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Old September 9th, 2014, 07:07 PM   #1781
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URA's plan to revitalise old flats in To Kwa Wan falls through
9 September 2014
South China Morning Post



A demand-led redevelopment project in To Kwa Wan fell apart yesterday after the Urban Renewal Authority failed to gain the support of 80 per cent of the land lease holders.

An authority spokesman said some owners of the 13,175 sq ft site had asked to be paid HK$12,000 per square foot - about 20 per cent more than the authority's offer of HK$10,078.

By the 5pm deadline yesterday, the holders of only 68 per cent of the "undivided shares" in the land - which are allotted to owners according to the size of their flat - had accepted the offer.

This is the second demand-led project to fall through. The first, smaller project on Wong Chuk Street, Sham Shui Po, failed in November after holders of only 78 per cent of undivided shares supported the redevelopment.

It comes as the authority reviews its demand-led redevelopment policy - projects initiated by owners but executed by the authority - which is said to have led to HK$3 billion in losses since it began in 2011. "The project's failure will be part of the review," the spokesman said.

The authority has accepted 11 such projects in all. So far, seven have been given the green light by owners while two - the To Kwa Wan and Sham Shui Po projects - have fallen through. It is not known if the authority will kick-start the remaining two projects, which have not been announced, before it completes its review by the end of the year.

The To Kwa Wan project, involving 170 households and 387 residents, was expected to provide 150 flats, a commercial area and community facilities.

"It's unfortunate to miss the opportunity to revitalise the old neighbourhood, but I respect the owners' decision," district councillor Starry Lee Wai-king, who was involved in the project, said. "It's hard to ask investors who are renting out their flats to accept an offer lower than they expect."

Property prices are still rising despite the introduction in February of double stamp duty on buying a second flat. Figures from the Centa-City Leading Index show that flat prices have risen 7.5 per cent since the measure was implemented.

But Chau kwong-wing, chair professor of the University of Hong Kong's real estate and construction department, said the market would see downward adjustment in the longer term, perhaps in five years. On the To Kwa Wan project, Chau said: "The authority may not want to go ahead with it either, given the losses on past projects."
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Old September 11th, 2014, 11:29 AM   #1782
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Relax labour laws to help city
11 September 2014
South China Morning Post

The latest official study of Hong Kong’s future manpower needs estimates a net shortage of 118,000 by 2022, partly because of a mismatch between job skills required and education levels. Manpower projections have proved wide of the mark in the past. Given dependence on assumptions that may become outdated, and that unions see it as a pretext for importing labour, many will treat the study by the Labour and Welfare Bureau with caution.

A single fact can focus more attention on the subject. We have one with the news that the number of skilled construction workers leaving Hong Kong for higher wages in Macau has more than tripled in the past two years, from 1,305 in July 2012 to 4,685 at the end of July this year. And that does not count those who go to work in Macau as unregistered daily commuters.

To be sure, the figure is a drop in the bucket of the 200,000-odd qualified workers in this city’s building industry, but it is expected to grow as construction firms, including many here, compete for lucrative contracts on casino projects, exacerbating a severe labour shortage in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong developers and contractors have seized on it to renew calls to relax rules on importing labour, arguing that shortages were helping raise construction costs and property prices. A recent international survey that found Hong Kong’s construction costs had become the world’s highest.

A government committee on population policy is exploring ways to deal with the shrinking workforce generally, and not just in construction, including relaxing or streamlining labour importation. Suggestions of new ways to bring in outside workers are welcome and should be fully debated. One is for Pearl River Delta workers to commute daily across the border to Hong Kong, similar to Singapore’s use of a cross-border Malaysian labour pool. So long as the interests of local workers are given due weight and the issue is handled sensitively, a relaxation of labour importation rules will benefit the city.
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Old September 14th, 2014, 04:05 PM   #1783
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High security at Tamar square with 3m fence
The Standard
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Civic Square in front of the government headquarters at Tamar has reopened to the public with a three-meter-high security fence round the perimeter.

