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Old July 29th, 2011, 12:14 AM   #281
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Aside from Hopewell II are there anymore skyscrapers on the HK side that was pre-approved before the 20% limit?
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Moving time at Tamar
The Standard
Monday, August 01, 2011

The government starts moving into its new headquarters at Tamar in six phases from today.

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen visited the site yesterday along with his wife Salina Tsang Pow Siu-mei and spent about 30 minutes checking the progress of his new office. Tsang is expected to move in later this month.

The commerce, industry and tourism branch of the Commercial and Economic Development Bureau will be the first to move in as its lease at One Pacific Place expires early next month. The branch - with its 120 staff - will be located on the 22nd and 23rd floors of the West Wing.

Builders are working 18-hour days, between 6am and midnight, to complete the job.

Chairman of the Hong Kong Construction Industry Employees' General Union, Chow Luen-kiu, said he understands from workers that conditions have improved.

Media coverage has raised concerns over whether the health of workers was being compromised in an attempt to complete the work in time for Tsang to deliver his final policy address at the new Legislative Council in October.

More ventilation systems and fans have been installed and workers reminded they are not forced to work overtime, though many are willing to work long hours, Chow said.

It is understood that air conditioning and electric wiring in certain floors have yet to be completed.

"It is not the workers' responsibility whether the work can be completed on time," Chow said. "If you want to speed it up, it can be done. The workers are capable of doing it. But whether it is worth it, is another matter."

The Legislative Council Commission voiced its concern over the slow progress of the new Legco complex after a second site visit last week.

Some lawmakers said they will not move in unless all construction is finished.

A meeting in the middle of this month will be held to decide whether the move to the new complex will take place as scheduled.
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Aside from Hopewell II are there anymore skyscrapers on the HK side that was pre-approved before the 20% limit?
Can't think of any other project off the top of my head.
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Old August 5th, 2011, 08:19 PM   #284
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Flag-raising marks the move to Tamar
The Standard
Tuesday, August 02, 2011



The first batch of officials have moved into the government's new HK$5 billion headquarters at Tamar.

A flag-raising ceremony was held yesterday morning to mark the event with staff from the Commerce, Industry and Tourism Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau having the honor of being first in.

Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Andrew Wong Ho-yuen said he is pleased his staff of 100 were the first into the new building and believes they will quickly adapt to the new environment.

"My colleagues are happy to be the first to move into the new complex with its modern facilities. I believe they will enjoy working here," he said.

Wong said amenities seem to be working properly and while construction work continues in other parts of the complex, his staff are able to access the building through a footbridge.

He said he understands there may be some hiccups but there are no safety issues at present.

The office, which is now on the 23rd floor of the West Wing of the new complex, was formerly at Pacific Place.

An employee, who did not reveal her name, said the new environment is good and the office is well equipped.

"It is much better than our previous office. And there is little noise from the continuing construction work," she said.

About 120 civil servants in total have moved to the Tamar complex, a waterfront office tower in Admiralty.

Other government departments are expected to move in before the end of this year. Work began on the complex in February 2008. The offices can accommodate about 3,200 staff.

The new headquarters is under the Tamar Development Project, which includes the Legislative Council Complex. About half of the Tamar site will be dedicated to public open space where community events can be held.
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Table set for Tsang office move
The Standard
Monday, August 08, 2011

The new Government Headquarters at Tamar was a busy site at the weekend, with movers completing the relocation of the Chief Executive's Office.

It's bound to be busier from today, when the 100-strong staff settle in.

The office, on the third floor, is the second to set up at the Admiralty site. The first was the Commerce, Industry and Tourism Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau.

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, however, won't be working there until Thursday - after his holiday.
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It's great to see this project approaching completion.
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Tsang staff make the move to Tamar
The Standard
Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The new government headquarters at Tamar continues to fill up - with the Chief Executive's Office moving in over the weekend.

It is the second administrative office to relocate to the HK$5 billion complex and follows the Commerce, Industry and Tourism Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau that moved in last Monday.

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is on holiday but will be back at work on Thursday. The 100-strong staff from his office occupy the third floor.

Chief Executive's Office director Raymond Tam Chi-yuen assured the public there will be sufficient room for protesters and the media at the new building.

