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The Arch

Q & A with our experts, May 8, 2013

Kent Chui

Q: I have just become a permanent resident and am looking to make Hong Kong my first home. My budget is up to HK$12 million. My shortlisted choices are a one-bedroom flat at Sun Hung Kai Properties' The Arch or a two-bedroom flat at Cheung Kong's Victoria Towers.

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013, 2:33am

Hong Kong housing prices soar despite cooling steps

A car parking spot at The Arch, on top of the West Kowloon MTR station, sold for HK$2.2 million in July this year. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Fewer homes are being sold and mortgages taken out thanks to the government's housing measures, but the steps have not put the brakes on prices.

5 Dec 2012 - 10:30am 4 comments

Sun Hung Kai to replace Arch windows after breakages

The Arch, where nearly 60 glass panels have shattered or fallen out since 2008 and more than 1,000 will be replaced. Photo: Felix Wong

Developer Sun Hung Kai Properties will spend tens of millions of dollars replacing tempered-glass windows in more than 1,000 flats at its luxury estate The Arch. Nearly 60 glass panels have shattered or fallen out there since 2008.

24 Oct 2012 - 7:07am

Larvotto, The Arch residents unhappy with response to window falls

A white cover masks a broken window at The Arch in West Kowloon. Residents fear the breakages will reduce the value of their flats. Photo: Felix Wong

Residents living in fear of breaking windows in two luxury high-rise apartment complexes say the Buildings Department and developers have ignored their concerns about safety and depreciating property values.

24 Oct 2012 - 5:38am

Glass needs stringent testing to prevent it falling from buildings

Cracked glass was caused by an impurity. Photo: Yu Wai-kin

Glass panels that have fallen from the walls of two luxury estates have been diagnosed with "glass cancer", which is caused by an impurity common in tempered glass and which can be prevented only by stringent quality control.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:41am

Who said it?

If mainstream opinion is that I should choose between the two, I will resign from Exco

Lam Woon-kwong, Exco convenor and chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission

It is no cause for criticism if the central government's institutions based in Hong Kong express care about the city's affairs

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Arch sale adds to grief for owners

Sun Hung Kai Properties plans to offer the last 100 flats in the Arch for sale this month, creating more grief for existing owners who bought into the luxury building at Kowloon Station as an investment but have been hard-pressed to turn a profit on resale.

21 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Developers cashing in on eco-buildings

The environmental policy is being exploited and a review is needed, say lawmakers and a green group

The government policy to promote eco-buildings has enabled developers to add floor space worth hundreds of millions of dollars to their projects by paying land premiums amounting to a tiny fraction of the space's value.

13 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Favouritism denied over West Kowloon

The government yesterday denied it was in favour of a particular bidder for the controversial West Kowloon cultural project despite the developer being allowed to put up advertising panels at the site.

The Democratic Party questioned the government's fairness after it allowed Sun Hung Kai Properties to erect 50-metre-long advertising panels.

15 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Solid foundation

Name: Wong Wai-tung Age: 48 Occupation: Building engineer

Young Post: Are building engineers in Hong Kong registered?

Wong: Yes, we are registered with the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. There was no such system when I studied for a higher diploma in the late 1970s.

I became a member of the institution when it was set up in 1989.

5 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Views from the top

'When it comes to luxury living, most people tend to have a lower density neighbourhood and that's why The Peak and Island South are so popular. With respect, you could not call The Arch low density'

Jane Garnett

CB Richard Ellis residential services director

27 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Door shuts for Arch buyers

Within one week of the Arch notching a record per-unit price for a $168 million penthouse, all available units in the Sun Hung Kai Properties development have been sold.

The developer says only reserve units remain on its books at the West Kowloon project. Eight hundred of the 1,052 units were sold within days of the pre-sale launch.

18 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

The Arch turns golden as developer splashes out

SHKP has spent $200m to build a show flat at Two IFC for its residential project

In the latest example of extravagant promotions in Hong Kong, a developer has splashed out $200 million to build a show flat that takes up 50,000 sqft in Two IFC - one of the most expensive office towers in town.

6 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Wonders never cease with property developers

No Hong Kong property advert can do without a few pictures of Louis XIV's palaces, or mansions on the French Riviera. It's glamour by association. But now Sun Hung Kai Properties has upped the ante.

12 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

SHKP offers more units at Yuen Long

Sun Hung Kai Properties has released an additional 850 units of The Parcville residential project in Yuen Long. Extra units on higher floors cost 3 per cent more than previous batches. The first 32 units are priced at HK$2,283 per square foot while two additional batches are HK$2,389 per square foot and HK$2,472 per square foot.

3 Mar 2001 - 12:00am