In addition, the square will be closed between 11pm and 6am daily.

The decision to beef up security around the square, a popular site for protesters, came under fire from pan- democratic lawmakers who said the area should remain open to the public 24 hours a day.

The new fence runs along Tim Mei Avenue and the boundary between the forecourt and the Legislative Council Complex. Five one-meter-high stone pillars, about one meter apart, at the East Wing entrance have been erected.

A three-meter-high glass panel stands near the escalator to the bridge at Harcourt Road.

Construction, which began in July, was to have been completed last month but the government said there was a delay because of weather conditions.

Lawmaker Emily Lau Wai-hing said the government decided to build the fence as it feared the headquarters could come under attack should Occupy Central swing into action. The legislature was not consulted, she added.

Lau said the fence will separate citizens and the administration and give the public the impression that the government is becoming less willing to listen to the people.

The Federation of Hong Kong Students applied for permission to gather at the square for 10 days from September 22, during their class boycott, but the Administration Wing rejected the request saying their timing went beyond the opening hours.

It suggested the public area at Tim Mei Avenue be used instead.

On July 17, it was announced that the fence would be built to "enhance the overall capacity of the building to withstand potential security threats" as "recent public order events at the Legco complex have illustrated the need for upgraded security."

A spokesman for the chief secretary's office said in July that construction of the fence would cost about HK$2 million.
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Old September 17th, 2014, 08:12 PM   #1784
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Developers factor in discounts with flats
The Standard
Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Arezzo rendering from the property website

Swire Properties has released prices for 50 units of Arezzo, its latest residential development in Mid- Levels West.

Prices range from HK$22.28 million to HK$29.58 million, or HK$24,457 to HK$30,307 per sellable square foot.

Flats vary in size from 911 to 976 sellable square feet. Customers buying before October 15 will receive a 4.25 percent discount, with the maximum discount including stamp duty rebate equivalent to 11.75 percent of a flat's price.

Arezzo, which offers 127 units, will be completed in March 2015.

Swire Properties' residential division head Adrian To Wai-yip said the timing is right for promoting Arezzo since only 10 units are still available at the firm's Mount Parker, a similar project in Quarry Bay.

Meanwhile, Three Julia Avenue in Ho Man Tin, by Phoenix Property Investors, will market its first 30 units at between HK$12.5 million and HK$31.55 million, or HK$19,089 to HK$28,886 psf.

The cheapest unit with discount will be HK$11.66 million, or HK$17,800 psf.

The project's 67 flats measure 655 to 1,094 sq ft.

Cheung Kong Holdings (0001) will sell another 10 select apartments at City Point on Saturday, including two top-level abodes sized 1,219 and 1,259 sq ft, priced at HK$21.45 million and HK$23.07 million.

The developer has reaped HK$11.4 billion from selling 1,641 units at the Tsuen Wan project since May.

Sun Hung Kai Properties (0016) will launch six penthouses at The Wings IIIA in Tseung Kwan O on Friday, followed by another 116 flats on Saturday. The latest batch had received more than 1,000 subscriptions by Monday night. ADAM XU
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Old September 18th, 2014, 08:50 PM   #1785
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Bid to delay village movemay hit checkpoint deadline
12 September 2014
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Chuk Yuen residents ask for more time to relocate for multibillion-dollar development

The city’s seventh border crossing to Shenzhen faces a struggle to stay on schedule after villagers who have to make way for the multibillion-dollar development asked for a further delay in their relocation date.

The villagers of Chuk Yuen, in Ta Kwu Ling, were due to move en masse to a new village built 500 metres to the southeast last year – but they have already had the date put back several times and are now asking for the latest deadline, September 25, to be postponed to March.

The delay is a fresh blow to the troubled Liantang-Heung Yuen Wai checkpoint, which has already seen its budget increase massively. A request for extra funding has yet to be approved by lawmakers due to filibustering of other funding requests and the Legislative Council’s summer recess.

The two problems have led to doubts that the HK$24.5 billion checkpoint will open as scheduled in 2018.

