Highlights - Place Making in Districts

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New Territories North Development Tuen Mun West North Lantau The West Kowloon Cultural District Energizing Kowloon East Invigorating Island South Harbourfront Promenade Conserving Central New Territories North Development Tuen Mun West North Lantau The West Kowloon Cultural District Harbourfront Promenade Energizing Kowloon East Conserving Central Invigorating Island South

Tuen Mun West

  • The commissioning of the Tuen Mun - Chek Lap Kok Tunnel at the end of this year will substantially reduce the commuting time between Tuen Mun and North Lantau, and the waiving tolls of the Tunnel and Lantau Link will also alleviate the burden of transport expenses on the public
  • The MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL) will commence the detailed planning and design of the Tuen Mun South Extension, which will serve as a driver for the development of Tuen Mun West
  • Conduct planning and engineering studies on the development potential of the reclaimed land at Lung Kwu Tan and the coastal area at Tuen Mun West, and review the need for the River Trade Terminal, with a view to increasing the land use potential of the Tuen Mun West area for residential development and/or other more beneficial uses

Harbourfront Promenade

  • Upon the completion of 13 large-scale projects with a dedicated funding of $6.5 billion, the harbourfront promenade will be extended from the current 23 kilometres to 34 kilometres in 2028, and both sides of Victoria Harbour will be provided with an additional 35 hectares of quality public open space with district characteristics
  • Commence next year the works on the Boardwalk underneath the Island Eastern Corridor connecting Causeway Bay and Quarry Bay, measuring two kilometres long and 10 metres wide with a design that emphasises a water-friendly culture and accessibility, and infuse creative elements into the harbourfront park to the north of Eastern Street in Sai Ying Pun. Both projects are scheduled for completion in phases in 2024
  • The operator will commence "water taxi" service next year

The West Kowloon Cultural District

  • With the commissioning of the Xiqu Centre and Freespace, and the scheduled completion of the M+ Museum and the Hong Kong Palace Museum in the next two years, the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD), which blends local traditional characteristics with international elements, is becoming a new cultural landmark of Hong Kong
  • The WKCD covers an area of 40-hectare, of which 23 hectares is public open space. Its waterfront promenade and Art Park which command a fabulous view are becoming popular places for leisure activities

Conserving Central

  • Completed projects under the Conserving Central initiative include:
    • revitalisation of the Central Police Station Compound as Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts
    • conversion of the former Police Married Quarters on Hollywood Road into PMQ
    • renovation of the East Wing and Main Wing of the former Central Government Offices as the Justice Place
    • conversion of Murray Building into a hotel
    • renovation of the West Wing of the former Central Government Offices and the former French Mission Building for office use by international and local law-related institutions which, together with the Justice Place, forms the legal hub of Hong Kong
  • Complete the revitalisation project of the Central Market progressively starting from the third quarter of 2021
  • Continue to take forward the New Central Harbourfront development, including inviting tenders for Site 3 at the end of this year

New Territories North Development

  • Resumed 68 hectares of private land in Kwu Tung North/Fanling North for the provision of 72 000 housing units in New Development Areas (NDAs), and will complete the first batch of public housing units in 2026
  • Expedite the implementation of the Northern Link railway project to tie in with the population intake of the public housing development in Kwu Tung North NDA and provide impetus for growth in the area covering San Tin, Ngau Tam Mei and Au Tau, so as to release about 90 hectares of land for housing development along the Northern Link, including the San Tin/Lok Ma Chau Development Node, on which over 70 000 housing units can be provided
  • Examine with the Shenzhen Municipal Government the adoption of co-location arrangements at the new Huanggang Port in Shenzhen so as to release over 20 hectares of land in Hong Kong’s Lok Ma Chau control point for other uses, and explore with Shenzhen the enhancement of the Lo Wu control point in due course
  • Press ahead with the development of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology (I&T) Park at the Lok Ma Chau Loop, and collaborate with Shenzhen in the development of Shenzhen-Hong Kong I&T Co-operation Zone under the "one zone, two parks" model

