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Old January 14th, 2012, 05:16 PM   #301
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Promise of full media play at Tamar offices
The Standard
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Chief Secretary Stephen Lam Sui- lung has vowed to help journalists at the new Central Government Complex in Tamar after reporters were held off by security guards and claims of manhandling.

"The government is totally committed to safeguarding press freedom under the Basic Law as it is one of the core values that contribute to Hong Kong's success as an international city," Lam said.

He put the earlier incidents down to miscommunication between the Administration Wing and security staff.

"The Administration Wing has already expressed its apologies in this regard. We guarantee these standing arrangements will continue," said Lam, adding that security staff have been briefed on how to accommodate the media.

On Monday, a photographer was reportedly pushed out of the way by a security guard when he wanted to snap education chief Michael Suen Ming-yeung as he returned to work after a bout of Legionnaires' disease.

Though the bacteria involved was found in the washrooms of several officials, the government says the complex is now safe.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 10:38 AM   #302
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Tamar is safe claims health chief
The Standard
Thursday, January 05, 2012

Health chief York Chow Yat-ngok called for calm after shock discoveries in the new government headquarters of the Legionnaires' disease bacteria.

The situation was by last night under control after a big sterilization effort, Chow claimed.

The secretary for food and health said more than 1,000 water outlets, tanks and pipes have been treated according to international standards.

The measures covered both the East and West wings of the 27-story Tamar complex - opened in August - and the linked Chief Executive's Office and Legislative Council chamber and offices.

But in delivering the assurance, Chow revealed that the bacteria - which can lead to a deadly form of pneumonia - has now been found in the private washroom of Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing on the 12th floor of the West Wing.

So the bacteria, which can spread through tiny water droplets circulating in buildings, has now been found in 11 locations in the complex - the offices of the chief executive and the chiefs of seven departments, plus three food facilities.

Monitoring will continue at the headquarters, which remain in full operation, and experts are to meet on February 8 to assess the overall situation.

Among questions, Chow said, is whether the infrequent use of private washrooms attached to top officials' offices is a factor, as some experts suggest.

But he dismissed any ideas of government officials and staff returning to their former workplaces. "If there is no bacteria after thor
ough sterilization and regular check-ups, moving office is impractical since you will need to start inspections all over again," Chow said.

He also dismissed a suggestion that the bacteria - which saw Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung develop Legionnaires' disease last month - was linked to a rush into the complex.

And there is no need for checks or questionnaires for the thousands of people who work in the complex as, apart from Suen, no one has contracted a disease that affects very few people, he added.

Still, to ease worries of assistants to legislators after several fell ill, the government has arranged for medical check-ups.

Greg Wong Chak-yan, a former president of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, agreed there is no need for people to move from Tamar. "Although the origin of the bacteria has not been located, sterilization should kill off the bacteria."

Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said the complex has not yet joined a quality scheme under the Water Supplies Department, though its standards had been applied.
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Old January 30th, 2012, 04:15 AM   #303
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Final laboratory results of Legionella pneumophila in post-disinfection water samples
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Government Press Release

A spokesman for the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health said today (January 26) that the final laboratory results of water samples taken after thorough cleansing and disinfection of office buildings in connection with a confirmed Legionnaires' Disease case involving a 67-year-old male patient available today have shown that out of the total 451 water samples taken, all the remaining 158 samples did not exceed the action level of 1 colony forming unit per millilitre (cfu/ml).

These samples included 135 taken from the Central Government Offices, 18 from the Legislative Council Complex, three from the Chief Executive's Office and two from Tamar Park, and all were processed by an accredited private laboratory.

Legionella bacteria was below the detection limit of 0.1 cfu/ml in 140 of the water samples. Eighteen water samples showed low levels ranging from 0.1 to 0.3 cfu/ml, which were below the action level of 1 cfu/ml.

Following the disinfection exercise, the CHP together with the Architectural Services Department and the Water Supplies Department conducted systematic post-disinfection sampling of water samples at the Chief Executive's Office, the Legislative Council Complex, the Central Government Offices and Tamar Park for further tests to ensure that the Legionella bacterial count had returned to normal levels.

A total of 451 post-disinfection water samples were collected from the whole of Tamar for further testing for Legionella pneumophila. Testing of all these water samples has been completed with the results of the remaining 158 samples available today. Testing of the first 293 samples was completed before the Chinese New Year and results were announced on January 20. All samples showed levels not exceeding the action level of 1 cfu/ml.

