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New World to launch Victoria Dockside's first phase
Apr 25, 2018
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New World Development said it will launch the first phase of Victoria Dockside, the local property developer's highlighted project in recent years, tomorrow adding that the latest mixed-use landmark development in Tsim Sha Tsui is set to create a new iconic global art and design district in Hong Kong.

The project is built on the site formerly known as Holt’s Wharf, a godown terminal next to the first railway to Mainland China – Kowloon and Canton Railway, New World said. Dating back to 1910, Holt's Wharf served as a global freight and logistics hub, connecting the city to Mainland China and the world.

"Victoria” represents Victoria Harbor – pride of Hong Kong citizens, the company noted, while "Dockside” marks the golden era of Holt's Wharf, which was once the busiest port in the world.

The project will inject a new lease of life to the city with the third transformation of this epoch-making landmark, said Adrian Cheng, New World Development's Executive Vice-Chairman and General Manager.

"New World Centre was a unique development with historical significance. We hope Victoria Dockside will jazz up the art and cultural scene in the area by providing a blank canvas for artists, designers and the business sector to unleash their creativity. It will continue its role as a hub in Tsim Sha Tsui and will further upgrade the district into a new global destination for art, design and creativity."

Set to fully open next year, the 3-million-square-feet mixed-use development is led by Cheng and jointly crafted by over a hundred international and local architects and designers, the developer said.

The first phase will introduce K11 Atelier, the first Grade A office space under brand K11, which strikes to disrupt traditional working culture by offering art, culture and innovative experience to tenants.

To cater to new generation’s pursuit of work-life balance, New World said Victoria Dockside will also introduce K11 Atelier Academy, which offers an array of bespoke courses in creation, culture, arts, wellness, and self-improvement to tenants and staff during non-working hours.
 

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Public land for private profit? New ‘art and design district’ next to Hong Kong harbour takes some liberties
Developer of 66-storey Victoria Dockside creates cultural district on Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, and plans for it include adjacent public garden, previously an unlovely space, which it has paid to beautify
South China Morning Post Excerpt
May 25, 2018

Is Salisbury Garden part of Victoria Dockside, New World Development’s (NWD) imposing commercial develop*ment on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront?

Officially, both the developer and the government have answered a firm no. But the reality may be more nuanced, as is often the case where public space abuts private property developments in Hong Kong.

Salisbury Garden is the bucolic name for the urban square in between the Hong Kong Museum of Art and what used to be the New World Centre, the sprawling, unremit*tingly brown, mixed-use commercial property built in the late 1970s on the site of the former Holt’s Wharf. The garden was one of those uninspiring public spaces managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Depart*ment (LCSD), made particularly uninviting by the constant stream of traffic along Salisbury Road.

Then, in 2013, NWD started the HK$20 billion redevelopment of the New World Centre. Its flagship harbour*front property has now been turned into a 66-storey hotel-cum-offices tower block called K11 Atelier, with a shopping centre, serviced apartments and a rumoured 100,000 sq ft Chow Tai Fook (CTF) private museum attached. Some of the offices are already occupied and a Rosewood hotel will open this year. The whole develop*ment has been renamed Victoria Dockside.

The design team in charge of Victoria Dockside also remodelled the east side of neighbouring Salisbury Garden, even though it is public land. NWD paid for it, took care of construction and handed it back to the LCSD on completion.

The developer did not go out of its way to convince the government to accept its largesse, the company tells The Collector. The New World Centre redevelopment plan includes an underground mall directly beneath Salisbury Garden that the company owns. It knew that the renovation would affect the garden overhead, and that the LCSD would require any damage to be made good. And so it proposed a complete make*over that would introduce a unity of style over an area that includes the Avenue of Stars, which NWD is also remodelling. (The avenue is also public land but it is managed by NWD.)

But the ownership question becomes confusing because of the way NWD is promo*ting Victoria Dockside.

The property is described as Hong Kong’s new “art and design district”. In an email, the company explained that the “cultural” offerings would include the garden.

More : http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/arts-music/article/2147602/public-land-private-profit-new-art-and-design
 

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Website : https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hong-kong

Rosewood Hong Kong Will Open on the Victoria Harborfront in Winter 2018

Rosewood Hong Kong is destined to become a graceful new landmark on the city’s famous skyline in the new Victoria Dockside arts and culture district at a prime harborfront location at the former New World Centre on Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. Occupying 43 floors of a multi-use tower, the ultra-luxury hotel will offer 413 guestrooms, eight dining options and a fitness center, swimming pool and the first urban setting for Asaya, Rosewood's innovative holistic wellness concept.
 

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How come Emporis still lists the buildings of the old New World Centre complex as "Existing/completed" if they (aside from the Regent/InterContinental Hotel) have already been torn down for the new complex? I sent a report regarding this to Emporis some time ago, but it still hadn't been updated. The new complex (listed as "Victoria Dockside") is listed as "existing/completed". Why are both complexes on the exact same site listed as "existing/completed"?
 
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