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Old August 1st, 2009, 10:09 PM   #381
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All-new Kai Tak gets ready for take off
29 July 2009
The Standard

The first contract - worth HK$350 million - to build the infrastructure at the Kai Tak project has gone to the engineering firm Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong.

The Civil Engineering and Development Department said work will begin on Friday and is scheduled to be completed in December 2012.

A total of 306 jobs will be created, comprising 243 workers and 63 professional and technical staff.

The contract involves building about 2.6 kilometers of road in the Kai Tak north apron area, including traffic control, maintenance and diversion of existing roads and two footbridges. Associated drainage includes box culverts, sewerage and water mains and enhancing and extending existing subways, landscape and environmental mitigation measures.

The infrastructure will serve public housing and government office development at Kai Tak.

The waterfront site has stood empty since the airport moved to Chek Lap Kok in 1998.

The project, which will cost more than HK$100 billion will be completed in three phases.

Phase one, to be finished in 2013, includes 13,000 public housing flats, three schools and a government offices.

It will also contain the first berth of a cruise terminal, a park and a 200-meter long waterfront promenade.

The second phase will see the completion of the second berth of the cruise terminal, underground streets connecting the new development to Kowloon City and San Po Kong, and a heliport.

The final phase is due to be completed by 2021.

It will include a multipurpose stadium with more than 45,000 seats, sites for residential and commercial development. A metro park is also planned and possibly a monorail and bridge link to Kwun Tong waterfront.
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Old August 30th, 2009, 06:25 PM   #384
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CEDD awards contract for Kai Tak development infrastructure works
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Government Press Release

The Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) today (September 2) awarded a contract of about $407 million for Stage 1 infrastructure works at the former runway area of Kai Tak Airport.

The contract comprises construction of about a 1.8 km long single two-lane carriageway, associated drainage, sewerage and water mains works, and a fireboat berth and public landing steps at the former runway and south apron of Kai Tak Airport.

The main objective of the works is to provide infrastructure to serve the early development in the southern part of the former runway area – the first berth of the cruise terminal and the runway park.

The works will begin on Friday (September 4) and are scheduled for completion in about 46 months. The works will create 308 jobs, comprising 245 for labourers and 63 for professional/technical staff.

The works have been designed by AECOM Asia Co Ltd, which will also supervise the construction.
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Old September 30th, 2009, 09:36 AM   #388
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Hong Kong's airport set for multi-billion dollar takeoff

Hong Kong's airport set for multi-billion dollar takeoff
Agence France-Presse
2009-09-30
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It's probably the most valuable strip of derelict land in the world.

The defunct Kai Tak airport sits right in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor and is estimated to be worth up to US$40 billion - the equivalent, experts say, of around 30 of the world's tallest skyscrapers.

"It is a jewel," said Nicholas Brooke, chairman of Hong Kong-based Professional Property Services. "I'm sure it's the most valuable piece of derelict land in the world."

And Kai Tak was, until it closed in 1998, also one of the scariest airports in the world.

Planes would make a gut-tingling sharp turn over hilly Kowloon and then pass so close to apartment blocks that passengers felt they could almost touch laundry as it dried on balconies. But, since the new Norman Foster-designed airport was opened on reclaimed land a half-hour's fast train ride from the city, the Kai Tak site has been crumbling.

"Kai Tak is right at the heart of Hong Kong," said Brooke, who sits on the Harbor Enhancement Committee, a group that advises the government on land use around the city's waterfront.

"To have the opportunity to create a business district or a residential district right in the center of a capital city - it's unique," he added.

"And that is why it has attracted such a high value, a land value of between US$25 and US$40 billion."

The land is worth around 30 International Finance centers, Brooke said, referring to a huge glass and steel tower that dominates Hong Kong's skyline and is the world's fifth biggest office building.

To further try to illustrate the sheer scale of the land's value, Brooke added: "In terms of medium rise property, it's worth two square kilometers of Manhattan - and all of (London's) Canary Wharf."

In a city where a luxury studio apartment sold recently for more than US$3 million, there is no shortage of developers who would be keen to get a slice of the old airport pie.

There is water on two sides, views over the harbor and no pesky residents or businesses that need to be moved out of the bulldozers' way.

Kai Tak has been dormant for more than a decade because the city's authorities struggled to reach a consensus about what exactly to do with it. It is in their interests to make use of the site, as almost a third of the Hong Kong government's revenues come from land sales.

