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December 26, 2020

Central harbourfront site to be sold

Site 3 of the New Central Harbourfront will be sold by open tender under a two-envelope approach, the Government announced recently. The tender invitation will close on June 18, 2021. The site, Inland Lot No 9088, has a site area of about 47,967 sq m and is designated for non-industrial purposes, excluding residential, godown and petrol filling station uses.

     The maximum gross floor area is 150,000 sq m, excluding public facilities and the government accommodation to be constructed or reprovisioned by the purchaser. The purchaser will be required to provide within the lot public open space of not less than 25,000 sq m in total, a continuous landscaped deck spanning above Lung Wo Road and Yiu Sing Street, and a multi-level pedestrian connection linking up the hinterland of the core business district in Central with the harbourfront. The public open space and pedestrian connection facilities will be open to the public round the clock and free of charge in the future.

     The assessment criteria have been grouped into six categories, namely overall design and development concept, setting a new benchmark for people-centric and sustainable design, quality of architectural and urban design, quality of landscaping and attractiveness of public open space, connectivity and walkability within and outside the site and composition of commercial uses and placement of government, institution and community uses.


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The assessment criteria also reward proposals that can realise the Government’s vision and attach particular importance to aspects with strong public interest, including the quality of architectural and urban design, connectivity and walkability as well as greening and landscaping.

     In accordance with the regulation requirements, assessment will be carried out by a Tender Assessment Panel, chaired by the Permanent Secretary for Development (Planning & Lands), to safeguard the integrity of the procurement exercise.

     Additionally, the Government has appointed eight experts from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, planning, building surveying, urban design, place making, creation of public realms, social development and more as independent Technical Advisors to provide views on the assessment criteria and offer professional advice to the panel on the non-premium proposals received. Click here for the land sale documents.

     The purchaser of the site is required to prepare a master layout plan in accordance with its non-premium proposal for approval by the Town Planning Board before commencing development.