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Old July 20th, 2015, 06:59 PM   #1901
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Old July 22nd, 2015, 03:34 PM   #1902
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Notice the green scaffolding on the top right.

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Old July 22nd, 2015, 07:51 PM   #1903
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I think it's mostly because of the greens that they protest for every supertall proposal.
And the height limit was set a few year ago in Hong Kong, it depends on the mountain behind the areas. Each building in its area must not exceed the height of the mountains behind it.
so the last few skyscrapers in Hong Kong will be :
the New World Centre Development 265m
the Kwun Tong Redevelopment >300m
The Gateway Tower Three redevelopment 380m

Sadly this is the end of the skyscrapers era in Hong Kong
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Old July 23rd, 2015, 03:16 AM   #1904
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Sadly this is the end of the skyscrapers era in Hong Kong
Maybe, just maybe, we'll see a supertall in the New Territories....
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Old July 24th, 2015, 06:57 PM   #1905
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Co-existing needs
Lau Ping Cheung says a tiny portion of land bordering the country parks could be turned into housing

23 July 2015
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For too long, society has been bogged down in a dispute on whether to release certain areas of Hong Kong's country parks for housing and other development purposes. While I agree that our country parks provide a respite from the daily hustle and bustle, acting as our city's lungs, nature reserves and leisure spaces, I also hold the belief that they are not untouchable. With careful and proper planning, development and preservation can co-exist.

Development in some carefully chosen fringe areas instead of the hearts of country parks would mean we avoid messing with the environment.

History tells us that the city's nine new towns - including Sha Tin and Tai Po, and which together house about half of Hong Kong's 7.24 million people - were built alongside or abutting ecologically non-sensitive outskirts of country parks. The same model can certainly be repeated for the next new town, especially in fringe locations of country parks with low ecological value that are sparsely vegetated and are relatively close to existing transport and other developed areas. These towns or estates can share existing infrastructure, as well as government and social/community facilities, making them relatively less expensive to develop within a shorter time span.

With these criteria in mind, I have identified about 170 hectares on the western fringe of Tai Lam Country Park that abuts the Tai Lam Tunnel's toll area. With proper planning, this land could be used to build about 30,000 housing units (based on a 6:4 ration, for 18,000 public and 12,000 private housing units) or about 2 1/2 times the size of Tai Koo Shing.

It's easily accessible via the Route 3 Country Park Section by constructing new access roads and infrastructure, and it is only 1.5km from the Kam Sheung Road MTR station, where Kam Tin South development is being proposed for about 34,000 housing units with a shopping mall, schools and other facilities on 152 hectares.

The fact that country parks are all government-owned and would therefore eliminate all land acquisition compensation and disputes also means that the cost to build infrastructure on this land should be about HK$8 billion to HK$9 billion. That means the per-unit infrastructure cost would be just about HK$300,000.

If we add approximately HK$800,000 to HK$1 million of construction cost per unit for public housing, and other outlay, each housing unit would cost just about HK$1.5 million. Given proper planning, the whole development could be completed in about five to seven years if the idea and the due process are shared and supported by the various stakeholders.

Lau Ping Cheung is a member of the Economic Development Commission cum convenor of its working group on professional services
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Old July 25th, 2015, 02:47 PM   #1906
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I think it's mostly because of the greens that they protest for every supertall proposal.
And the height limit was set a few year ago in Hong Kong, it depends on the mountain behind the areas. Each building in its area must not exceed the height of the mountains behind it.
so the last few skyscrapers in Hong Kong will be :
the New World Centre Development 265m
the Kwun Tong Redevelopment >300m
The Gateway Tower Three redevelopment 380m

