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Old January 12th, 2008, 05:57 PM   #281
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Old January 29th, 2008, 06:23 PM   #282
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A new spin on the future of Kai Tak
19 December 2007
South China Morning Post

Thousands of people could soon be getting airborne again at the former Kai Tak airport site, where architects have proposed building a horizontal Ferris wheel to rival the giant London Eye wheel and Paris' Eiffel Tower as a city icon.

Intrernational architecture firm Aedas envisages the wheel, 100 metres up a leaning tower, would house bars and restaurants, with a lift taking visitors to an observation deck 100 metres higher.

The project, which Aedas calls Hong Kong Spin, would cost between HK$1.5 and $2 billion to build, it says.

Nigel Reading, the senior associate who came up with the design, described it as the Eiffel Tower and the London Eye "rolled into one".

Its shape would combine the Chinese character for middle and the Greek letter phi, standing for symmetry, and would represent the fusion of eastern and western cultures to be found in Hong Kong.

The Town Planning Board envisages a maximum building height of 175 metres at the former airport site in Victoria Harbour.

However, Kyran Sze, Aedas' Hong Kong managing director, said the government had responded positively to the proposal. A feasibility study has yet to be carried out. Aedas' local projects include the Mandarin Landmark, Skyplaza at the airport, the Disneyland MTR station at Sunny Bay and Alexandra House retail.

Mr Reading said some of the energy to run the attraction could be generated using wind turbines.

A Tourism Commission spokeswoman said it would keep an open mind about the proposal.

Wong Kam-sing, chairman of the Institute of Architects' board of local affairs, said Aedas' idea merited public discussion. "Take the successful example of the London Eye. No one commissioned the architect to build something like that. It was the architect who thought that London needed the design and suggested it. At last, it materialised and became world-famous," he said.

Bernard Lim Wan-fung, architecture professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said the public was against imposing tall structures on harbourfront sites such as Kai Tak. "We should think about whether Hong Kong really needs to build an icon," he said. "Isn't our Victoria Harbour our icon that we should try our best to protect and make more charming?"

It is not the first time the construction of a Ferris wheel has been proposed on the former airport site. In 2000, the Territory Development Department issued plans to site a Ferris wheel at the tip of the old runway.

In 2001, Wharf (Holdings) proposed building a 75-metre-high Ferris wheel at Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui.
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Old January 29th, 2008, 07:14 PM   #283
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Too bad we quite often have to follow the footsteps of other cities..
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Old January 29th, 2008, 07:30 PM   #284
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Too bad we quite often have to follow the footsteps of other cities..
Absolutely!
Whatever should happen, I'll always miss my landings there. No other city could offer such a unique kind of "events", much more exciting than the craziest helter skelter on earth.
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Old January 30th, 2008, 03:34 AM   #285
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What they should do -->


Reclaim the sea north of the runway. Turn it into a big **** off park with trees/grass/small sports areas, maybe an artificial river or some such. Beautify it.

Mix in a few low rise restaurants, boutiques, art shops, whatever. Maybe even have an outdoor/or indoor performance area.
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Old February 25th, 2008, 02:57 PM   #286
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A large stadium (which has about 80,000 or so seats) and some other sports facilities may be built on the former site of the airport. The stadium may replace the existing 40,000-seat Hong Kong Stadium. If the stadium is completed the Hong Kong stadium may be demolished to make way for a residential development.
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Old February 27th, 2008, 04:52 AM   #287
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Whatever should happen, I'll always miss my landings there. No other city could offer such a unique kind of "events", much more exciting than the craziest helter skelter on earth.
Kai Tak was the closest fighter jet landing feeling you can get from a 747
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Old March 2nd, 2008, 05:50 AM   #288
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A large stadium (which has about 80,000 or so seats) and some other sports facilities may be built on the former site of the airport. The stadium may replace the existing 40,000-seat Hong Kong Stadium. If the stadium is completed the Hong Kong stadium may be demolished to make way for a residential development.
That shouldn't be allowed to go through.
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Old March 2nd, 2008, 05:54 AM   #289
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A large stadium (which has about 80,000 or so seats) and some other sports facilities may be built on the former site of the airport. The stadium may replace the existing 40,000-seat Hong Kong Stadium. If the stadium is completed the Hong Kong stadium may be demolished to make way for a residential development.
I remember seeing that in the original plans before.
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Isn't that stadium still in the latest plan?
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Old April 30th, 2008, 01:24 PM   #291
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Gov't Press Release:
CEDD awards contract on decommissioning and decontamination works for Kai Tak development
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Old May 26th, 2008, 01:41 PM   #293
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Heritage find could alter Kai Tak plans
23 May 2008
South China Morning Post

Relics believed to be of a 130-year-old stone pier have been uncovered at Kai Tak during excavation for a heritage assessment of the former airport - a discovery that could lead to a change in development plans.

