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Old September 19th, 2009, 06:32 AM   #201
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Remember that they are building a Government Complex. Not a 5-Star Hotel nor a Fancy Casino. I also chose "D" Design but when I realized that it was actually a government complex, I changed my mind and went to "A" design. this just my opinion.
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Old November 29th, 2009, 07:12 PM   #203
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Public urged to use new Legco site library
26 November 2009
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The library in the future Legco building, which requires an additional area to accommodate improved services, is targeting more public users.

With the establishment of a constitutional library and additional Legislative Council archives, an additional 360 metre square is needed to meet the requirements for the new facilities.

To cover the rising cost for additional space and other new facilities at the Tamar development project, which will house the new Legco complex, the legislature's public works subcommittee will, on Wednesday next week, discuss increasing the approved budget by about HK$360 million.

Speaking to the media about the latest interior designs for the Legco complex yesterday, the legislature's secretary general, Pauline Ng Man-wah, hoped the expansion of the new Legco library - to three times the current size - would attract more users from among the public.

"The constitutional library will have a collection of books from the mainland and Europe, comparing history of legislatures and parliamentary rules. This will be interesting for scholars from overseas, the mainland and local universities," she said.

The current Legco library is used mainly by lawmakers' assistants, staff of the Legco secretariat and by reporters.

Regarding the establishment of Legco archives, Ng said she was hoping to collect original historic documents on the legislature during colonial rule. Such documents are kept by the government, while the Legco library only has copies.

The public works subcommittee will discuss increasing the estimate for the project by HK$359.8 million, to about HK$5.5 billion.

Apart from additional space for the Legco complex, extra money is needed for incorporating a number of new items in the Tamar development project, including additional environmental and energy conservation measures, artworks and a cafe.

Meanwhile, interior designs for the future Legco chamber, dining hall and ante-chamber will be studied by the Legco Commission at today's closed-door meeting. The Tamar development project includes construction of the Legco complex, two office blocks for the central government complex, an open space with minimum area of two hectares for public leisure, and 500 car parking spaces. The new Legco complex consists of a low block accommodating the Legco chamber, a high block for lawmakers' offices, and the Legco secretariat.

Work for the project is scheduled for completion in mid-2011.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 07:48 PM   #204
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Bid to torpedo new Tamar HQ sunk
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

A one-man bid to halt building on the new government headquarters at Tamar was blown out of the water at the Legislative Council yesterday.

Tourism sector lawmaker Paul Tse Wai-chun's motion proposing that government offices be spread across the territory to promote diversified economic benefits was rejected by both the pro- establishment and pro-democracy camps as financially and environmentally wasteful.

In the end the non-binding motion got only one vote - from Tse himself.

"My main hope is that the new government offices located near the border area could create double central business districts," he told the legislature.

Tse also said the Tamar site is valued at about HK$67.8 billion and may compensate for the cost of building the controversial Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.

But Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen said stopping the work now would be both wasteful and inconvenient for many reasons.

Five floors of the new government building have already been built and the new Legco basement is also finished, Tang said. "If we stop the project now, we will have to compensate the contractors. The buildings would have to be demolished."

He added: "It would also violate environmental principles...We considered the traffic, the convenience for the government officials and the public when we decided the location."

He said 60 percent of the work has been completed and buildings may be available for use from late next year.

Civic Party chairwoman Audrey Eu Yuet-mee said her party does not support the idea of having the new government headquarters and Legislative Council at the Tamar site but it is too late and wasteful to stop building now.

Cheung Hok-ming of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong also agreed that Tse's suggestion has come too late.

"We suggested building the headquarters at Kai Tak but later we accepted the government's proposal," Cheung said.

Wong Kwok-hing of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions said workers would lose their jobs if the project is stopped so the group could not support the motion.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 08:20 PM   #205
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Some people are simply idiots. What is left in the city center when you take the government offices, exhibition facilities, transport hubs and cultural attractions all away from it? A city center is only a city center when it offers substantial synergy and interwoven urban fabric. If you are really serious about expanding the urban core of Hong Kong, then make West Kowloon work with intelligent urban planning!

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Old January 25th, 2010, 07:31 AM   #206
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I guess the important thing is people with different opinions are free to voice out, and the public can then debate its merits.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 03:13 PM   #207
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NWS Holdings goes big on infrastructure
25 January 2010
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NWS Holdings (0659) intends to increase the proportion of infrastructure business to around 80 percent of its operations within two to three years on the back of its rapidly growing mainland businesses.

