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Old November 9th, 2012, 12:01 AM   #1501
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when they are gonna stop building things like that??

seems like enormous wall
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Old November 12th, 2012, 12:54 AM   #1502
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Century Gateway in Tuen Mun

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Old November 12th, 2012, 01:41 PM   #1503
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Fantastic image, mate!


Are all these newly built blocks?
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Old November 12th, 2012, 02:43 PM   #1504
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^ There are 3 in the photo covered in scaffolding. Those are still U/C, but it seems the other 2 to the right perpendicular to the photo don't have scaffolding anymore.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 01:03 AM   #1505
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Stage 1 Public Engagement for "Feasibility study on relocation of Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works to caverns" to launch soon
Thursday, November 8, 2012
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Mr Lai introduces the operation of the Stanley Sewage Treatment Works, Hong Kong's first sewage treatment works built in caverns.

The Drainage Services Department (DSD) is conducting a feasibility study on the relocation of Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works (STW) to caverns. It will launch the Stage 1 Public Engagement soon to work with the public on refining the relocation proposal, the Chief Engineer (Sewerage Projects) of the DSD, Mr Lai Cheuk-ho, said today (November 8).

At a media briefing on the development of STWs in caverns today, Mr Lai said the study, which commenced at the end of May this year, comprises preliminary technical and impact assessments, ground investigation, preparation of an outline design for the engineering works, formulation of implementation strategies and programmes, a review of the suitability of Nui Po Shan of A Kung Kok as the cavern site, and an initial plan of the future land use of the existing Sha Tin STW site with a view to establishing a business case for the relocation project.

Mr Lai said, "We will make reference to successful experiences of the Stanley STW, Hong Kong's first STW built in caverns, as well as cavern STWs in Nordic countries. We will also introduce enhanced and innovative elements into the relocation proposal. We are actively exploring advanced sewage treatment technologies to reduce the required cavern space and shorten the construction period." The Chief Engineer (Sewage Treatment) of the DSD, Mr Lo Kin-hung, added, "A key feature of the Stanley STW is that the caverns serve as natural barriers and completely enclose the STW, thereby integrating the STW with the surrounding community and environment."

The Stage 1 Public Engagement for the feasibility study including roving exhibitions and community group meetings will start on November 10. Members of the public are invited to participate in the activities and provide their comments.

Please click on www.dsd.gov.hk/EN/Our_Projects/4379DS.html for details of the study.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 06:05 PM   #1506
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Going up ... the pay of lift workers
The Standard
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A HK$1 billion government plan to construct elevators at footbridges and pedestrian subways may see many companies forced to raise the pay of workers as they face staff shortages.

Two lift companies told Sing Tao Daily, sister newspaper of The Standard, that their employees are negotiating pay rises and stand to earn more next year.

Schindler Lifts Hong Kong has promised to give 500 employees three pay increases next year, meaning an increase of 13 percent.

Meanwhile, Fujitec Hong Kong is negotiating with its staff who are asking for a 15percent rise so as to be on par with other lift companies.

Schindler pays new hires HK$58 an hour, which has angered old workers who receive HK$50 an hour.

Schindler management has promised to raise pay by HK$4 an hour for technical staff in January.

From April 1, the average pay rise will be 4percent with the minimum standing at 1.5percent.

From October 1, technical staff will enjoy a rise of HK$2 an hour.

The three increases will altogether mean staff will earn HK$57 an hour.

Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Ip Wai-ming said salaries of technical lift staff in Hong Kong remain low and could lead to staff shortages.

If Schindler gives three pay rises next year they will encourage staff in other companies to demand the same, Ip said.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced the construction scheme in August, saying that in the first year HK$100 million will be spent on elevators, eventually rising to HK$1 billion to build at all the 220 sites within a time frame of three years.

