The Buildings Department approved 21 building plans in April - five on Hong Kong Island, eight in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories. Of the approved plans, 11 were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two were for factory and industrial developments, and eight were for community services developments.
Consent was given for works to start on 14 building projects which will provide 39,089 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 797 units and 520,609 sq m of gross floor area for non-domestic use. The department also issued 16 occupation permits - five on Hong Kong Island, two in Kowloon and nine in the New Territories. Buildings certified for occupation have 143,427 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 3,696 units and 98,592 sq m for non-domestic use.
Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme
Four projects proposed by non-profit organisations have been selected as part of a revamp of four structures under the sixth batch of the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme, the Development Bureau announced recently.
The Tai Tam Tuk Raw Water Pumping Station Staff Quarters Compound, a declared monument, will be converted into a school for nature-based early childhood education.
Homi Villa, a Grade 3 historic building in Ting Kau, will be turned into a learning centre. Exhibitions, guided tours, lectures and workshops will be organised to deepen public understanding of the environment, history and culture. Classes, mindfulness activities as well as tea and dining services will be offered in King Yin Lei, a declared monument in Mid-Levels, after a revamp, to promote general health through a better understanding of Pu’er tea, traditional Chinese medicine and medicinal herbs.
Fong Yuen Study Hall, a Grade 3 historic building in Ma Wan, will be revitalised into a learning centre. Innovation elements will be added into its history, culture and environmental ecology activities, to attract different age groups.
Secretary for Development Michael Wong said for the former North Kowloon Magistracy in Sham Shui Po, which was later included in the same batch of the revitalisation scheme, the assessment of the 30 applications it has received is under way and the result is expected to be announced in the second half of the year after the completion of the whole assessment process.
The Government will earmark about $586 million to subsidise the renovation of the four historic buildings and another $15 million to subsidise the projects’ initial operation. The projects in this batch are expected to be completed in phases and be up and running from 2025.