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Old September 29th, 2005, 11:17 PM   #221
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I wish it would have an outdoor observation deck. Camera-friendly.
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Old September 30th, 2005, 12:28 AM   #222
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SHKP dubs Hong Kong's tallest skyscraper International Commerce Centre

29 September 2005

Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) announced that its Kowloon Station Development Package 7 will be named International Commerce Centre (ICC). Upon completion the skyscraper will be Hong Kong's tallest and the third tallest in the world, adding a new landmark to the city's new business centre with striking architecture and prime waterfront location. Pre-leasing will start shortly.

Hong Kong's tallest skyscraper at 118 storeys

The 490-metre, 118-storey ICC will stand over 70-metre taller than the nearly 420-metre 88-storey Two ifc. It will be Hong Kong's tallest building and while under construction is destined to be the world's third tallest (in terms of tenantable floors), taking on global importance and reinforcing Hong Kong's status as an international financial centre.

ICC will be the core of SHKP's Kowloon Station Development Packages 5, 6 & 7 project, which will comprise about 5.5 million square feet of grade-A offices, two six-star hotels, luxury residences, serviced apartments and retail space. The shopping mall will be a world-class facility covering one million square feet with an array of shops. The various elements of the comprehensive development will create an ideal synergy that adds to the project's prestige.

Hotel and office complex

The Ritz-Carlton hotel on the top 15 floors of ICC will be the highest hotel in the world. The office floors will be Hong Kong's most spacious grade-A office spaces with about 35,000 square feet per floor and headroom (excluding raised-floors) up to 3.15-metre.

Sun Hung Kai Real Estate Agency Executive Director Victor Lui said that demand for quality offices has been surging in recent years, with the increasing presence of mainland and foreign firms in Hong Kong. A number of multinationals and major local companies are also looking for more office space for expansion amid a steadily-improving local economy, adding to the shortage in the market. ICC will tap this demand as one of the main supply of grade-A offices in the near future. About 450,000 square feet between the 10th and 22nd floors, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2007, will be put up for pre-leasing and high interest is anticipated.

Sun Hung Kai Real Estate Agency Deputy General Manager (Office Leasing) Lo King-wai said that SHKP's premium office portfolio leases well, with occupancy now over 95%, while new leases and expansion by existing tenants are signs of business confidence. Mr Lo believes that strong leasing activity will continue to bode well for the office market.

Prime waterfront site

ICC together with Two ifc on the opposite shore will form the Victoria Harbour Gateway. Tenants will be able to view festive fireworks from an exclusive height, and the skyscraper's West Kowloon location puts it in the heart of Hong Kong's future business and cultural hub. The site above the Airport Express Station, next to the Western Harbour Crossing and by one of the proposed end points of the Shenzhen Western Corridor, offers unrivalled accessibility with fast links to the East Rail and West Rail via the West Kowloon Station. It will take just 20 minutes to get to the airport, three minutes to Central by rail and 20 minutes to the Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint via Route 3.

