Category: Tung Chung Expansion

Massive Tung Chung Bay reclamation gets underway

Work on the reclamation of 130 ha of Tung Chung Bay to create land for housing formally began today.

Government officials descended on north Lantau this morning to don the traditional yellow hard hats for the ceremonial project start.

Combined with the removal of 150 ha of the northern side of the bay to create an artificial island for the HK-Macau bridge, the new project will reduce the bay, once two kilometres wide, to a narrow channel.

A HK$12 billion contract to carry out the reclamation was let to a Singapore-China joint venture, Build King-SCT, last month.

The Tung Chung east project is the biggest part of what is officially known as the Tung Chung New Town Extension – the biggest project in the district since it was built two decades ago.

It is intended to provide 40,000 homes, with the first people forecast to move in in 2023. Another 9,000 homes are to be built at Tung Chung west near Shek Mun Kap. More than three-fifths will be public housing.

Led by Paul Chan (centre), today’s dignitaries included Islands District Council chairman Chow Yuk-tong (third from right) and various works officials

Finance Secretary Paul Chan – who as Development Secretary was the chief salesman for the East Lantau Metropolis – used the occasion to hail the importance of reclamation, which has slowed down in the last two decades.

Between 2000 and 2015, Hong Kong generated a total of only 690 hectares of land (ie, an average of more than 40 hectares annually) through land reclamation, far less than the 3,000 hectares between 1985 and 2000 (that is, an average of 200 hectares per year About ten Victoria Parks), a decrease of nearly 80%.

Without elaborating, Chan argued that reclamation is synonymous with urban growth, noting that nearly half of the city’s population lives in ‘new towns’ – urban areas such as Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun and Shatin that were built in the 1970s and 80s.

Tseung Kwan O and Tung Chung were created in the 90s, but no new residential districts have been developed since.

Chan says up to now Tung Chung has lacked the scale of other new towns like Shatin, which has 700,000 people, and Tai Po 280,000, to support local facilities.

Originally anticipated to house 200,000 people, today has little more than 80,000. Chan blames the shortfall – again without any details – on the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s and SARS in 2003

He says the expansion will bring a “substantial improvement in local facilities” to the district, including two new MTR stations, a 3 ha playground, “post-secondary education facilities, clinics, large-scale public markets and more than 5 km of promenades.”

The expansion will also provide 870,000 sq metres of commercial floor space will be used for office, retail and hotel development, enabling more local job opportunities.

Holden Chow calls on MTR to speed up Tung Chung East station development

Islands District Councillor and DAB vice-chairman Holden Chow has called on the MTR Corp to bring forward the construction of the Tung Chung East station to align with the timetable for building new apartments.

Under the current timetable, the first residents will start moving into the Tung Chung East Development in 2023, but the new MTR station won’t be completed until 2026.

Chow said the construction of the third runway would bring many work opportunities, including for local residents, and the most effective way to ensure they could take advantage of these would be to connect airport island and TC directly.

He said the MTR was studying the idea of adding an extra Tung Chung Line station to connect to the airport and urged the government or the MTR to release their findings, RTHK reports.

Reclamation work on the Tung Chung East project is due to start by the end of the year.

The CEDD plans to build 40,800 apartments in Tung Chung East and another 8,600 in Tung Chung West. It has forecast that Tung Chung East will accommodate an 119,000 people.

Tung Chung development forecasts (Source: Legco Public Works Subcommittee)

Govt promises new Tung Chung public market

The government has promised to build a new public market in Tung Chung to meet the district’s growing population.

It’s one of a number of measures on shopping markets announced in the CE policy address earlier in October and confirmed by a senior official in responses to Legco.

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department is also promising to provide air-conditioning to 11 market sites and to “improve facilities and administration” at all markets, Ming Pao reports. Other new public markets are planned for Tin Shui Wai and Hung Shui Kiu.

Government planners predict that Tung Chung’s population will increase from around 80,000 residents today to approximately 268,000 by the middle of the next decade.

Tung Chung’s Yat Tung, along with Tin Shui Wai, is one of the city’s most economically-challenged areas, with high unemployment and low incomes. Many residents say they are unable to afford local supermarket prices, and take advantage of a government transport subsidy to travel to Mong Kok each week to buy food and necessities.

Community group Alliance on the Development of Public Markets has complained that the government proposal contains no detail and no timetable.

Two years ago the group recommended five sites for a new Tung Chung market, but has so far had no official response. The proposed sites include the Tung Chung Cable Station next to Tat Tung Road Garden, the Chung Wai St bus depot and the Yat Tung No. 3 car park.

The group called on the government to set out its timetable for the construction of the markets and to consult widely on site selection and the market scale.

Photo: Market, Yat Tung (Lantau News)

Tung Chung east reclamation to begin by year-end

Work on the Tung Chung East housing development will start by year-end and take six years to complete, according to a government tender document.

The Civil Engineering and Development Dept yesterday issued a tender for the reclamation of 130 hectares from Tung Chung Bay and the construction of 4.9km in seawalls and infrastructure.

It is the biggest part of what is officially known as the Tung Chung New Town Extension, which the government says is one of its most important land supply projects.

Under the project, the CEDD will build 49,400 new apartments and 877,000 sq metres of commercial space in developments in east and west Tung Chung in the next seven years.

Tung Chung east extension.  Source: CEDD

The new apartments will house approximately 144,000 people, CEDD says. Combined with other developments underway, they expect Tung Chung’s population will increase from approximately 80,000 today to 268,000.

The first residents are expected to move in in 2023.

The issue of the tender follows Legco’s approval of HK$20.5 billion for the first funding tranche last month.

A new MTR station is planned for Tung Chung East, but is not likely to be completed until 2026.

Tung Chung reclamation: Govt seeks $21b, green group warns of threats

The government is pushing ahead with plans to build 40,000 new apartments on reclaimed land in Tung Chung Bay – but a green group has called for the project to be scaled back by a third.

The Development Bureau is seeking HK$20.6 billion from Legco for the 120ha reclamation. A second stage will involve reclaiming a further 80ha. The projects are part of the Tung Chung New Town Extension plan which aims to add another 120,000 homes in the area by 2030. Continue reading