Also, thanks to a moratorium on land reclamation from the ever-shrinking harbor, there is unlikely to be any more new land in the future to sell-off - further pushing up Kai Tak's value and increasing the need for action. And now, finally, work has begun on an ambitious redevelopment scheme.

A scale model of plans for the site sits in the lobby of the government's planning offices on the outskirts of Kowloon.

The 320 hectare site will have a sports stadium, a public park and, at the tip of the peninsula, a cruise terminal. And, of course, in the middle of the old runway will be some of Hong Kong's most exclusive housing.

Eric Yue Chi-kin, Kowloon's chief planning officer, buzzed proudly around the model: "Going down here is the runway precinct," he said, pointing at some apartment blocks that look - even in model form - hyper expensive.

"It is a very unique location, because it has water on two sides and has a very spectacular, panoramic view to the Victoria Harbor."

The Hong Kong government plans to pump US$2.6 billion into getting the infrastructure up to scratch, and hopes to put the contract for the first phase, the cruise terminal, out to tender by the end of the year.

Mak Chi-biu is the chief engineer for the site and the man in charge of turning Yue Chi-kin's dream into reality.

He stands in a tall building looking down over the long slab of broken, weed-infested land that cuts into Victoria Harbor - and out into Hong Kong's future.

"The whole development cost will be about US$12.8 billion," he said, sweeping his hand up to the tip of the peninsula, where the cruise terminal will be. "The idea is to make Hong Kong a cruise hub of the Asia-Pacific region."

So the runway, which was expanded by the slave labor of prisoners of war during the Japanese occupation in World War II, will again have construction workers swarming all over it. It should all be finished somewhere around 2025.

But property experts urge the government to be cautious and stick to the elements of the plan which offer something to the public.

"Kai Tak is an asset that I think has to be shared by everybody," Brooke said. "You could build luxury there and sell it all off to investors from mainland China.

"But I think we have to build something where there is a range of housing so that people from all walks of life can participate. There is a great danger that you do something very exclusive and you shut out the majority."

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I have one suggestion on these project. Please don't build any commie block building please. This city is already the most expensive city in term of real estate. They need to build something like a Dubai-like buildings were it is fancy and modern. How come the realtors always build something cheap yet they set the price to hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. That doesn't make any sense. Are they taking advantage of it due to the location? I am not going to live in apartment that looks simple yet it cost too much. For example, studio apartment that costs $3 million US dollars and it's in a commie block building. It's a new building but it looks like a simple commie block.
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I have one suggestion on these project. Please don't build any commie block building please. This city is already the most expensive city in term of real estate. They need to build something like a Dubai-like buildings were it is fancy and modern. How come the realtors always build something cheap yet they set the price to hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. That doesn't make any sense. Are they taking advantage of it due to the location? I am not going to live in apartment that looks simple yet it cost too much. For example, studio apartment that costs $3 million US dollars and it's in a commie block building. It's a new building but it looks like a simple commie block.
Developers don't pay a lot for the building, but a lot on the land premium. That's where all the money goes.
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Dubai-like buildings are exactly what I don't want.
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Did that proposed aviation museum at the tip of the runway ever get the green light? Methinks it would be more of a feature than the planned cruise ship terminal.
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Did that proposed aviation museum at the tip of the runway ever get the green light? Methinks it would be more of a feature than the planned cruise ship terminal.
As far as I know, the originally proposed Aviation Museum has been ruled out due to the cancellation of reclamation.
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Develop some of it but also turn some of it into a public park
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Old October 13th, 2009, 08:23 PM   #396
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Kai Tak key to World Cup hopes
30 October 2009
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A new 50,000-seater stadium at Kai Tak would seal the deal for Hong Kong to host a pool of the 2019 World Cup, according to top official Trevor Gregory.

Hong Kong Rugby Football Union chairman Gregory yesterday called for a pledge from the government for the venue to be ready, despite the stadium being earmarked for the third phase of construction at the old airport, with a completion date of 2021.

Gregory will meet his Japanese counterparts on the sidelines of tomorrow's Bledisloe Cup match between the All Blacks and the Wallabies in Tokyo to continue pressing claims to host a pool of the 2019 World Cup, which has been awarded to Japan. He said his task would be made easier if the government gave an assurance that the new stadium, which is part of the HK$100 billion Kai Tak development project, would be ready by 2019.

"If we can get a solid confirmation from the government the new stadium will be ready by 2019, then that would be the most compelling reason we can offer Japan, and ultimately the International Rugby Board, that the World Cup should be spread around Asia," Gregory said.