It is the latest in a series of big public works projects to face delays and huge cost overruns – most notoriously the cross-border high-speed railway, which was pushed back two years earlier this year.

The relocation of the 200 residents in Chuk Yuen has hit difficulties due to construction delays affecting the new village and differences between indigenous villagers – those who can trace their family histories to the area before 1898 – and others.

The moving deadline has been pushed back three times this year, first to April and then to late last month before the September date was set. Now some villagers are seeking a further delay.

At present, the 42 indigenous households and several nonindigenous families are mixed together. In the new village, they will be separated by a river.

Of the indigenous villagers, 14 have opted to have houses built for them by the government, while 12 have accepted up to HK$2.3 million in compensation and the right to build their own home in the new village.

A further 16 have been given land to build a house at their own expense.

The non-indigenous villagers, who have fewer rights over their land, are receiving up to HK$600,000 compensation per household. Some have opted to move out, while 24 others have accepted an offer to buy a site to build a home in the new village. The non-indigenous villagers, and some of their indigenous neighbours, are ready to move.

A recent visit by the South China Morning Post saw construction continuing at the new village. Rows of houses – some completed and others under construction – could be seen on the indigenous side. The non-indigenous site was still being cleared for construction.

But Yiu Wai-leung, 34, the village head elected by indigenous residents, said most indigenous villagers were not ready to go.

“Of 42 compensation houses for indigenous residents, the 14 built by the government are completed and there are only some minor defects to correct. Overall, I am satisfied with those,” he said.

“Among the 28 households which chose to build houses on their own, 26 have started work and about four or five houses are completed but they are still waiting for water and electricity.”

He has written to the government and asked to push back the moving date to March. Yiu was among a group of residents who earlier complained about the quality of the government-built homes.

In April, about 70 villagers unhappy with relocation arrangements protested at the North District office to demand a delay.

But another village head, Yiu Wong-lun, 66, an indigenous resident who was elected to represent both factions, said most villagers accepted the relocation arrangements. “Only several families are complaining and claim there have been leaks in their new houses. Perhaps they have particularly high standards,” he said.

He added that the HK$2.3 million compensation would allow a family like his to keep a small amount of cash after building a small house, with construction costs of some HK$1.6 million and furniture costing an estimated HK$300,000 to HK$400,000.

“If people say we have gained money because of the development, it is a bit of money but not a lot,” he said.

The non-indigenous families, meanwhile, said hostility from some indigenous residents could affect the construction of their homes.

Kong Bik-yu, of the Chuk Yuen Residents’ Village Removal Committee, which represents these households, said Yiu Wai-leung’s faction had tried to stop the construction of a bridge which would allow access to the non-indigenous villagers’ site.

She said Yiu himself once blocked the work using a truck last year. Work resumed after government mediation.

Yiu Wai-leung admitted blocking the site, but maintained that his only problem was with the location of the bridge.

“Some house owners say it is too close to their homes and would bring a lot of noise when 100 people walk past every day,” he said. “Also, there are not enough parking spaces, and they may park their cars in our village if the bridge is so close.”

In a joint answer to inquiries from the Post, the Lands Department and the Civil Engineering and Development Department sidestepped the question of whether the project would be delayed. “We will closely monitor the situation with a view to keeping the … project on track for completion,” they wrote.

Having agreed to defer the site clearance to September 25, the departments would “continue to liaise with the remaining households and provide them with assistance for a timely removal”.
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Hong Kong contractors' bid-rigging is behind rising prices
18 September 2014
South China Morning Post

One contractor who asked to remain anonymous described three separate groups of contractors and surveyors that divvy up renovation projects through manipulated tender processes where winning bids are often three times market norms.

I am a victim. Our block is subject to a government slope upgrade order. There is nothing wrong with the slope. In fact, it stands in danger only from the way that the required heavy rock drilling will shatter the bedrock.

But it represents contracts for the contractors who get the work. Contractors have a functional constituency seat in the Legislative Council and the holder of that seat invariably votes in line with the administration on issues in which Beijing takes an interest. Some things are important.