Sadly this is the end of the skyscrapers era in Hong Kong
As far as I understand it, this high limit only applies to HK Island, especially Midlevels to preserve the layered city structure "climbing up" the mountain. I don't see any general problems e.g. in Kowloon. Large parts of Kowloon are really in need of redevelopment anyways. Why not residential supertalls there? HK is amongst the worlds most expensive real estate markets anyways - I really don't understand why it has not already happened. Where are the super luxury towers? Where is HKs One57 or 432Park?
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Old July 26th, 2015, 09:12 AM   #1907
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As far as I understand it, this high limit only applies to HK Island, especially Midlevels to preserve the layered city structure "climbing up" the mountain. I don't see any general problems e.g. in Kowloon. Large parts of Kowloon are really in need of redevelopment anyways. Why not residential supertalls there? HK is amongst the worlds most expensive real estate markets anyways - I really don't understand why it has not already happened. Where are the super luxury towers? Where is HKs One57 or 432Park?
I think there will be some low rises residences on the new reclamation land at central-Wai Chai. But they will probably be service apartment
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Old July 26th, 2015, 07:32 PM   #1908
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There are plenty of in-fill projects happening around the city and also a major development project in Tseung Kwan O (you can check out the LOHAS Park thread). They are not short buildings by any means but we don't have a supertall going at this point. The industrial areas are being transformed into commercial zones and there is not a great impetus to build a supertall in those cheaper areas.
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Old July 26th, 2015, 07:52 PM   #1909
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There are plenty of in-fill projects happening around the city and also a major development project in Tseung Kwan O (you can check out the LOHAS Park thread). They are not short buildings by any means but we don't have a supertall going at this point. The industrial areas are being transformed into commercial zones and there is not a great impetus to build a supertall in those cheaper areas.

The whole Cheung Kong Lohas park development looks so bad. Cheung Kong doesn't care about the looks but just how they can earn the most out of it🙈
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Old July 31st, 2015, 06:17 AM   #1910
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Wrecking ball falls on pawn shop
28 July 2015
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Grade-III-listed Wan Chai building makes way for a 23-storey office tower

An 80-year-old pawn shop in Wan Chai appears to be nearing its end as work begins on a plan to tear down the building where it is housed and erect a 23-storey commercial tower.

Located on the corner of Hennessy Road and Marsh Road in Wan Chai, Tung Tak Pawn Shop was rated a Grade III historic building by the government in 2010. The shop is known for its representative verandah and neon signs written from right to left.

But in 2013 the Buildings Department approved the landlord’s plan to tear it down and replace it with the tower. Demolition work has now started.

The Antiquities and Monuments Office said the landlord had wanted to demolish the building in 2008. There had been three sets of negotiations to discuss possible preservation plans. In the end, the landlord insisted on pulling the building down, agreeing to provide photos and architectural records for the office’s archives.

Neither building landlord Tak Shing Investment nor Tung Tak Pawn Shop, which has moved next door, would comment.

When asked why the building could not be saved like Woo Cheong Pawn Shop on Johnston Road in Wan Chai, now the site of The Pawn restaurant, a spokesman for the monuments office said the situation was different.

“The case of Woo Cheong Pawn Shop involved many parties such as the Urban Renewal Authority. The Tung Tak Pawn Shop building is privately owned.”

The office classifies historic buildings into three grades. Grade III means a building is of some merit and preservation in some form would be desirable. But that does not save it from demolition.
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Hakka clan to resurrect Hong Kong village that was lost to high-rise development
1 August 2015
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About 90 members of a Hakka clan indigenous to the New Territories are planning to recreate their village, more than a decade after it was demolished for high-rise development in urban Tsuen Wan.

The Cheung clan has bought a piece of land measuring about 30,000 sq ft in Tuen Mun and is now seeking to gather fellow clansmen to reconstruct the original village that is at present submerged by Tai Lam Chung Reservoir.

If the plan proceeds, it will contrast with the fate of villages that have disappeared in recent years or are set to become history.

Tsoi Yuen Tsuen in Shek Kong was cleared for a cross-border, high-speed railway, the six-century-old Nga Chin Wai Tsuen in Wong Tai Sin is to make way for Urban Renewal Authority redevelopment, and some villages in Kwu Tung North, Fanling North and Hung Shui Kiu are to yield to the construction of new towns.

