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Old November 6th, 2005, 08:03 PM   #201
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Developers offer financial details
Sylvia Hui
17 December 2004
Hong Kong Standard

The West Kowloon controversy continues to unfold with the three contenders for the HK$40 billion projectnow saying they are willing to disclose the financial details of their respective proposals should the government require them to do so.

Representatives from Dynamic Star, Sunny Development and Henderson Land made the offer to lawmakers and 10 concern groups at a special LegislativeCouncil panel meeting on the West Kowloon project on Thursday.

However, while all three bidders stressed they would establish found-ations to sustain the arts and cultural developmentfor 30 years, they could not provide the financial details of these foundations as per government requirements.

Chief Secretary for Administration Donald Tsang had earlier promised to disclose the financial details of the winningproposal after a decision had been made.

Sino Group executive director Yu Wai-wai, speaking for the Sunny Developmentconsortium, and Henderson vice-chairman Colin Lam, assured the meeting they will make public their financial arrangements and the distributionof resources should the governmentagree.

"We will follow the rules of the game if they are changed," Cheung Kong executive director Grace Woo, speaking for Dynamic Star, said.

But eight cultural, architectural and real estate groups urged the government to halt the mega-project and to reconsiderthe single developer approach.

They included the People's Panel on West Kowloon, the Hong Kong Instituteof Real Estate Administration and the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.

Among the many criticisms raised were the marrying of a long-term culturalpolicy with property influences, and the assessment mechanism for selecting the winning proposal.

"It has never been made clear how much weight will be given to public opinion," said Ada Wong of the People's Panel.

The assessment process by a panel of civil servants is considered opaque and it is unclear how much public opinion, collected through comment cards, will contribute to the decision-making process.

Au King-chi, Deputy Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands, would only say that public opinion is a "crucial component" and that the data could be made public if needed.

Democratic Party chairman Lee Wing-tat and unionist lawmaker Chan Yuen-han both proposed the setting up of a special committee within Legco to resolve the controversies surrounding West Kowloon.
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Old November 6th, 2005, 08:04 PM   #202
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Ex-civil servant won't discuss arts hub row
Ambrose Leung
18 December 2004
South China Morning Post

A former civil servant has refused to appear before the legislature after being criticised for working for a company bidding for the West Kowloon cultural project.

Elaine Chung Lai-kwok, former deputy director of housing, refused to attend a Legislative Council public service panel meeting to discuss the issue, legislator Cheung Man-kwong said yesterday. The panel did not have authority to compel her to attend, he said.

Ms Chung is now business development director for Hong Kong Ferry (HKF), owned by Henderson Land.

The controversy started after she appeared at press conferences in October and last month to promote the bid by World City Cultural Park - also owned by Henderson Land - to develop the massive cultural project.

Both appearances were made before the Civil Service Bureau asked her on November 10 not to attend public functions in connection with the West Kowloon project.

In a letter to the panel that was released yesterday, Ms Chung acknowledged she had advised on a cultural project related to the arts hub development.

The statement said: "As regards the view that HKF's cultural advice on the [West Kowloon project] has given Henderson's bid an unfair advantage, I would like to point out that the labour market is a free market and that I am not the only former government cultural worker who is alive and working." She maintained she had followed civil service guidelines and had done nothing wrong.

She quit as HKF's cultural adviser on December 3. She said that even before she did, she had kept clear of the land and property development aspects of the bid.

Mr Cheung, a member of the panel, said: "We invited her to come, but she said she would only come if we set up a select committee, which has statutory powers to summon her."
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We can start again on hub if need be: Tsang
Emily Tang and Paris Lord
20 December 2004
Hong Kong Standard

The government is willing to start all over again if the three proposals for the West Kowloon cultural district fail to meet public expectations, Chief Secretary Donald Tsang said on Sunday.

Tsang said he is aware of public discontent with the development proposals and is now cautious about awarding the cultural project to a single tender.

The public do not necessarily need to choose among the three developers, said Tsang during a radio interview.

He said the government respects public opinion and the three-month consultation period can be extended.

However, he said that a single developer would present a more coherentdevelopment. Dividing the land among developers would retard the pace of the project and the commercial and cultural facilities might clash, he said. "Single tender has been a highly controversial issue. I am also very cautious,"Tsang said.

