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Old January 27th, 2011, 07:16 PM   #241
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Tsang opens up over dawn of Tamar era
The Standard
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tamar, which will house the future government headquarters and legislative buildings, is more than just an office block to Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen.

Tsang said yesterday the complex will be a representation of the government's openness, as well as a symbol of the relationship between the executive and the legislative branches of government.

"The project has adopted the `door always open' concept in its design. It is not only a distinctive building design, but also a reminder for us to be always open- minded, proactive and receptive to public opinions," said Tsang, who was speaking at a topping-out ceremony for the new Tamar complex, expected to be completed by the middle of the year.

The project is estimated to cost HK$5.5 billion, with more than 60 percent of the amount going into construction.

The 27-story "door frame" and a 23-story "door" form the main block and will house various government bureaus.

The chief executive's office and the Executive Council will be in a four-story low block on the right, while the Legislative Council offices and chambers will be in two blocks on the left.

An empty space in the middle is meant to represent the government's transparency and open mindedness, while the sides will be connected by two elevated walkways.

"With the relocation of the government headquarters and the Legco building to Tamar, I look forward to further cooperation between the two in promoting the development and advancement of our community," Tsang said.

Director of Administration Jennifer Mak Yee-ming said the project is on schedule and public officials will be in their new offices by year-end.

Some 3,000 construction jobs were created when work began in February 2008.

About half of the site will be dedicated to public open space where community events can be held. A public arts competition held in April last year gathered works that will be displayed in the civic piazza and public areas.

Architect Rocco Yim Sen-kee said a key feature of the open space is a landscaped green carpet.
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Old February 10th, 2011, 05:29 PM   #242
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It's good to see such impressive progress on this project.
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Old February 10th, 2011, 07:11 PM   #243
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Old February 11th, 2011, 10:52 AM   #244
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I'm wondering whether tamar building will participate the symphony of lights ...
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Old March 14th, 2011, 07:06 PM   #245
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I'm amazed at the lack of updates and apparent lack of interest in this project!
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Old March 19th, 2011, 08:12 PM   #246
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Old March 19th, 2011, 11:00 PM   #247
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The door will look great lit up. Will add some further interest to a relatively bland part of the skyline (the gap between BoC and Central Plaza.
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Old March 20th, 2011, 06:31 AM   #248
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Somehow the cladding on the "door" looks really bad if you look closely...
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Old March 20th, 2011, 05:23 PM   #249
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Somehow the cladding on the "door" looks really bad if you look closely...
That's exactly what I think!
It looks cheap for some reasons... I guess they're trying to cut down cost.
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 01:09 PM   #250
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That's exactly what I think!
It looks cheap for some reasons... I guess they're trying to cut down cost.
And it's Rocco...?
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 08:14 PM   #251
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New Legco gets zones for protest
The Standard
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Three protest zones have been carved out in the new Legislative Council complex on the Tamar site.

The legislature will move to its new home in September, about four months after the Tamar development project is completed and in time for the start of the new legislative year in October.

Protests may be held in two squares, Legco square proper and a covered one next to the chamber, with the third outside the complaints division, said secretary general Pauline Ng Man-wah.

"The zones are for demonstrations and public gatherings," Ng told development panel legislators.

"The one outside the complaints division can be used by the public when conference rooms of the division are fully occupied."

The Legislative Council Commission, a statutory body providing administrative support and services to the council, will discuss new security arrangements in May, Ng added.

This includes purchasing new iron barriers to be placed at the zones.

Protesters are currently allowed into an open space between the Legco building and Statue Square.

Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Wong Kwok-hing hopes clear guidelines will be mapped on law enforcement at the new public areas.

Wong Yung-kan, who represents the agriculture and fisheries sector, sought legal clarification on the implications if protests result in damage to property, such as artworks.

Legco legal adviser Jimmy Ma Yiu- tim said the usual practice is for protesters to be arrested and charged with criminal damage.

The Tamar project, which started in January 2008, will finish with the erection of the Legco complex, the SAR government headquarters complex, an open space, two covered pedestrian footbridges and other facilities.

The new Legco complex comprises a council block, an office block and open spaces - a square and a garden.

There will be new communal and education facilities in the council block, including a souvenir shop, a library and a viewing gallery and education rooms.
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Old April 9th, 2011, 06:32 PM   #253
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This can be a money maker for the govt.

New LegCo Protest Zones - now available at only HK$400,000 per day!
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Old May 13th, 2011, 11:37 AM   #254
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A timely reminder on Legco's new home
4 May 2011
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Construction work in the new Legislative Council complex on the Tamar site is on schedule despite earlier doubts, the government said yesterday.

Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing had earlier indicated that, after checking progress in February, there was a possibility the legislature would not be able to move into its new home in September.

Speaking at a tea reception yesterday, Tsang said: ``We will not compromise and lower our standards for a reliable, safe chamber if we do not have enough time to do our preparation work.'' He added: ``They should not press us to have meetings [in Tamar] in October [this year].''

Tsang said Legco's information technology staff need about six months to prepare and install systems as well as debug equipment.

He said that, after Legco expressed concerns in February, the contractor agreed to speed up construction and ``after a tense March'' the computer room was ready in April.

The next schedule calls for the delivery of the chamber, which is unique in design, to the Legco secretariat in July.

Tsang said unless things fall behind schedule again, the council could hold its meetings for the new Legco year at the Tamar complex from October. ``My office should be moved to Tamar in early September,'' Tsang said.

Only one of the four areas proposed for the display of artworks by local artists will be completed in time.

However, this issue can be left for the next term of legislative councillors to decide, he said.

The new Legco building is next to the government's headquarters, which has adopted a ``door always open'' concept to represent the government's openness and to symbolize the relationship between the executive and the legislature.

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has expressed eagerness to have all departments in the current government headquarters and Legco to be moved to the new location before his term ends in 2012.

A spokesman of the Administration Wing said the progress at Tamar complex ``more or less'' matches the schedule and work is expected to be completed by the middle of this year.
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Will the complex participate in the Symphony of Lights?
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Old May 28th, 2011, 06:53 AM   #256
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Will the complex participate in the Symphony of Lights?
Not sure yet. Perhaps it hasn't been announced.

Walkways to new Tamar offices not so convenient
Footbridges to government headquarters don't connect directly with Admiralty Centre
9 May 2011
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It may have been designed to represent a welcoming entrance but the public walkways between the new government headquarters at Tamar and Central and Admiralty differ sharply from those in the original plan.

The design by Hong Kong architect Rocco Yim Sen-kee - which he dubbed "The Door" to symbolise government openness - included four footbridges across the busy roads that block pedestrians from the towering arch-shaped building.

But the bridges have been reduced to two and the access is less direct.

Under Yim's contest-winning design, three pedestrian connections would have stretched across the six-lane Harcourt Road linked to the Far East Finance Centre, Admiralty Centre and Harcourt Garden.

Another would have crossed Tim Mei Avenue to Citic Tower.

All were to have connected directly to the buildings at each end to provide all-weather access and convenience for the disabled.

The two to Harcourt Garden and the Far East Finance Centre have since been discarded.

While the bridge to Citic Tower is still a direct link, the one to Admiralty Centre has been split in two and ends in Harcourt Road, instead of entering the shop and office building that is linked by a pedestrian network to other offices and shopping malls along Queensway.

"We are concerned about the impact of a sudden increase in pedestrian flow in the areas," Central and Western District Council vice-chairman Chan Chit-kwai said.

"We did hope the linkage would be direct and barrier-free." The HK$5.5 billion project was awarded to a joint venture of Gammon and Hip Hing.

A government spokeswoman said the missing connections were not included in the tender as they involved technical problems and their marginal benefits did not justify the cost incurred.

For example, a direct link to the Admiralty Centre, managed by the MTR Corporation, would involve substantial cost and time as the centre had more than 500 individual owners.

It would also cause disturbance to the centre's users and worsen congestion at peak hours, she said, adding that the present arrangement was better as it provided easy access to the MTR station and nearby transport interchange.

Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design president Bernard Lim Wan-fung asked why the government, as the major shareholder in the MTRC, could not negotiate a better link with the Admiralty Centre.

"The developer does not want to sacrifice shop areas for the bridge of course but the current design is unsatisfactory," he said.

Lim partly blamed the "design-and-build" model adopted for the project for the reduced accessibility. He said the model, led by the contractor instead of the architect, was budget-oriented and unsuitable for large projects requiring flexible arrangements and updated technology.

"The contractor will only comply with the tender specifications. It has no incentive to think about planning in a holistic way," he said, adding the model allowed little monitoring by lawmakers as they were required to approve the budget in one go.

Pedestrian access is important for the site, cut off to the south by Harcourt Road and to the north by a bypass, another six-lane road, limiting access to cars and taxis.

While an MTR station will be built to the north of the site as part of the North Island Line, this will not happen until 2016 at the earliest.

Town Planning Board members expressed concern over the heavy reliance on one crossing over Harcourt Road when they approved a design four years ago. They said pedestrian flow for the walkway across the road would be substantial, urging the government to consider spreading the flow at the detailed design stage to avoid overloading the walkway.

But the Planning Department said building a subway connection would require partial closure of Harcourt Road and would delay the headquarters project.
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