"It is nostalgia that brings us together again," Tai Uk Wai village chief Albert Cheung Ka-fu, 57, said.

The clan's ancestors hailed from Wuhua, Guangdong.

The earliest records of their settlement in Hong Kong could not be traced, but they were estimated to have relocated more than two centuries ago, Cheung said, citing date inscriptions on ancestral graves lying in Tai Lam Country Park, Tuen Mun.

The original village was known as Tai Lam. It was submerged in 1956 as the government built the reservoir.

With their neighbours from Kwan Uk Tei village, Tai Lam people relocated to a new walled village in Tsuen Wan called Tai Uk Wai, where Cheung was born.

"My most unforgettable childhood memory was that even funerals were held in the village," he said.

"When my grandmother passed away, our family received her body from the mortuary and invited Taoist priests to conduct the rituals here."

The villagers moved again in the 1990s, having sold their land to a developer in 2000.

The site is now home to Blue Yard, a 29-storey residential block on Tai Uk Road, named after the village.

With male descendents of Tai Uk Wai eligible for the government's small-house policy, the clan spent more than eight years looking for a new place to rebuild its village.

In 2013, the clansmen acquired a vacant site in Sun Fung Wai village - back in the Tuen Mun district where their ancestors first started out.

"It will not be the same as our ancestral village," Cheung said. "No one farms nowadays and there won't be enough space to farm anyway, but it will be good for the clan to reunite and take care of one another again."
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Old August 2nd, 2015, 08:26 PM   #1912
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Grade-III-listed Wan Chai building makes way for a 23-storey office tower

An 80-year-old pawn shop in Wan Chai appears to be nearing its end as work begins on a plan to tear down the building where it is housed and erect a 23-storey commercial tower.

Located on the corner of Hennessy Road and Marsh Road in Wan Chai, Tung Tak Pawn Shop was rated a Grade III historic building by the government in 2010. The shop is known for its representative verandah and neon signs written from right to left.
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20-second zip ride at The Peak shaping up to be Hong Kong's next tourist attraction
Tourism chief sees it as a must-do attraction, but others raise safety fears and tourists believe the short ride may not be worth the queues
08 August 2015
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A zip line is set to be built on The Peak offering thrill-seekers a 20-second ride after the Town Planning Board agreed to relax building restrictions.

But the approval came with conditions attached and concerns were expressed about the safety of riders speeding along the 120-metre cables at 6.7 metres per second.

Operator Greenheart Hong Kong will erect a take-off tower and landing tower on two ends of the Peak Galleria shopping mall, with separate cables connecting the two towers. The take-off tower will be 9.5 metres high, exceeding the mall's current height restriction by about four metres.

But the towers must not protrude out of the envelope of the building and a noise assessment must be conducted. The operator is also advised to communicate with the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) to ensure safety and to follow noise pollution laws.
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Hong Kong heritage activists petition to save 80-year-old pawn shop building in Wan Chai
9 August 2015
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About 1,300 community activists, architects and artists have signed an online petition to urge the government to step in to stop demolition of an 80-year-old pawn shop building in Wan Chai.

They are demanding Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po temporarily list the Tung Tak Pawn Shop premises as a proposed monument so that demolition work, which has already begun, can be delayed to buy time to talk to the landlord to see if an agreement can be reached to save the building.

The signature campaign, which started on Tuesday, will end tomorrow. One of its organisers, Yuen Chi-yan, a community activist and university lecturer on heritage conservation, said: "It is not too late to save the pawn shop. Senior officials in the Development Bureau made similar attempts to save King Yin Lei in 2008 and Ho Tung Gardens in 2011."

Only King Yin Lei, a Mid-Levels mansion declared a monument in 2008, has been successfully preserved.

Yuen said the city's conservation policies had long been in need of reform, and that Hong Kong should set up a trust fund to help finance the purchase of historic buildings.

