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Old November 24th, 2012, 06:00 AM   #1521
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This is not a picture book. A lot of very worthwhile projects don't have renderings but are mentioned in the newspaper. A project does not start when the rendering is issued. If it is not a project, then approach me to ask why it's there.

For example, the vet school above is very likely going to happen, with the university taking many steps to create it. Hence it has a rightful place here.

As to the word rule, I've raised this issue long ago in the mod forums that it does nothing to protect against copyright issues. Seems the other mods didn't want to make a decision so I encourage everyone to restart the discussions there.
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Notice the PLA headquarters in Admiralty is under green scaffolding for repair work :

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Government to sell site in Tuen Mun by public tender
Monday, November 26, 2012
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Map : http://www.landsd.gov.hk/en/landsale...an/TMTL427.pdf

The Lands Department announced today (November 26) that a site, Tuen Mun Town Lot No. 427, at So Kwun Wat Road, Area 56, So Kwun Wat, Tuen Mun, New Territories, will be disposed of by public tender in the 2012-13 Land Sale Programme. The tender invitation for the lot will commence on December 21, 2012, and close on January 25, 2013.

Tuen Mun Town Lot No. 427 has a site area of about 26,934 square metres and is designated for private residential purposes. The minimum gross floor area and the maximum gross floor area are 21,009 square metres and 35,014 square metres respectively. The total number of residential units to be built shall not be less than 460 and shall not exceed 480.

The final Conditions of Sale for the lot will be available for distribution and uploaded to the Lands Department's website (www.landsd.gov.hk) by December 21, when the particulars of the tender will also be gazetted.
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Old November 29th, 2012, 04:21 AM   #1524
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Record deal for Tseung Kwan O site
The Standard
Thursday, November 29, 2012







Lai Sun Development (0488) outbid five others to win a plot in Tseung Kwan O for a record price in the district, reflecting developers' confidence in the market.

The 229,300-square-foot site, called Area 68A2, sold for HK$2.83 billion, or HK$4,932 per square foot.

"The total amount we will invest is HK$6 billion," said Lai Sun deputy chairman Chew Fook Aun. "I don't know how much the flats will be, but those in the same district are selling at HK$11,000 psf."

He added: "The price is reasonable as there's a seaview. Our company's gearing ratio is very low, so we have the money to buy more land."

Midland Surveyors director Alvin Lam Tsz- pun said the price is slightly higher than market expectations and "reflected developers' confidence in the market."

The plot will yield a total gross floor area of 573,344 sq ft, of which 80 percent is for residential use and must provide at least 535 homes.

The residential plot is the sixth in Tseung Kwan O available for tender this year and is closer to the sea than the previous plots.

Tenders for a neighboring plot will close on December 7.

Meanwhile, a commercial land site in Kowloon Bay fetched HK$1.82 billion, in line with market estimates.

The buyer is Tony Lau Hon-chung, brother of former lawmaker and National People's Congress deputy Sophie Leung Lau Yau-fun.

The 27,800 sq ft site, with a gross floor area of 333,124 sq ft, cost HK$5,460 psf.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 10:36 AM   #1525
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Gridlock fear as MTR work gets under way
The Standard
Thursday, November 29, 2012







Hundreds of thousands of motorists can expect traffic delays when three lanes of the six-lane Ma Tau Wai Road in To Kwa Wan close from Sunday for work on the MTR's Sha Tin-Central extension.

Traffic will be affected for a year.

It is the first phase of a four-year HK$65 billion project to build the extension that will connect several existing railway lines.

The existing three southbound lanes of Ma Tau Wai Road will close. The three northbound lanes will be split. Two lanes will be for southbound traffic to Tsim Sha Tsui and one lane will go north to Kwun Tong.

The Transport Department is advising motorists going north to take an alternative route to Chi Kiang Road, Kau Pui Lung Road and Tin Kwong Road.

For those traveling between Kowloon East and West, they have been advised to take alternative routes such as the East Kowloon Corridor, Princess Margaret Road, Argyle Road and Fat Kwong Street.

Assistant Commissioner for Transport Anthony Loo Khim-chung believes this arrangement will help in the smooth flow of traffic.

"With only one lane going north, bus stops will be shifted on Ma Tau Wai Road," he said.

"We will not allow taxis, buses or minibuses to pick up or drop off passengers on this stretch of the road."

