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Old June 21st, 2011, 05:13 PM   #261
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 03:45 AM   #262
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The open green under the building as seen in the rendering.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 02:26 PM   #263
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When is the expected completion date of the works around the building/when will people be able to access the public space here and around the waterfront park?
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When is the expected completion date of the works around the building/when will people be able to access the public space here and around the waterfront park?
I believe next year.
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 06:05 AM   #265
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Old July 17th, 2011, 08:04 AM   #267
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LCQ19: Management of public records
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Following is a question by the Hon Miriam Lau Kin-yee and a written reply by the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Henry Tang, in the Legislative Council today (July 13):

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With a view to improving the administrative arrangements for management of public records, the Government introduced a set of mandatory records management requirements (the requirements) in April 2009 for compliance by policy bureaux and government departments (B/Ds). However, criticisms from the public remain that this is insufficient to ensure that government records are properly managed and disposed of. There are still calls from the community for introduction of an archival law or public records law in Hong Kong. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(d) in view of the relocation of the offices at the Central Government Offices to Tamar in September this year, what measures will be taken to ensure that government records will not be misplaced or disposed of improperly during the removal process; whether an inventory of all the record series will be taken to identify which records will be moved, as well as which records will be otherwise dealt with, etc.;

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(d) As with other relocation exercises, bureaux and offices (B/Os) which will move to the new Central Government Offices (CGO) at Tamar are required to put in place appropriate arrangements to ensure the safe custody of records and to safeguard against loss of records during relocation of their records to the new CGO. To assist the B/Os concerned in this task, GRS briefed the relevant B/Os in April 2010 on issues such as the mandatory records management requirements. Guidelines on bulk relocation of government records have also been issued to the concerned B/Os in 2011 providing detailed advice on the procedures they should adopt for the relocation exercise. Specifically, B/Os have been reminded to update their record inventory prior to the relocation, ensure that their records are properly handled and under safe custody before, during and after the relocation, and seek GRS Director's prior agreement before they destroy any records. GRS will continue to give advice to the B/Os concerned as necessary in this regard.
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Old July 19th, 2011, 11:59 AM   #268
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LegCo bids farewell to LegCo Building
Monday, July 18, 2011
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The following is issued on behalf of the Legislative Council Secretariat:

The Legislative Council (LegCo) held a function today (July 18) to bid farewell to the LegCo Building. Over 150 incumbent and former LegCo Members attended the function and witnessed the unearthing of the Time Capsule placed underneath the LegCo Carpark. President of the LegCo, Mr Jasper Tsang, said he hoped the LegCo would be able to move to the new LegCo Complex during this summer.

Speaking at the unearthing ceremony of the Time Capsule, Mr Tsang said, "Today features a historical moment in which incumbent and former LegCo Members and key staff of the Secretariat of different generations get together before the LegCo Building is handed back to the Government."

He added that there were totally 9 393 days spent in the LegCo Building between its official opening on October 30, 1985 and today. A total of 522 oaths or affirmations have been made by Members in the Building. Moreover, 947 Council meetings have been held and nearly 1 600 bills have been passed in the Council Chamber.

Guests attending the function included incumbent LegCo Members; former LegCo Presidents, Mr Andrew Wong and Mrs Rita Fan; former Senior LegCo Member, Mr Allen Lee, former unofficial Members; current and former senior staff of the LegCo Secretariat and LegCo Beat reporters.

Guests attended a reception on the first floor of the LegCo Building and took photos in the Chamber, Ante-Chamber and other Conference Rooms. The Public Officers' Room was also opened for the first time for the visitors. Members of different LegCo terms gathered around and reminisced about those happy and memorable moments in the LegCo Building. All the incumbent and former Members then took a group photo inside the Chamber.

The LegCo also took the opportunity to unearth the Time Capsule placed underneath the LegCo Carpark on June 23, 1997. The Time Capsule contains over 50 pieces of mementos of the then LegCo Members. Former LegCo President, Mr Andrew Wong, and former LegCo House Committee Chairman, Dr Leong Che-hung, who at that time undertook to place the Time Capsule underneath the LegCo Carpark, unearthed the Time Capsule and handed it over to the current LegCo President, Mr Jasper Tsang, and LegCo House Committee Chairman, Ms Miriam Lau.

The items inside the Time Capsule (full list of the items was attached) were taken out and passed on to those former Members who put them inside the Capsule. The items were then given to the staff of the LegCo Archive for preservation. Some of the items will be displayed in the Archive of the new LegCo Complex.

