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Old December 8th, 2009, 04:07 AM   #401
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Cool savings as Kai Tak project sets green trend
The Standard
Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The HK$1.67 billion district cooling system set to be installed at the Kai Tak development is expected to cut electricity consumption by up to 35 percent compared to traditional air- conditioning systems.

The eco-friendly cooling system can cover 1.73 million square meters and cool 30 40-story buildings. It is expected to save up to 850 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, equivalent to the annual consumption of 18,000 households.

It can also reduce 59,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide - equivalent to the emission from 9,000 people.

It will cool all government buildings and government- funded facilities such as schools and hospitals.

The first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed in time for the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal's opening in 2013.

"Once the land for private development is sold, the government will encourage developers to adopt the system as well," Principal Assistant Secretary for the Environment Katharine Choi Man-yee said yesterday.

She said the exact tariff rate will need approval from the Legislative Council, but she is confident the system will appeal to private developers.

The system's massive ground level plant in the north of the Kai Tak development and an underground plant in the south will make chill water which will be distributed to buildings through underground pipes. Heat exchangers at each building will then turn the chilled water into cool air.

"Extra spaces such as rooftops can be turned into gardens and the heat island effect can be reduced," Assistant Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services Alfred Sit Wing-hang said.

The tender process will end early next year and construction will begin immediately. The second and final phases will be completed by 2016 and 2021, respectively.

The same cooling system is being considered for the West Kowloon cultural district project.
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Asian Games bid 'more likely'
15 December 2009
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The success of the East Asian Games has strengthened official resolve to explore the possibility of Hong Kong staging the 2019 Asian Games.

Tsang Tak-sing, the Secretary for Home Affairs, said yesterday he was confident the territory could stage a successful Asian Games in 10 years, and also promised that the new sports hub, which will include a new stadium at the former Kai Tak airport site, would be ready by then.

"These East Asian Games have shown us what benefits hosting an Asian Games will bring to Hong Kong, but we have to listen to the people and we would have to devote a substantial amount of resources to it," said Tsang, the government's top sports official.

"But first, a decision [to make a bid for 2019] has to be made by the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee. We can only act after a formal decision has been taken, for right now we have only spoken informally."

Hong Kong Olympic chief Timothy Fok Tsun-ting was bullish about a 2019 bid, but said he would wait until the dust settled from the East Asian Games euphoria before assessing whether to go ahead with plans to host the bigger Games.

"The success of the East Asian Games shows we have got a mandate from the government as well as the public to host the 2019 Asian Games. But I know quite a few countries have expressed interest in hosting these Games and we will have to assess everything before making a decision," Fok said.

It is believed that Manila, Dubai and Taipei were all interested in hosting the 2019 Asian Games.

Hong Kong made an unsuccessful bid - which cost HK$15 million - to host the 2006 Asian Games, losing out to Doha, Qatar.

The next Asian Games will be held in Guangzhou next year, while the 2014 event will be held in Incheon, South Korea. The Asian Games cycle will be changed then, with the 18th edition to be held a year late, in 2019, so that it falls a year before the Olympics.

While only nine countries and regions took part in 22 sports in Hong Kong's first multi-sports event over the past fortnight, the Asian Games will feature about 40 sports and about 44 countries, which means Hong Kong will need extra facilities.

Tsang promised that the sports hub on the old airport site - part of the government's HK$100 billion Kai Tak development project - which would include a 45,000-seater stadium, would be ready.

"We will have the facilities in place by then. The Kai Tak sports hub will be finished by 2017, or no later than 2018," Tsang said.

Tsang was also pleased at the medal tally won up the local athletes - 100 medals, including 26 golds.

"I'm especially pleased that we won a gold medal in team sports - in soccer - for the first time at an international games," he said.

Hong Kong beat Japan in a penalty shoot-out to secure soccer gold at Hong Kong Stadium.
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SCED speaks on Kai Tak Cruise Terminal
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Government Press Release

The following is the transcript of remarks (English portion) made by the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mrs Rita Lau, to the media after attending the ground-breaking ceremony of the site formation for the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal today (December 23):

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development: We are very pleased to witness the commencement of the site formation works for the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. The commencement signifies a very big and major step forward in the development of cruise tourism in Hong Kong. Work is also being undertaken to proceed with the design and construction of the cruise terminal building. We are hoping to get our proposal to the Legislative Council for funding support probably in the middle of next year. This will be an iconic building not only in Hong Kong, but also in this whole part of the region. Passengers on board will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of our Victoria Harbour. The terminal facilities will of course be on a par with the best of international facilities. The hospitality services that Hong Kong are renowned for will be offered in this new cruise terminal building.