Executive director Brian Cheng Chi-ming said NWS' capital expenditure averages HK$2 billion to HK$3 billion every financial year. It has already spent HK$1 billion and is looking into some water and highway businesses.

NWS _ along with partners including state-owned CRCT and the world's largest container manufacturer, CIMC _ will invest a total of 12 billion yuan (HK$13.66 billion) on building 18 rail container terminals. Three _ in Kunming, Chongqing and Shanghai _ are now operational.

``All terminals will be completed in 2012,'' Cheng said. ``There will be positive attributable operating profit in 2015.'' He projects total revenue to be HK$6 billion to HK$7 billion each year upon full operation.

The terminal joint venture targets a throughput increase in Kunming of at least 30 percent this year.

Rapid economic growth and the closure of a nearby terminal boosted throughput to 1,000 TEUs, or 20-foot equivalent units, per day this month.

NWS has also teamed up with French utility firm Suez Environnement and Chongqing Water Group to supply water and treat sewage in Chongqing.

``This year we target to reach HK$200 million [of attributable operating profit],'' Cheng said. ``You can calculate that there is over 10 percent growth each year.''

The joint venture expects double- digit increases in both water production and sale volumes. In addition to recycling sludge as cement, fuel and fertilizer, the treatment plant aims to use hydropower generated at the site to supply 15 to 18 percent of total energy consumption by the end of this year.

An extension to the plant will start operating next year to increase capacity from 300,000 cubic meters per day to 400,000 cubic meters.

As for Hong Kong operations, Cheng said NWS will book one-off revenue from the sale of a stake in Taifook Securities (0665) in the second half of this financial year. He believes the sale is good for all parties.

NWS has obtained more liquidity and can streamline its structure to concentrate more on infrastructure, Cheng said.

The conglomerate will decide whether to sell the remaining 9percent stake in Taifook based on long-term considerations.

Cheng added the firm's main focus in Hong Kong is the HK$5 billion Tamar government headquarters project. NWS also recently secured a Tseung Kwan O Hospital revamp project.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 05:32 PM   #208
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Old February 28th, 2010, 06:07 PM   #209
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 07:29 AM   #210
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The height of the main building will be probably 131.2m, according to the official website.
http://www.admwing.gov.hk/tamar/chi/design.htm
The information is shown in the pdf file.
Thus, this thread can be moved to the "Highrises"~
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 07:47 AM   #211
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So they've decided on the CCTV building look alike......
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Old April 8th, 2010, 06:00 PM   #212
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Pruned within an inch of their lives
21 March 2010
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Two banyan trees outside one of Hong Kong's "greenest" building sites are anything but, after contractors illicitly topped most of their emerald-bedecked branches.

When it was announced in January 2008, The Tamar Development Project in Central was billed as "one of the government's 'greenest' complexes."

Yet today, the naked trees stand out against the sunflower-laden billboards touting the project's environmentally conscious construction.

The builders at the Tamar Development Project in Central hacked the trees back without government authorisation, according to a Development Bureau spokeswoman.

Contractors are required to apply to the District Lands office before pruning, felling or transplanting trees.

In this case, the government never received an application from site contractors, Gammon-Hip Hing Joint Venture and Pegasus Greenland Ltd, according to the bureau spokeswoman.

After citizen complaints and a government inquiry, Gammon-Hip Hing Joint Venture told officials that its landscape subcontractor, Pegasus, discovered dead branches on the two trees and decided to prune them to improve their health and ensure public safety considerations.

Contractors are required to comply with government guidelines on tree pruning, which describe the types of pruning, safety measures and pruning techniques to deal with diseased or decayed branches, which may pose a health or safety hazard.

If trees are found to be affected by disease and/or pests, government workers and contractors are supposed to apply "appropriate treatment to make them recover". But in the case of the Tamar banyans, "I would call it vandalism rather than tree care," said Jim Chi-yung, chair professor of geography at the University of Hong Kong.

"This kind of chainsaw cutting can be done in a matter of minutes. If you do it the proper way, it may take half a day or more to do one tree," Jim explained.

"It's like going to a barber shop. The barber can cut it all off in one go. Or he can use smaller scissors and do it more carefully, with a much better result."