So at present, we face a mandatory do-it-now order and the contractors on the short qualifying list are all rubbing their hands. Their quotes have gone up as much as 90 per cent over just a year. Yes, I am beginning to swing to the Occupy Central view of governmental matters.

But of course the contractors plead that their own costs have gone up sharply in recent years and it is not bid-rigging that is pushing these quotes sky-high. No, it is just the unavoidable course of events and they can do nothing about it.

Is this true?

To the data. The blue line in the first chart shows you the deflator index for private construction costs in Hong Kong. It is taken from the gross domestic product figures and based on a value of 100 for September 2003, the approximate beginning of the present longer-term economic cycle.

It shows private construction costs have gone up 130 per cent over the period. This is much more than the deflator for the overall economy, the red line, which is up only 11 per cent, so that this rise in construction costs cannot be attributed to general inflationary pressures.

Nor can it be attributed to wage pressure. Construction wages have risen significantly over the past two years but, over the period of the chart, they are up only 23 per cent, a far cry from the 130 per cent for overall construction costs.

Only in costs of construction materials do the contractors possibly have a case to make. The purple line in the second chart represents an index of the costs of 18 major construction materials, all the way from portland cement to paint, weighted on a straight arithmetic basis. It's rough but it certainly indicates a high rate of rising costs.

This does not entirely satisfy me, however, as I do not see this trend elsewhere. The comparable figures in the United States are much lower and, although I cannot show them all in the chart, in Europe and elsewhere in Asia they are also restrained. Portland cement is portland cement around the world.

It is thus my belief that the cartel operations so prevalent in Hong Kong construction extend to rigging of materials prices and that the data overall does not support the contractors' plea that they are only passing on their own prices. I say they are having us on.
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Rail complications in new lines
The Standard
Monday, September 22, 2014

Transport minister Anthony Cheung Bing-leung has unveiled plans for seven new rail projects costing HK$110 billion. Public feedback has so far been positive.

The new projects include East Kowloon Line, South Island Line (West), North Island Line, Northern Link and Kwu Tung Station, Tuen Mun South Extension, Hung Shui Kiu Station and Tung Chung West Extension.

They're seen to generate up to HK$4 billion of direct economic benefits.

While the public generally favors the rail expansion, there are concerns that Cheung and his team need to address.

Immediately, Hong Kong's biggest bus operator - Kowloon Motor Bus - questioned whether the railway expansion would undermine the firm's sustainable development.

It's a legitimate issue since, upon completion, the rail network will extend to 300 kilometers covering 75 percent of the population. Half of the public transport commuters will travel by rail. That' s significant.

It's hoped a new study promised by Cheung to review the role of different public transport modes can find an equilibrium point for all stake-holders. Even rail commuters like to have choices.

There are also other aspects to consider. First, who should build and operate the new rail extensions? In his answer, Cheung left it open by saying that whether the new projects would be run by the MTR Corp would depend on its capacity, and if other operators could enter the market.

Could the minister dropping a hint they may not go to MTRC as expected? That would be earth-shaking if he meant it. Maybe this was said to a public still skeptical about the corporation following delays and budget overruns for projects like the Express Rail Link, along with administrative shortcomings.

Second, skeptics are concerned that relations between the corporation and government could be complicated by the prospect of a legal fight to settle disputes over who should pay for the extra project costs due to delays.

Will the MTRC and government - who, incidentally, is the rail operator's biggest shareholder - end up in court? I seriously doubt it. Cost inflation will be the greatest concern. Although the estimate of HK$110 billion sounds big, it's conservative in view of soaring construction costs in recent years. It's a safe bet that the projects will be completed at a cost much higher than the estimate.

The public is anxious to see an effective mechanism to control the spending.

A bitterly divided society and tense executive-legislative relations could prove to be the biggest hurdle to overcome if the projects are to be completed on time and within budget.