Later in the evening, about 140 incumbent and former Members participated in a farewell banquet held in the Dining Hall of the LegCo Building. During the banquet, a video on the change of the Legislature over the years was shown for Members to relive the unforgettable moments in the LegCo Building. Former LegCo Member, Mr Martin Barrow, also presented an oil painting of the LegCo Chamber as a souvenir to the Council.

The construction of the LegCo Building started in 1900 and took 12 years to complete. Formerly housed the Supreme Court of Hong Kong, the Building had almost 100 years of history since its commencement of operation in 1912. The exterior of the Building was declared a monument in 1984, protected legally under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance. It became the home of the Legislature since 1985.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 01:15 AM   #269
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What is the "20% building free zone" you can see on those renders?
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Old July 20th, 2011, 05:20 AM   #270
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What is the "20% building free zone" you can see on those renders?
The site is still closed to the public - will need to wait for the works to complete to see for myself. The whole section bordering the waterfront reclamation will not likely be accessible for a while even after the legislature reconvenes there.
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Old July 21st, 2011, 04:46 PM   #271
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Legco chief warns of delay in Tamar switch
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Lawmakers may have to remain for another year in their 99-year-old Central building if "major problems" at the Tamar site cannot be resolved in time, Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing said yesterday.

Speaking at a briefing marking the end of the legislative year, Tsang said the problem stems from "unsatisfactory" access to the new Legco complex from the Admiralty MTR station.

As it stands, questions of public safety are raised, he said, should 6,000 protesters converge, through a pedestrian bridge, on the complex through a long escalator that offers the only access.

Other concerns include defective fittings such as water leaking into the conference rooms.

Tsang's warning came a day after he and some lawmakers inspected work progress at Tamar.

He said the legislature will decide next week on whether to move to Tamar on schedule after inspecting the structure with the contractor and considering the improvement proposals suggested by the government.

Tsang had warned as far back as February, after checking progress, that there was a distinct possibility the legislature would not be able to move into its new home in time for the first meeting of the next legislative year on October 12, when Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is due to deliver his final policy address.

He said delaying the relocation will result in a waste of security resources already deployed at the new premises and affect the government's plan to house the Court of Final Appeal in the current building, completed in 1912.

Reviewing his work as Legco president for the past three years, Tsang said despite trying to improve public understanding of the legislative process, he has been unable to raise appreciation for the legislature.

However, he believes the popularity of Legco and the government are intertwined, saying "Legco's popularity ratings will be dragged down should the government fail to meet public expectations."

He said he does not agree with suggestions that relations between the executive and legislative branches have worsened as lawmakers are merely reflecting public views in blocking several government bills.

The government should learn from its mistakes and better gauge public sentiment before putting forward controversial bills. In the past legislative year, 23 of 27 bills introduced by the government were passed by the council, 18 with amendments.
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 10:07 PM   #272
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 11:25 PM   #273
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The site is still closed to the public - will need to wait for the works to complete to see for myself. The whole section bordering the waterfront reclamation will not likely be accessible for a while even after the legislature reconvenes there.
I meant this line on the render :

Is this some sort of height restriction?
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Is this some sort of height restriction?
Correct, that's the height limit, 80% of the peak behind it.
See that white "20% Building Free Zone" legend on the far right between BoC and Cheung Kong Centre??
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Old July 24th, 2011, 03:40 PM   #275
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Besides, if the government tried to build a supertall by the harbour, it'll likely cause a public uproar. 2 IFC is probably the last waterfront supertall on the island.
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Besides, if the government tried to build a supertall by the harbour, it'll likely cause a public uproar. 2 IFC is probably the last waterfront supertall on the island.
It is prohibited by law already. Town planning will not approve anything new higher than that.
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Thanks for clearing that up.
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It doesn't make sense to build really tall on the other sides of the island, right? As far as I know the other parts are mostly residential. So does that mean the really tall ones will come from Kowloon in the future? Or is there a chance they will cluster the big ones. The image already shows a '20% building free zone'
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It doesn't make sense to build really tall on the other sides of the island, right? As far as I know the other parts are mostly residential. So does that mean the really tall ones will come from Kowloon in the future? Or is there a chance they will cluster the big ones. The image already shows a '20% building free zone'
There are numbers of super tall planned, in construction, and constructed in Kowloon already. The famous one would be ICC and the residential towers next to it. There is also the New World Centre that is under construction, and a planned building near Harbour City.
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Let's see how Hopewell II goes ... that's probably the next big one ...
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