The pawn shop house is a grade-three historic building dating back to the 1930s. Despite earlier discussions with the government aimed at preserving it, the landlord, Tak Shing Investment, pressed ahead with plans to tear down the structure, and in 2013 secured Buildings Department approval to erect a 23-storey commercial tower on the site.
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There's another highrise U/C behind it ? Or it's the same project .
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There's another highrise U/C behind it ? Or it's the same project .
Same project. The building curves.
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Upton 維港峰
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41/F, labels up to 46/F after omitted floors (4, 13, 14, 24, 34, 44)

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Grade-III-listed Wan Chai building makes way for a 23-storey office tower

An 80-year-old pawn shop in Wan Chai appears to be nearing its end as work begins on a plan to tear down the building where it is housed and erect a 23-storey commercial tower.

Located on the corner of Hennessy Road and Marsh Road in Wan Chai, Tung Tak Pawn Shop was rated a Grade III historic building by the government in 2010. The shop is known for its representative verandah and neon signs written from right to left.

But in 2013 the Buildings Department approved the landlord’s plan to tear it down and replace it with the tower. Demolition work has now started.
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The Antiquities Advisory Board will meet today to discuss the fate of the Tung Tak Pawn Shop in Wan Chai which has already been partially demolished to make way for a commercial skyscraper.

The 80-year-old semi-circular three-story building at 371 Hennessy Road was listed as a Grade III historic building by the Antiquities and Monuments Office in 2010.

However, this did not stop the owner from seeking Buildings Department approval in 2013 to demolish it and build a 23-story tower.

The plan escaped media attention until netizens posted photos of it being partly dismantled at night at the beginning of this month.

More than 2,000 signatures were collected for a Preserve Tung Tak Pawn petition on Facebook, asking for review of the grading status.

According to government documents, only buildings that have reached the high threshold of "monument" in the pool of Grade I buildings are subject to legal prohibition of demolition works.

The board's assessment panel, which is responsible for reviewing the heritage value of historic buildings, reassessed the information supplied by conservationists and activists but supported the Grade III ranking.

In its report the panel said the building was "not that rare, nor it was architecturally innovative."

A former member of the board, Hong Kong University architecture professor Patrick Lau Sau-shing, said: "If they said it is not rare then they should show the public other similar historic sites to decide which are the ones to keep, preservation should not be dealt case by case."
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Last-ditch pawnshop efforts failed
26 August 2015
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Development chief tried to save some sections but owner declined to meet

The owner of an 80-year-old Hong Kong shophouse being demolished to make way for a commercial tower refused to meet development secretary Paul Chan Mo-po as the government made last-ditch efforts to save sections of the building a few days ago.

The revelation was made by deputy secretary for development Albert Lam Kai-chung at a special meeting yesterday of the Antiquities Advisory Board to review the grading of the historic building in Wan Chai, home to Tung Tak Pawn Shop, whose earliest record dates to the 1930s.

Lam said preservation possibilities had been raised prior to the last-ditch effort. “Many times we discussed with the owner possible preservation plans after the building was named a grade three historic building in 2010, but they insisted on redevelopment,” he said. “After parts of the building were fenced off for works several weeks ago, we reached out intensively to the owner again.”

Yesterday’s meeting came after a group of researchers wrote to the board arguing that the shophouse’s heritage value had been understated. It was the first time the board reviewed a historic building’s grading at the behest of the general public.

Contrary to the activists’ call for the shophouse to be made a legally protected monument, the board decided to uphold its original grading.

“Tung Tak only converted a tong la u [an old tenement building] into use as a pawnshop, but the building is not traditional pawnhouse architecture,” said board member Dr Joseph Ting Sun-pao.

At the meeting, antiquities officials reviewed pictures of four other surviving pre-war pawnshops and 12 other pre-war shophouses, all at corner sites, to argue a building like Tung Tak’s, located at the junction of Hennessy Road and Marsh Road, was “not so rare”. Yet nobody present could answer Ting’s question on whether the city still had pawnhouses from Tung Tak’s era.
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