Meanwhile, it's highly urgent for the MTRC to find a suitable person to fill the void left by former chief executive Jay Walder. The longer the delay in filling the vacancy, the greater the uncertainty in the leadership will become.

If there's a suitable candidate at home, wouldn't this be preferable to hiring an expatriate who doesn't understand local politics?

There's no doubt the railway development strategy will transform the SAR's landscape entirely to benefit most people.
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The Standard
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Swire Properties (1972) sold out the first batch of 50 units at its Mid-Levels West development Arezzo within a few hours yesterday, generating HK$1.23 billion.

The managing director of Centaline's residential department, Louis Chan Wing-kit, said 60 percent of buyers were investors, the rest were upgraders, mostly residents of Hong Kong Island looking to sell their current accomodation and buy a better one.

Another realtor Midland estimated secondary transactions in the area will plunge 30 percent in September from a month earlier, with buyers piling into a burst of new homes in the Western District.

The residential project, which was priced last Tuesday, sold for between HK$24,457 and HK$30,307 per sellable square foot. Encouraged by the results, the developer said more units are in the pipeline. Also rolling out fresh units is The Wings IIIA by SHKP (0016) in Tseung Kwan O. It will launch 155 units this week, including four special flats on Friday and 151 standard units on Saturday.

More new homes will be on offer, as Double Cove Starview Prime by Henderson Land (0012) priced the first batch of 220 units.

The Ma On Shan project sells for a per-sellable- square price from HK$11,382 to HK$16,539, providing a maximum discount of 12 percent. Buyers of designated units will be exempted from management fees of up to 30 months.

Centaline said the pricing is competitive as it is close to resale price in the area, set to find favor with consumers. The agency has recorded 79 secondary deals up to date in September in the district, 35 percent less than in August. It expected the resale market would be "frozen" with the latest project priced and sold.

Separately, Centaline recorded 51 transactions of houses for HK$752 million in August. The number was above 50 for the second month, reflecting robust purchasing power.
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Catching up on land supply
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Six plots will be put up for tender in the fourth quarter to address growing home demand. Those, together with sites of the MTRC (0066) and the Urban Renewal Authority, could lead to up to 6,700 units being built if the biddings go well, the government says.

Secretary for development Paul Chan Mo-po is confident of overshooting the target of providing 18,800 private homes during the current fiscal year ending in March 2015, despite resistance from affected residents and the risk of failed tenders.

Two MTRC plots will offer 4,600 units, or 70 percent of the supplies in the October-December period.

The 196,231-square-foot Tin Shui Wai site close to the Light Rail's Tin Wing Stop was withdrawn twice as developers' bids fell short of the land premium required. About 1,500 units are at stake.

"Risk [of a failed tender] still looms," said Vincent Cheung Kiu-cho, a surveyor at Cushman & Wakefield. "But the MTRC has relented [in profit sharing demand] in the terms of the Tai Wai project." Cheung is more optimistic about the bid for the Lohas Park phase five in Tseung Kwan O.

Midland Surveyors director Alvin Lam Tsz-pun said setting reasonable land premiums is key to securing developers for the railway sites.

The six government parcels to be put on the market include a plot each on Lantau Island, Tai Wai, Tuen Mun, Kwai Chung, Sham Shui Po and Ma On Shan. Together they can contain up to 1,250 units - about 40 percent less than the government supply in the July- Septem
ber period.

Of the six, the only downtown plot - on Lung Cheung Road, Sham Shui Po - is set to grab the spotlight as it a rare site to be allocated for building luxury flats, said James Cheung King-tat, director of Centaline Surveyors.

Henry Cheng Kar-shun, chairman of New World Development (0017), expressed interest in bidding for "all of the sites." He said the upcoming batch of land release would help balance supply and demand, which would be "favorable to a healthy movement in property price."

Land for 16,800 units offered in the first three fiscal quarters represents 90 percent of the year's targeted supplies. "My colleagues and I are not satisfied just meeting the target. We want to overshoot it, as we've been lagging behind over the past two years," said Chan.

