on August 17.
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Cheung Kong sales ride high
The Standard
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Cheung Kong Holdings (0001) is poised to hit its second-highest sales volume - after already selling 2,800 units so far this year for nearly HK$20 billion.

"Total sales this year could exceed 4,000 units, allowing us to record the second-highest yearly sales volume ever," executive director Justin Chiu Kwok-hung said.

He expects total units sold to reach 3,000 by the end of the month, including remaining flats at The Beaumount in Tseung Kwan O and the villas at Uptown, Yuen Long. Four more projects are due to launch this year.

The developer's all-time high for annual sales was 6,600 units in 2003.

Senior sales manager Allen Fong Chun said the 14 Uptown villas of 2,154 square feet each will bear price tags of HK$7,100 to HK$7,800 per square foot.

Separately, Sun Hung Kai Properties (0016) sold 638 of 650 units at Imperial Cullinan for HK$13 billion in all.

A three-story unit with a pool and a 3,005-sq-ft indoor area was put on the market yesterday for HK$50,000 psf, or over HK$150 million.

"It may be the highest per-square- foot price in Kowloon district apart from Kowloon Station," SHKP executive director Victor Lui Ting said.

Another unit with a swimming pool was earlier sold for HK$43,000 psf.

Sun Hung Kai Real Estate Agency assistant general manager Allen Woo Chi-yuen said 30 percent of the buyers are mainlanders and businessmen from both sides of the border.
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Emperor to go it alone in Tseung Kwan O
The Standard
Thursday, August 09, 2012

Emperor International Holdings (0163) said it may submit a tender on its own for a site in Tseung Kwan O that is estimated to be worth at least HK$2.2 billion.

"We are considering tendering for plot 66C2 in Tseung Kwan O by ourselves," Emperor executive director Donald Cheung Ping-keung said yesterday.

The site- with a gross floor area of 139,019 square feet, is expected to cost HK$2.2 billion, or HK$4,521 psf.

The government will invite tenders from August 17 to September 21.

K Wah International Holdings (0173) secured a smaller plot nearby last week with a bid of HK$1.16 billion that bought entry into a district where big developers dominate.

Midland Realty director Angela Kwok Yuk-moon said new home prices in Tseung Kwan O would continue soaring, supported by mature infrastructure facilities in the area.

Emperor, meanwhile, has already generated HK$3 billion from pre-sales of its three residential properties, including Harbour One in Sai Wan, 18 Upper East in Sai Wan Ho, and The Prince Place in Prince Edward.

More than 90 percent of the 108-unit 18 Upper East project has been sold.

The flats are expected to be delivered in September and October, Cheung said.
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Reconstruction of seawall near To Kwa Wan Typhoon Shelter
Friday, August 10, 2012



The Government intends to reconstruct about 15 metres of an existing seawall near To Kwa Wan Typhoon Shelter to facilitate construction of a drainage outfall which forms part of the drainage system at the north apron area of the former Kai Tak Airport.

About 225 square metres of foreshore and seabed will be utilised as a temporary works site.

The works are scheduled to commence in mid-2013 and to be completed by late 2016.

The extent of the area affected is described in a notice published in the Government Gazette today (August 10).

The notice and its related plan are posted on notice boards near the site.

The plan can be seen and purchased on order at the Survey and Mapping Office of the Lands Department, 23/F, North Point Government Offices, 333 Java Road, North Point. It can also be seen at the Kowloon City District Office, Kwun Tong District Office and Wong Tai Sin District Office, and on the Lands Department's website (www.landsd.gov.hk) under Government Notices.

Any person who considers that he has an interest, right or easement in or over the foreshore and seabed involved may submit a written objection to the Director of Lands, 20/F, North Point Government Offices, 333 Java Road, North Point, on or before October 10, 2012.
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Stitch and build best pattern to follow for city
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Monday, August 13, 2012

It's common knowledge that Hong Kong, being a claustrophobic urban jungle, is crying for more public space. In the ever skyrocketing property market - coupled with the limited amount of usable land - it's very difficult to designate pockets of public space to serve various neighborhoods.

