Foundations laid for landmarks of future

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 April, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 April, 1997, 12:00am

The opening of the Western Harbour Crossing represents the first link in a transport system serving one of Hong Kong's most extensive development projects.

When the development of a new urban centre is completed early next century, the Kowloon Station development site will consist of 11.7 million square feet of fully integrated residential, office, retail and hotel facilities.

The planned 5,126 residential units, three office towers totalling 2.8 million sq ft of floor space, 860,800 sq ft of retail space and parking for 6,000 vehicles will constitute one of the finest transport systems in the world.

Situated on the West Kowloon reclamation site, adjacent to the Western Harbour Crossing and the West Kowloon Expressway, the Kowloon Station development is expected to evolve into a quality residential, office and shopping centre.

It will provide a well-planned and balanced residential area and become a commercial focal point in Tsim Sha Tsui West.

Geographically, the Kowloon Station development will be located in the centre of a number of major road and rail links which will eventually provide rapid and direct access to the new airport at Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong island and beyond the border into southern China.

The opening of the Western Harbour Crossing will offer motorists a faster and less congested route under Victoria Harbour, taking them close to the heart of the business district on Hong Kong island and significantly reducing travelling time between Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories.

The new development will be carefully structured on a well-planned urban landscape.

The 18 residential towers will be designed to create a residential community which will be well served by recreational and community facilities, convenience stores and a large shopping centre.

Ample car parking will be available for both residents and visitors.

For those choosing to travel by public transport, all forms of road and rail services will be within easy reach of their homes.

Hotels will also form an important part of the Kowloon Station development.

A range of them will be designed to focus on the needs of group tourists, executives and even business tycoons.

The hotels will only be about 20 minutes from Chek Lap Kok Airport and in easy reach of Hong Kong's major business and tourist attractions.

Under the 1995 revised development package, an 88-storey landmark office and hotel complex looks set to become the most distinct and high-profile building on Kowloon peninsula.

The entire scheme, which is expected to take about 12 years to complete, has been divided into seven packages to prevent problems of oversupply.

The separate projects will also enable medium-sized developers to participate in the building of Hong Kong's future.