Limited supply and exorbitant prices are blamed for keeping locals from buying homes.

Also, the government's attempts to turn some greenbelt land for community use into residential projects have met resistance from residents. "Progress has been delayed because they have applied judicial reviews," said Chan. He appealed to people to be cooperative.

Chan added that the government will be able to provide enough land for 210,000 units in the next five years, with public housing making up 70 percent.
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Officials accused of failing to help blocked-off village
24 September 2014
South China Morning Post

Lands Department should act, Ho Chung residents say after landlord blocks road

Residents are accusing the Lands Department of ignoring its responsibilities by failing to step into a row over a blocked lane in a Sai Kung village.

They say the department approved construction of houses in Ho Chung village based on the fact it could be accessed by road, but had done nothing since a landowner dumped a pile of rubble in the middle of the lane last week.

The incident raised concerns that fire engines would not be able to reach the village.

Kwok said village representatives had signed an undertaking in 2000, pledging to provide a four-metre-wide access route through private land for vehicles and emergency needs so they could build the new homes.

She said homeowners had never objected to the road, and this should give lands officials grounds to enforce the pledge.

The latest obstruction is at least the third such incident in the village since 2009, and comes as the Ombudsman investigates emergency access in rural areas.

“I don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel,” said Wenlise Kwok Pik-yuk, a villager who is helping organise a petition to get the road reopened. The blockade has forced drivers of some 270 vehicles to find temporary parking spots, creating a hazard for other drivers.

One car almost went off the road as the driver tried to squeeze past all the vehicles forced out of their usual parking spaces, villagers said.

The Lands Department has not replied since September 16 to inquiries about its role in the row and why it cannot resolve the dispute. Village representative Cheung Kwun-yung could not be reached for comment.

An open letter sent out before the pile of rubble appeared indicated that the blockade was a protest by the landlord and village leaders against the Home Affairs Department’s role in a clampdown on illegal excavation.

Kwok accused the Lands Department of turning a blind eye to the problem despite being fully aware of the situation and its history. “It definitely has a responsibility. It approved houses because of the existence of the access,” she said.

Police have told villagers they will tolerate illegal parking outside the village for now.

Fire Services Department officials are also not taking action, saying the road is not a designated route. They say they first need a plan from the Lands Department showing the route.

But Kwok said it was not clear why the fire department would have supported applications to build houses in the past if it did not recognise the existence of an access route.

Villagers now plan to protest on October 12 in Sai Kung, Hang Hau and near government headquarters in Tamar, Admiralty.

Kwok said it was unfair for the department to shrug off any responsibility for keeping the access open. The landlord had given an undertaking to provide access, she said, so the department had a legal basis to take action.

“It should assist the villagers to deliver on their responsibility instead of leaving villagers to fight among themselves,” she said.

Designing Hong Kong activist Paul Zimmerman said he suspected the Lands Department had failed to register the landlords’ commitment to maintain access in their land leases.

People applying to build small houses are required to provide access for emergency vehicles if they plan to build at least 10 houses within a 30-metre radius.

If no access is possible, applicants must fit the homes with fire-prevention equipment and take other safety measures.

The Ombudsman launched an investigation in May into the government’s handling of fire safety matters in villages.

The issue was put into stark focus in 2012, when two brothers, aged seven and eight, died in a blaze in a Pat Heung village house in Yuen Long. Fire engines could not reach the home because development had narrowed the access.
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Old October 8th, 2014, 05:51 PM   #1792
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Hong Kong architect aims to advance community needs
8 October 2014
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Phiyona Au Yeung Ming-sze believes architecture should reflect community needs in a city. In Hong Kong, an increasing desire for more open space and green areas will be addressed by her design firm's current major project - the West Kowloon park that will hug the foreshore at the cultural district.

Au Yeung, a director at Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (DLN), has won kudos for her work on major luxury residential projects, such as 39 Conduit Road and Azura in the Mid-Levels. Her design for the redevelopment of Hutchison House in Central is expected to deliver a new landmark building.