Reporter: Singapore is also going to be developing its own cruise terminal. But because of delay, it is going to open before Hong Kong. Are you concerned about Hong Kong being overshadowed by other regions' lead?

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development: We have our own development plan to promote the tourism industry in Hong Kong. We are aware of the developments in the region. Each city or each economic entity may have its own plan for development. The important thing for Hong Kong and the tourism industry is to really try to enhance its strength so that we remain a very competitive and attractive tourist destination, not only within this region but also around the world.
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Anchors aweigh at cruise site
24 December 2009
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Construction of Kai Tak Cruise Terminal has begun, with officials confident they can stick to the HK$2.3 billion budget for site formation work, which includes berthing facilities.

The whole project will cost HK$7.2 billion.

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday marks a milestone in the territory's efforts to further develop cruise tourism.

``The government is committed to enhancing tourism infrastructure and supporting software to further strengthen Hong Kong's position as a premier cruise hub in the region,'' Tsang said.

Ultimately, the SAR will have four cruise berths catering to ships of various sizes.

The new terminal will have two berths with no height limit on the vessels it services.

The first is expected to be completed in 2013 and will have room for the world's largest cruise ships, such as the Costa Classica and the Oasis of the Seas that have a gross tonnage of more than 220,00 tonnes.

The second berth, available in 2014, will be able to accommodate medium-sized vessels.

The government is also assessing tenders for a second works contract, which involves the design and construction of the terminal building.

Construction on that project is expected to begin next year and should be completed by 2015.

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan said the terminal will become an iconic landmark.

Lau hopes to get the terminal proposal to the Legislative Council for funding by the middle of next year.

She said the government is committed to developing the cruise market in Hong Kong.

As a result, it will continue to liaise with the industry and neighboring ports and concentrate on improving service quality to ensure it remains a leading competitor in the industry. The Advisory Committee on the Cruise Industry has been established to advise the government on policies to further develop the territory as a regional hub.

In April, Beijing brought in regulations allowing mainland tour groups traveling to Taiwan to board cruise ships that are based in Hong Kong.

About 20 sailings from Hong Kong to Taiwan with a total capacity of about 30,000 passengers will be launched next year.

Costa Crociere marketing manager Eunice Lee Sau-yan and Royal Caribbean International international representative Joseph Lam are upbeat about the Hong Kong market.

Lam said: ``There should be more terminals that can berth larger vessels, as well as more training of talent to handle the cruise business.''
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Full speed ahead as work finally starts on Kai Tak cruise terminal
24 December 2009
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Construction work on the long-awaited Kai Tak cruise terminal finally began yesterday, after the site lay vacant for more than a decade.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the terminal's site formation work, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said the government was building the terminal at "full pace" in view of the tremendous potential of the cruise industry in the Asia-Pacific region.

"After the first berth commences operation in 2013, the new terminal will be able to berth the world's largest and most advanced cruise vessels," he said. "It will provide high-quality infrastructure for the long-term development of the cruise industry in Hong Kong and in the region."

The second berth will be available in 2014 for medium-sized cruise vessels and will begin to accommodate mega-cruise ships after underwater gas mains are relocated.

With Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong will have a total of four berths for different types and sizes of vessels.

The HK$2.3 billion site formation work involves the construction of berthing facilities, including the building of a sloping sea wall of 1,100 metres and an apron area to berth cruise vessels of different sizes and capacities. It also involves the dredging of 1.38 million cubic metres of sediment.

The government is assessing tenders for the design-and-build contract for the terminal building, for which construction is expected to begin next year and be completed in 2014/15.

"We are hoping to get our proposal to the Legislative Council for funding support [of this contract] in the middle of next year," Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan said.

Late last year, the government abandoned tendering and decided to build the cruise terminal by itself, after its failure to find a suitable candidate in two rounds of tendering.

The administration will fund, design and build the cruise terminal, and lease it to an operator while retaining ownership of the site and terminal. Situated at the tip of the old Kai Tak airport runway, the new terminal will form part of the 320- hectare Kai Tak project that was first drawn up 10 years ago.

