Designing Hong Kong, on behalf of the Central Harbourfront Concern group, has submitted a fresh proposal to rezone the majority of the Central Military Dock to Open Space.
Once approved, only the built structures and landing steps will remain permanently under military control. The 150 meter long promenade will be open to the public under the Pleasure Ground Regulations Ordinance managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
Our rezoning application under section 12 (a) of the Town Planning Ordinance ensures the Government can manage the majority of the site as a public open space together with the rest of the central waterfront. The gate houses, control room and landing steps will remain under the management and maintenance by the PLA. When a vessel is berthed in Central for flag-day or other purposes, the area can be closed under the Public Order Ordinance.
There is no military need for the Central Military Dock to be permanently handed over to the PLA. The military has a large and secure military dock at Stonecutters which is fully equipped for vessel maintenance and service. The Central Military Dock is primarily for ceremonial purposes. In the extreme situation of a war or other military need, the entire waterfront of Hong Kong Island can be sequestered by the PLA at short notice.
Click here for the full text of our rezoning application
Click here for the media briefing held on 22nd August, 2019
Click here for the media briefing held on 31st October, 2019
Site Plan of the Central Military Dock 中區軍用碼頭位置圖
On 4 February, we invited you to give us ideas for making better use of our payphone locations.
Next, we published the 34 proposals and asked people to vote here.
Today we announce the voting results so far. The three most and the three least liked ideas, as well as the full results, are below.
We urge the Government to replace our payphones with multi-purpose communications panels, reverse vending machines where you can drop off plastic bottles, and hydra-chills where you can fill up chilled water.
Feel free to leave us your comments on our facebook/ the comment section below.
The full voting results to-date.
Play in the Tak
Join and connect with friends – come and play along Tak 玩德節- the original name for “Des Voeux Road Central”.
The Tak festival starts 27th February and runs till end of March.
Sections of the street will be transformed into experimental playgrounds. You are invited to play Jenga on the street corner, join a sidewalk gaming tour, and discover hidden gems in alleys and lanes to start an interesting conversation with strangers. You can join workshops, exhibitions, talks and events.
The festival is presented by the Des Voeux Road Central Initiative. The aim is to raise awareness and support for improving the pedestrian environment along Des Voeux Road Central.
For more information:
Here are our comments regarding the hawker management policy suggested by the government:
We support the proposed principles for Hong Kong’s hawker policy.
We urge for an additional principle together with Shop Extensions and Outdoor Seating Arrangements
We support the measures proposed by government
Hawker trade is not welfare
District led proposals should be promoted
The government plans to spend 750 million dollars to relocate the Harcourt Road fresh water pumping station to Hong Kong Park. The construction will result in the removal of a wooded slope at Hong Kong Park and felling of 118 trees. It would impact 2,150 square meters of park space, and major sections of the 150 year old squared rubble defensive wall at Flagstaff House heritage site.
Please sign the below petition now.
Nominations for Public Space Awards 2013
Do you enjoy Hong Kong’s streets, parks and public spaces? Which ones are terrible, and which ones are outstanding?
Nominate your good and bad public spaces for the Outstanding Public Space Awards 2013.
Register at www.publicspace.hk to nominate public spaces in different categories: Publicly or privately owned streets and walkways, and publicly or privately owned parks and piazzas.
Don’t forget to submit outstandingly BAD public space for the Spoof Award!
“The Outstanding Public Space Awards 2013″ is organized by Hong Kong Public Space Initiative, RFP Magazine and Designing Hong Kong.
Please visit www.publicspace.hk right now! The nominations will be published in October for Hong Kong to vote on.
由拓展公共空間、RFP雜誌 聯同 創建香港 舉辦嘅『The Outstanding Public Space Awards 2013』現正接受提名。你只要係www.publicspace.hk
Click here to stop it.Since 2004 harbour activists have asked Government to reconsider the location of pump houses, ventilation shafts, and other infrastructure. But to no avail. Hong Kong residents and tourists will be forced to look at, smell and hear the air ventilation of the six lane Central Wanchai Bypass tunnel.