DLN has shaped the skyline of Hong Kong. Among its projects in the past 42 years is the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, completed in 1988.

Au Yeung says the completion of Hysan Place in Causeway Bay in 2012 helped showcase green building technology, winning environmental building awards.

DLN had earned the distinction of designing the city's then-tallest building, the 78-storey Central Plaza in Wan Chai, which opened in 1992. That was followed by the 75-storey Center in Central, completed in 1998.

What led you to study architecture?

I have liked drawing since I was a child. But Hong Kong did not promote creativity in schools, so I decided to study architecture at university when I had the chance to pursue something creative. The Chinese University of Hong Kong was just starting to offer an architecture course at that time.

What problems do architects face in Hong Kong?

The Hong Kong Buildings Ordinance has become more restrictive over the past 10 years. That doesn't mean you can't challenge the norms. But it takes time for architects in terms of having to justify their designs. A longer development time means developers have to spend more. It is a challenge for architects to produce a unique design under such a restrictive working environment.

We designed an eight-storey urban window for a residential project in Ho Man Tin. It could offer better air ventilation for the area. But it took us several months to convince the government that it should be excluded from the calculation of gross floor area. If it was included in the calculations, developers would rather cancel a design like that and keep the floor area for residential use.

Mainland developers have hired foreign architects over the past few years. How do you see the opportunities for Hong Kong architects on the mainland?

It's true they preferred to hire foreign architects in recent years. They are finding that Hong Kong architects are familiar with their requirements and needs. Hong Kong architects are also strong in designing high-density and mixed-use developments.

Mainland developers like to work with Hong Kong architects because of their positive working attitude. They are flexible and willing to work as a partnership.

What kind of compromises an architect may have to make to achieve success?

Architecture is a tough industry. You have to have a competitive spirit. Since the Hong Kong Buildings Ordinance is getting more complicated, design work has become time-consuming. Architects act as a service agency and have to deliver quality projects on time.

You also need to convince your team and the site owners. You have to make sure the team follows your direction. You also need to overcome government hurdles and win all the approvals. Architects have to be competitive and display a confident attitude to overcome challenges.

Among your designs, which is your favourite?

Azura in the Mid-levels developed by Swire Properties. It is a luxury residential project. The developer wanted to have a subtle and understated design, rather than a gaudy and garish design.

The needs of residents are being compromised in some residential projects. The curve design was getting popular when we designed Azura. But we believe that "form follows function". We designed the project based on the needs of the residents. They are able to have a high-efficiency living area.

We used stones from Yunfu in Guangdong province to decorate the external wall of Azura. But there are wide variations in the colour. We had to send two teams to the mainland every week to mix the colours to maintain the consistency.

We overcame all the difficulties in the end. It is the greatest satisfaction to architects when we saw our design come to fruition.

What is the impact on design of the increase in construction costs?

Developers are more cost-sensitive. Architects must deliver the product within the given requirements.

How do you balance working and taking care of your children?

Our company respects colleagues with children. We don't need to sacrifice our family life. Since I live close to my office, I go home to spend time with my children during lunch if I am available. I avoid working overtime and spend at least three hours with my children before bed time. Also, technology helps the operation. We can reply emails after work. We can achieve a balance in our working and social lives.
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All this vast and barren text without any relevant info when you're looking for HK projects...

Hkskyline, with all due respect, you're a mod here. SSC reminders tell us we're not allowed to full-quote articles here. And who's gonna read them like that, anyway? I think a teaser of 4-5 lines is perfectly fine.

And some images of actual projects wouldn't hurt from time to time.
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All this vast and barren text without any relevant info when you're looking for HK projects...

Hkskyline, with all due respect, you're a mod here. SSC reminders tell us we're not allowed to full-quote articles here. And who's gonna read them like that, anyway? I think a teaser of 4-5 lines is perfectly fine.

And some images of actual projects wouldn't hurt from time to time.
I have raised this concern to the moderator team numerous times on how we, as forum leaders, address copyright concerns and the use of copyrighted material on the forum. The overarching principle is we are not in the business of reproducing copyrighted material for profit but rather use it for discussion purposes, which justifies reproduction as part of the fair use doctrine.

