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Old October 26th, 2006, 05:42 PM   #161
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I really feel resistance from certain beneficial groups via the mass media, not only to the high-rise buildings (example of Nina Towers and Hopewell's Wanchai development), but also reclamation!

Nina Tower is originally one single supertall and aims to be the tallest in the world, but the gov't banned it therefore Nina & Teddy Towers appear like this. Hopewell's developement seem to be the same. The most interesting point is why giants like Li Ka Shing's Cheung Kong Centre and SHK's IFC2 and ICC can be built in the downtown that easy?!
Actually, there was a valid reason why Nina Tower had to be axed from the world's tallest. Tsuen Wan is along the flight path to Chek Lap Kok, so it was dangerous to build too tall in the area, hence the project was reduced in height and 2 towers came up instead of 1.

That's why there are so many aerial photos from airplane passengers in this thread.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 09:56 PM   #162
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 12:29 AM   #163
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Nice pics !
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 04:59 AM   #164
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what level is it on now?
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 06:23 AM   #165
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Good old days are back
Booming mainland propels demand for Hong Kong office space back to pre-1997 levels, creating new job opportunities

20 October 2006
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THE DEMAND FOR office space in Hong Kong has shot back to the pre-1997 level of its economic heyday.

Financiers and banks are cashing in on the mainland's booming economy and insurers and personal bankers are arriving in Hong Kong in droves.

This is good news for developers such as Swire Properties and Sun Hung Kai Properties.

It also means "great opportunities" for careers in office leasing and management, according to Doris Chu, head of HR and administration at Swire Properties, one of Hong Kong's most prominent office landlords.

"The market is clearly enjoying a strong period of growth in take-up. It has been helped by economic growth in China, capital raising for mainland companies and the increase in private banking," Ms Chu said.

Swire Properties has already seen the financial sector swamp demand for its latest development at Pacific Place.

Hi-tech Three Pacific Place is virtually at 100 per cent occupancy, most notably as a result of expansion by European financial services group Société Générale and The Bank of New York, as well as the arrival of Macquarie Goodman Asia.

With the financial sector accounting for about two-thirds of all offices at Three Pacific Place, Swire Properties director and general manager Jolyon Culbertson described it as a "grade-A finance and banking hub".

"The supply of grade-A office space in prime areas continues to be limited," Mr Culbertson said.

"Three Pacific Place has served to meet the demand of multinational companies that are experiencing solid business growth and expansion plans in the region."

Swire Properties is now banking on its next big development, One Island East, which it hopes will be a sought-after refuge as the financial services sector "continues to expand and push demand" in its traditional nerve centre of Central.

Scheduled for a single-phase completion in 2008 and featuring superlative harbour views, the 70-storey, grade-A office building will add a further 1.5million sqft to Swire's thriving new business community in Island East - extending from Taikoo Place to Cityplaza. Island East is home to more than 300 corporations, and the recent arrival of DBS Bank and expanded offices for American International Assurance indicate the financial sector already views it as an attractive option to crowded Central.

Swire Properties director and general manager Stephan Spurr said: "Occupancy in Island East is up to 97 per cent and our vacancy factor is back to pre-1997 levels."


In such an active office market, job opportunities are across the board. Swire has openings ranging from assistant building manager, tenant liaison officer, building surveyor and business executive to computer, marketing, administration and customer services staff.

Ms Chu said: "There are great career opportunities in the property management and leasing fields."

Besides regular recruitment, the property arm of Swire Group also offers opportunities through a three-year management trainee programme for "high-calibre graduates with a versatile mindset, who are flexible and capable of coping effectively with the changing environment".

Graduates from all disciplines are welcome, with recruitment now under way.

"Trainees with outstanding performance will be offered a promising career to develop with the company," Ms Chu said.

Sun Hung Kai Properties, another huge property developer and landlord with a workforce of 23,000, is similarly encountering spectacular demand for offices.

The firm's portfolio, which includes Central Plaza and Two IFC, Hong Kong's tallest building, continues to expand.

The International Commerce Centre is set to become Hong Kong's next tallest skyscraper and the third-tallest in the world when it opens at the end of this year.

The firm's real estate agency executive director, Victor Lui, said the 490-metre, 118-floor landmark in West Kowloon "will take on global importance and reinforce Hong Kong's status as an international financial centre".

Its 5.5million sqft of grade-A offices will be the most spacious in Hong Kong. Despite being across the harbour, it is just a few minutes by train from Central and meets "surging demand for quality offices with the increasing presence of mainland and foreign firms in Hong Kong", Mr Lui said.

"A number of multinationals and major local companies are also looking for more office space for expansion amid a steadily improving local economy."

Deputy general manager for office leasing Lo King-wai believed "strong leasing activity will continue to bode well for the office market". Reflecting this, Sun Hung Kai has just embarked on its biggest office upgrade programme in 10 years.

Being modernised to the tune of HK$600million are Millennium City 2, Sun Hung Kai Centre, Harbour Centre, Central Plaza, World Trade Centre, Metroplaza, New Town Tower in Sha Tin, Sheung Shui Plaza and Grand City Plaza in Tsuen Wan.

Expansion in Hong Kong, together with major projects in the mainland, including Shanghai IFC, means the company is "always recruiting", with vacancies including posts for leasing managers, officers and executives.
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 08:18 AM   #166
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 09:28 AM   #167
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 11:21 AM   #168
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It's rising very very fast!!!!
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 12:20 PM   #169
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Just checked today on the way to uni, they're building level 18.
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Old November 4th, 2006, 08:10 PM   #170
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Old November 5th, 2006, 08:03 AM   #171
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I live in the last building
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Old November 5th, 2006, 11:35 AM   #172
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Old November 5th, 2006, 12:56 PM   #173
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Old November 5th, 2006, 01:23 PM   #174
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Old November 5th, 2006, 01:32 PM   #175
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It's strange ~ the last three buildings are taller than the first three (on that pic).

That explains something I've been wondering about for a while
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Old November 5th, 2006, 06:08 PM   #176
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I always find it funny that @ level 18 it's already as tall, if not taller, then nearby Tai Koo Shing buildings, which are 29-30 floors tall... :-D
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Old November 5th, 2006, 06:16 PM   #177
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Yea I know lol

My mum when we were walkin around in Tai Koo Shing she was sayin "Is that the top of the building already?" I told her it wasn't, and that it will be 70 floors. She replied saying "Oh so it's only half way then?" I said "No, only about 15 floors have been built" - she didn't believe me
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Old November 8th, 2006, 03:24 PM   #178
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At first sight I thought those were cladding and I thought, why the hell do they clad at such early stage but now it seems not.

Nice updates! Keep them coming.
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its probably just as tall as the condos right now. We have to consider the fact that this shot was taken from a high elevation
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Old November 8th, 2006, 06:55 PM   #180
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It's rising very very fast!!!!
Someone wrote the comments below in one of the regional sub forums and for some reason I thought of you Mosaic!


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No offence, but I'm seeing too many people on here that contribute little of real worth to the forum.

I'm getting a little tired of seeing the same old comments like "wow", "nice cladding" and "yeah, can't wait!". These can be incredibly tedious to sift through.
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