Tsang rejected critics who say the project will benefit developers, calling the criticism "just negative coverage". The government would not allow things like that to happen, he said.

The proposed plot ratios of the three developers all exceed the suggested 1.8. Sunny Development, formed by Wharf Holdings, Sino Land and Chinese Estates Holdings, is highest with 4.3.

He said profits from the cultural districtwill be used to subsidise the district's cultural facilities, shuttle railwayand upkeep of the massive canopy.

The government will remain involved in the district's management to safeguard public interest, he added.

Tsang said he is trying to foster a more open social atmosphere with fewer conflicts and disputes.

Bernard Lim, the West Kowloon Concern Group spokesman for the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, was happy to see Tsang respond to public opinion.

But Tsang's softening on the single tender issues does not deserve praise, Lim said.

"He should have always been listening to the public. No one except him agrees with a single tender."

Lim said the government consultationon the three development proposals does not provide sufficient informationfor the public to make knowledgeabledecisions.

Lim's concern group is now meeting the developers and interested parties to come up with an alternative proposal.

Ada Wong, who chairs Wan Chai District Council, welcomed Tsang's comments but hopes he will make an official announcement about the government's opening up to public opinion.

She said the government should halt the project and carry out participatory planning with the public.

"The first step will be to seek public opinion on what they want to be includedin the cultural district. Then comes the detailed study reports and finally a master layout plan of the whole district," Wong said. "But now it all hinges on whether the government is willing to listen to us."
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Old November 9th, 2005, 12:48 AM   #204
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Backers of culture hub in firing line - Hostile greeting for officials, contenders at forum on the West Kowloon project
Chloe Lai and Lu Man-yan
21 December 2004
South China Morning Post

Officials and contenders for the West Kowloon cultural project faced a hostile public last night during the first open forum held on the issue.

About 130 people attended the forum at the Science Museum, the first of a series of discussions over the future of the 40-hectare site, with nearly all of them expressing opposition to the project.

One comment was that the cultural district plan was a property development in disguise.

They also opposed the single-bidding method adopted by the government, saying the site should be put up for auction, with proceeds used for cultural facilities.

Vincent Chan, an urban design master student at the University of Hong Kong, asked Henderson Land why the model for a proposed giant canopy at the science museum exhibition was made of fully transparent material, when in fact it was only semi-transparent.

"I also wonder whether there would be a greenhouse effect coming from this canopy," he asked.

Wong Kwan-nam, from Kwun Tong, said: "It looks to me like a mega property development project with some extremely nice club houses."

Another speaker from the floor, Cheung Yiu-sing, said: "If this project turns to be another Cyberport scandal, it will be a shame for our next generation."

The $15 billion Cyberport contract was awarded to Richard Li Tzar-kai's PCCW without public tender.

And Anthony Chan told the three contenders: "The property developers have never promoted culture and arts and this is the job for the government. This site should be put up for land auction."

The three developers did not respond to the criticisms except for insisting that the canopy would reduce temperature and was environmental friendly.

Deputy Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands Au King-chi said the "views are diverse and we will keep on listening".

From today, the models would include signs showing plot ratios.

The developers did not raise objections to Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's comment the weekend that the project's parameters could be redrafted if the public did not favour any of the proposals.

Henderson Land vice-chairman Colin Lam Ko-yin said: "The consultation period lasts for 31/2 months, so I think the citizens will have plenty of time and opportunities to know what the cultural district is about," he said.

Mr Lam also said the most important concern would be public opinion.

A spokeswoman for Sunny Development said if the public and the government thought the planning should start all over again, they would have no objection.

"As we always said, we do what is good for Hong Kong."
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Old November 9th, 2005, 12:51 AM   #205
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Compare ideas, not plot area, public is urged
Andy Cheng
22 December 2004
South China Morning Post

Figures indicating the development density of the three rival West Kowloon proposals were put on show yesterday - but experts said they would be of no help to the public.

The gross floor areas and plot ratios have been added to the exhibition of models of the rival blueprints at the Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui, mounted as part of the public consultation exercise on the arts hub project.