The current scheme, approved in 2007, will be developed in three phases and include public housing flats, schools, a government office building, a hospital and railway link. The whole project will be completed in 2021.

The chief executive said the government would strengthen liaison with the cruise market and neighbouring ports, improve service standards and enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong in the regional cruise market.
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Green public housing estate to rise at former Kai Tak airport
18 January 2010
South China Morning Post

An energy-saving system will be installed at the public estate planned at the former Kai Tak airport to help cut carbon emissions, according to the Housing Department.

Occupying 9.17 hectares, the estate will comprise 15 blocks with 13,300 flats and is expected to be completed by 2013.

Deputy director Ada Fung Yin-suen said the housing estate had adopted a sustainable and environmentally friendly principle for the development.

"We will use an energy-saving system to help cut down carbon emissions. Solar energy will also be used," she said.

"The public housing estate has reserved areas for the green belt. The green belt is about 2.7 hectares, which is about 30 per cent of the construction site."

A cooling system will be installed in the shopping mall.

There will also be LED (light emitting diode) lighting and a water-saving system.

A grid-connected solar energy system covering 1,200 square metres will be installed, supplying about 2 per cent of the electricity in each block.

Paths and flower beds will be built using recycled construction materials, some of them coming from the demolition of old public housing estates in the city. There also will be an electric car-charging system in the estate's car parks.

The department has conducted micro-climate studies to ensure good ventilation around the estate.

It also will reserve an area to set up an exhibition gallery showcasing the history of Kai Tak airport.
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Shenzhen to launch seaplane service as HK delays approval
7 January 2010
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Hong Kong-based WaterfrontAir, which originally planned to operate a seaplane service between the city and Macau, will launch seaplane flights from Shenzhen to Macau and Guangzhou in the fourth quarter of this year.

WaterfrontAir and Shenzhen Airport Ferry Terminal Services Company, a subsidiary of the Shenzhen Airport Company, yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding to provide seaplane services from the Shenzhen Airport ferry pier to neighbouring cities in the Pearl River Delta.

WaterfrontAir, which will have its headquarters in Shenzhen, hopes to launch seaplane services from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Macau next year. The company will start with seaplane flights from the special economic zone to Macau and Guangzhou.

The firm, set up by entrepreneurs Michael Agopsowicz of Canada and Peter de Kantzow of Australia, will lease a fleet of 18-seater DHC-6 Twin Otter floatplanes for the flights.

WaterfrontAir has been pressing ahead since last year with the plan to operate a scheduled seaplane service between a new Kai Tak waterfront aerodrome and the Pak On ferry terminal near Macau's Cotai Strip.

The Tourism Commission and the Tourism Board have given their backing for the proposal, saying it will enhance Hong Kong's appeal. But the project needs to pass an assessment of its environmental impact.

Scheduled seaplane services operated between Hong Kong and Macau between the 1930s and 1950s.

"It takes a long time to get approval for launching seaplane flights in Hong Kong, and we have decided to start our operations in Shenzhen as the city happened to be a lot faster in granting the green light," Agopsowicz said.

The company intends to commission an environmental impact assessment and a noise impact assessment in the first half of the year.

"If things proceed smoothly, we expect to launch seaplane flights between Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Macau next year," said de Kantzow, the son of Cathay Pacific co-founder Sydney de Kantzow, who also set up Macau Air Transport Company in 1948.

The flight from Hong Kong to Shenzhen will take 15 minutes, compared with 45 minutes for the Hong Kong to Guangzhou trip. The flight from Hong Kong to Macau would take 20 minutes.

The firm plans to charge about HK$2,800 for a one-way trip between Hong Kong and Guangzhou.
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Aging areas want to get on track
19 February 2010
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Most people living in Kowloon City want the Kai Tak light rail system to pass close to their homes to help revitalize the old district.

A survey by the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong found more than 95 percent of respondents agreed with the construction of the railway.

Some 85 percent felt it would revitalize their aging area and help merge it with newer districts.

More than 85 percent of 795 respondents also wanted it to link up with To Kwa Wan, another aging area in the district, where a building collapsed earlier this month killing four people.

``The lack of attention to the To Kwa Wan area is probably one of the reasons why a building there actually collapsed. With the light rail system, the area may be revitalized,'' Legislative Council member Starry Lee Wai-king said.

Lee, who is also a Kowloon City district councillor, said the construction of the light railway posed less of a threat to the foundations of buildings than an underground system like the MTR.