Tam said when Executive Council meetings take place on Tuesday mornings, protesters may make their voices heard on both sides of the main entrance while, at the same time, providing councillors space to enter the building. Exco meetings will resume next month.

"Each and every Executive Council member passing through the main entrance will have sufficient opportunities to hear what the people have to say and to receive petitions, and this arrangement is no different from what we have been doing on Tuesdays," he said.

Tam also said the new headquarters provides more space and facilities for staff.

Construction of the new building began in February 2008. It can accommodate around 3,200 staff. Other government departments are expected to move in before the end of the year.

Around half the Tamar site is set to become public open space where community events can be held.
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High life lands at CITIC Tower
The Standard
Monday, August 15, 2011

The Admiralty area is buzzing as staff start to move into the new government headquarters, and commercial buildings and shops there will benefit from an increase in the flow of customers.

The most notable beneficiary will be CITIC Tower, which will become the main access route to the new Legislative Council chamber, as lawmakers want to have a separate entrance to signify their independent status.

No wonder landlord CITIC Pacific is renovating the premises and restructuring tenancies in preparation.

When the HMS Tamar naval base was returned to the Hong Kong government in 1997, CITIC Pacific acquired part of it to build CITIC Tower, its headquarters.

However, the Asian financial turmoil hit development of the surrounding area, and CITIC Tower stands as a lone giant.

Also waiting to achieve its full potential is the Victoria City Restaurant inside, set up by famous chef Chung Kam with the backing of then CITIC group head Larry Yung Chi-kin, with the target of turning it into a "canteen for the rich and famous."

The restaurant has some frequent customers among top officials, such as Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau Tang-wah, but dinner business has just been average.

Years ago, CITIC Pacific and Swire had planned to join hands to transform Admiralty into an extension of Central.

Now with the completion of the government headquarters, that ambition is finally one step closer, and the CITIC Tower will no longer be an island.

The site on which CITIC Tower stands was acquired at less than HK$10,000 a square foot, and rental return has been reasonable, albeit falling short of the rental levels in Central.

After many less than fruitful years, CITIC Tower is finally heading for a breakthrough.

The lesson: so long as you have holding power, investing in real estate is always a winner in Hong Kong. Siu Sai-wo is chief editor of Sing Tao Daily
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Fine-tuning Tamar move to take a bit longer
The Standard
Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Legislative Council's move to its new home seems close at hand though work at the Tamar site had yet to be completed by yesterday's planned date.

Legislative Council Commission members will visit the site next Thursday to decide on whether or not to move in.

However, the Administration Wing said yesterday that testing of facilities in the main conference rooms is complete and they may be handed over for fine-tuning the system.

It also said installation of facilities in the Legco chamber is complete and in the final stages of testing.

It invited the Legco Secretariat to conduct testing while the final work is being carried out to allow more time for the finishing touches.

Last night, the secretariat said the main contractor of the Legislative Council complex has "largely completed" the installation of electronic systems in various meeting facilities.

Secretary general Pauline Ng Man- wah and others will receive an on-site briefing on the latest position today.

Legco Commission chair and Liberal Party lawmaker Miriam Lau Kin-yee said a decision on whether the relocation can take place as planned will only be made after next week's site visit.

Democratic Party lawmaker and commission member Fred Li Wah-ming said the move could take place in stages if the complex is still incomplete, noting that the old building would not have been "able to cope with" an expanded Legco.
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Electronics key to Tamar move
The Standard
Friday, August 19, 2011

Lawmakers have agreed to move into the new Legislative Council building at Tamar - on condition that electronic devices pass the test within three weeks.

Speaking after a Legco Commission meeting, deputy chairwoman Miriam Lau Kin-yee said construction at Tamar is almost complete, apart from minor fine-tuning of lighting and ventilation.

On Wednesday, the Legco Secretariat began testing electronic devices in the new chamber, such as the voting system, notice board, computers, sound system and internet.

If these pass the test over the next three weeks, lawmakers will begin to move in by the middle of next month.

That would mean a move as scheduled, despite the deadline for the contractor being extended several times from the original end of July.

