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Old October 30th, 2005, 05:57 PM   #1
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HONG KONG | Hopewell Mega Tower | 210m | 55 fl | App

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Site Area : about 11,500 square metres
Scope : 2 hotel blocks with over 2000 guest rooms, retail, cinema, conference facilities
Anticipated Completion : 2009
Location : Kennedy Road in Wanchai, to the west of Hopewell Centre

A HK$4.5 billion hotel project in South Wanchai between Hopewell Centre and Ship Street with over 2,000 rooms and quality modern shopping, restaurant and other facilities, which will:

1. Bring urban renewal of the old and dilapidated area between Ship Street and the Hopewell Centre into a reality.

2. Inject vibrancy and dynamism to South Wanchai.

3. Provide the public with about 9,964 square meters of much needed open space, safe, amenable and conveniently accessible instead of inaccessible slopes and unsafe alley ways of no amenity value.

4. Bring preservation of the Nam Koo Terrace, a site of historical interest.

5. Widening of Kennedy Road in adjacent area improving traffic and pedestrian safety.

6. Create over 6,000 jobs in South Wanchai

Town planning intention of the Approved Outline Zoning Plan (S/H5/21) in force, traffic issues and environmental considerations have been fully taken into account in the planning and design of the Project.

The present scheme under application for town planning approval is an effort to improve on the 1994 approved 93-storey hotel scheme at the same site, which approval is still valid and subsisting.

TREE FELLING

As regards tree felling, the compensatory planting will involve 470 trees, with a high compensation rate of 124%. At present, trees on the slope have little amenity value. The proposed development would put the current useless slope to beneficial use, upgrade the environmental conditions and bring trees and open space, which will be enjoyable, under proper management and care, back to Wanchai residents.

TRAFFIC

The proposed Mega tower Hotel is manageable from a traffic management point of view and is sustainable in traffic terms as illustrated in the following charts. When compared to other roads and junctions in Wanchai district, the flow rate of Kennedy Road and capacity at junction between Kennedy Road and Queen's Road East are nearly at the bottom of the list. Without the proposed Mega Tower Hotel scheme, Kennedy Road will not be widened.



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Old October 30th, 2005, 06:00 PM   #2
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Hopewell in charm offensive over Mega Tower hotels
By Elaine Wu
5 February 2004
South China Morning Post

Developer changes tack in a bid to win over opponents of controversial plan Hopewell Holdings has revised its proposal for the Mega Tower hotels development in Wan Chai to increase the amount of space open to the public. And it is switching tactics from threats to persuasion in the hope of winning over opponents.

It is hoping a 32-page booklet about the plan to be distributed to residents will ease concerns about its $4 billion proposal.

Three months ago, Hopewell chairman Sir Gordon Wu Ying-sheung said students and residents might be prevented from using the lifts at his firm's nearby headquarters, apparently in response to the formation of a residents' group to oppose the plan.

The plans - envisaging towers 58 and 73 storeys high on a site bordered by Ship Street and Kennedy Road - were revised after Hopewell acquired two more properties on Ship Street. But a Hopewell spokeswoman said yesterday the basic building proposal remained substantially unchanged.

The revised proposal will be submitted to the Town Planning Board this month.

Before that, Sir Gordon will meet district councillors to explain the proposal, which involves two hotels with a total of 3,000 rooms and 200,000 sq ft of retail space on the 140,000 sq ft site.

Residents have formed the Kennedy Road Protection Group to oppose the project. They fear increased air pollution and traffic congestion from the development, and falling property prices.

"Many residents called and said that it would block the views," said Mary Ann King Pui-wai, a Wan Chai district councillor. "Unless Hopewell can explain and ease their worries, it will be hard for us (to accept).

"To be fair, I think Sir Gordon respects public opinion to a certain level. I think he is hoping to gain the approval of residents."

The booklet maps the history of the project, conceived 20 years ago, and includes artists' impressions of what the towers would look like from the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, Mid-Levels, The Peak and the former Kai Tak airport.

The lifts in the Hopewell Centre have been used as a shortcut to get from Kennedy Road to Queen's Road East since the 66-storey tower opened in 1980. Without access to the lifts, people would have to negotiate several steep flights of stairs.

In November, Sir Gordon said: "I'm seriously considering not allowing the students to use the lifts if their schools don't agree with the (hotel) project." He added he was "not threatening them".

The project has faced multiple hurdles over the years.
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Old October 30th, 2005, 06:00 PM   #3
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Mega Tower clears another hurdle
Planning board rules Hopewell's Wan Chai hotel project wouldn't unduly worsen traffic flow

Dennis Eng
11 December 2004
South China Morning Post

Hopewell Holdings has cleared a big hurdle in the two-decade struggle to build its $4.5 billion Mega Tower hotel. The Town Planning Board has accepted the development would not worsen road congestion to an unacceptable degree.

The breakthrough came after the developer, controlled by Sir Gordon Wu Ying-sheung, submitted further revisions to its plan for the Wan Chai development to the board yesterday.

They include a number of cosmetic changes that reduce the gross floor area to 164,091 square metres from 172,731 square metres while increasing the space available for public use by just over 12 per cent.

The board is deferring its decision on the application until February, pending which Hopewell will be allowed to make further changes to the twin-towers plan.

"As the public has not yet had a chance to comment on the improvements, we have decided to defer a decision to allow the proposal a due process of public consultation," a board spokeswoman said.