Bernard Lim Wan-fung, chairman of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects' board of local affairs, said the figures would not help the public make comparisons because the gross floor area for each was different.

"It's like comparing an apple with an orange," said Professor Lim. The figures, which match earlier industry estimates, should have been made public earlier, he said.

The plot ratio of Dynamic Star International's bid is 3.28, Sunny Development 4.33 and World City Culture Park's 2.5.

All exceed the suggested ratio of 1.81.The plot ratio is the relationship between floor space and site area.

The proposals include arts and cultural facilities, office, hotel and retail space and residential units.

Surveyor Pang Shiu-kee said the figures provided would not help people compare the proposals. But by looking at each contender's emphasis on particular facilities, their attitudes could be deduced.

"Obviously, Sunny Development is emphasising residential facilities, which I guess will be for sale, not rent. It can be deduced that they are looking for a short-term income or reward. This is why their total plot ratio is the highest.

"As for World City Culture Park, they are stressing retail facilities, with a development of 300,000 square metres, which is very large. They may be expecting a long-term investment. Maybe they are planing an ambitious regional shopping centre," Mr Pang said.

More than 15,000 people have visited the exhibition since it opened last Thursday. More than 1,800 comment cards have been submitted.

Dynamic Star International is a joint venture of Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Sun Hung Kai Properties; Sunny Development is a consortium of Sino Land, Wharf (Holdings) and Chinese Estates Holdings; and World City Culture Park is a subsidiary of Henderson Land Development.
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Ex-officials may face tougher restrictions
Jimmy Cheung
22 December 2004
South China Morning Post

Retired senior officials employed by private companies may face stiffer government restrictions following the row over the former deputy housing director's role in the West Kowloon cultural hub project.

Secretary for the Civil Service Joseph Wong Wing-ping revealed the proposals yesterday as he dismissed accusations that the approval he gave for Elaine Chung Lai-kwok's post-retirement employment amounted to dereliction of duty.

Ms Chung was accused of a conflict of interest when she publicly promoted the proposal of Henderson Land subsidiary World City Culture Park. She works for another subsidiary, Hong Kong Ferry.

At a meeting of the Legco public service panel yesterday, Mr Wong said the period barring officials from post-retirement jobs might be extended from six months to at least 12. Details of approved post-retirement jobs would also be released regularly to improve transparency and public monitoring, he said.

Legal provisions covering pensions paid to retired officials who took private jobs would also be reviewed to see if they should be broadened to cover employment overseas and on the mainland.

But Mr Wong said there was not enough evidence to conclude Ms Chung had breached the rules. I think we should put an end to the debate over the incident, he added.

He offered to follow up on further complaints about Ms Chung, including an allegation she had lobbied district councillors in June to support the change of land use for a site in Kwai Tsing.

Lawmakers from across the political spectrum accused Mr Wong of not having learned a lesson. Chan Yuen-han, of the Federation of Trade Unions, said she thought President Hu Jintao had been "exactly referring to the Elaine Chung incident" on Monday when he told ministers to identify their mistakes and improve performance. Democrat Cheung Man-kwong accused Mr Wong of failing in his duty in approving Ms Chung's job.
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Rivals accuse each other of playing dirty
Chloe Lai and Martin Wong
23 December 2004
South China Morning Post

Contenders to build the West Kowloon cultural hub are trading accusations of wrongdoing while they try to impress professionals and the public at the exhibition of their models at the Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Dynamic Star International - one of the three companies competing to build the cultural hub - has complained that an employee of rival Henderson Land consistently interrupted a public presentation of its bid at the Science Museum. A spokesman for the Housing, Planning and Lands Bureau said yesterday it had verbally told Henderson on Monday that it should not resort to such tactics.

He said a day earlier they had received a complaint against Dynamic Star - a joint venture between Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Sun Hung Kai Properties - that it had offered inaccurate details of its plot ratio during its presentations at the museum.

"We wrote a letter to Dynamic Star, telling them we are investigating the case.

"We also reminded the company in the letter that it needs to offer true and accurate information to the public," the spokesman said.

A spokesman for Dynamic Star said it filed a complaint after a man kept interrupting its presentation.

"He would show up and keep asking questions, which were unrelated [to the presentation] and distracted the audience's attention. At first, we did not know who he was but we later found out that the man was working in one of the bidders' counter."