North Lantau

  • Take forward the MTRCL’s Siu Ho Wan Depot topside development, which is expected to provide about 20 000 residential units with around half as subsidised sales flats
  • Take forward the Tung Chung New Town Extension, which is expected to provide about 62 100 units
  • The MTRCL will embark on the detailed planning and design of the Tung Chung Line Extension
  • The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) will commission the third runway in 2022, complete the construction of the premium logistics centre in 2023 and the SKYCITY development projects in phases between 2021 and 2027
  • The AAHK will develop new facilities on the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities (HKBCF) Island of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai - Macao Bridge (HZMB), including automated car parks, the Airport City Link connecting the airport, the SKYCITY and the HKBCF Island via the autonomous transportation system and extend it to the Tung Chung Town Centre later
  • Implement the "Quota-free scheme for Hong Kong private cars travelling to Guangdong via the HZMB" under which Hong Kong people can drive to Guangdong Province via the HZMB for business, visiting families or sight-seeing and, up on its implementation, explore the extension of the scheme to a Hong Kong/Shenzhen land boundary control point
  • Strive for the early commencement of the studies in relation to the Kau Yi Chau Artificial Islands under the Lantau Tomorrow Vision to create land for housing development, optimise the transport network of Hong Kong as a whole and relieve traffic congestion in Northwest New Territories by linking up the roads and railways on Hong Kong Island, North Lantau and the coastal area of Tuen Mun; develop a liveable and carbon-neutral community; and boost the commercial development potential of North Lantau

Invigorating Island South

  • Formulate a proposal for the rebirth of Ocean Park to leverage its strengths in education and conservation, natural landscape, strategic seaside location and the Water World to be opened next summer to offer diversified education, entertainment, leisure and travel experiences
  • Revitalise the Jumbo Floating Restaurant donated to Ocean Park to make it a distinctive cultural heritage and tourist attraction in the Southern District
  • Enhance the cultural and leisure facilities in the vicinity of Aberdeen and Wong Chuk Hang, including the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter and Ap Lei Chau Main Street, to enable the public to immerse in the ambience, history and culture of a fishing village and enjoy eco-tourism in the area
  • Explore new marine tourism routes with Ocean Park as the core to link up with other districts and islands, expand the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter area, and provide more landing facilities along the coastal area
  • Explore the development of a water sports centre at the rehabilitated Shek O Quarry site under public-private partnership to provide advanced training facilities for athletes and water sports enthusiasts
  • Expedite the redevelopment or conversion of old industrial buildings in Wong Chuk Hang through the policy of revitalising industrial buildings, so as to provide more operational space for emerging industries and the arts and culture sector
  • Explore room for redevelopment or consolidation of the existing "Government, Institution or Community" sites or facilities in the district so as to promote "single site, multiple use", and commence the overhaul works of Aberdeen Market
  • Enhance the pedestrian connectivity of the Wong Chuk Hang Business Area and the waterfront area nearby, and improve the pedestrian environment along Shum Wan Road and Po Chong Wan through "place making"
  • MTRCL will submit the project proposal on the South Island Line (West) to the Government at the end of this year

Energizing Kowloon East

  • Successfully transformed the vicinity of Kwun Tong, Kowloon Bay and Kai Tak into the second core business district under the Energizing Kowloon East initiative, thereby increasing the commercial gross floor area in the districts by 70% from around 1.7 million square metres in 2012 to 2.9 million square metres at present, and to about 3.5 million square metres in two years, making the scale comparable to the core business district in Central
  • Completed over 70 projects on traffic and pedestrian environment improvement and provided/enhanced 16 hectares of open and public space
  • Advocate the implementation of a multi-modal Environmentally Friendly Linkage System for the development of a travellators network in the district, a GreenWay network for shared use by pedestrians and cyclists, and an elevated landscape deck to connect the Kwun Tong MTR Station to ease congestion on the platform
  • Upon completion of the Kwun Tong Town Centre redevelopment project by the Urban Renewal Authority, the Kwun Tong Town Centre will be given a brand new look
  • Complete the Kai Tak Sports Park, the largest sports facility in Hong Kong, in 2023 to provide an all-weather main stadium with a capacity of 50 000, an indoor sports centre with a capacity of 10 000, a public sports ground and about 8 hectares of public space
  • The East Kowloon Cultural Centre to be commissioned in 2023 will be equipped with state-of-the-art stage and audio-visual production facilities
  • Complete a 13-kilometre GreenWay network for shared use by pedestrians and cyclists in Kai Tak Development Area in phases between 2023 and 2025


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