The ultra-modern ICC was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, with distinctive, streamlined architecture that will become the standard of the future.
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Old September 30th, 2005, 03:30 AM   #223
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It won't be built by 2007. Look at the progress so far and you'll see this is impossible. I think the 2007 date is when they will open the bottom floors but will still be building the top.
from what i have seen from 2ifc, it is totally possible that they can finish the entire tower by the end of 2007 if they get up to full speed right now. But SHKP have a different schedule.
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Old September 30th, 2005, 07:05 AM   #224
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Everything is possible to HK's developer if they really want to finish the US7 by
the end of 2007. I think the tower will be finished on time. They still have
27 months for the construction. Don't for get the project of Hong Kong Exhibition center, it just took 2 years somthing to finished the building before
1997. So, if they want ...............!
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Old September 30th, 2005, 10:58 AM   #225
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Everything is possible to HK's developer if they really want to finish the US7 by
the end of 2007. I think the tower will be finished on time. They still have
27 months for the construction. Don't for get the project of Hong Kong Exhibition center, it just took 2 years somthing to finished the building before
1997. So, if they want ...............!
and that 26 months construction period of HKCEC include the land reclamation. That's engineering project management at its best. Imagine the site formation schedule/ design schedule/ construction schedule/ interior fitting schedule overlapped each other.
Another record, the entire Hong Kong airport project finished in only 5 years. That's including airport island reclamation, all facilities in the airport, a city expansion right next to airport, railroad to downtow (both stations and tracks), highway to downtown, two suspension bridges (one of them is tsing ma bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge with rail and road traffic), one moutain tunnel, one harbour tunnel, reclamation in west kowloon reclamation in Central.
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Old September 30th, 2005, 02:58 PM   #226
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I hope they will decide to make ICC / US7 5 metres taller 495m... so it will become the 2nd tallest in the world =/
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Old September 30th, 2005, 06:50 PM   #227
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ask KPF to redesign the crown and increase the height ...
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Old September 30th, 2005, 06:51 PM   #228
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I think the design & shape of US7 is more important than it's height, No building will ever hold the record of tallest in the world. "Empire State building"
just held 40 years, but eventually this tallest record was took away by WFC. If US7 was increased the height to 495m,then SWFC will do it also. This
is totally meaningless. What do you thing?
By the way, If US7 was increased it's hieght to 500m or over, HK's the harbour gate will be distroies entirely. Because 2ifc just 415m, it's height already fixed. If US7 was increased to 500m something, two buildings will have big different in height as I imagined. So, the height of US7 should not be increased too many.There are allready 70m's difference between two buildings.
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Old September 30th, 2005, 07:02 PM   #229
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Who really cares about the "harbour gate?" These two buildings aren't going to be the tallest in Hong Kong forever. There surely will be taller buildings in the future around the area so why not build taller for the building itself? You only see "harbour gate" from two angles so I see no point in matching the heights of the buildings. If you want the building taller, make it taller now because once it's done the height will be set forever.
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Old October 1st, 2005, 12:17 AM   #230
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So US7 is now HK ICC?
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Old October 1st, 2005, 03:17 AM   #231
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That's what everyone's saying.
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Old October 1st, 2005, 05:35 AM   #232
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Sun Hung Kai's first-phase ICC may reap $200m rent
Raymond Wang
2005/09/30
Hong Kong Standard

Sun Hung Kai Properties could reap an annual rental income of HK$200 million from the first phase of its planned 118-story International Commerce Centre, destined to be Hong Kong's tallest skyscraper.

The first phase of about 450,000 square feet of office space between the 10th and 22nd office floors, scheduled for completion by the end of 2007, will be put up for pre-leasing shortly.

ICC, a 490-meter-high office-hotel complex that is part of MTR Corp's Kowloon Station development, will stand more than 70 meters taller than the 88-story Two IFC in Central.

Globally, two office projects under construction will be higher than the completed ICC _ one in Dubai at 700 meters and a Shanghai tower that will top out at 492 meters. Even so, the six-star Ritz-Carlton occupying the top 15 floors of ICC will be the world's highest hotel when the complex is completed.

SHKP will take Grade A office rents in prime Kowloon districts _ now more than HK$35 per square foot _ as a benchmark, said Lo King-sai, Sun Hung Kai Real Estate Agency deputy general manager for leasing.

Grade A office rents will show ``modest'' growth over the next few years, with the surging demand seen in the past few years continuing with the increasing presence of mainland and foreign firms in Hong Kong, according to Victor Lui, executive director of Sun Hung Kai Real Estate Agency.

``A number of multinationals and major local firms are looking for more office space for expansion amid a steadily improving local economy, adding to the shortage in the market,'' he said.

SHKP's contribution to the Kowloon Station development comprises Packages 5, 6, and 7, which will provide a total of 5.5 million sqft of offices, two six-star hotels, luxury residences, serviced apartments and retail space.