``The light rail does not go underground, so it should not affect the foundations of buildings,'' she said.

According to the government's most recent proposal, neither To Kwa Wan nor Kowloon City are included in the light rail route.

The DAB said 82 percent of the respondents said it would ease the traffic jams and about half that it would help improve air quality, as well as increase the pace of redevelopment.

As the government is now still in the consultation process before arriving at a final plan, the DAB said it will meet Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) Ir Mak Chai-kwong at the Development Bureau next week to present the survey results.
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Future of the old Kai Tak airport mirrors changing sensibilities
Vancouver Sun
5 April 2010

Landing at Hong Kong's trademark Kai Tak airport, jutting out into Victoria Harbour from the teeming tenements of East Kowloon, used to be an adrenalin rush that rivalled any fairground ride.

But since Kai Tak was shut down after the opening of Hong Kong's revolutionary new international airport on a man-made island off Lantau Island in 1997, its 320-hectare site has become perhaps the world's most valuable derelict property.

It is a unique site in the heart of a city where property and land prices are always close to the boiling point -- under pressures from a growing population of over seven million and a finite stock of usable land heavily constrained by sea and mountains.

Real estate industry valuations of the Kai Tak site range from $25 billion to $40 billion, a price tag of record proportions in this city where records fall with ho-hum regularity.

But that is not the main reason why it has taken a dozen years to develop a plan, get agreement and start construction on the Kai Tak site.

Just as in the old days, landing at Kai Tak was a foretaste of the excitement and possibilities lurking on every Hong Kong street corner, so in retirement the airport site has become a symbol of the people's vision of their community, its culture and future.

The first plans for what to do with Kai Tak were very much in line with the old-style Hong Kong approach to property development -- demolish, then build, build, build.

In the case of Kai Tak, though, the plans were influenced to a degree by that final few minutes of the plane bouncing so close to the Kowloon apartments you could see what people were watching on TV, the sharp right turn at the traffic lights, the heart-thumping drop onto the runway, and the scream of the brakes as the pitch into the harbour approached at breakneck speed.

When the plane doors opened and it was safe to take a deep breath of gratitude for another safe landing, the lungs and nose were greeted by the stench of Kai Tak's notorious nullah.

A nullah is essentially an open sewer. The one flowing by the eastern side of Kai Tak's runway contained many generations of sewage from the old Kowloon walled city and the many communities that grew up around it.

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's secretary for development and the government minister responsible for the Kai Tak project, said in a recent interview that the original idea was to fill in the nullah, thus burying the accumulated submarine poisons, and also to "reclaim" land by filling in the fishing boat harbour and typhoon shelter to the west of the runway.

This, she said, would have added almost 300 hectares to the 320 hectares of the existing Kai Tak site, and provided space for homes for 280,000 people.

But over on the other side of the harbour in the late 1990s, a campaign launched by former member of Hong Kong's legislative assembly, Christine Loh, to stop further filling in of the harbour without compelling reason caught the public mood.

In 2002, the government responded to the new reality by revising the Kai Tak plan and cutting the land to be reclaimed to only 133 hectares.

But even that scheme fell away when Loh's group took the issue of land reclamation to the Court of Final Appeal. In 2004, the court ruled that the government had to prove that reclamation schemes were in the public interest and that there was no reasonable alternative to landfill.

Lam said that even though the court's ruling was not directly aimed at Kai Tak, the government realized the general principle applied.

The government began a process of public consultations, information seminars and town hall-style meetings that went on for two years.

What came out of the dialogue was a consensus that there should be no filling in of the harbour to expand the site at all. Now even the noxious nullah is to have only a chemical refurbishment.

People said they wanted a mixture of public and private housing, and a maximum of open space and recreational facilities. The result is a plan that will see housing for only 88,000 people -- nearly 200,000 less than the first plan.

Construction of the public housing portion of the development is already under way, and the $12.8-billion plan will proceed in three stages culminating with the opening in 2021 of a new cruise ship terminal at what was the harbour end of the Kai Tak runway.

Lam expects the development will help the regeneration of neighbouring areas, some of the most rundown in Hong Kong.

But it is clear she has some doubts about the force with which public opinion has moved.

"Society has changed and people's aspirations have changed," she said. "They used to be proud of the pace of development -- building skyscrapers, making efficient use of the limited land supply, and so forth.