Bus and minibus passengers are advised to familiarize themselves with the new stop locations. But Democratic Party district councillor Pun Chi-man said shifting bus stops will affect the business of shops.

He is worried that traffic snarls on the already busy Ma Tau Wai Road will get worse under the new arrangements.

"I don't think such measures could really deal with the traffic. This is especially so since there are more than 10 bus routes on this road."

Loo said the department understood that Ma Tau Wai Road is one of the trunk routes linking Kowloon East and West.

It has jointly prepared a contingency plan with the police and MTR Corp in case of any traffic incidents, which includes round-the-clock monitoring of the traffic situation through CCTV cameras and standby tow trucks and other equipment for speedy clearance of any breakdowns or other incidents.
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Old December 4th, 2012, 01:43 PM   #1526
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Protesters fear higher flats will worsen air
The Standard
Monday, December 03, 2012

A group of Tseung Kwan O residents is opposing a proposal to increase the plot ratios for several residential sites on the district's shoreline over fears it will worsen air pollution.

About 20 people yesterday joined a protest in Tseung Kwan O to oppose the government's plan.

Sai Kung District Council member and protest leader Christine Fong Kwok-shan said she is worried that increasing the plot ratio will result in a "curtain effect," blocking the flow of fresh air due to height and density of buildings and worsen air quality in the area, which has landfills nearby.

"Residents do not oppose government [moves] to increase housing supply but believe the government should construct buildings in appropriate areas such as Tiu Keng Leng and Sai Kung," she said.

The plot ratio will be raised from three times to 3.3 times and from two times to four times in southern Tseung Kwan O, increasing the number of flats from 2,800 to 3,320.

Michael Choi Ngai-min, a member of the government's Long Term Housing Strategy Steering Committee, said he is not worried that raising the plot ratio will draw further opposition.

"A few years ago, we looked for higher quality of living such as lower building density, but now more people just want a home to live in," he said.

"The government will have to strive for a balance of housing and environmental problems.

"But I believe the government does not want to see any curtain effect caused by the buildings."

Choi said raising the plot ratio is the best solution to housing problems.

"Ventilation involves various aspects, not only the height of the buildings, such as building density and orientation," he said. "Further studies are needed to avoid any curtain effect."

An associate professor in social science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Sing Ming, said it is possible that raising the plot ratio will trigger further opposition if the government does not have a detailed building proposal.

"One of the reasons the government proposed to raise plot ratio is due to insufficient land, yet some available land is used to develop houses of indigenous villagers," he said.
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Old December 5th, 2012, 04:53 AM   #1527
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Mei Ho House renovation at Shek Kip Mei (see bottom) :

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Central Kowloon Route - Phase 2 Public Engagement exercise commences
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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The Highways Department commenced the three-month Phase 2 Public Engagement exercise for the Central Kowloon Route (CKR) today (December 5) to collect public views on the detailed design and construction arrangements of the CKR.

The CKR is a 4.7-kilometre dual three-lane trunk road with 3.9km of tunnel and will form a key component of the strategic road network in Hong Kong after commissioning.

The Project Manager of the Major Works Project Management Office of the Highways Department, Mrs Joanna Kwok, indicated at the media briefing today that the CKR would connect the Yau Ma Tei Interchange in West Kowloon with Kowloon Bay and Kai Tak Development in East Kowloon and hence divert traffic away from the major east-west corridors in Kowloon. This would therefore effectively relieve the existing congestion problems and cater for traffic demand generated by future developments. Furthermore, the CKR consists mainly of tunnels and will thus help reduce air pollution resulting from traffic congestion.

"With the commissioning of the CKR, the journey time between Kowloon Bay and Yau Ma Tei through CKR at peak hours will be only around five minutes, thus saving about 25 to 30 minutes in comparison with the travel time without the CKR," Mrs Kwok said.

The department conducted the Phase 1 Public Engagement exercise for the CKR between 2007 and 2009. According to feedback collected at that time, the public generally agreed with the need for construction of the CKR and supported the recommended alignment as well as the reprovisioning arrangements for the affected public facilities.

"The design of the CKR incorporated several features in response to the public concerns raised in the Phase 1 Public Engagement exercise. On environment, we will construct landscape decks and noise enclosures and barriers at appropriate locations to enhance the environmental benefits of the project and at the same time introduce more greening and improve the adjacent environment. On culture and heritage, the recommended alignment will preserve the historic buildings of the Yau Ma Tei Police Station and allow Temple Street night market activities to continue during the construction stage," Mrs Kwok added.

