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Old January 13th, 2013, 01:39 PM   #81
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Trying to expand the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center is starting to look like trouble. I don't think the Immigration and Revenue Twin Tower complex should be torn down just for the expansion.
They've tried to push for reclamation for the expansion but that didn't work. The government did think about moving out of Wanchai now that commercial real estate is very pricey. Perhaps this plan will make the best of both worlds.
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Old January 14th, 2013, 02:38 AM   #82
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The sports complex is a good location... they can just try to incorporate a sports facility on the roof or at the top of the replacement, with convention spaces in the lower floors.
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Old January 14th, 2013, 07:32 AM   #83
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Hehe just a question: Are there just too many exhibitions, conventions and events going on over there?

Current HKCEC and Asiaworld Expo are not enough?
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Old January 14th, 2013, 12:11 PM   #84
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Hehe just a question: Are there just too many exhibitions, conventions and events going on over there?

Current HKCEC and Asiaworld Expo are not enough?
Yes, the Wanchai facility is full, although Asiaworld has more availability but it is just not convenient to reach, being so far out of the city.

There is a lot of demand for centrally-located exhibition space.
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Old January 20th, 2017, 04:13 AM   #85
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Conventions come into play after complex makeover
Jan. 19, 2017

The 38-year-old Wan Chai Sports Ground will be given a major makeover for "comprehensive development."

The complex will be developed into a multipurpose facility by 2019 at the earliest. Apart from convention and exhibition venues, the proposed makeover will also "comprise trendy and novel recreation and sports facilities," Leung Chun-ying said. It is understood the development will house sites for popular indoor sports, such as bubble soccer, skiing and rock climbing.

Leung said the Trade Development Council will conduct a feasibility study on the proposal and the government will consult the Wan Chai District Council and other stakeholders in a timely fashion.

Critics are concerned the development will further intensify demand for public sports facilities, affecting Wan Chai residents, athletes and schools. The sports ground is a popular training venue for athletes and is often used as venue for inter-school athletics competitions.

Wan Chai Sports Ground is booked slightly more than 200 days a year, according to government sources.

But sources expressed confidence Hong Kong's current sports facilities can take up these users, citing as examples sports grounds in Kowloon Tsai, Kowloon Bay and Tseung Kwan O, which also have running tracks.

It is yet unclear how much of the new development's area will be allocated for sports use and the consultation will only start after the TDC feasibility study, sources said. The proposal came following consultancy study findings that the SAR faces a shortfall of about 130,000 square meters of convention and exhibition premises during peak periods by 2028.
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Old February 5th, 2017, 04:03 PM   #86
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Hong Kong convention centre expansion needs to be studied carefully, says chief executive hopeful John Tsang
In video message, Tsang recalls childhood memories from old running track, which will be demolished to make way for development
February 1, 2017

Chief executive hopeful John Tsang Chun-wah said the government should look very carefully at the controversial extension of the Convention and Exhibition Centre – that includes demolishing Wan Chai Sports Ground, the home of local athletics – because many people were attached to the doomed athletics track.

But he did not openly say the development should be reversed.

The former financial secretary covered many areas in a short video uploaded to his Facebook page on Wednesday morning.

In it, Tsang talked about the development plan, which the current chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, confirmed in his policy address. Tsang said losing the running track would harm the nurturing of local athletes, especially runners.

“Many La Salle College old boys competed there, and cheered unreservedly during the races at the stadium, so I understand there were a lot of fond memories,” said Tsang, who attended the school in Kowloon Tong.

“I understand the sentiments that the public holds towards the sports ground, and that people have long been concerned about the expansion.”

But he said the traffic around the exhibition centre had reached an “intolerable” volume, stressing that the development plan should be studied very carefully.
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Old March 13th, 2017, 05:50 PM   #87
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Hong Kong’s expo sector split on tearing down sports ground to create more space
Proposal has become a hot political issue after chief executive candidate John Tsang opposed demolition of Wan Chai facilities
March 12, 2017
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The convention and exhibition sector is divided on whether using the site of the Wan Chai Sports Ground to build exhibition facilities is the best solution to address its capacity shortage.