The Development Bureau said about 10 stone slabs had been found west of the former airport terminal building, where residential and commercial development is planned.

"Once they are confirmed as part of the pier, the government will consider possible options to preserve them," a spokeswoman said.

The slabs, thought to be part of a structure known as the Longjin Bridge - named after the Longjin River, as the Kai Tak nullah was once called - were dug up last month by the Civil Engineering and Development Department.

A Planning Department source said the department would adopt a flexible approach in preserving the relics, including changing planned land use. "It all depends on the scale of the preservation," the source said.

Formed with 100 stone slats, the pier was built between 1873 and 1875. It and the Kowloon Walled City were the only places kept by the Qing dynasty after Kowloon was ceded to Britain. The pier was covered by reclamation for housing in 1920.

According to the government's preliminary engineering study for the South East Kowloon Development, the pier was destroyed by the reclamation, except the first few sections at the landward end, buried under Prince Edward Road. Most of the site now lies under the western part of the old terminal building, the study says.

Conservancy Association campaign manager Peter Li Siu-man said it should be preserved in situ and connected with the Kai Tak nullah.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 07:39 PM   #294
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Cruise hub 'needs 10 to 20 years'
30 June 2008
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong needs at least one to two decades before it can fully develop its burgeoning cruise market, but in the meantime the government should give local operators more support, Asia Cruises president Benny Ki says.

"Hong Kong's cruise market has a long way to go," Mr Ki said. "The potential is there, although the market will probably take 10 to 20 years to mature."

Hong Kong is building terminal facilities at the former Kai Tak airport, which are due to open by 2012. Ocean Terminal, where passenger liners now berth, has a limited capacity and cannot accommodate the largest ships.

The government planned to announce the winning bid for the new terminal within the second quarter, a spokesman said.

Asia Cruises was set up in 1999 and operates Asia Star and Omar III. The twin-hull Asia Star is the world's biggest catamaran and was bought by casino tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun - an investor in Asia Cruises - from the Finnish government for nearly HK$500 million.

The ship can accommodate about 400 passengers and offers night cruises and itineraries to Shantou.

The Omar III cruise liner can take about 600 passengers and makes day and night excursions, as well as cruises to Shantou. Asia Cruises has no plans to sail to Macau.

"Everyone can see that there is already a demand here," Mr Ki said. "A cruise terminal is one of the infrastructures in a community that should be built regardless of the revenue it can generate."

Since last year, five international cruise liners have operated cruises out of Hong Kong and Mr Ki said local competition would only increase.
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Old July 10th, 2008, 02:46 AM   #295
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Oh, man! We have to re-tender again!

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Cruise terminal project to be re-tendered
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Old July 13th, 2008, 07:26 PM   #296
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Tenders for cruise terminal scuppered
Hong Kong Standard
Thursday, July 10, 2008

Submissions by Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Sun Hung Kai Properties for building the cruise terminal at Kai Tak have been rejected by the government, which will call for new tenders.

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Frederick Ma Si- hang said the government will pay about HK$1.8 billion to HK$2 billion to the successful tenderer for site formation, government accommodation and the landscape deck in the cruise terminal - to be built at the former Kai Tak airport site - in order to increase the attractiveness of the project.

He said the government planned to apply for funding from the Legislative Council Finance Committee in the fourth quarter and to invite tenders by the end of the year.

The first berth is expected to commence operations in the second quarter of 2013, which is almost a year later than the original timetable.

"Due to the change in the economic environment in the past few months, and also since neither of the tender submissions fully conformed with the requirements, we have decided to reject their submissions and cancel the tender," Ma said.

A government source said one of the tenderers requested permission to develop an additional commercial site while the other proposed selling individual hotel rooms, which the government considered was similar to residential development.