A spokesman for Henderson Land refused to say if it had filed any complaint against Dynamic Star.

"We welcome the government to urge the bidders to offer accurate information to the public."

The exhibition at the museum runs until January 31 and will continue at City Hall from February 5 to March 28.
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Democrats dig in for arts-hub challenge
Party ready to launch judicial review if rezoning application is turned down

Gary Cheung
23 December 2004
South China Morning Post

The Democratic Party is preparing for a prolonged legal battle against the government in an attempt to bring development of the vast West Kowloon cultural district project more into the open.

Party chairman Lee Wing-tat said the Democrats were ready to launch a judicial review if their application for a rezoning of the 40-hectare waterfront site was rejected by the Town Planning Board.

He said the party planned to apply to the board after the New Year holiday to have the area rezoned as a comprehensive development area, which would tighten planning controls.

Lawyers and architects were putting final touches to the application, Mr Lee said.

He said a local street performer had agreed to be the applicant for a judicial review if the board rejected the rezoning application. An applicant must have a link to the project for a judicial review to proceed.

Under the proposed rezoning, the board would have to approve any future amendments to the development plan for the project.

The government would also have to canvass public views through public hearings conducted by the board.

The site is now classified for "other uses" by the government, which allows greater flexibility and more changes.

The administration announced in November last year that it would seek the board's approval before signing any project agreement with the consortium that wins the bid.

But under the present zoning, the board, chaired by Permanent Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan, would not have a role if the consortium amended the master plan.

In this case, developers would need to negotiate only with the government, officials said.

In most projects, developers cannot amend a project's master plan without the Town Planning Board's approval.

Mr Lee said the public would not have a real say in the process if the Town Planning Board was bypassed in the cultural hub's development. "The government's handling of the project lacks transparency and accountability."

He confirmed the party would lodge an appeal with the board if its application for rezoning was rejected. Under the Town Planning Ordinance, an applicant may lodge an appeal with the board within 60 days if an application is rejected.

The Democrats are backed by many architects and cultural groups in pressing the government to reconsider its position on the West Kowloon project.

"An action artist [street performer] has pledged to serve as an applicant for {hellip} a judicial review. We are ready for a prolonged fight against the government on the arts-hub project," he said.

The party also plans to organise a march on January 1 to urge the government to look again at its decision to award the project to a single developer.
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Tsang forced to show flexibility on West Kowloon
Paris Lord
23 December 2004
Hong Kong Standard

Chief Secretary Donald Tsang's recent acknowledgment that the government is less rigid than before about the West Kowloon cultural district is an attempt to grab space for future manoeuvering.

His remarks on local radio on Sunday follows the judiciary's dismissalof a shortened appeal time for Link Reit opponent Lo Siu-lang, and the shelving by developers of plans to demolishthe Hung Hom Peninsula housingestate.

Tsang said the public does not necessarily have to choose among the three shortlisted property developers, whose models are on display at the ScienceMuseum.

Chinese University political scientistTimothy Wong said Tsang is under a lot of pressure over the controversial cultural and residential property project.

"He has to show flexibility, otherwisehe may not be able to carry on with the development project," Wong said.

Sunday's acknowledgment was intended to stem the rising tide of public discontent.

The consultation period ending on March 31 gives Tsang the time togauge public opinion, and change the project plans if required, Wong added.

Joseph Cheng, chair of political scienceat City University's Department of Public and Social Administration, said: "There is a concern that this projectmight be a repetition of Cyberport, in which the government waived the tendering process.

"The end result benefited the biggest business group in Hong Kong."

Tsang's remarks are a sign the Tung administration is trying to show it is willing to listen to a broad spectrum of views.

Cheng suggested the government has underestimated public reaction to the West Kowloon development, the Link Reit crisis and the Hung Hom Peninsula.It was complacent because the economy is on the mend, he said.

"Now the government is much more aware of the impact of the mishandlingof the three projects, the government is prepared to make certain concessions to reduce dissatisfaction on the part of the community," he added.

