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Old August 27th, 2005, 12:40 PM   #1
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West Kowloon Culture District Hong Kong

West Kowloon Cultural District: An icon for culture and leisure

A new cultural district for Hong Kong

The West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) will be a landmark development that enhances Hong Kong's position as a world city of culture. The new cultural district will bring together a vibrant mix of performing and visual arts. The 40-hectare waterfront site will be both a showpiece for urban design and a meeting point for the local and international arts communities.

In this cluster of venues and open space, long-term commercial, community and cultural partnerships will encourage a lively arts scene for generations to come. Based on the principle of "partnership", the WKCD will be "community-driven" and "people-oriented".

A grand canopy, providing shade and shelter for the facilities below, will make the complex a new Hong Kong icon. With its sinuously flowing form, this feature was, in February 2002, chosen by an international jury from over 160 entries as the winner of an international concept plan competition. It was adopted as the basis for inviting proposals from the market in September 2003. By June 2004, five proposals had been received, three of which met the basic requirements. These proposals are now being assessed.

The core facilities

Three theatres with at least 2,000, 800 and 400 seats respectively;

A performance venue with at least 10,000 seats;

A cluster of four museums at least 75,000 square metres in size;

An art exhibition centre at least 10,000 square metres in size;

A water amphitheatre;

At least four piazzas; and

A canopy covering at least 55% of the development area.
Other highlights

The district will integrate commercial and residential development into the arts, cultural and leisure facilities. This integrated approach will ensure more visitors and bring benefits to all the sectors involved.

The district will have at least 20 hectares of parkland and public open space, an area larger than Victoria Park.

The waterfront promenade will be 50% longer than the promenade from the Tsim Sha Tsui clock tower to the Hong Kong Coliseum.

An automated people mover will link the major facilities within the district while public transport will link the district with the business heart of Kowloon.

Where is it?

The development site is bounded by Canton Road in the east, the Western Harbour Tunnel entrance and Austin Road West in the north, and Victoria Harbour in the west and south.

The benefits for Hong Kong

The WKCD will:

Enrich our cultural life by attracting internationally acclaimed performances and exhibitions;

Nurture local arts talent and create more opportunities for arts groups;

Enhance international cultural exchange;

Put Hong Kong on the world arts and culture map;

Provide state-of-the-art performance venues and museums;

Offer more choices to arts patrons;

Encourage creativity;

Enhance our harbour front;

Attract overseas visitors; and

Create jobs.
What happens next?

The Government will need to take into account public views in negotiations and selection of a preferred proposal. It will then consult the Legislative Council (Legco) and the Town Planning Board (TPB) on the preferred proposal and seek approval from the Executive Council before signing a provisional agreement with the proponent. Next, the Government will submit the agreed development parameters for the proposal to the TPB for incorporation into the draft Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). This will be gazetted for public inspection and comment under the Town Planning Ordinance. The TPB will then make its decision, after considering all representations received, and submit the amended Draft OZP to the Executive Council for approval. The Project Agreement will only be finalised and executed after the completion of this statutory planning procedure and other relevant statutory procedures and approval by the Executive Council.

Once selected, the successful proponent will design, finance and complete the development of the project and operate, maintain and manage the core arts and cultural facilities for 30 years. Construction is expected to begin in April 2007, with the first phase of the project opening in 2011.

Single-development approach

After weighing the pros and cons of single versus split tendering, the Government believes that having a single developer to co-ordinate the project is the best option. Development as a single package is conducive to centralised planning and co-ordination, leading to smoother operation, economies of scale, lower costs and shorter construction lead-time. Splitting the contract could cause problems in aligning the design, construction and schedule of the infrastructure, for example, the canopy and the automated people mover. Split tendering would also create additional costs and delays by forcing the Government to sell separate parcels of land, which could take years, and by increasing the risk of litigation over separate land leases. Under a split-tender model, proceeds from land sales would not necessarily be spent on arts and culture. Hence, development of a cultural district and creation of jobs via the project would not materialise in the short to medium term.

Your views are important in shaping the WKCD

To help the public better understand the screened-in proposals and to facilitate an informed discussion, the Government is staging a consultation exercise with exhibitions, and discussion forums for the public. In response to the request of Legco and having reviewed the progress made in the public consultation exercise, the Government has decided to extend the consultation period to the end of June, 2005. The exhibition was first staged at the Hong Kong Science Museum, Tsim Sha Tsui, from December 16, 2004 to January 31, 2005; then at Hong Kong City Hall in Central from February 5, 2005 to March 28, 2005. The exhibition will continue at the Thematic Galleries 1 & 2, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, from April 16, 2005 to June 30, 2005.

Please answer the questions on the Comment Card and drop it into the collection box before leaving the exhibition venue. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit your views online: www.hplb.gov.hk/wkcd; by fax: 2186 7832; via e-mail: [email protected]; or by post: Housing, Planning and Lands Bureau, 9/F Murray Building, Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong (Attn: WKCD Team). The deadline for submission is June 30, 2005.

Please send us your views, as they will be taken into account in negotiations and selection of a preferred proposal. The Government has commissioned an independent academic research institute to analyse and assess views collected in this consultation exercise. The report will be made public

The Scheme Area is a newly reclaimed site of 40 hectares at the southern tip of the West Kowloon Reclamation in Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong.

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Old August 27th, 2005, 12:58 PM   #2
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great news finaly they gonna build this!!!!
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Old August 27th, 2005, 01:03 PM   #3
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picture from construction please!!
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Old August 28th, 2005, 12:31 AM   #4
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There is already a thread about this topic : http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=222600
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Old August 28th, 2005, 12:50 AM   #5
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just amazing!!
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Old August 28th, 2005, 07:07 AM   #6
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contruction hasn't started, so this thread is a bit early to be in the 'construction updates' part.
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Old August 28th, 2005, 03:10 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by jpq21
contruction hasn't started, so this thread is a bit early to be in the 'construction updates' part.
when will start???
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