The spokesman said that the final laboratory results for the samples showed that the extensive disinfection exercise at Tamar had achieved its desired outcome.
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Old February 4th, 2012, 06:35 PM   #304
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LCQ11: Construction costs of new CGO and LegCo Complex and LegCo electricity consumption
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Government Press Release

Following is a question by the Hon Audrey Eu and a written reply by the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Stephen Lam, in the Legislative Council today (February 1):

Question:

The Government Headquarters and the Legislative Council (LegCo) have been relocated to the new site at Tamar. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council of:

(a) the total expenditure on the construction of the new Central Government Complex;

(b) the total expenditure on the construction of the LegCo Complex; and

(c) the respective expenditures on electricity and data on carbon emissions of LegCo from October to December 2010 and from October to December 2011?

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President,

(a) and (b) The Tamar Development Project (the Project) includes the design and construction of the Chief Executive’s Office, Central Government Offices, Legislative Council (LegCo) Complex, open space, two elevated walkways and associated facilities. The approved project estimate is $5,528.7 million. The amount of total expenditure is yet to be finalised. Since the design and construction of the Project was awarded through one contract, there is no breakdown on the expenditure for the respective items in the contract.

(c) This part of the question touches on information of LegCo. The reply as obtained from the LegCo Secretariat is as follows -

During the period from October to December 2010, LegCo operated respectively in the LegCo Building, the Central Government Offices (West Wing), the Citibank Tower and the Murray Road Multi-storey Carpark Building. The electricity tariff in relation to the LegCo during this period was $165,240 per month on average. This did not include the electricity tariffs for the Central Government Offices (West Wing) and the Murray Road Multi-storey Carpark Building, as well as the air-conditioning charges for the Citibank Tower which were paid directly by the Government.

The electricity tariff in relation to the LegCo Complex during the period from September 20 to November 21, 2011 (Note 1) amounted to $1.46 million per month on average. This amount had included the tariff chargeable to the contractor due to the remedial works undertaken during this period. With the completion of major remedial works in the LegCo Complex, the LegCo Secretariat has put in place a series of administrative arrangements for reducing electricity consumption since December 2011, including an itemised review of the electricity consumption of various facilities.

This itemised review of electricity consumption is considered necessary as apart from a significant increase in conference and office space, LegCo is providing new and enhanced facilities and services to enhance public engagement and public understanding of the work of the legislature, such as guided educational tours, mock Council debates, etc., in its education galleries, activity rooms and exhibition halls which need to be open seven days a week throughout the year. It is expected that through the itemised review of electricity consumption, the Secretariat will be in a better position to exercise more effective use of electricity to carry out these activities.

Regarding carbon emission data, as tentatively estimated by the Architectural Services Department based on the electricity consumption of the LegCo Complex during the period from September 20 to November 21, 2011, the volume of carbon emission was some 1 527 tonnes (Note 2).

The LegCo Secretariat is always committed to conducting all its activities and operations in an environmentally responsible manner. In the Report on the Activities of The Legislative Council Commission every year, there is a report covering the environmental goal, policy and management adopted by the Secretariat. All staff are required to make efforts to protect the environment through the green measures set out in the report. Such measures include the reduction of electricity consumption and paper consumption for achieving environmental protection and reduction of carbon emission. The Secretariat is currently holding discussions with the Administration and considering the engagement of experts to conduct a comprehensive carbon audit for the LegCo Complex, with a view to continuing to implement carbon emission reduction measures based on the recommendations arising from the audit.

Notes:
(1) The meter-reading period of The Hongkong Electric Company Limited does not start on the first of every month.
(2) This is the volume of carbon emission indirectly generated by the purchase of electricity.
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Old March 17th, 2012, 07:38 AM   #306
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Root of our problems lies in Tamar
The Standard
Friday, March 16, 2012

Fung shui allows people to harness positive energy and live in harmony with the world around them. The same goals apply, on a larger scale, to countries and places such as Hong Kong as well as to their inhabitants.

But something is obviously amiss in the SAR, with recent events leaving people nursing deep grievances or sparking outright hostility - between mainlanders and Hongkongers, among locals and between the people and government officials.

The lack of harmony can be pretty much attributed to poor fung shui planning.

That was also my conclusion on April 9, 2010, when I wrote in my column - headlined "Bad move on Tamar" - that "we can only hope the administration does not end up being corrupt and incompetent."