The China News Service on Monday carried an article criticising the Tung administration's handling of the three issues. Tsang was not named directly.Onthe day the consultation exhibitionopened [at the Science Museum], a "senior government official" of the SAR said a single-developer approach was the best way to handle the project, the news report said.

"However, developers participating in the bidding said on the same day that they did not rule out the possibility of having co-operation with other parties.

"This indicated that the government did not communicate sufficiently with other sectors when planning the West Kowloon project."

Civic Exchange chief executive Christine Loh said the recent decision by the three contenders that they would make public the financial details of their proposals, if the government asked them, was significant.

"That policy is operated away from the public eye. That is, the government negotiates with developers in private and there is no transparency on how the most important public resource is used."

The West Kowloon, Hung Hom Peninsula and reclamation projects, and how the government makes land use decisions are increasingly becoming a public and political issue.

"This is a good thing because no-one has ever asked questions about it," Loh said.

"The Central reclamation issue is not over. While the reclamation is being carried out, there will be an almighty cry over land use in the future."

Tsang's office was unavailable for comment.
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Donald Tsang lashed over culture hub
He is currying favour with developers in bid to be chief executive, says James Tien
Jimmy Cheung
24 December 2004
South China Morning Post

Liberal Party chairman James Tien Pei-chun yesterday launched a rare attack on the chief secretary and the civil service, saying Donald Tsang Yam-kuen could be insisting that a single developer build the West Kowloon project in exchange for tycoons' support for his possible bid for chief executive.

Mr Tien also said bungles such as the Hunghom Peninsula and Link Reit sagas were messes created by the civil servants who bypassed the Executive Council.

Mr Tsang swiftly defended himself, saying plans for West Kowloon had won Exco's blessing at every stage. "I have never thought of becoming chief executive. It's wishful thinking and unrealistic if anyone thinks he can become chief executive by doing one or two things."

Mr Tien also accused Mr Tsang of "covering the sky with a single hand", or keeping everything under his own tight control.

But Mr Tsang brushed aside the accusation, saying: "Sometimes, people say I have nothing major to do, sometimes people say I cover the sky with a single hand I am just confused."

Mr Tien and Mr Tsang have been seen as possible rivals for the post of third chief executive in 2007. Mr Tien is also known to be a staunch supporter of Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, another possible contender for the top job.

Yesterday's exchange has fuelled speculation that jockeying for the chief executive election is intensifying, despite calls from President Hu Jintao on Monday for the Tung team to unite.

Mr Tien, in the Hong Kong Economic Journal yesterday, said the single-developer arrangement for the West Kowloon cultural district would benefit the joint venture of Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Sun Hung Kai group, whose top executives have a strong presence in the Election Committee that will select the next leader.

"Tsang wants to be the next chief executive," he said. "Li Ka-shing and the Kwok brothers {hellip} exercise {hellip} some influence in the chief executive election. Of the 800-strong Election Committee, how many people does Li Ka-shing have in there, and how many from Sun Hung Kai? I think there is some possibility [of Mr Tsang seeking backing] there."

Mr Tien criticised Mr Tsang for "covering the sky with a single hand" in his leadership of the Policy Committee, the top government policy co-ordination body.

Describing Mr Tsang as still acting like a civil servant, Mr Tien said the chief secretary and civil servants were responsible for recent problems with the listing of the Link real estate investment trust, the West Kowloon project and Hunghom Peninsula.

"Donald Tsang still has the mentality of a civil servant. They think they are the best, and go ahead with whatever they come up with. They don't care who is the chief executive, who is Exco, who is Legco."

Mr Tien said the West Kowloon project could no longer be decided by Mr Tsang alone. "Mr Tung must come out and make a decision together with Exco," he said.
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Arts hub should have Cantonese opera 'city', says adviser
Klaudia Lee
26 December 2004
South China Morning Post

A Cantonese opera "city" should be established as part of the West Kowloon cultural district to nurture and promote local culture.

Stephen Chow Chun-kay, chairman of Chows Electronics, who was appointed by the government to head an advisory committee on Cantonese opera, said there should be more emphasis on showcasing this form of local art.

"Hong Kong is an international city, but we're Chinese. Why can't Cantonese opera play a more significant role?" said Dr Chow, who will submit a proposal suggesting a Cantonese opera city be set up in what will be the largest cultural project Hong Kong has seen.