Unfortunately, not every moderator is well-trained in these laws as myself, and are unaware of the case precedents that have occurred that would render your suggestions useless in protecting this forum's copyright liabilities. For example, quoting a select few parts of the copyrighted material's key points has been found inappropriate as the key points were sufficient in breaching fair use. Quoting select parts can also be abused to distort the article's true meaning. Images and videos are considered copyrighted materials so the question is whether they should be subject to the same content quoting limitations as articles? So how would you quote half a picture? Obviously, what is being policed here is the simplest solution although it does not truly address the risk.

I hope you appreciate that it is easy to copy and paste images in here but hard to find context, which would oftentimes, like the interview I just posted, come in text format.
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Nine bids for Tai Wai Station project
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MTR Corp (0066) stopped taking bids yesterday for the Tai Wai Station residential project which received at least nine tenders, suggesting sweetened terms had sparked a warm response.

Top local developers, including Cheung Kong Holdings (0001), New World Development (0017), Henderson Land Development (0012) and Wheelock Properties (0020), submitted individual tenders.

"We are aggressive in our bid," Cheung Kong executive director Justin Chiu Kwok- hung said without disclosing details. "We are familiar with the region especially after our development of the adjacent Festival City, so we have confidence in this project."

Emperor International Holdings (0163) teamed up with mainland-based Shimao Property (0813), Kaisa Group (1638) and an affiliate of R&F Properties (2777). Emperor executive director Donald Cheung Ping-keung said the project is attractive with an ideal location and on a large scale.

Only three developers tendered for the project in 2012, when it was eventually withdrawn. To prevent another bid failure, MTRC slashed the land premium by 18.5 percent to HK$10.36 billion.

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The 520,000 sq ft MTRC plot will provide a gross floor area of 2.7 million sq ft and 2,900 residential units.
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New World wins 'sweet deal' MTR Tai Wai project
15 October 2014
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The MTR Corp yesterday awarded the property project at its Tai Wai station in a desperate deal that will allow the winning bidder, New World Development, to cut the initial investment to nearly a quarter.

The mega housing project by the government-controlled rail operator will provide a fillip to the government in meeting this year's private housing target of 18,800 flats.

Announcing that New World had secured the residential portion of the project to provide 2,900 flats, chairman Henry Cheng Kar-shun said: "The project will involve a total investment of about HK$20 billion."

Alfred Lau, an analyst at Bocom International, said New World's option of just developing the residential portion would only require an initial investment of HK$2.86 billion, while the balance of HK$7.5 billion would be paid by MTR in return for ownership of the shopping mall.

"With MTR paying 72 per cent of the land premium, it's definitely a sweet deal, where the developer effectively pays only HK$1,000 per square foot in terms of gross floor area initially for the residential part, compared with an average selling price of HK$11,000 per square foot in the locality," Lau said.

The site could yield a gross floor area of 2.7 million sq ft of residential space with 2,900 flats, and 600,000 sq ft of shopping space.

Lau said New World still needed to bear an estimated HK$3 billion in construction costs for the shopping mall that it would hand over to MTR after the completion.

"The HK$3 billion construction cost of the mall could be settled by bank loans. So the revised terms significantly reduce the winning bidder's investment risks," he said.

MTR has been under pressure from the government to release land in order to ease supply. It cut the land premium and broke up the station project into residential and residential-retail to allow more medium-sized developers to participate in the tender. An earlier tender in 2012 had to be withdrawn because of lack of interest and low bids.

Under the more generous terms MTR adopted for the latest tender, the land premium was cut to HK$10.36 billion, or HK$3,832 per square foot, from HK$12.7 billion, or HK$4,410 per square foot.

"The successful sale of Tai Wai station, which will account for 15 per cent of this year's flat supply, means the government stands a high chance of meeting its housing target," said Alvin Lam, a director at Midland Surveyors.
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