Things have been unsettled since the administration moved its headquarters to Tamar. The new building was found to be plagued with Legionella bacteria once the government initiated the move. And now the chief executive himself is under fire for his contacts with tycoons.

The government's troubles will not end until it gets its fung shui placement right. Government officials not only have to be clean but also have to be seen to be clean.

This mess will only be ironed out if they use the fung shui remedies that I proposed in that article. As for those ministers who refuse to believe in fung shui, your turn will come.

The location of the site itself is not the only thing wrong.

If you remember, I also wrote about the different developments that have also contributed to bad fung shui, such as the "boomerang bridge" on the Route 8 expressway that cuts through the stomach of Hong Kong.

Reclamation is also changing Hong Kong's fung shui, letting its resources go down the drain. Stop all reclamation now or else things may get worse.

Thought of the week: By the time you believe what you see, it's too late.

Kerby Kuek has published five books on fung shui. He specializes in yin and yang fung shui, I-Ching, life analysis and astrology.

Website: www.misterfengshui.com
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Old May 7th, 2012, 03:28 PM   #307
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Interesting perspective. Since I'm not from Hong Kong I can't really tell whether the tone is purposefully ironic or if the author holds these superstitions. Either way, this development project looked really amazing on paper.
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Old September 19th, 2012, 06:03 PM   #308
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Extension of CITIC Tower footbridge to LegCo Complex at Tamar gazetted
Friday, September 14, 2012
Government Press Release

The Government published a notice in the Gazette today (September 14), proposing an extension of the CITIC Tower footbridge to the Legislative Council Complex (LCC) at Tamar.

The proposed extension connects the northern end of the existing CITIC Tower footbridge with the LCC. The proposed works include construction of an extension of a covered footbridge comprising a section along Tim Mei Avenue connecting with the existing footbridge with a clear width of 5.85 metres and a section across Tim Mei Avenue with a clear width of 3.5 metres.

Other works include modification of the existing CITIC Tower footbridge to facilitate the construction of the above proposed footbridge extension; temporary closure and reconstruction of sections of the existing carriageways and sections of the existing footpaths; temporary closure of a section of the existing CITIC Tower footbridge; and ancillary works including drainage, landscaping and lighting works.

The plan and scheme of the works are available for public inspection at the following government offices during office hours:

Central and Western District Office
Public Enquiry Service Centre
Unit 5, G/F, The Center
99 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong

District Lands Office, Hong Kong West and South
20/F, Southorn Centre
130-150 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Any person who wishes to object to the proposed works or their use, or both, should write to the Secretary for Transport and Housing, 22/F, East Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong, on or before November 13, 2012.
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Tamar left with up to 3,000 defects
The Standard
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Nearly 3,000 defects have yet to be rectified at the Central Government Offices a year after the maintenance period expired.
The Audit Commission said the defects at the Tamar headquarters range from leaks and damaged solar panels to the video recording system.

The commission recommends a new contractor should be found to fix the problems and expenses then claimed against the original contractor.

Any outstanding work should have been carried out before the expiry of the maintenance period, which was 12 months from the completion date of the controversial HK$5.5 billion project in September 2011.

The commission found 3.6 percent of defects and outstanding works had not been rectified as of April.

By August, rectification work was yet to be completed in 2,755 cases.

They were said to comprise 495 defective items and 2,260 minor defects.

The commission was told the delays were due to the additional time required for arranging access to work and some jobs could only be carried out during out- of-office hours.

"In audit's view, the Architectural Services Department needs to strengthen its supervision of contractors' work on rectifying defects," Director of Audit David Sun Tak-kei said.

The department needs to consider another contractor to carry out the works and recover the cost from the original contractor, the commission said.

The auditor also found that the fresh water supply system at the complex was not fully sterilized before use, contrary to recommendations of the Water Supplies Department. Former secretary for education Michael Suen Ming-yeung fell ill from Legionnaire's Disease in December 2011 as a result.

Legionella bacteria was found in his private washroom at the legislative building.

Sixteen other locations in the SAR government complex and two sites in the Legislative Council Complex were also found to be contaminated.

The auditor urged the government to take measures to rectify the defects as soon as possible.
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After its completion in 2012, 4 years have pasted by. Although the architecture has emphasised the gov's transparency and openness, under the governance of cy leung, the government has already become a mistrust to the general public.
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Old October 21st, 2016, 05:02 PM   #311
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actually, i really dont know why plan d is the most preferred proposal. The design looks so ugly and childish that it does not qualified to be a government office, not to mention the central government office
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