"But the pendulum has moved the other way, and people want to conserve everything. There's a price to be paid for that, and we are starting to struggle to find the centre, the middle ground."
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Speech by the FS at the Signing Ceremony for the Design-and-Build Contract for the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Building
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Government Press Release

Following is the speech by the Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang, at the Signing Ceremony for the Design-and-Build Contract for the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Building held in New Annex, Central Government Offices, this morning (May 8):

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good morning.

It is indeed my great pleasure to be here this morning to attend this signing ceremony today.

Kai Tak is a name that elicits fond memories. As a legendary airport, Kai Tak touched the lives of people here and around the world. Now it is about to enter a new chapter in its development.

First and foremost, I would like to congratulate Dragages on being awarded the design-and-build contract for the Cruise Terminal Building.

Indeed, this project is something of a homecoming for Dragages, and completes a full circle of the company's presence here in Hong Kong for over half a century.

Dragages came to Hong Kong in 1955. One of its first projects was to redesign the runway of the former Kai Tak International Airport. And many other projects since followed.

I am confident that Dragages has the experience and the expertise to transform this site into a major Cruise Terminal that will also provide a fitting sequel to the legend of this iconic location.

The cruise market in the Asia Pacific Region has been growing quickly, and Hong Kong is well-positioned to benefit from this growth.

First, with a magnificent and deepwater harbour, world-class tourism infrastructure and great shopping, Hong Kong is widely regarded as a must-see cruise destination. Second, we are located at the heart of East Asia, with close ties and proximity to the Mainland market as well as excellent connections with the rest of the world.

We also have a professional and versatile tourism sector that is well-versed in welcoming cruise vessels and their guests.

These are significant attributes that will help to establish Asia's world city as a major cruise hub in the region.

The site formation works for the Cruise Terminal started last year, and the first berth will be commissioned in mid 2013. It will be capable of accommodating the world's largest cruise vessels.

The signing of this contract today will propel the works of the Cruise Terminal Building ahead at full steam. The building will be completed in 2013 – a year ahead of our original schedule – to provide world-class services to cruise passengers from the get go.

It will also provide another landmark to grace our spectacular harbour and welcome visitors from around the globe.

The Terminal Building will uphold our city's reputation for providing state-of-the-art facilities with high levels of comfort and efficiency. It will also adhere to the highest levels of environmental awareness and incorporate the latest energy saving technologies.

At its busiest, the facilities will be able to accommodate two mega cruise ships at the same time.

During off-peak cruise periods, the cruise terminal operating area may be converted for other uses to achieve maximum potential from this prime location.

The Government will continue to promote Hong Kong as a cruise hub. We are strengthening co-operation with neighbouring Mainland coastal provinces and promoting cruiseoperation. We also recognise the need for an adequate supply of talent to meet the demands of an expanded cruise sector as well as related industries.

As a youngster, I remember coming to the former airport to watch planes come and go. I am pleased the Cruise Terminal will continue this tradition of connecting with the public. A landscaped deck on the top floor will be a great spot for families and friends to meet and enjoy the spectacular view of the great Victoria Harbour.

Once again, congratulations to Dragages on being awarded the design-and-build contract. I wish the project every success.

Thank you very much.
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Old May 30th, 2010, 07:14 AM   #417
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AECOM Provides a Wide Range of Design and Professional Services to the Hong Kong Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Project

HONG KONG, May 28 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, announced that it had been engaged to provide a wide range of design and professional services for the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal project by the design and build contractor, Dragages Hong Kong Limited. This is the latest key infrastructure project at the Former Kai Tak International Airport working together with the Architectural Services Department, HKSAR Government and Dragages.

Located at the southern end of the former runway, the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal will be developed on a 7.6 hectare site, aiming to sustain Hong Kong's position as the regional cruise hub. Alongside the cruise terminal will be a range of tourist facilities including hotels, malls and an aviation themed park, which provide unique leisure open space for tourists as well as local residents.

AECOM, as an international design consultancy firm, has been assigned to provide a wide range of services to this milestone project in Hong Kong. Together with our global expertise, AECOM will be working on areas including civil, structural and geotechnical engineering, building services and fire engineering, traffic engineering, environmental, acoustic and sustainable design, space planning for cruise terminal design, as well as landscape design.

Tony Shum, AECOM Chief Executive, Asia comments, "The project features long span structures, and many green initiatives will be incorporated into the design. Our multi-disciplinary collaboration and extensive knowledge of the Kai Tak area will be an added value contribution to the success of the project."