"The last we heard was the stadium will now be ready by 2018. But we need a firm guarantee that this is the case. If we have a bigger stadium, with a minimum of 50,000 seats, we can sell more tickets, which would mean more financial reason to have the World Cup in Hong Kong."

Hong Kong Stadium has a capacity of 40,000.

The Japanese Rugby Football Union had said Hong Kong and Singapore could host some matches in 2019. But tournament organiser the Rugby World Cup Ltd has stated a host country could not use outside venues unless there were compelling reasons. Gregory said the best assurance he could give Japanese officials would be a bigger and better stadium, which could translate into larger financial returns.

"They [JRFU] have not insisted we have a new stadium," Gregory said. "But it will make our case much stronger if the new facility is available. That will tick a big box if the government can guarantee the Kai Tak Stadium will be ready before 2019."

JRFU chairman Nobby Mashimo said yesterday he would respect the decision of tournament organisers but underlined the importance of boosting the game across Asia.

"We will meet with the RWCL [Rugby World Cup Limited] next week and formally begin the planning process for 2019," Mashimo said. "The tournament may be 10 years away but while the IRB council ultimately decides on venues, it is our responsibility to highlight the legacy benefits for Asia."

Japan and Hong Kong officials will be closely watching the English RFU, which as host of the 2015 World Cup, has asked to stage matches in Wales.

"The RWC wants compelling reasons for a host to move the tournament outside. What more compelling reason can we give them than the fact that it would spread the game around Asia," Gregory added.

Mashimo, who will host IRB president Bernard Lapasset at the Bledisloe Cup, added:

"We plan to deliver a tournament that puts Japanese rugby on the world map and leaves a lasting legacy that will benefit Asia."
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Third hub at Kai Tak to `help wealth gap'
10 November 2009
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Hong Kong will eventually have three important commercial districts which should help narrow the wealth gap, development minister Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said yesterday.

In response to criticism by Democrat lawmaker Lee Wing-tat that the wealth gap will continue to worsen if important commercial activities continue to be concentrated in Central and Wan Chai, Lam said the government was also looking to develop high-class commercial clusters in West Kowloon and Kai Tak.

She said West Kowloon would eventually become a first-class commercial district figuring clusters of commercial buildings and activities on 50 to 100 hectares of land.

After Kai Tak is developed it will become another commercial district, though it will probably be a class lower than either Central or West Kowloon.

``There are not much Class A or Class A-plus office space in the city. We cannot just allocate a piece of land in Kwun Tong and say it is Class A,'' Lam said. ``Just one or two blocks will not be enough. We need to set aside at least 500,000 square meters.''

As such, the first goal is to develop West Kowloon as it is closer to Central, Lam said. After that the government will look at Kai Tak.

Civic Act-up lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau- lan and Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan Shuk-chong, meanwhile, expressed concern as to whether the government's decision to relocate 58,000 square meters of commercial floor area _ originally destined for New Central Harborfront Site 1 and 2 _ to the Wan Chai North waterfront will worsen traffic congestion despite the construction of the Central bypass. Permanent secretary for development (planning and lands) Thomas Chow Tat-ming said it would not.
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Hong Kong to monitor cruiseship waiver fees
13 November 2009
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THE Hong Kong government said it will closely monitor waiver fees paid by cruiseships berthing at container terminals after cruise operators said the charge would weaken the city’s cruise industry, writes Hui Ching-hoo in Hong Kong.

Many cruiseships are unable to berth at Ocean Terminal, the main passenger terminal in Hong Kong, due to conflicting schedules and ships exceeding the terminal’s handling capacity. The vessels are instead forced to berth at the city’s container terminal in Kwai Chung.

Acting Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So said that container terminal operators were required to settle a waiver fee with the Lands Department for exemption from the restriction of land use.

However, cruise operators voiced concerns about the criteria the authorities had applied in determining the waiver fee. They asked whether the fee should be reduced or abolished before the launch of the first cruise terminal in 2013 in order to enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong’s cruise industry.

Answering the questions in a meeting of the Legislative Council, Mr So said that the fee was calculated on the basis of the enhancement in rental value brought about by the new land use. Container terminal operators might request cruiseship operators to pay the fee.

“The Lands Department will continue to monitor the various indicators for waiver fee assessment to ensure they reflect actual market situations,” Mr So added.

He said that the number of cruiseships berthed at container terminals had increased from six in 2008 to 10 this year. “Diamond Princess, for instance, has increased its number of calls at Hong Kong from three in 2008 to six for both 2009 and 2010,” he said.