The low-level Package 5 will have a one million sqft shopping mall scheduled to be completed by 2007.

ICC, or Package 7, will have a gross floor area of more than two million sqft.

Package 6 will consist of two smaller towers incorporating a hotel, luxury residences and serviced apartments, with a combined floor area of more than two million sqft.

The entire project, scheduled for completion in 2010, will be held as a long-term investment except for one million sqft of luxury residences for sale. Of these, 742,000 sqft are due for completion in the first half of 2007.

ICC is designed by Kohn Pederson Fox Associates of the United States.
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Old October 1st, 2005, 05:49 AM   #233
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Great updates guys!
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Old October 1st, 2005, 07:48 AM   #234
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I'm sure that at least 20-30 years, US7 will be the tallest building since 2007 in HK. Harbour gate is long term concept/image of HK. The most important thing that the height of building around HK Island & Kowloon Peninsula has been controlled by HK government.
Noboday wants to see the view/landscape of mountains of HK's Island & Kowloon side to be blocking by a lot of high rise buildings. So, in near furture, no building will taller than US7 once it's completion.
When a traveller who come to HK by ship. they will feel what I'm saying.
If no point in matching the heights of the buildings, I thing don't use the name of "harbour gate" as well.
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Old October 2nd, 2005, 12:30 AM   #235
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Photos please !!! Thanks....
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Old October 2nd, 2005, 01:29 AM   #236
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I'm sure that at least 20-30 years, US7 will be the tallest building since 2007 in HK. Harbour gate is long term concept/image of HK. The most important thing that the height of building around HK Island & Kowloon Peninsula has been controlled by HK government.
Noboday wants to see the view/landscape of mountains of HK's Island & Kowloon side to be blocking by a lot of high rise buildings. So, in near furture, no building will taller than US7 once it's completion.
When a traveller who come to HK by ship. they will feel what I'm saying.
If no point in matching the heights of the buildings, I thing don't use the name of "harbour gate" as well.
How is one building gonna ruin the view/landscape of the mountains!
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Old October 2nd, 2005, 07:43 AM   #237
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this is a really nice tower, I really like it
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Old October 2nd, 2005, 08:48 AM   #238
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Do you know so many tall and supper tall buildings are built in the Harbor front of HK island and Kowloon peninsula ? For example as below:
Located in HK island buildings 2ifc: 415m Center plaza: 374m
Bank of China: 368m , The Center: 345m, Cheung Kwong: 290m etc.

Located in Kowloon side buildings: US7 tower :484m, US4,5,6 towers : About 250m.
Ocean Center 3: 450m( Since 2020 ). TST Hanoi tower: About 250m
Harbourfront Landmark: About 230m etc.
The above buildings are all built in Harbor front and future…….?

You right! One building can not ruin the view/landscape of the mountains! But buildings as above; what do you thing?

At least 20-30 years, US7 will be the tallest building in HK. Because the height
of building in the harbor front has been controlled by HK government.
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Do you know so many tall and supper tall buildings are built in the Harbor front of HK island and Kowloon peninsula ? For example as below:
Located in HK island buildings 2ifc: 415m Center plaza: 374m
Bank of China: 368m , The Center: 345m, Cheung Kwong: 290m etc.

Located in Kowloon side buildings: US7 tower :484m, US4,5,6 towers : About 250m.
Ocean Center 3: 450m( Since 2020 ). TST Hanoi tower: About 250m
Harbourfront Landmark: About 230m etc.
The above buildings are all built in Harbor front and future…….?

You right! One building can not ruin the view/landscape of the mountains! But buildings as above; what do you thing?

At least 20-30 years, US7 will be the tallest building in HK. Because the height
of building in the harbor front has been controlled by HK government.

What the heck r u talking about???
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Hey guy!!! I do accept your different sound with my different view!
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