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Old January 27th, 2010, 02:41 AM   #61
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Monday, October 8, 2007

Completion of the Customs Headquarters Building in mid-2010 would enhance efficiency of the Customs and Excise Department, provide better services for the public and keep pace with Hong Kong's economic development, the Financial Secretary Mr John C Tsang, said today (October 8).

Officiating at the Customs Headquarters Building Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony, Mr Tsang commended the professionalism and quality service of the department.

Over the years, the Customs and Excise Department has been improving customs clearance efficiency to facilitate passenger and cargo flows, which help promote trade and logistic development.

On the anti-smuggling and anti-piracy fronts, the department has been working closely with the Mainland and international Customs agencies to combat the trafficking of dangerous drugs and counterfeit and pirated goods, Mr Tsang said.

He said that over the last couple of years, countries in the Asia Pacific region had been confronted with rampant piracy activities. Hong Kong, with its committed efforts in combating piracy, could serve as a world model. The contribution made by the Hong Kong Customs in this regard was highly acknowledged.

Mr Tsang also said that more recently the Hong Kong Customs had joined with relevant government departments and the Consumer Council to ensure the safety of consumer goods and to prevent unscrupulous sales activities. The department had stepped up enforcement actions and product inspections.

I am confident that the dedicated efforts made by the department can effectively protect consumer rights and safeguard Hong Kong's reputation as a shopping paradise, he said.

Mr Tsang said the Government had been working on new cross-boundary projects such as the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and the New Cruise Terminal at Kai Tak. With the opening of new control points in the years to come, the department had to take up more duties and and a greater workload.

The Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Mr Richard Yuen, said at the ceremony that the construction of a dedicated headquarters for Hong Kong Customs was a milestone in the development of the department.

To our department, a headquarters building is more than a place of work. It is our home - a place in which all of us can be linked in a close bond and cherish a strong sense of belonging.

The Headquarters Building will bring greater convenience to the public. By housing all currently dispersed public services on licence and permit applications under one roof, the building will provide one-stop service to the public at a single location, Mr Yuen said.

There will be an exhibition centre to showcase the work of Hong Kong Customs and its history, enabling the public to learn more about the department.

The Financial Secretary; Commissioner of Customs and Excise; Director of Architectural Services, Mr Yue Chi-hang; Chairman of Shui On Group, Mr Vincent H S Lo; and Deputy Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Mr Lawrence Wong, officiated at the ceremony today.

The 34-storey Headquarters Building, at the junction of Java Road and Tin Chiu Street, North Point, is scheduled to be completed in mid-2010. About 1,800 Customs officers will be housed in the office space of 28,000 square metres.

The building will be equipped with an advanced radio command control centre, an information technology centre, a computer forensic laboratory, a fitness training room, an indoor firing range and two mini-ranges for computer simulated shooting exercises. General facilities include a multi-purpose auditorium, a library and a staff canteen.



The Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang(centre), today (October 8) officiates at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Customs Headquarters Building. He is accompanied by Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Mr Richard Yuen (second left). Other officiating guests are the Director of Architectural Services, Mr Yue Chi-hang (second right); Chairman of Shui On Group, Mr Vincent H S Lo (first left); and Deputy Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Mr Lawrence Wong (first right).

The Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang(centre), today (October 8) officiates at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Customs Headquarters Building.

He is accompanied by Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Mr Richard Yuen (second left).

Other officiating guests are the Director of Architectural Services, Mr Yue Chi-hang (second right); Chairman of Shui On Group, Mr Vincent H S Lo (first left); and Deputy Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Mr Lawrence Wong (first right).



The Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang (second right); Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Mr Richard Yuen (first right); the Director of Architectural Services, Mr Yue Chi-hang (second left); Chairman of Shui On Group, Mr Vincent H S Lo (third left); and Deputy Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Mr Lawrence Wong (third right), today (October 8) view the model of the Customs Headquarters Building. Briefing them is Senior Staff Officer of the Office of Project Planning and Development of Hong Kong Customs, Mr Ho Ka-ying (first left).

The Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang (second right); Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Mr Richard Yuen (first right); the Director of Architectural Services, Mr Yue Chi-hang (second left); Chairman of Shui On Group, Mr Vincent H S Lo (third left); and Deputy Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Mr Lawrence Wong (third right), today (October 8) view the model of the Customs Headquarters Building.

Briefing them is Senior Staff Officer of the Office of Project Planning and Development of Hong Kong Customs, Mr Ho Ka-ying (first left).
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Old February 25th, 2010, 06:02 PM   #64
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Rising construction costs force 35 projects to seek extra funding
17 October 2008
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The surge in construction costs in the past year has forced the administration to seek an additional HK$2.8 billion from the Legislative Council to complete 35 big public works projects, the Development Bureau said.

In a paper submitted to Legco's development panel, it said the funding approved earlier was insufficient and a wide range of projects could be held up.

Of those affected, 25 have been started, eight have been put out to tender and the other two will be put out to tender next month.

The bureau said funding approval was "highly time-critical".

Among the projects under way are an extension for Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin, construction of the Route 8 expressway between Tsing Yi and Cheung Sha Wan, a waterfront parade in Ma On Shan and a new Customs and Excise Department headquarters in North Point.

Construction costs for the hospital extension had risen 15 per cent, or HK$288.6 million. The cost of Route 8 had risen 8 per cent, or HK$600 million, the bureau said.

The government anticipated materials prices would fall at the time Route 8 was approved, it said.

The biggest cost underestimation occurred on a project to extend the network of footbridges in Tsuen Wan. It will cost 54 per cent more than expected. The next-biggest cost blowout involves restoration work on landfills in the northwestern New Territories and at Gin Drinkers Bay in Kwai Chung. Costs have risen 51 per cent.

Increases in material prices and labour costs have given rise to two problems. Projects under construction have a price-fluctuation provision in the contract, and the funding approved will not be enough to meet the price adjustments. Tenders for projects not yet started far exceed the funding allocated for them.

Government figures show the cost of steel has risen 48 per cent since January, 90 per cent since July last year and 150 per cent since January 2007.

Civil engineer Greg Wong Chak-yan said the extra funding was needed despite the looming impact of the global financial crisis. "Some contractors have already bought construction materials and some contracts have already been awarded.

"A sharp increase in construction costs is unavoidable unless the government postpones the tendering for some projects," he said.

Peter Wong Yiu-sun, president of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, said the sudden rise in construction costs could not have been foreseen. The contingencies in project contracts to cover unforeseeable risks were far from sufficient to cover the surge in construction costs, he said.

Patrick Lau Sau-shing, vice-chairman of the Legislative Council's Finance Committee, said lawmakers would request that the administration explain clearly the cost increases before approving extra funds.
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Done, and officially opened.


Customs HQ formally opens
February 21, 2011
Chief Executive Donald Tsang officially opened the new Customs Headquarters Building in North Point today.

It houses more than 1,800 officers and civilians, about one-third of the Customs & Excise Department's total workforce, from various formations previously accommodated in different districts.

Mr Tsang said placing the department's major operations under one roof will enhance efficiency, communication and unity. He said the modern and eco-friendly building marks a new milestone in the department's history and follows Hong Kong's "green" aspirations.

The 41,000-square-metre building features a customer service centre, an indoor firing range and an exhibition gallery.

Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee, Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Rita Lau, and Commissioner of Customs & Excise Richard Yuen also attended the event.

Mr Yuen presented the World Customs Organisation Certificate of Merit to Director of Architectural Services Marigold Lau, recognising the Architectural Services Department's contribution to the building's design.

Source: http://www.news.gov.hk/en/categories..._213645.shtml#
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