He added that the waiver fee alone was not critical to the development of cruise tourism in Hong Kong. The government’s top priority was to ensure the completion of the first berth of the new cruise terminal in mid-2013. The HK$5.6bn ($718m) cruise terminal is located at Hong Kong’s former international airport, Kai Tak. The first berth will be capable of handling cruiseships up to 220,000 gt.

According to Hong Kong Tourism Board, a total of 123 cruises called in Hong Kong terminals in 2009, with up to 158,000 passengers.
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LCQ17: Temporary supporting facilities of Shatin to Central Link
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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Following is a question by the Hon Mrs Regina Ip and a written reply by the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Ms Eva Cheng, at the Legislative Council meeting today (November 18):

Question:

I have learnt that the MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL) has planned to build a large-scale temporary concrete plant, a stockpiling depot, a rubble crushing facility and a barging point next to Hoi Sum Park and in the Kai Tak Development Area during the implementation of the Shatin to Central Link (SCL) project. The barging point therein will be located only about 300 metres away from the residential area in the vicinity. Moreover, the Government is going to carry out a number of projects under the Kai Tak Development plan (including Kai Tak City Centre, the cruise terminal and Metro Park, etc), as well as the project for the Kowloon Bay section of the Central Kowloon Route which will be constructed within the Kai Tak Development Area. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council whether the various government departments concerned will communicate and coordinate with MTRCL to arrange for the projects in the Kai Tak Development Area to make use of the temporary supporting facilities of the SCL project so as to minimise the impact on the residents and the environment in the district?

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We have suggested setting up temporary stockpiling areas, concrete batching plant and barging points adjacent to Hoi Sum Park and in the Kai Tak Development Area to handle the huge amount of excavation materials which will be produced during the construction of the Shatin to Central Link (SCL) and the Kwun Tong Line Extension (KTE) railway tunnels and stations, with a will to treat these excavated materials in the most efficient and environmental friendly way. With these facilities, the excavated materials can be stored temporarily and sorted properly. Good quality rocks which are sorted out as suitable for concrete production will be transported to the batching plant. Soil can be used for backfilling near the tunnels and stations. Those unsuitable materials or surplus rocks and soils will be delivered to the barging points via the shortest route and be transported by barges to the designated handling area. Such an arrangement will not only reduce the amount of construction wastes, but also minimise the possible environmental and traffic impact caused by the transportation of the excavated materials.

Originally, we also proposed to set up a temporary barging point near Hoi Sham Park. During the public consultation of the SCL and KTE railway projects, we received a lot of concerns expressed by the local bodies and residents about the aforesaid temporary facilities. Taking into account these concerns, we decide not to set up a barging point adjacent to Hoi Sum Park.

In future, the excavated materials from the KTE project will be transported to the temporary barging point near the International Mail Centre at Hung Hom and it will not affect the surrounding environment. The excavated materials from the SCL project will be handled by the temporary barging point at the ex-Kai Tak Airport Runway. The selected site at the ex-Kai Tak Airport Runway has sufficient distance from the nearest residential buildings so that the impact due to the operation of the barging point on the residents nearby can be minimised.

The Government and the MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL) understand that both citizens and Council members have serious concern about the adverse environmental effects due to the setting up and the operation of the temporary facilities in Kai Tak Development Area. As such, consultants have been engaged to carry out a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment for the project and to propose the associated mitigation measures. The report of the Environmental Impact Assessment will be released for public inspection and comments. The report will also be examined by the Environmental Protection Department before the Environmental Permit for Construction is issued. The temporary facilities will be properly controlled under the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance, such that there will not be any adverse impact on the residents nearby and the surrounding environment.

Relevant government departments and the MTRCL have been closely communicating and coordinating with each other for the implementation of all the projects in the Kai Tak Development Area with a will that the implementation programmes, the arrangements on the associated works sites and the use of supporting facilities, etc can be properly coordinated.

Relevant government departments will also continue to study the possibility of using the SCL project temporary supporting facilities for the other projects in the Kai Tak Development Area, if the time and land constraints can be accommodated. However, we have to point out that the SCL project temporary supporting facilities will be used mainly on the project itself at its initial stage because of the huge demand. When the construction peak of the railway project is over, the facilities may accommodate the need from other engineering projects. The Railway Development Office of Highways Department will take up the coordination role proactively so that the MTRCL can co-operate with other works departments with a will to reduce the impacts of the construction activities on the residents and the environment in the district.
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