The government now estimates the construction of the terminal to cost around HK$4 billion, about 20 percent more than last year's estimate. Originally, the government did not plan to pay for the project. To better monitor funding use, a government source said the HK$1.8 billion will be given to the successful tenderer in three stages.

Should the retender exercise fail, the government will develop the cruise terminal and then lease it to an operator.

Sun Hung Kai, which submitted a tender with Star Cruise, said it is interested in studying the retender. Cheung Kong, which partnered with Ceres Terminals, did not respond. Wharf Holdings, which did not bid last time, said it will study the retender and reconsider its position.

Inbound Travel Association chairman Paul Leung Yiu-lam said he is disappointed with the delay.

"Successful travel destinations such as Miami, Barcelona and Venice have allocated a lot of resources to cruise travel development," he said. "It is such a waste that Hong Kong has so many complementary facilities like good hotels and yet we have to wait for a cruise terminal."

Sunflower Travel assistant general manager Anthony Chan Hung-cheong said cruise vacations are becoming more popular and there is a need for a world-class terminal.

Tourism Board chairman James Tien Pei-chun said he is disappointed with the delay and asked the government to consider whether the tender conditions are too strict.
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Old July 13th, 2008, 07:27 PM   #297
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$2HKb carrot for cruise bidders
Kai Tak terms eased after terminal bids fail

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Taxpayers will have to put up a $2HK billion sweetener to entice developers to build a new cruise terminal at Kai Tak, after the two consortiums bidding for the project were yesterday knocked back for failing to meet the government's requirements.

The administration will tweak its requirements and invite fresh bids by the end of the year in the hope of salvaging the botched tendering exercise and keeping further delays to a minimum.

However, the first berth will open at least 13 months later than planned, and that could have wider ramifications. Wharf Holdings' lease on the city's only cruise liner berths, at Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, runs out in 2012, and the terminal at the former airport site will not be ready until spring 2013 at the earliest.

The government is prepared to take on the project itself if it does not receive any acceptable bids, but warns that doing so will push up the cost of the project and delay it by at least another year and possibly longer.

In the hope of securing acceptable bids, the government now says it will reimburse the winning bidder for the cost of preparing the site and building government facilities - estimated in September last year at between $1HK.8 billion and $2HK billion.

However, given spiralling commodity prices, that figure is likely to rise, a government source said. Former Hong Kong Institute of Engineers president Greg Wong Chak-yan said it could increase to $2HK.2 billion.

The government will seek Legislative Council approval for the sum this year.

Inflation means the project is now expected to cost $4HK billion, two-thirds more than the government's 2006 estimate of $2HK.4 billion.

The tender for the project launched in November attracted bids from only two consortiums, led by developers Sun Hung Kai Properties and Cheung Kong (Holdings). Both were rejected for going outside the tender requirements. One of them wanted to sell off hotel rooms individually while the other asked for up to 190,000 square metres more space for commercial development.

"Of course, between last November and the closing of the tender, the global macroeconomic environment had undergone some changes, causing the tenderers to ask for additional conditions in their tenders," Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Frederick Ma Si-hang said.

"For the sake of fairness and openness, we decided to retender the project."

Mr Ma said alternative berthing arrangements were in place to accommodate liners for as long as the new terminal was delayed.

Sun Hung Kai and Sino Land expressed interest in the fresh tender. Henderson Land Development and Star Cruises, partners of Sun Hung Kai in its rejected bid, said they would wait and see. Cheung Kong had not responded by last night.

Massimo Brancaleoni, a vice-president of the Costa Crociere cruise line, and Joseph Lam - who represents another line, Royal Caribbean, in Hong Kong - declined to comment until after today's regular quarterly meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Cruise Industry. Mr Lam said Asian cruise itineraries had not been planned beyond 2010.

Tourism Board chairman James Tien Pei-chun was disappointed both bids had been rejected and said the government's requirements might have been too tough.

He said inviting fresh bids would affect the city's tourism promotion.

"If we can't use the terminal in 2012, the cruise companies we are currently in talks with will have to make adjustments because they have to come a year later," Mr Tien said. "Of course, this is not that ideal."

Tourism sector lawmaker Howard Young said inviting new bids was the only option.
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I needed this stadium built. Where else in Hong Kong am I supposed to build my replacement stadium now? There ain't enough space in Hong Kong to build a huge sports complex.
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