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Hong Kong to preserve bridge remnants by enhanced design
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2011-05-16 10:24

The Development Bureau of Hong Kong Friday revealed an enhanced urban design of the Kai Tak Development to incorporate the community's views on the preservation of the Lung Tsun Stone Bridge remnants and public aspirations for a more accessible waterfront.

At a press conference on Friday, Kai Tak Office Head Stephen Tang said following the approval of the Kai Tak Outline Zoning Plan in November, 2007, two stages of public engagement were conducted from last May to April to collect views on the preservation of the remnants.

After a series of public workshops and consultations, there was general support for designating a corridor to preserve them in situ.

"Based on these public views, we propose to incorporate a 30- meter-wide corridor zoned as open space to accommodate the remnants and ancillary facilities," Tang said.

In response to public aspirations for a more accessible waterfront, the government has proposed to relocate two roads and the associated landscaped deck away from the Kai Tak waterfront to the center of the former runway to enhance accessibility.

Tang added that the opportunity has also been taken to relocate another road from the waterfront at the South Apron for better accessibility. The road and pedestrian link layout of the South Apron is optimized to group several split-amenity areas into a useable "Government, Institution or Community" site.

The government will consult the District Councils and Town Planning Board on the proposed enhancement measures in the coming months, and will initiate amendments to the approved Outline Zoning Plan afterwards.

The Kai Tak Outline Zoning Plan, covering an area of more than 300 hectares and expected to cost over 100 billion HK dollars ( about 12.99 billion U.S. dollars), is a large-scale urban development plan of the city's ex-airport Kai Tak. The first batch of constructions started in 2009, and the government expected the whole plan will take about 12 years time to finish.

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