"This is a prominent, iconic building on the famous Hong Kong harbor front, demonstrating world class architecture and incorporating innovative engineering solutions," he added.

The first berth is targeted to be completed in mid-2013.
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Rebuild bridge as heritage attraction, planners urge
5 June 2010
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Planners have suggested recreating the 140-year-old Lung Tsun stone bridge, found in the Kai Tak redevelopment area, to attract tourists and showcase Kowloon City's history.

The bridge, built in the 1870s, functioned as a pier for official use in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Officials were welcomed at a pavilion close to it and were escorted to the Kowloon Walled City to execute their duties.

Town Planning Board member Ho Puay-peng said the remains should not just be protected by a glass box because "it will stop visitors from having direct interaction with the heritage". Lau Chi-pang said the bridge could be rebuilt with similar materials so people could walk on it and experience the past. This idea was echoed by Maggie Chan Man-ki, a Wong Tai Sin district councillor, who said: "The bridge can be presented as a time tunnel, bringing people back to the Qing dynasty." She said the area had always been a transport hub, including through the pier, an airport and soon a cruise terminal.

Kai Tak Office head Stephen Tang Man-bun said the government would release preservation options for public consultation by the end of this year.
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Rebuild bridge as heritage attraction, planners urge
5 June 2010
South China Morning Post

Planners have suggested recreating the 140-year-old Lung Tsun stone bridge, found in the Kai Tak redevelopment area, to attract tourists and showcase Kowloon City's history.

The bridge, built in the 1870s, functioned as a pier for official use in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Officials were welcomed at a pavilion close to it and were escorted to the Kowloon Walled City to execute their duties.

Town Planning Board member Ho Puay-peng said the remains should not just be protected by a glass box because "it will stop visitors from having direct interaction with the heritage". Lau Chi-pang said the bridge could be rebuilt with similar materials so people could walk on it and experience the past. This idea was echoed by Maggie Chan Man-ki, a Wong Tai Sin district councillor, who said: "The bridge can be presented as a time tunnel, bringing people back to the Qing dynasty." She said the area had always been a transport hub, including through the pier, an airport and soon a cruise terminal.

Kai Tak Office head Stephen Tang Man-bun said the government would release preservation options for public consultation by the end of this year.
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Three schools get go-ahead to move to Kai Tak as enrolment declines
25 June 2010
South China Morning Post

Three schools in Wong Tai Sin which have been struggling to retain pupil numbers are to be moved to two new premises at Kai Tak, which is about to undergo a burst of development.

Principals of Kowloon schools say the shift could ease enrolment pressure on other schools in the district, where supply of places has outstripped demand in recent years.

The adjacent Yat Sau and Ching Shan primary schools, operated by the Anglican Primary Schools Council in Choi Hung Estate, will be combined and moved to one premises.

The Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Sau Nan Primary School will move to the other.

The moves, part of the government's drive to redevelop the old Kai Tak airport site, came as the government announced the results of applications for three premises, including one in Kwai Chung.

Yat Sau school principal Ho Yick-yee said teachers and parents from the school - which currently offers only 12 classes in spite of its 24-class capacity - were thrilled by the move, which would take place in 2013.

"Both schools were established 45 years ago. The facilities are quite old. The new campus is within 10 minutes' walking distance from our current site. So it won't inconvenience current students," she said, adding that new residential developments in Kai Tak would boost the student intake. "Old districts like Wong Tai Sin face enrolment pressure.

"After relocation, there won't be any problems offering 30 classes of 25 students each."

Sister school Ching Shan with a 24-class capacity, offers just nine.

Of about 1,700 primary one places on offer in Wong Tai Sin last year, 1,354 were filled.

Law Lai-yin, principal of Carmel Leung Sing Tak School in Kwun Tong near the Kai Tak area, says moving the three schools could help lessen the enrolment pressure in the district. "It's a good government policy to move schools in districts, where supply of school places outstrips demand, to new residential areas that will have a big demand," he said.

With one school offering four classes of 25 students, Law said 300 places would be taken out of the district following the relocation of the three schools.

Shek Lei Catholic Primary School has been given the site of the Sheung Kwai Chung Government Secondary School in Kwai Chung, which was closed last year due to insufficient enrolment.

The Education Bureau said it received 19 applications from 14 bodies for the three school sites.

It said competition was very keen, in particular, for the two new school premises in Kai Tak.
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