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  1. News - China - DEVELOPMENT

    As China's economy matures, it trades speed for build quality on big projects

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 05:29am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com China is more willing to accept delays in building equipment and infrastructure to ensure quality Speed no longer of the essence for key projects ... to "around 2022". Such delays used to be greatly frowned upon when it came to major building projects in China. A speed-at-all-costs attitude led to the completion of the Three Gorges Dam, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1596995/chinas-economy-matures-it-trades-speed-build-quality-big-projects
  2. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Plan to build flats on site earmarked for Science Park growth put on hold

    Posted Sep 06th 2014, 05:02am by FANNY FUNG

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung fanny.fung@scmp.com Science Park homes on hold in face of opposition A decision on a controversial plan to build flats on a site earmarked for the Hong Kong Science ... Leung Chun-ying's effort to build 470,000 new flats in a decade. Now the government wants to sell the land for a medium-density private residential development with 3,380 flats. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1586166/plan-build-flats-site-earmarked-science-park-growth-put-hold
  3. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Time for Hong Kong government to get on its bike?

    Posted Oct 18th 2014, 03:55am by Ada Lee

    ... Ada Lee Authorities say city's urban areas are too congested for cycle paths, yet London, where roads are just as busy, is building Europe's longest Time for government to get on its bike? London's plan to build Europe's longest segregated bicycle path through some of its busiest areas has renewed calls in Hong Kong for better cycling infrastructure. London ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1618647/time-hong-kong-government-get-its-bike
  4. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Longer wait for flats on the cards amid building shortfall

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 04:57am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... waiting time' pledge again soon," he said. But critics were pessimistic. "The chief executive pledged to build an average of 20,000 public rental flats each year [between 2013 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557701/expect-longer-waits-flats-amid-shortfall-well-catch-soon-says-housing
  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - DEVELOPMENT

    Kowloon East CBD plan follows in footsteps of Singapore’s Marina Bay

    Posted Oct 14th 2014, 10:55am by Peggy Sito

    ... the government is developing Kowloon East in a plan to build a second central business district there. "There have been some land sales and transport improvement projects there. The government also plans to move many of its offices there. Meanwhile, in Kowloon East, a few new buildings are already attracting tenants and buyers. "Given the office shortage in Hong Kong, many ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1615727/kowloon-east-cbd-plan-follows-footsteps-singapores-marina
  6. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Town planners had 'no choice' but to rezone Science Park site

    Posted Oct 11th 2014, 04:02am by FANNY FUNG

    ... to the park. The struggle began in February when the government announced the change in a bid to meet its target of building 470,000 new flats in 10 years. At yesterday's hearing- held after ... He asked officials to compare the original expansion plan and the current one, which was to build flats on the site and provide space for technology development elsewhere later. "Does ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1613963/town-planners-had-no-choice-rezone-science-park-site
  7. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Farmers in plea for land

    Posted Oct 14th 2014, 04:33am by ELIZABETH CHEUNG

    ... Elizabeth Cheung elizabeth.cheung@scmp.com Farmers in plea for land Farmers pleaded with the Town Planning Board not to destroy their way of life on the second day of a hearing into the new towns development project. The government plans to build two new towns at Kwu Tung North and Fanling North, in the northeastern New Territories, to house 170,000 people. But villagers who ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1615866/farmers-plea-land
  8. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Lack of rail link for new towns development questioned

    Posted Oct 09th 2014, 04:02am by FANNY FUNG

    ... pressure in an already congested area. "There will be 100,000 people living in Fanling North and Queen's Hill. How is it possible not to build a railway station in Fanling North?" ... announced in his policy address in January that an earlier plan to build a private university at Queen's Hill had been scrapped in favour of public housing. District planning officer Maggie ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1612305/lack-rail-link-new-towns-development-questioned
  9. Property - Hong Kong & China - DEVELOPMENT

    Ghost buildings haunt Tianjin's 'Manhattan' project

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 04:49am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Beijing Failure to attract tenants underscores the fallout from a record credit-fuelled investment spree Ghost buildings haunt Tianjin's Manhattan The mainland's plan to build a replica Manhattan is taking shape against a backdrop of vacant office towers and unfinished hotels, underscoring the risks to a slowing economy from the investment boom. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1544384/ghost-buildings-haunt-tianjins-manhattan-project
  10. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Land premium demand may sink URA's Central Market project

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 05:31am by Olga Wong

    ... the Buildings Department, which required the conversion to comply with its rules on sustainable design and fire safety. A spokeswoman for the authority said the Lands Department was now asking it to pay ... is not that high-end," said another member who declined to be named. "The government might as well take back the site and sell it for office buildings." Another board member, who also declined ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1610185/land-premium-demand-may-sink-uras-central-market-project

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