The deferral will also allow the board to gauge views presented at a Legislative Council case conference on the matter, to be held on December 20.

Under the latest plan, the height of the Mega Tower hotel will be reduced by two storeys to 58. The number of rooms would be cut by 120, to 2,160.

The changes would reduce the floor area devoted to guest rooms by 6 per cent and that devoted to other guest facilities by 6.6 per cent, but the area set aside for shops would not change. The effect is to reduce the plot ratio - the floor area as a multiple of the site area - of the development to 14.25, from 15.

"These are not very big changes and are just minimum revisions," Betty Ho Siu-fong, vice-chairwoman of the Conservancy Association, said. "We still think the open space is not very accessible to the public and that Hopewell should limit its development to land it owns."

The association earlier submitted a letter to the board arguing Hopewell should only develop on land it had bought. About half the 14,700 square metre site was acquired through a land exchange agreement with the government, while Hopewell's development area covers 11,515 square metres. The board is scheduled to debate this issue next month.

The association's letter also expressed concern over the number of trees that will have to be felled as part of the project. The board's spokeswoman revealed several of its members were also concerned about this issue.

Hopewell has already reduced the number trees to be felled to 379, from 500, and has pledged to replant more.
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Old October 30th, 2005, 06:02 PM   #4
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Hopewell to push Mega Tower Mark III
By Chloe Lai
20 April 2005
South China Morning Post

Hopewell Holdings executives are working on a third version of the controversial Mega Tower hotel project in Wan Chai, which will be much smaller than previous unpopular plans in an attempt to win Town Planning Board approval.

Sir Gordon Wu Ying-sheung, managing director of Hopewell, said the latest amendment would be ready in two or three weeks. It would also be sent to the Wan Chai District Council for consultation.

But Sir Gordon said he was going ahead with an appeal against the board's decision to reject his last version, involving two 58-storey tower blocks. If both plans failed, he again threatened to revive a 93-storey single-block tower plan, which was approved in 1994.

"I'm determined to get the hotel built, so I have a three-pronged approach."

He has until May 9 to file an appeal for his hotel project, which borders Ship Street and Kennedy Road in Wan Chai.

Under the latest amendment, Hopewell will build one hotel block, which will be substantially smaller. It will give the public more open space as an answer to residents' complaints that the huge towers would "wall in" their surroundings.

But the tycoon declined to disclose additional details about the latest amendment.

Hopewell has been buying land in Wan Chai for a hotel since the early 1980s. The Town Planning Board's approval for a 93-storey hotel in February 1994 is still valid.

Last year, Hopewell submitted a new application to the board, changing the plan to build two 60-storey tower blocks. Sir Gordon explained the change was to address concerns that the 93-storey building was too tall. But the board rejected the twin-tower amendment as being too big, saying it would create a walled effect and block views from Bowen Road.

It said the new plan was incompatible with neighbourhood characteristics, would cause traffic congestion, chop down too many trees and damage the city skyline.

Hopewell amended the plan by cutting two floors, but retained a 15-storey podium attached to each tower to house shops and other hotel facilities. This amendment was also rejected by the board.
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Old October 30th, 2005, 06:07 PM   #5
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Source : http://www.districtcouncils.gov.hk/w...highlights.htm



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Old October 30th, 2005, 06:39 PM   #6
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Looks great. It's not that tall, but who cares?
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Old October 30th, 2005, 06:53 PM   #7
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hk, is that 1st image the redo-of-the-redo-of-the-redo and current proposal??

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Old October 30th, 2005, 06:58 PM   #8
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It appears to be fairly "lowrise"... at least in terms of HK heights but it looks pleasing to the eyes.
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Old October 30th, 2005, 07:02 PM   #9
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Sky, Hopewell's been fighting a major battle with local preservationists/environ/urban planners to avoid a walled-effect up high on the mountain. its really to do with the peculiar shape of the plot of land they own there, and how much $$$$$ it cost for them to acquire it... which leads them to constructing something *massive* to somehow justify the price paid and profit from it~~
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Old October 30th, 2005, 07:27 PM   #10
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looks great! very greeeeeennn
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Old October 30th, 2005, 07:29 PM   #11
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These two buildings look awesome!
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Old October 30th, 2005, 07:54 PM   #12
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hk, is that 1st image the redo-of-the-redo-of-the-redo and current proposal??

That first image should be the latest proposal following negotiations with the government that axed the original 90+ storey skyscraper. This image is prominently displayed on the Hopewell Holdings website.
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Old October 30th, 2005, 08:12 PM   #13
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I don't like the top.A plain top would fit better with the structure.
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Old October 30th, 2005, 08:27 PM   #14
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Though it's been "chopped" down a bit at height by the opposition of the nearby residents. It's anyway near the approval. Just a relief for Sir Gordon. He's been struggling for this project for almost 20 years. What a long "fight"!
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Old October 31st, 2005, 01:59 AM   #15
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Such a prime site in HK like this, doesnt deserve this height at all.
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Nice environmental friendly building
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Old November 1st, 2005, 03:00 AM   #17
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I like the plants all the way up the facade.
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Old November 1st, 2005, 04:10 AM   #18
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wow!! a green skyscraper
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Old November 1st, 2005, 04:31 AM   #19
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nice but lowrise, and for HK....this will be good in Tokyo
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