"We will adopt the approach of reproviding the affected public facilities in advance to minimise the impact on public services. The extent of the temporary reclamation for construction of the underwater tunnel in Kowloon Bay will be kept to the minimum.

"Furthermore, the tunnel will be constructed mainly deep underground in rock stratum and will not therefore affect the foundation, structure and use of the adjacent buildings. The recommended alignment will not involve any resumption and clearance of private properties or relocation of any households," she said.

The department is progressively issuing the latest project news and invitations to adjacent residents to participate in the focus group meetings to be held from December 12 to 20 to introduce the CKR project. Other public engagement activities including public forums and roving exhibitions will also be organised to help the public understand and engage in wider discussions on the project.

The department will complete the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report in parallel with the public engagement and will apply to the Director of Environmental Protection for the approval of the EIA report and issue of the Environmental Permit in accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance. The CKR project will also be gazetted in accordance with the Roads (Works, Use and Compensation) Ordinance in due course. It is anticipated that the works will start in around 2015 and will be completed in about five years.

The revamped CKR website (www.ckr-hyd.hk) was launched today to disseminate information on the project and latest news on the public engagement activities. Visits by the public are welcomed. For enquiries, please contact us via the department hotline (Tel: 2762 3601).
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Government eyes Lamma Island site for new housing project
The government is targeting an uninhabited part of the island for a new development, but residents and environmentalists have doubts
Saturday, 08 December, 2012
South China Morning Post



The government is looking at an uninhabited part of Lamma Island in its search for more housing sites, tabling options that would yield up to 2,800 flats.

But residents and environmentalists caution against overdeveloping the island, long a haven for wildlife as well as urbanites escaping the city's bustle.

The land under consideration - according to the consultation document the Planning Department released yesterday - covers 60 hectares in Sok Kwu Wan, including a former quarry, in the middle of the island.

Of the two options put forward in the study, the "Seaside Living" concept would yield between 2,000 and 2,800 flats for a population of up to 7,000.

Private and subsidised housing - but not public rental homes - would be considered under the concept, with flat sizes ranging between 500 and 1,000 sq ft. A 12-storey limit would be set for the buildings, and an existing man-made lake would be partially filled to cater for a higher-density development.

The other option, the "Seaside Paradise" concept, which focuses more on tourism, would produce 1,000 flats and feature resort-style hotels and a marina.

Lamma resident Damon Wong Chun-pong said residents had expressed their reservations about having a densely built environment on the island during a meeting with study consultants this year.

"We are not against development. But we've had only village houses on Lamma and any new housing would better come in more or less the same style and height," Wong said.

"We do not want to see the area dominated by luxury homes strictly managed by one single developer like Discovery Bay. This would run against the village lifestyle and the natural scenic character of Lamma."

Conservancy Association campaign manager Peter Li Siu-man said the scale of the proposed development was too large, warning of the possible ecological effects.

"Remember that there are ecologically sensitive areas for green turtles in south Lamma. Any drastic change in the middle part of Lamma is likely to impact both the north and the south," Li said. A resort and character hotels of a smaller scale, rather than a housing estate, would be more suitable for the area, he added.

The Planning Department will hold three public forums next month to collect views. A development plan is expected to be finalised late next year.
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North Point Harbour Urban Planning Concept Winning Proposal / Chris Y. H. Chan + Stephanie M. L. Tan

Project Team: Chris Y. H. Chan + Stephanie M. L. Tan
Location: North Point, Hong Kong, China
Competition Award: First prize (open group)
Type: Urban planning + waterfront design
Organizer: Hong Kong Government, Eastern district
Concept and Approach: Organic urbanism
Theme: Expanding field

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Discover islands of green in the city
The Standard
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

It is a great pity that Hong Kong's town planning practices from decades ago have left us with a lack of green space in our urban areas.

The problem is that it is difficult to reverse many planning decisions from the past, and it is not practical to create big open park space in the now densely developed downtown areas.

However, it is often possible to create small-scale open spaces or to enhance existing ones to make them greener and generally more pleasant.

The Development Bureau has a greening, landscape and tree management section that has produced a series of booklets on such spaces.

The series called Tree & Landscape Map covers individual districts and highlights all sorts of hidden and well-known patches of greenery dotted around our city areas as well as noteworthy clusters of trees.