And if dead branches posed a safety hazard before, the chainsaw cutting has only worsened the problem for the future, he said, because the exposed cuts are "beautiful landing sites" for fungal infections, which cause 90 per cent of tree decay.

Banyans can live for a thousand years without difficulty if not mistreated, but an infection can destroy a tree in five to 110 years, Jim said.

Banyan trees are a source of spiritual and literary inspiration throughout Asia. Hindus consider the banyan tree sacred and Buddha is believed to have achieved enlightenment under a ficus religiosa, a relative of the Chinese banyan. The Lam Tsuen wishing trees in the New Territories are also banyans.

For Jim and other environmental activists, the Tamar banyans symbolise the dissonance between Hong Kong's environmental policies and its stated "green" aspirations.

For six years, Jim has been asking the government to enact a tree ordinance that he said would more effectively regulate the preservation and care of trees.

Tree ordinances are common in North America and Western Europe. In Asia, mainland China, Taiwan and Singapore have enacted similar laws.

The issue drew public attention in 2008, when a young woman was killed when a branch from a 100-year-old tree snapped and fell on her in Stanley.

A task force headed up by the chief secretary for administration found the existing system "generally adequate" and that there was "no need" to introduce a tree ordinance. "They never learn," Jim said of government regulators.

"This kind of lopping or topping cannot be accepted, and yet they've continued to do this for years. The government is still silent. It doesn't want to outlaw it."

When the Tamar Project was announced in January 2008, Chief Secretary for Administration Henry Tang Ying-yen declared that it would be "one of the government's 'greenest' complexes".

The Tamar plans include solar electricity panels, an automatic refuse collection system, seawater-cooled chiller plants, green roofs and about two hectares of public open space.

Melanie Moore, a local resident who reported the Tamar banyan cutting to the government earlier this month, questioned the implementation of those plans.

"They talk about improving the environment and beautifying the area. The reality is that there are these two beautiful banyan trees and someone's gone and chopped all the branches off," she said.

"Clearly, the vision that they portray in writing is much different than the reality."
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Truly depressing.
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Construction staff to win from labour shortage
10 June 2010
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Improved worksite environment, pay rises, more job training and free herbal tea are just some of the extra benefits for staff that big construction companies are coming up with, faced with a possible labour shortage by 2012 or 2013, when most big infrastructure works begin.

Gammon Construction, a big contractor in Hong Kong, has already started training shot-firers - who skilfully conduct explosions - to prepare for a surge in demand amid increased tunnelling work ahead.

"Trainees needed to handle 12 blasts before they can be qualified shot-firers, and you don't get these chances very often, so it's time to start training them now," executive director Yu Sai-yen said.

There are only about 34 shot-firers in Hong Kong - grossly insufficient for the upcoming projects, including the high-speed rail link to Guangzhou. The 26 kilometre Hong Kong section is to be mostly 20 metres underground.

Operators of tunnel-boring machines too will foreseeably be in high demand in the next few years. And the daily wage of bar benders - skilled workers important in the early stage of works - is expected to jump by some 10 per cent to around HK$1,100 next year.

But the chief executive of Paul Y. Engineering Group, Dr Stanley Wong, said wages and training were not the only means to attract and retain talent. "You also need to offer a dignified work environment," he said. "They shouldn't be ashamed that they are construction workers."

The group is considering building more bathing facilities and mobile toilets for its workers. Gammon's chief executive, Philco Wong, is committing to more: "We are making our construction sites cleaner and safer; in some sites we even serve cool herbal tea to our staff; there are covered areas where they can relax and rest during work breaks."

Under a recent scheme to boost workers' morale and sense of belonging, main contractors will also get a subsidy from the government to produce uniforms for workers.

Meanwhile, Gammon engineers at the new Tamar government headquarters, which the contractor is racing to complete by next year, have a pleasant task: to test the best grass for a lawn that will connect the harbour to the door - an iconic feature. Staff are being told to tread on four grass samples to test their durability.
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Truly depressing.
Why? The cladding looks decent. It will be a new landmark building for Hong Kong.
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Why? The cladding looks decent. It will be a new landmark building for Hong Kong.
Because it could've been so much better. It's a gonna be a landmark regardless just because it's the gov't HQ, but it says nothing about Hong Kong :-(
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What about the tamar project ? Is there any update ? I really don't understand why so many people against this project ?
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