Complex set for partial opening

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 September, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 September, 1996, 12:00am

Only part of the much-talked-about seven-storey $500 million Peak Tower shopping and entertainment complex with its wok-shaped roof will open in November, according to the project's developer, Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels.

A company spokesman said that not until Lunar New Year would everything in the complex be running and ready for the official opening - a year behind schedule.

Viola Cheung Kar-wing, senior public relations officer with Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, said the delay was due to poor weather and the steep gradient of the construction site at the popular tourist spot.

The contractor had not expected the foggy and rainy weather to have such an impact on the construction schedule, she said.

Building on such a steep slope also slowed down the pace of construction, said Ms Cheung.

With redevelopment of the old Peak Tower almost finished, retail tenants are expected to start fitting out their shops in the next couple of weeks.

Company officials are not sure just how many of the shops will be ready by the soft opening slated for early November.

However, almost all of the 130,000 square feet of retail space had been leased out, the company said.

According to Ms Cheung, a train ride and giant screen theatre were also expected to be open.

The new complex's Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum, which occupies two floors, will not be ready until the grand opening.

An international restaurant operated by the Swiss chain Marche, which will be occupying 15,000 sq ft in the wok-shaped bowl, will open next year.

According to one company representative, it will take the restaurant three or four months to set up shop.