Lau said yesterday the contractor will likely put the finishing touches on August 29. However, commission member Cyd Ho Sau-lan of Civic Act-up said some devices have yet to be installed.

Electronic devices in the chamber are important to ensure Legco meetings can proceed properly.

If the devices fail the test, the commission has a contingency plan in place, but Lau declined to go into details.

The committee will meet on August 31 to discuss public transport to the new building and protest-area arrangements.
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Public access to Tamar further enhanced
Friday, September 30, 2011
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With the opening of Legislative Council Road on September 28, vehicles may now have more convenient access to the Legislative Complex.

A spokesman for the Transport Department (TD) said today (September 30) that the new road together with the section of Lung Wo Road completed in August would provide a more direct and convenient route towards the Central and Western District. This helps to improve the traffic situation in the Tamar area.

The spokesman said that as a further enhancement to the public transport services for Tamar, the TD would provide a new bus stop at Lung Wui Road directly opposite to Tamar on October 3 with initially, two bus routes, i.e. route 373A (Wah Ming - Wan Chai (HKCEC)) and route 914X (Hoi Lai Estate - Tin Hau, Causeway Bay) diverted to observe this new bus stop.

"In the coming few weeks, the TD will arrange route 18 (Kennedy Town - North Point) to observe the new bus stop and provide another new bus stop at Tim Mei Avenue, opposite to Tamar, for passengers wishing to take route 720A (Sai Wan Ho - Admiralty) (Circular).”

"The TD will continue to examine the feasibility of diverting more franchised bus routes from various districts to call at these new bus stops, having regard to the outcome of further local consultations and impact on traffic condition and passenger journey time," said the spokesman.

At present, Tamar is well served with a variety of public transport services facilitating public transport passengers from various districts in Hong Kong. These include MTR, about 100 franchised bus routes and seven green minibus routes with stops at Admiralty Public Transport Interchange and on both sides of Harcourt Road. They are within minutes of walking distance from Tamar.

Also, a new taxi stand has been set up on Lung Wui Road, outside CITIC Tower.

Moreover, barrier-free pedestrian access routes are currently available linking up Tamar with Admiralty. Signages at appropriate locations along the routes are already in place to guide the pedestrian.

Nevertheless, the TD will continue to monitor the situation closely for further enhancement if necessary.
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Worker critical after electric shock at new Legco site
The Standard
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A worker is in a critical condition after being electrocuted while fixing an entrance light at the new Legislative Council complex, where Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen will deliver his last policy address today.

Lai Yiu-hon, 28, along with a colleague and their supervisor from Tamar contractor Gammon-Hip Hing, were fixing an emergency exit light in the basement car park about 2pm when Lai, who was on a ladder, cried out before falling.

Legco secretary general Pauline Ng Man-wah denied the accident was the result of workers coming under pressure to complete all work as soon as possible.

Ng said the light had to be fixed as it came under the Fire Services Ordinance. "The repair work was necessary," she said, adding that power supply to some car park facilities were turned off to ensure safety during the repairs.

Ng said Legco staff have gone to the hospital to offer help to Lai's family.

When ambulance staff arrived, Lai was in a coma and is now in intensive care at Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai.

The Electrical and Mechanical Services and Labour departments as well as the contractor are investigating. Police have listed it as an industrial accident.

Association for the Rights of Industrial Accident Victims chief Chan Kam- hong said the incident reflects a need to strengthen workplace safety.
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Falling roof hits guard at Tamar
The Standard
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A security guard was slightly injured early yesterday when a piece of aluminum roofing fell on his head in the East Wing of the new Government Headquarters at Tamar.

The 61-year-old man, surnamed Ma, was on overnight duty when he was struck by the metal measuring 50 centimeters by 50cm.

Ma complained of feeling dizzy and was sent to Queen Mary Hospital, where he was treated and discharged.

In a separate incident, 46-year-old worker Lau Sai-fong was in serious condition last night after being knocked unconscious by a bucket of cement.

Lau was helping hoist cement to workers at a Kowloon Tong building which is being refurbished.

Around 9am, as she was raising the bucket to between the eighth and ninth floors of Block 15, Beacon Hill Road, it struck the scaffolding, slipped its hook and fell on her head.