Work has already started at 10 locations in Southern District, Kowloon City, Sham Shui Po, Kwai Tsing, North District, Sha Tin and Tsuen Wan to help the elderly and disabled.
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Old November 15th, 2012, 06:20 AM   #1507
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Firms going flat out
The Standard
Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hong Kong's five major developers plan to launch 17,650 units in 2013, 50 percent more than this year, despite the recent imposition of cooling measures.

Cheung Kong Holdings (0001) ranks as first because it aims to put as many as 6,380 units at six new projects on the market next year.

This includes the 1,720-unit development City Point atop Tseun Wan West MTR station. Sun Hung Kai Properties (0016) will launch seven new developments next year, involving about 3,855 units.

New World Development (0017) aims to launch 2,717 units from its seven new residential properties. Sino Land (0083) will release a total of 2,791 flats while Henderson Land (0012) will launch 1,907 units.

Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said the cooling measures will not have any real impact on small and medium enterprises which use property as collateral for seeking loans.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 01:53 PM   #1508
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Old November 19th, 2012, 07:27 AM   #1509
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Hike in stamp duties will not put brakes on SHKP
The Standard
Friday, November 16, 2012

Sun Hung Kai Properties (0016) believes sales will be affected by the newly introduced stamp duties, but the developer will not go slow on launching projects.

Property prices have dropped slightly after the curbs, with transactions cooling down a bit both in the primary and secondary markets, co-chairman Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong said.

But he noted that it is too early to tell just how much prices may eventually fall, adding: Boosting land supply is still the ultimate way to curb soaring prices.

SHKP will continue to launch new developments, Kwok said.

And deputy managing director Victor Lui Ting pointed out: Less than 10 percent of our homebuyers are non-locals. That is noteworthy because from October 27 non- locals and companies have had to pay an extra 15 percent in Buyer's Stamp Duty.

Upcoming SHKP launches include the second phase of The Wings in Tseung Kwan O and Century Gateway, Tuen Mun.

Kwok's brother and co-chairman Raymond Kwok Ping-luen said the stamp duty for corporate buyers will slow the group's acquisition of old buildings.

But Lui said such deals account for only a small part of land-replenishment strategy.

On Peter Woo Kwong-ching, the chairman of Wharf (0004), holding SHKP shares worth HK$5.5 billion, Raymond Kwok said he was not aware of this, but SHKP and Wharf are old friends who have collaborated on some projects.

Separately, the mainland property market is expected to see stable growth, as both prices and transactions have held steady.

Alfred So Chung-keung of SHK Real Estate Agency does not expect big property policy changes under the new leadership.
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Old November 19th, 2012, 07:31 PM   #1510
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I'm not blaming you all alone hkskyline, but this thread really isn't what it should be.


This is how a thread in this section should look like: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...15079&page=245
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Old November 19th, 2012, 09:27 PM   #1511
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A tower facade provides a reinterpretation of Hong Kong's street life

Tange Associates' eye-catching 24-storey facade of The One, the first vertical shopping mall of this kind, is an interpretation of Hong Kong's lively and eclectic street life. The varied and original exterior design identifies the multiple functions inside - restaurants, retail shops, fitness clubs and cinemas.

Tange Associates' interpretation of Hong Kong's identity is an amalgam of characteristics and spaces that can be experienced with the five senses. The different depths, materials and innovative elements of the facade, as well as the medley of tenants from elegant restaurants to fast food booths, from high-end boutiques to simple retailers pay homage to the busy and diverse Hong Kong street culture, which is rapidly disappearing as the old character of the city is replaced by often common, nondescript buildings. The fašade offers a different atmosphere at night when the vibrant composition is animated by the illumination of the interior lights.

The open terraces, roof gardens on three levels and terrace restaurants provide not only green spaces for relaxation, but also increase the building's sustainability. Additionally, the facade's surface variation creates a wind-breaking effect at street level, reducing the wind impact on pedestrians. The balanced use of different types of glass and metals on the exterior serves to create comfortable interior spaces.

