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  1. Nod for redevelopment of two iconic buildings

    Posted Mar 20th 2010, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... that the government give it grade-three historic status. Under the plan, the building's exterior, common staircases and a flagpole on the roof will be preserved. But the redevelopment, into a 17-storey ... blue exterior and balconies with a sea view, is a popular attraction for tourists and visitors to Stanley. But the owner has received approval to redevelop one of the two buildings on the site ...

  2. Look at the bigger heritage picture

    Posted May 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... perspective when ruling on the redevelopment plan inherited from the outgoing administration. Under the present system, only declared monuments are spared the wrecker's ball. Grade I historic status means only that 'every effort should be made to preserve [the structures] if possible'. Given the prime location and the high redevelopment potential of the government's ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong needs review of historic building heritage policy

    Posted Apr 01st 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial Heritage rules need a new look What is more sad than for a great city to lose its heritage bit by bit? Historic buildings and monuments, once demolished, are gone forever. That is why world cities steeped in history and culture have long em ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Heritage policy must balance conservation and development

    Posted Jan 08th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... for the owner's co-operation to drop a lucrative residential redevelopment. With 1,444 heritage buildings at present, how to better handle built heritage in private hands will be the immediate challenge ...

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    Bernard Chan fears about-turn on west wing

    Posted Nov 06th 2012, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... message if it scraps the west wing redevelopment plan in response to public lobbying. Chan's comment came yesterday as a source close to the government said the administration was now keen ... consultation in June. However, the Development Bureau said it had not changed the redevelopment plan. "I'm not surprised if most of the public views submitted to the government are asking ...

  6. Carrie Lam to reflect onwest wing 'sensitivity'

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for ignoring heritage advisers in handling the redevelopment of Government Hill. In a legislative meeting, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was asked why she announced the amended redevelopment plan ... the early announcement of the amended plan would help board members to focus their discussion on the building's historic value. In her view, the public opposed the redevelopment because people ...

  7. Carrie Lam reflects on 'sensitivity'

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com The development minister told lawmakers yesterday she would reflect on her political sensitivity and relationship with advisory bodies after being criticised for ignoring heritage advisers in handling the redevelopment of Government Hill. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was asked why she announced the amended redevelopment plan for the west wing, a former ...

  8. Private office idea for HQ's west wing

    Posted May 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com A top conservation adviser says the west wing of the government's former headquarters in Central should not be sold off for redevelopment but could be converted into grade-A offices for private use. Bernard Chan, chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, set out his views on controversial plans to redevelop the building for the first time ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong's heritage policy needs muscle

    Posted Apr 21st 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... in a place known for its strong appetite for tearing down old blocks for redevelopment. But a closer examination by the government auditor shows the situation still leaves a lot to be desired. ...

  10. Board's rating move could save west wing

    Posted Nov 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Olga Wong and Joyce Ng Controversial plans to demolish and redevelop the west wing of the former government headquarters in Central could be blocked after antiquities advisers decided ... arrangement,' Chan said. 'There's still plenty of time before the redevelopment of the west wing starts in 2013.' A board member specialising in architectural conservation, Lee Ho-yin, ...




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