Leading players are taking a cautious approach to avoid getting embroiled in what has become a political debate.

With a government projected shortfall of 130,000 square metres of space by 2028, the sector is unanimous in the need for more capacity. Some stakeholders are careful not to be involved in a divisive issue, while expressing concern whether the move will worsen traffic congestion in the area.

In his policy address in January, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying proposed turning the Wan Chai Sports Ground into a multi-purpose facility with exhibition capacity. But John Tsang Chun-wah, one of three candidates in the race to become the city’s next leader, joined the sports sector to oppose the move to tear down the 2,400-seat stadium.

Many Hong Kong athletics records were set in the facility, which meets International Athletic Association Federation standards and is popular for tournaments and sports days.

“We have for a long time told the government that there is a space shortage for exhibitions and we welcome more capacity,” Wendy Lai, vice-president of Global Sources Exhibitions, said. “But I have some reservations about turning the Wan Chai Sports Ground into a convention and exhibition facility.

“I think different people have different views on this issue. We don’t want conflicts in society.

“Moreover, there is already a problem with traffic in the area. If we have one more exhibition facility, will the already bad traffic situation get worse? Beside that piece of land in Wan Chai, there are other options we can consider.”

More : http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/e...-sports-ground
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Old March 14th, 2017, 06:24 PM   #88
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Demolishing Wan Chai Sports Ground will devastate athletics, says HKAAA chief
Kwan Kee says the government assured them of a ‘suitable and comparable venue’ if they removed the home of athletics since 1979
January 25, 2017
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Demolishing the Wan Chai Sports Ground would have a devastating long-term effect on athletics, the head of the HKAAA said in a strongly worded letter to the government yesterday.

Kwan Kee, chairman of the Hong Kong Amateur Athletics Association, also said the government would be reneging on an assurance that the facility would not be taken unless there was a “suitable and comparable venue to replace it”.

Kwan was reacting to an announcement in Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s Policy Address last week that, given its proximity to the Convention and Exhibition Centre, plans were afoot to comprehensively redevelop the stadium in 2019, removing the track.

The stadium has been considered the home of athletics in the city since its opening in 1979.

“Our association was shocked, disappointed and most concerned about the government’s announcement,” Kwan wrote in a letter addressed to Home Affairs Bureau head Lau Kwong-wah.

“As the government is well aware, our association has long been asking for another dedicated and exclusive sports ground in additional to the Wan Chai Sports Ground for the proper development of our sport.”

When the demolition of the Wan Chai Sports Ground was first touted a few years ago, Kwan said, the then Leisure and Cultural Services director, Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee, had given assurances that it would not happen unless there was a suitable and comparable venue to replace it immediately.

“Without any prior discussion or consultation with us, it now appears from the Policy Address that the government does not intend to keep to this assurance,” Kwan said.

More : http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/...athletics-says
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Old October 11th, 2017, 06:28 PM   #90
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Policy address surprise: Lam scraps CY’s convention center plan
Oct. 11, 2017
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In a surprise move, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced a plan to knock down three major government buildings in Wan Chai for the expansion of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Lam made the proposal for the first time in her policy speech on Wednesday, which effectively scraps a plan that her predecessor Leung Chun-ying unveiled in January, which was to turn the Wan Chai Sports Ground into a new convention center.

“The priority is to build a new convention and exhibition venue of international standard in the proximity of HKCEC,” Lam said. “The new venue must be connected to and integrated with the existing HKCEC to maximize the benefits.”

The new plan would be to demolish the three government buildings next to the HKCEC in Wan Chai North and redevelop the site into a new wing that can be connected to and integrated with the existing HKCEC.

Lam said the project will add about 23,000 square meters of connected convention and exhibition facilities, based on initial estimates. She also suggested the building of hotel facilities and Grade A office space on top of the new venue.

Also, the government will continue with the development of a new convention center above the Exhibition Station of the Shatin to Central Link to provide the market with an additional 15,000 square meters of convention space.
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