Henderson gets nod for IT offices

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 September, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 September, 2000, 12:00am

Henderson Land Development has secured Town Planning Board approval to turn two industrial sites in Kwun Tong into information technology-related office developments.

The company plans to build a 29-storey office project with a gross floor area of 120,000 square feet on a 10,000 sq ft site at 78 Hung To Road.

Another 29-storey IT-related office building is planned for a 11,377 sq ft site at 52 Hung To Road.

The successful applications reflect a growing trend of industrial sites being redeveloped into office projects targeting technology-related tenants.

Henderson Land is one of the keenest among the developers moving in this direction. The company had earlier received the green light to change its Big Star Industrial Centre in Kowloon Bay into a data centre.

Meanwhile, the planning Board yesterday rejected a residential development proposed by Wah Yan College for its school site in Yau Ma Tei.

The college proposed building three 16-storey to 18-storey residential blocks and a school on a 73,000 sq ft site, with a gross floor area of 390,000 sq ft.

New World Development was previously involved in a partnership with the college for the proposed redevelopment but dropped out because of high construction costs.

Several similar residential redevelopments linked with school sites have been rejected by the board recently, including the Tang King Po School's proposed development in Ho Man Tin.

However, the planning board approved the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp's residential development in West Rail's planned Long Ping Station in Yuen Long.

The development comprises five 24-storey blocks providing 856 units.

The 120,000 sq ft site can provide a gross floor area of 540,000 sq ft.