How many workers or even residents in Wan Chai know that the district has its own green trail going up through the woods above the heavily developed district?

How many commuters who spend every working day in Central have discovered the Memorial Garden tucked away near City Hall or the sitting-out area near Queen Street with its little Chinese herb garden?

Similarly, how many people from outside the districts know of Hutchison Park in Kowloon City or the Tai Kok Tsui waterfront?

Some of these places have been around for a while, but others are new and a sign of a new priority for a greener Hong Kong. Find out more at http://www.greening.gov.hk.

Bernard Charnwut Chan, chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, sees culture from all perspectives.
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Wheelock snaps up site for $1.97b
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Friday, December 14, 2012





A seaside development site in Tseung Kwan O sold by tender yesterday for HK$1.97 billion - below market expectations.

Meanwhile, a small plot in Jordan fetched HK$194 million, in line with expectations.

Wheelock (0020) snapped up the 171,890-square-foot site, 68A1, in Tseung Kwan O. With a maximum gross floor area of 429,731 sq ft, the land premium translates into an average of about HK$4,580 per buildable sq ft - lower than market expectations by up to 7 percent.

Wheelock executive director Ricky Wong Kwong-yiu said the relatively low land plot ratio allows the group to construct 400 luxury flats sized between 700 and 1,100 sq ft.

Those units should sell for at least HK$9,000 psf, according to Centaline surveyor James Cheung King-tat.

The site was cheaper on a buildable sq ft basis than the neighboring Area 68A2 plot, which was sold last month to a partnership between Lai Sun Development (0488) and Walter Kwok Ping- sheung for HK$4,929 psf.

Meanwhile, the successful bidder for the 2,920-sq-ft site on Kwun Chung Street, Jordan, was Rykadan Capital (2288).

The government reaped HK$7,374 per buildable sq ft - in line with market expectations - for the residential/retail lot, which has GFA of 26,275 sq ft.

Midland surveyor Alvin Lam Tsz- pun said new units could be sold at above the HK$12,000 psf level, with shops available in the project boosting prices.

Separately, 18 developers have submitted expressions of interest to the MTR Corp (0066) for another seaside residential plot close to Tsuen Wan West MTR station. The land is estimated to be worth up to HK$2.9 billion.

Kowloon Development (0034) will launch its Upper West project near Olympic station next month, said sales general manager Yeung Chung-wing.
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Hong Kong-born architects to partner on first building in the West Kowloon Cultural District

West Kowloon Cultural District is soon to blossom into life with the announcement of two partnering architects who will collaborate to realise the first of 17 core arts and cultural venues at this exciting new development in Hong Kong. Vancouver-based Bing Thom Architects will work with Ronald Lu & Partners of Hong Kong on this significant scheme which will set the benchmark for the next 16 cultural buildings destined for the District.

Speaking on the announcement, Hong Kong-born Thom stated: “The commission for Hong Kong holds a special place in my heart, a true homecoming for me - my first building in my birthplace. It is an honour to return to design a home for this most authentic Chinese performing art, the first building for the West Kowloon Cultural District.”

The Xiqu Centre on the eastern edge of the District boundaries will be a base for this traditional form of Chinese opera, creating a new home from which these talented professionals can perform, educate, collaborate and attract new audiences. The volume will encompass 2,000 sq m of training and education facilities, two auditoria with 1,100 and 400 seats (the second to be completed in phase II) and a traditional Tea House with capacity for 280-strong audiences. All of this will be supported by ample public leisure space and framed by a flowing entranceway which drapes like the opening in stage curtains.

Thom continues: “The world is fast becoming a blend of Eastern and Western cultures and Hong Kong captures this magic by nurturing and celebrating Xiqu tradition. The Xiqu Centre design is a contemporary expression of a traditional Chinese opera building to show our wonderful art form to the world. The West Kowloon Cultural District gives Hong Kong talent its world stage!”

The design team was picked unanimously by a Jury Panel made up of prominent leaders in the relevant professional and cultural sectors in Hong Kong, China and internationally: Mr. Cui Kai, Architect, China; Prof. Odile Decq, Architect/ Urbanist, France; Mr. Jordi Farrando, Architect, Spain; Mr. Lee Shing See, WKCDA Development Committee member and Chairman of the Steering Committee and Engineer, Hong Kong, China; Mr. Mao Chun Fai, Fredric, Theatre Director, Hong Kong, China; Mr. Pau Shiu Hung, Architect, Hong Kong, China and; Mr. Yuen Siu Fai, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong.

