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Old January 24th, 2009, 11:18 AM   #1
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HONG KONG | Customs and Excise Department Headquarters | 34 fl | 134m | Com

Customs HQ passes finance hurdle despite cost
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The $1 billion project to build a new customs headquarters was approved by the Legislative Council's public works subcommittee despite concerns its annual running costs will be higher than at present.

The bill for running the new headquarters in Tin Chiu Street, North Point, will, it is estimated, be $38.2 million, $1.9 million more than the department currently spends each year on running costs.

The new building will group under one roof offices located in rented commercial premises or government buildings across the city, and legislators originally thought it would save money.

"I thought you would save some money in rent, but in fact that's not the case," said legislator Miriam Lau Kin-yee.

Customs commissioner Timothy Tong Hin-ming said the increased office space at the new headquarters, an upgrade of facilities - such as the provision of an indoor firing range - and more staff had pushed up costs.

He was confident costs would be saved in the long run.

"If we want to have further expansion [without a new headquarters], it would cost a lot in rent to meet our needs," Mr Tong said.

"Centralising the existing facilities at one place will also allow us to give our existing offices back to the government."

He vowed the Customs and Excise Department would do its best to control running costs.

The Security Bureau, in a submission to the subcommittee, justified construction of the headquarters by pointing to a near doubling in the number of cases handled by the department over the past decade - up from 36,000 a year to 71,000.

It also argued that security at some of the buildings housing customs facilities was not satisfactory, especially for tackling serious crimes like drug trafficking, smuggling and money laundering. Some were open to the public, it noted.

The government still needs funding approval from Legco's Finance Committee but hopes work on the new headquarters can begin next April, with completion scheduled for September 2010.

A new customs headquarters has been planned since 1998, but the proposal was put on hold pending completion of other projects with a higher priority.
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Old January 24th, 2009, 01:27 PM   #2
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Oh yea, saw this a few months ago, but forgot to comment on it. It's right by the ICAC in North Point.
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Old January 24th, 2009, 06:24 PM   #3
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Oh yea, saw this a few months ago, but forgot to comment on it. It's right by the ICAC in North Point.
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Old January 26th, 2009, 05:22 AM   #4
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Found this on the contractor's website.

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Old January 26th, 2009, 04:35 PM   #5
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Looks quite fitting with the ICAC building nearby :

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Old January 26th, 2009, 09:05 PM   #6
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aww, its a rectangular box. When looking at the construction pic it seemed like it was gna be interesting but no

do you know what the height is?
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Old January 27th, 2009, 12:36 AM   #7
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That's a bit simple... but it looks fine :P
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Old January 29th, 2009, 06:24 PM   #8
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海關大樓奠基曾俊華主禮
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海關新總部大樓昨舉行奠基典禮。大樓位於北角渣華道和電照街交界,耗資十億七千三百萬,預計在二○一○年中落成,樓高三十四層,總面積達二萬八千平方米,可供一千八百多名海關人員辦公。新大樓落成後,海關會將分布在全港各處的二十三個行政及調查科集中,方便內部聯繫同資源調配。

讚揚保護知識產權

財政司司長曾俊華昨主持海關總部大樓奠基典禮時,讚揚香港海關在國際上獲公認為訓練有素、高度專業和效率超卓的紀律部隊。他指出,過去數年,亞太地區面臨嚴重的侵權活動,而香港能克服挑戰,成為保護知識產權的國際典範,海關人員的貢獻功不可沒。

因應近日市民對消費品安全和不良銷售手法的關注,海關配合其他部門及消費者委員會,加強抽驗在市面出售的產品和對不良店鋪採取執法行動。曾俊華說:「我相信海關的努力,絕對能夠有效地保障消費者權益,以及維護香港作為旅遊中心和購物天堂的美譽。」

海關總部大樓位於北角渣華道與電照街交界,樓高三十四層,樓面面積約二萬八千平方米,可以容納一千八百多名海關人員一同工作;預計二 ○一○年年中落成。新大樓的設施包括,高科技操控的無綫電指揮控制中心、資訊科技中心、電腦法證所、健身室、室內練靶場、兩個電腦模擬實況實彈射擊練習場,以及演講廳、圖書館和職員食堂等輔助設施。

海關關長袁銘輝表示,新海關大樓會將現時分布各個不同地區,供市民申領各種牌照及許可證的海關辦事處集中在一起,為市民提供一站式服務。新大樓設有展覽中心,開放予公眾參觀,介紹海關歷史,以增加海關的透明度,及加強部門及市民的聯繫。
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Old February 4th, 2009, 08:14 AM   #9
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the actual building looks better than the drawing
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They have less than 2 years and it is barely above ground!
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It hasn't been built yet. The picture posted is of a building nearby.
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Nice tower. Any height known?
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I haven't been able to find a height figure from my news article search. Hopefully one will pop up soon and I'll update the title accordingly.
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Interesting, but too boxy also...
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Thanks for the picture update!
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