Residents at Belgravia can breathe easy

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 May, 2009, 12:00am

It's rare that the renovation of a luxury residential building comes as a breath of fresh air to potential homebuyers - but that is the case with Belgravia apartments in Island South.

Each of the 50 apartments overlooking Middle Bay has been installed with an air-purifier system believed to be the first of its type to be used for a residential building in Hong Kong.

The system has been used in hospitals and was selected by Kerry Properties to enhance the quality of life for residents. Belgravia's refurbishment is not only meant to give the apartments a sense of 'contemporary luxury', but to address concerns about Hong Kong's poor air quality.

Ander Li, Kerry Real Estate Agency's marketing manager, says the Belgravia's renovation now combines 'elegance with technological advancement'. He says he hopes to see more co-operation between Kerry Properties and the suppliers of the Swiss-made IQAir system.

The air-purifier and a centralised vacuum-cleaning system in each apartment are designed to banish fine particles from the air.

It is designed to help people who suffer from respiratory problems, or children and adults at risk from pollutants, Mr Li says.

'Occupants are given an option to choose the amount of clean air they may breathe in throughout the day,' he says. 'It is believed to be the first time in Hong Kong's housing history that occupants' health has been taken into account during property management using this method.'

Apartments in the Belgravia range from a gross floor area of 2,390 sqft, with three bedrooms and two en suite bathrooms, to 2,790 sqft with four bedrooms and three en suite bathrooms. There are also two duplex penthouses on the 29th and 30th floors measuring 3,675 sqft and 3,845 sqft.

Kerry Properties is the sister company of SCMP Group, publisher of the South China Morning Post.