However, a remedy isn't far-fetched. Under current town planning, only around 15percent of land is dedicated to residential use, creating undesirably dense living conditions. Neighborhoods - whether residential or commercial - are planned compactly and efficiently, often in close proximity, or integrated with, the infrastructural system, leaving an interstitial gap between one's home and commute.

Even in the city center, due to the dense layout, one can easily find large amounts of residual space left behind by those large infrastructural networks. For example: the spaces underneath elevated freeways and flyovers, roundabouts and footbridges.

At present, their main uses include being temporary domains for hawkers or the homeless, extensions of local wet markets, or weekend retreats for domestic helpers.

These spaces deserve better use - they have the potential to be developed into great public spaces within the urban realm due to their prime locations.

The current weakness is that although these infrastructural systems are ideal for shortening long distance commuting, on a smaller scale of the neighborhood, they have divided the territory by cutting through local terrain - therefore the potential of a new urban typology may be developed through clever design.

To reconnect residual space to the urban center, a new architectural device may be developed to stitch the broken and sporadic terrain, to recreate the once much desired urban ground condition, returning it to the pedestrian, and doing so without compromising the current affluent infrastructural system.

The program, through which the residual space may be transformed, can cater to a neighborhood's historical background and needs, from institutional uses, such as medical, education and social, to a more innovative use like a library, park, automated recycling collection and processing system, renewable energy station, or even a gallery or mini-museum.

The possibilities are endless, in a fully developed place like Hong Kong, such a way must not only be a prototype, but also one that proliferates across the city.

We will certainly want to see the ground experience given back to pedestrians without sacrificing our much appreciated infrastructural network.

Perhaps, the next wave of architectural intervention in the city will be simply stitch and build. Architect Nicholas Ho and art historian Stephanie Poon don't always see eye to eye.
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Old August 13th, 2012, 04:50 PM   #1437
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Proposed advance works for cycle track between Tsuen Wan and Tuen Mun gazetted
Friday, July 27, 2012
Government Press Release Excerpt

The Government published a Gazette notice today (July 27) on the proposed advance works for a cycle track between Tsuen Wan and Tuen Mun.

The proposed works include:

(1) construction of a section of a two-way cycle track approximately 2.3 kilometres long between Tsing Tsuen Bridge and Bayview Garden, Tsuen Wan, and associated footpaths;

(2) construction of cycle track associated facilities including an entry/exit hub and two resting stations;

(3) permanent closure and conversion of sections of the existing footpath into cycle track;

(4) permanent closure and conversion of a section of the existing footpath into an entry/exit hub;

(5) temporary closure and reconstruction of a section of the existing footpath; and

(6) ancillary works including water, drainage, sewerage, landscaping works, construction of retaining walls and installation of traffic aids.

The works will commence in 2013 and are expected to complete in 2015.
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The future is now for construction HQ
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Around a month ago, I mentioned the redeveloped Pak Sui Yuen at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as an example of outstanding new building design in the SAR.

Since then, I have visited the Construction Industry Council's new headquarters in Kowloon Bay.

As you would expect, the council wants its HQ to be a showcase for what Hong Kong can achieve in terms of architecture and building technology.

So the building is the first in the city to be carbon-neutral. Every bit of energy it takes from the power company is balanced by on-site energy generation, which is fed back into the electricity grid. In fact, it even offsets some of the energy used in construction and materials.

Obviously, it is energy efficient, including natural ventilation and an amazing air- conditioning system that delivers cool air from vents in the floor. There are various sorts of solar cells on the roof, and a system to use the sun to heat water. Electricity is generated using bio-diesel.

An outdoor public area includes extensive greenery to absorb heat and carbon dioxide.

In a nice touch, this includes Hong Kong's first urban native woodland - 220 native trees of more than 40 species, plus various local shrubs that feed and house other species of wildlife native to our city.

Ultimately, the whole project is designed to show what is possible: a degree of sustainability that is truly impressive. It opens to the public next month.

Bernard Charnwut Chan, chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, sees culture from all perspectives.
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