The tender for a Tung Chung site has been awarded on a 50-year land grant at a premium of $2.778 billion, the Lands Department announced on March 31. Tung Chung Town Lot No. 45 at Area 57 in Tung Chung was awarded to Wealfort Investment, a subsidiary of Chime Corporation. It has a site area of about 12,335 sq m and is designated for non-industrial purposes, excluding residential, hotel, godown and petrol filling station. The site's minimum and maximum gross floor areas are 70,310 sq m and 117,182 sq m.
Reservoir site report issued
On April 6, the Development Bureau released the review report on the handling of the Ex-Sham Shui Po Service Reservoir's demolition works by the Water Supplies Department and the Antiquities & Monuments Office (AMO). The report proposes short and medium-term improvement measures to avoid a recurrence of similar incidents, the bureau said. The measures include revising the relevant technical circular and issuing new guidelines to set out the detailed requirements in dealing with items with potential heritage value by works agents and the AMO. Regular joint seminars will also be held to enhance interdepartmental communication and staff awareness of items with potential heritage value.
Furthermore, through the Built Heritage Conservation Fund, the Government will explore the appropriate approaches to handle items that are not buildings or structures but possess potential heritage value. With the Antiquities Advisory Board having confirmed its Grade 1 status in June 2021 and having undergone temporary strengthening and improvement works, the reservoir opened for public guided tours in December 2021.
In examining the reservoir's long-term conservation and revitalisation plan, the bureau said one option is to include the venue in Batch VII of the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme. This can leverage community intelligence and creativity to identify a partner and a new use most suited for the reservoir through an open process, with a view to enabling the public to better enjoy the place, the bureau explained.
The executive summary of the review report is available here.