View from IFC rooftop to harbourfront blocked by the planned airvent.
Highways Department will place the air vents right in front of the public rooftop on IFC, a public space the community has paid dearly for. The rooftop was created by the developer in return for being allowed to break the rules protecting the view of Hong Kong’s ridgeline!
Following the 2009 policy address, government announced its decision to forego land premiums and delete the planned hotel and office developments in front of IFC and to change the land use to a “large landscaped deck connecting the Central Business District to the new harbourfront and providing about 1.7 hectares of public open space including a central plaza for festive events”, “a vibrant, attractive and accessible civic node primarily for public enjoyment of the harbourfront.”
All this flexibility is wasted with the Highways Department placing the airvent right next to it. Oh almost forgot, they will mitigate the impact by putting some ‘festive’ grass on theroof of the airvents.
Move the airvent
A site just a little to the west has been identified by engineers where the airvent will be between fly-overs and out of everyone’s way.
Highways Department’s claims that such move will lead to delays rings hollow. Had Highways Department acted when people first commented there would be no risk of delay. In any case, the cost of a short delay is always much less than the cost of having a smoke stack in the wrong place forever.
Report in the South China Morning Post by Joyce Ng on 29 July 2009
Fears of pollution in public open space
Harbour advisers are concerned that a ventilation building for the Central-Wan Chai Bypass will occupy a large area of a waterfront site, polluting the public open space with exhaust fumes and ruining views.
Alternative designs for the building, which is to be constructed in front of Two IFC and is proposed as either a “streamlined green roof”, or a cube called “the play of illusion”, are to be revealed at an exhibition for public consultation today.
The structure, which will be 18 metres high and occupy an area of 1,470 square metres, is one of three ventilation buildings to be built for the 4.5km bypass that will run underground at the reclaimed Central harbourfront and will be opened in 2017.
But harbour advisers are worried that the building will take up a lot of space and become an eyesore.
The latest plan for the reclaimed Central harbourfront, envisages that a site near the ventilation building, known as Site 2, will feature one location for cultural, retail, restaurant, entertainment, tourism and community uses, and will be managed by public-private partnership. The site, together with the neighbouring Site 1, will also have a large landscape deck covering the tunnel. Sites 1 and 2 were originally planned as locations for hotels and offices but the government reconsidered this proposal and replaced them with low-rise structures for community use after public opposition.
Paul Zimmerman, chief executive officer of Designing Hong Kong, and a Harbour Commission member, said it was the location rather than the design of the ventilation structure that worried him. “You can see what people will experience if the bypass vent is placed here – exhaust fumes issuing forth into the open space.
“The government promised that Sites 1 and 2 will become a podium plaza for community use. People are expecting a beautiful environment there,” Zimmerman said.
He suggested shifting the ventilation building westward nearer to Central Pier 1, a place further from the harbourfront open space with less human traffic.
Opposition is also brewing among businesses in the IFC mall. Red Bar + Restaurant on the fourth floor of the mall is circulating a flier urging customers to object to the building, and says the structure will be an eyesore and block the harbour view in front of the mall.
Patrick Lau Hing-tat, another Harbour Commission member, said the ventilation location was not desirable. “No matter how you dress it up, it will take a lot of open space.” Civil engineer Greg Wong Chak-yan said a ventilation building and a certain amount of exhaust fumes will be inevitable given that the public had agreed the bypass should go underground.
In response to an inquiry from the South China Morning Post, the Highways Department said it was “not recommendable” to relocate the building as this would require the scheme to be gazetted again and a new environmental assessment of the impacts of such a change, “which will cause serious delays to the completion and commissioning of the bypass project, of at least 1-1/2 to two years”.
Moving it to the site near Pier 1 as the group suggested would require additional ventilation and cable tunnels of several hundred metres which would create an even bigger ventilation building and cause traffic disruption in the area.
The department also said the impact of the present design would be acceptable with mitigation measures.