Meanwhile, two female pedestrians were injured last night when a gas explosion sent an air-conditioner, a window frame and broken glass hurtling from a building on Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok.

The flat's occupant, 45-year-old Lee Shang, suffered a leg injury.

The gas stove was newly installed and exploded when he turned it on. The Fire Services Department is now investigating the cause of the accident.
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Toilet linked to Suen illness
The Standard
Thursday, December 29, 2011

Education chief Michael Suen Ming-yeung, who is suffering from Legionnaires' disease, may have contracted it in his private washroom at the new Tamar government headquarters.

Centre for Health Protection controller Thomas Tsang Ho-fai said four water samples taken from the toilet tested positive for the Legionella bacteria.

But another sample taken from the building's water tank was negative.

Tsang said the findings are preliminary and that final results are expected in about two weeks.

Confirmation that Legionella bacteria was found on the 11th floor adds to the problems experienced by the new SAR government headquarters' East Wing, which include cost overruns, behind- schedule construction and complaints by users of substandard interior work.

Tsang tried to ease the fears of other users of the building by emphasizing that the center has not received any new reports of legionnaires' disease.

"Those who become infected are usually elderly, smokers or those with chronic diseases," Tsang said. "They can be healed with little after-effects."

The bacteria was not found in water or other samples taken from Suen's home, Tsang added.

The center has suggested installing special water filters and antiseptic dispensers in the new government headquarters. As a precautionary step, the center and the departments of electrical and mechanical services, water supplies and architectural services have collected more water samples from the building for further tests.

"The center has advised the building management on appropriate follow-up actions, including disinfection and risk- mitigation measures," Tsang said.

Suen, 67, is suffering from chronic kidney failure and needs dialysis on a daily basis. He was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital on December 19 after contracting pneumonia.

Suen was in intensive care for a few days but his condition is now stable. His leave has been extended to January 3.

Ho Pak-leung, director of microbiology at the University of Hong Kong, said it is "rather bad" for Legionella to be found in a new building.

"It's supposed to be a modern building. It's not good to find the bacteria here, as it is usually found in old buildings with poor maintenance," Ho said. "The building's design may be a reason."

Ho said the water supply system should be checked to see whether it is the source of infection.
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Tamar bug put down to tepid water flow
The Standard
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Poor water flow and tepid water contributed to growth of Legionella bacteria in the new Tamar government headquarters, an infectious diseases expert says.

University of Hong Kong professor of microbiology Yuen Kwok-yung, who was asked to investigate the outbreak, talked about his findings yesterday, and Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok declared the complex's water system is safe.

Authorities have been taking samples in Tamar since Legionnaires' disease struck down Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung last month.

Yuen said the inner surfaces of water pipes might have been contaminated by bacteria from soil and water particles.

Usually the growth of bacteria is kept in check as a matter of course by the water supply system.

"But unfortunately when the water flow in the Tamar government complex is low, the bacteria will multiply," he said. "They may breed - especially when the water temperature is not over 60 degrees Celsius to kill the bacteria."

With the water kept in a range between 40 and 45 degrees, the bacteria are getting the "best temperatures to multiply," Yuen said.

"We want to prevent this happening so you have to start with the water flow and water heater to minimize the chance of infection," he said.

The bacteria can get into people's lungs when they are brushing their teeth or rinsing their mouths.

Chow said tests found only one in 227 water samples was positive for Legionella, at a very low concentration of 0.128 bacteria in one milliliter.

"You compare that with Queen Mary Hospital, where nine out of 22 water samples tested positive and in a higher concentration of bacteria, showing 0.58 to 75 bacteria in one milliliter. So you can see that the water system in Tamar is very acceptable. It is safer than any other place in Hong Kong," Chow said.

Director of Architectural Services Leung Koon- kee said his department cannot find anything wrong with the complex's design or construction. It is preparing a reminder about more frequent flow of water and setting water heaters at 60 degrees.

Final laboratory results released yesterday of water samples taken before cleansing and disinfection showed five tested positive for the bacteria.

Meanwhile, Suen's first day back from his sick leave was marred by an incident in which a guard was injured after he stopped photographers from getting close to Suen, who refused to reply to questions.
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