Although the long, narrow building site was a challenge for the floor planning, the strategically placed the atrium, escalators and elevators generate a pleasant and exciting circulation and flow of movement for visitors, as if they were walking the streets of Hong Kong. As the tallest retail complex in Hong Kong, The One's distinctive facade is well recognised not only from the surrounding areas, but also from across the harbor on Hong Kong Island, making it a new landmark on Nathan Road.

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Old November 19th, 2012, 10:50 PM   #1512
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Wheels in motion for new landmark
The Standard
Thursday, November 01, 2012

The government is going ahead with the construction of a giant ferris wheel on the Central waterfront.

According to a tender document published by the Lands Department, the ferris wheel will be located in front of piers 9 and 10 and should be at least 50 meters in diameter.

The project site is about 9,620 square meters.

Kowloon East Constituency lawmaker Paul Tse Wai-chun, the former tourism sector legislator, said he "cautiously welcomes" the initiative.

He stressed Hong Kong has very few tourist spots along the coast and there is no holistic plan for the touristic development of the waterfront.

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Oh jeez....not another ferris wheel.

I'd rather see a few more supertall/megatalls built in Hong Kong in pace of other Chinese big cities.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 07:17 PM   #1513
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Ma Wan - Park Island Phase 6

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Old November 20th, 2012, 09:02 PM   #1514
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wow, the last skyscraper seems great!!


more pictures of projects like that and less news please!!
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Old November 21st, 2012, 03:45 AM   #1515
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The irony is The One is one of those new redevelopments that kills street life, sucking people inside the corridors rather than have them glued to the street level.

And the building was completed ages ago - technically not a construction or project anymore.
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Old November 21st, 2012, 02:17 PM   #1516
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The irony is The One is one of those new redevelopments that kills street life, sucking people inside the corridors rather than have them glued to the street level.

And the building was completed ages ago - technically not a construction or project anymore.
I think TST needed that... It's way too crowded!
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 12:50 AM   #1517
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BTW - is the deck on the upper floors of The One open to the public?
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 04:55 AM   #1518
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BTW - is the deck on the upper floors of The One open to the public?
Restaurants operate on the top floors so you need to buy something to get there.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 05:52 AM   #1519
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Hopes for latest vets' school bid
The Standard
Friday, November 23, 2012

The City University of Hong Kong will submit an amended plan for what it hopes will become the first school of veterinary medicine in the SAR within the next two weeks.

It also hopes the University Grants Committee will have sufficient time to scrutinize the latest proposal when it meets in January.

The University Council, chaired by Ryoden Development chairman Herman Hu Shao-ming, met yesterday and was updated on the changes.

The council endorsed the original plan in October last year.

It recognizes the role of the faculty of veterinary medicine in the development of the SAR, a university spokesman said.

CityU believes a former Yuen Long pig farm, covering 100,000 square feet, may be redeveloped into a teaching facility specializing in large animals, a source said.

The updated plan has received support from various stakeholders such as ParknShop, eminent professors and doctors like Malik Peiris of the University of Hong Kong, veterinarians, farmers and nongovernmental organizations including the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The proposal does not contain specific funding for the school but includes a business plan.

"What we are saying is that we believe the proposal deserves support from the government and we are seeking policy and funding support," the source said yesterday.

But it is up to the committee to determine how it should be funded.

The Standard reported earlier this month that the university expects to launch a six-year veterinary medicine course in 2014-15, with 30 students.

The newly hired executive director of CityU life sciences programs, Dr Howard Wong Kai-hay, noted that there is no veterinary training facility in the SAR.

The school hopes to develop specialists in food safety and public health.

Wong, a veterinarian and epidemiologist, moved to CityU to head a team that seeks to establish such a facility.

He spent 16 years at the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 10:46 PM   #1520
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^ Please, no more of all these mere and bland news pieces in here, thank you!

Only post projects if they're actually materializing and there's something worth to be shown.

Despite that, you should be familiar with our rules, that only allow to quote a 100 words of an article and not a complete one.
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