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Would you pay $3m for this?
The Standard
Thursday, December 13, 2012

A deedless fire-damaged loft apartment in Sham Shui Po has sold at auction for HK$3 million - three times the opening bid.

The popularity of the 55-year-old seven-story building at 20 Pei Ho Street is attributable to its affordable price and good redevelopment potential, as it is located in the vicinity of several large- scale acquisition projects undertaken by the Urban Renewal Authority.

Alger Cheng Sai-kit, a general manager at CS Auctioneers Ltd, said the loft - one of eight units in the building - drew substantial interest from investors at last Thursday's auction.

"We received registrations from 50 groups of potential buyers before the auction," he said.

After fierce bidding, the repossessed loft with 654 square feet of saleable area was snapped up for HK$3 million by Peter Au, son of "distressed property king" Au Bo-wor.

"Au Bo-wor has not participated in investment for a long time," one investor commented. "He invested in old buildings in Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, Mong Kok and Sham Shui Po, and he has never made wrong calculations."

Other interested parties included veteran real estate investors such as "King of haunted homes" Ng Koon-lau, Chan Ying-kai and Yu Yiu-lau.

"Apart from residential purposes, the loft can be altered and turned into popular upstairs shops, which can be leased to businesses like barbers, for more than HK$10,000 per month," Ng said.

Chan suggested the flat could be subdivided in four units and rented out at a total of HK$12
,000 monthly, translating into a return of 4 percent.

There had obviously been a fire in the building, but it was uncertain where it broke out. A photograph displayed by the auctioneer showed the loft with smoke-damaged walls.

"At least HK$400,000 is needed for renovations. The walls of the flat are all blackened, and steel reinforcement bars are exposed due to the fire damage," said Chan, who had viewed the unit.

As the loft was sold under court order, the vendor cannot provide title documents, so the purchaser may be unable to obtain a mortgage.

As well, restrictions may also have been placed in the Land Registry by the Buildings Department, and the new owner would be responsible for all repairs, illegal structures, additions or alterations.

"When developers put a whole building for compulsory auction, repossessed flats can also share in the value. But in the private market, it is hard to get a mortgage on those flats, so the price is usually lower than the market level," said Charles Chan Chiu- kwok, managing director of Greater China at Savills Valuation and Professional Services.

Bidding for the loft opened at HK$1 million, rising in increments of HK$100,000.

The auction ended in five minutes, with paddles raised 22 times.

"I stopped bidding at HK$2 million," Ng said. "I didn't calculate the possible acquisition price beforehand. Otherwise, I would have been prepared to pay HK$3 million."

Chan Ying-kai said his ceiling price was HK$2.95 million.

Meanwhile, one street away from the Pei Ho Street site is the first demand- led acquisition project by the Urban Renewal Authority - a plot at 205-211A Hai Tan Street.

The acquisition price announced is HK$9,197 per square foot, based on saleable area - nearly double the HK$4,587 psf of the Pei Ho Street loft.

Early this year, the URA sent letters to residents in old buildings on Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, asking them if they were interested in selling or relocating.

At the time, the acquisition price for self-occupied flats was HK$8,398 psf - similar to the market value of a seven- year-old unit in the district.

Private developers are also actively acquiring old buildings as part of their own land banks, as well as bidding on URA redevelopment projects.

Wang On Group (1222), for example, announced in June that the company bought up old buildings at 140-142 Camp Street in Sham Shui Po.

However, media reports indicate that the uncertainty over whether the acquisition of old buildings will be exempted from the government's new buyer's stamp duty has already dampened developers' enthusiasm.
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Homes, poverty top Leung challenges
The Standard
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has vowed to overcome challenges to governance and said his administration is dedicated to improving citizens' livelihoods, including increasing land supply and providing more new homes.

On his blog, Leung also speaks of hopes that the SAR will see rapid economic development in the new year and that social problems such as housing and poverty will be resolved.

"Citizens may have different memories of the past year, but 2012 is over. Just like every Hong Kong citizen, I have new expectations for the new year," Leung wrote.

"I hope Hong Kong will see rapid economic development so that the community can better cope with housing, poverty, aging and environmental problems.

"I strongly hope that citizens can stay united, and support and coordinate with government policies so that the government can alleviate and resolve problems faster."