He urged the government to be more forward looking in developing Hong Kong's identity instead of focusing on western art. "We have to watch The Phantom of the Opera, but we also have to build up our own identity," he said.

Dr Chow suggested performing venues, training centres and a museum be located within the cultural district as a venue for performers and to promote Chinese opera among the younger generation.

It is the latest proposal put forward for the 40-hectare site which will be built by a single developer, who will be given the right to develop arts and cultural facilities and operate them for 30 years.

The three short-listed proposals are Dynamic Star International, a Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Sun Hung Kai group joint venture; Sunny Development, a consortium of Sino Land, Wharf (Holdings) and Chinese Estates Holdings; and World City Culture Park, a subsidiary of Henderson Land Development.

To ensure effective monitoring of cultural development, Dr Chow suggested a West Kowloon cultural district development council be set up, comprising mostly members from the arts and cultural community.

Since the Cantonese opera advisory committee was set up in May, it has deliberated on how to promote the art.

A $100 million transformation of the Ko Shan Theatre in Hunghom into a base for Cantonese opera tops its agenda because North Point's popular Sunbeam Theatre is expected to close its doors in August.

The committee has endorsed various funding proposals for the Ko Shan Theatre, a popular venue for Chinese opera staging about 200 performances a year.

At the last meeting in September, the committee endorsed a series of improvements to enhance access to the theatre.

A department spokesman said work would start once funds were available.

The committee also endorsed at the meeting the setting up of a sub-committee on funding matters for the development of Cantonese opera in Hong Kong.

Despite more public interest, Dr Chow said more needed to be done to promote Cantonese opera.

He suggested using online resources, setting up a development fund and developing a network with schools.
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Culture hub project draws noisy festive protest
Andy Cheng
26 December 2004
South China Morning Post

Hundreds of people took to the streets yesterday to vent their anger at the government's handling of the West Kowloon cultural project. Wearing Santa hats and chanting slogans, they marched from the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui to the site of the West Kowloon project near Kowloon Station.

The Action Group on the Protection of West Kowloon Cultural District estimated about 1,000 people had taken part, although police put the number at 200.

Their biggest concerns were the decision to allow a single developer to handle the project and the construction of a huge canopy as part of the design.

After the crowd arrived at the project site, participants threw up their Santa hats, in a symbolic gesture against the canopy.

Former Democratic Party chairman Yeung Sum said: "If the government sells the 40 hectares of land through normal procedures, the income can reduce the budget deficit."

Kwok Ka-ki, legislator for the medical sector, accused the government of holding a fake public consultation.

"The consultation does not include the public's opinion on single tendering and the canopy," he said.

Vassili Leung Pui-kuen, a computer studies student at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, said he was worried the project would turn out to be another Cyberport, which he said was "merely a property development".

His friend Zhu Liling, an exchange student from Peking University, said it was the first time she had joined a march.

She said the project was a good idea but the government should listen to opinions of local artists and citizens.

A survey by The Frontier found 53 per cent of 809 respondents opposed the government's tendering of the project to a single developer. The survey, conducted earlier this month, also found the respondents believed the project could turn into a property development.

Since the launching of the public consultation this month, 24,000 people have visited the Science Museum exhibition.
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Wow... is this whole thread full of articles? Where are all the postings?
There was a discussion thread but that was mysteriously deleted a few months ago. I'm reconstructing that thread with news information. Unfortunately, I can't re-create the discussions in the old thread.
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Is this going to be built or not? I'm confused What's with all this protests? HK-ers don't like canopy?
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Is this going to be built or not? I'm confused What's with all this protests? HK-ers don't like canopy?
Norman Foster won an international design competition and his canopy is going to be built. However, some logistical and cost issues are still under discussion, and there is public concern over how the project is tendered.
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Norman Foster won an international design competition and his canopy is going to be built. However, some logistical and cost issues are still under discussion, and there is public concern over how the project is tendered.
If the canopy is finalized, has a start date and construction timetable been created for it?
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Not yet. A tender process must take place whereby a developer will win and build the structure. The tender process itself is being changed now to allow multiple developers to take part.
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So that design is firm now, just that they don't know when it's going to be built?
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