Leung said the government will continue to launch policies to improve livelihoods, including "increasing housing and land supply in the short, medium and long-terms, and better management of demand with a view to prioritizing the housing needs of permanent residents and maintaining the stable development of the housing market."

The needs of residents will also come first in terms of birth services in hospitals, he said, promising to "overcome challenges and push forward policies to improve livelihoods."

Leung also believes the Commission on Poverty will continue to help the government to set up a scientific poverty line, an important step toward resolving the problem.

Noting that the government's work in the new year will remain tough, Leung stressed that principal officials and civil servants will join hands to resolve deep-rooted social problems.
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Residential use a better option for ex-army camp site
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Friday, January 04, 2013



Extra conditions are apparently being shaped for those wishing to tender for a Fan Ling site intended for private university development.

Yet a report of additional terms for the former Queen's Hill military camp comes amid claims that some government officials have actually changed their overall thinking on the 16.4-hectare site.

They now want to reserve it for residential use in light of the soaring demands for homes, according to word received by Sing Tao Daily, sister newspaper of The Standard.

Yet another source claimed that the private university plan will proceed in tandem with the extra conditions, and only if they cannot be met will there be second thoughts on the use of the site.

One of the conditions, this person said, is that the university to be set up must shoulder the costs of roads, electricity and water rather than the government facing the overheads.

The costs must be weighed along with a demand that the university's fees are reasonable for high quality courses that match the needs of Hong Kong.

Officials are said to be awaiting the full list of conditions before they turn to a final drafting of the tender.

As the source pointed out, "if universities applying for the site fail to meet the conditions, there is no guarantee that the scheme will be approved."

Plans to develop higher education include six sites being reserved for developing private universities.

The site at Queen's Hill was revealed in the 2010 budget and is the biggest plot of land among the six, with space for a campus good for 8,000 students.

The government invited expressions of interest for development and received nine applications in 2011. Among them were the Society of Jesus and Edinburgh Napier University.
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Stage 1 Public Engagement for "Feasibility study on relocation of Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works to caverns" to launch soon
Date: 8/11/2012
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Mr Lai Cheuk-ho presents the feasibility study on the relocation of the Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works to caverns.


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 and the study website www.STSTWinCaverns.hk for details of the study.
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Kwun Tong sites set to provide 2,500 homes
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Friday, January 04, 2013

The government is planning to convert several urban land plots into residential sites, providing some 2,500 private apartments that might be worth some HK$16 billion, plus public housing units.

The largest parcel recommended to be converted is a former quarry in Cha Kwo Ling, southeast of Laguna City in Lam Tin.

On the 18-hectare site, 3.21 hectares would provide private housing, with a gross floor area of 1.4 million square feet.

The Planning Department recommends that 15 private apartment towers be built - 16 to 22 stories each with no podiums - according to a consultation paper to Kwun Tong District Council.

They would provide about 2,200 homes and accommodate 6,000 people. The estate would be about a quarter of the size of Laguna City.

A primary school of 30 classrooms is planned in the area. There will also be 5.25 hectares of land left for green space. The planning will not affect the existing Cha Kwo Ling village.

The land is expected to be ready for development in the fiscal year 2018-19, as site leveling work needs to be done beforehand.

Meanwhile, the department also proposed a temporary car park at Lei Yue Mun be turned into residential use.

The 35,683-sq-ft site on Shung Shun Street, located between Lei Yue Mun Municipal Building and private housing estate Ocean One, had been planned for a multistory car park for years, but would be turned to another residential project to provide 195,366 sq ft of homes. The number of flats, however, has not been specified.

The department said it will provide 100 public car parking spaces as the site is close to the renowned seafood bazaar.

Midland Surveyors director Alvin Lam Tsz-bun said future residents on the Lam Tin site will enjoy sea views, and the homes should be worth more than HK$10,000 per sq ft if they were to be sold today.

He put the land value at more than HK$5,000 psf at present.

For the Lei Yue Mun site, a comparable development will be the newly completed Ocean One, which has been fetching HK$9,700 psf.

Meanwhile, the department is also considering two sites in Ngau Tau Kok and Yau Tong to be turned into public housing.

The 93,647-sq-ft Ngau Tau Kok site on Choi Hing Road had been planned for a secondary school, while the Yau Tong site at Pik Wan Road and Ko Chiu Road was a government-use plot left vacant.

The two plots will be handed over to the Housing Authority.
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