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Harbour watchdog to get more teeth for mammoth task

View of the sunset on Hong Kong's harbourfront.

We hear that the Harbourfront Commission, the body that is charged with overseeing development around the harbour, is to be upgraded in the not-too-distant future.

Wednesday, 5 September, 2012, 7:19am

Must Hong Kong reinvent the wheel?

We are all for clever ideas and iconic structures to make Hong Kong stand out from the pack, bring in visitors, give our city spark and put us on the map.

The 60-metre-high observation wheel that a company is keen to put on our new-look harbourfront in Central would seem to tick all the boxes. And from the artist's impression, it is certainly eye-catching.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

'Hong Kong Eye' planned for Central harbourfront

The new-look Central harbourfront will boast a 60-metre-high observation wheel if a company that runs such wheels in several cities around the world has its way.

It would complement promenades, cafes and a maritime museum planned for the area.

The company and a partner will submit the proposal for a 'Hong Kong Eye' to the Harbourfront Commission today.

30 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Maritime Museum move approved

The Town Planning Board yesterday approved relocation of the privately owned Maritime Museum from Stanley to pier No 8 in Central. The museum will have to carry out an air-quality assessment to ensure that a planned cafe on the roof will not be affected by emissions from ferries. The museum is now at Murray House in Stanley, but it has to leave those premises by February 2012.

14 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Quay asset

Hong Kong is known worldwide for its first-class harbour and for the memorable skyline of high-rise towers set against a backdrop of sweeping green hills.

8 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

We need international contest to design world-class harbourfront

I refer to Dick Groves' letter ('It's still not too late to create a vibrant Central harbourfront', June 23) which discussed how Hong Kong can achieve the vision of a world-class Central waterfront.

7 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Museum eyes Star Ferry Pier site

The privately owned Maritime Museum in Stanley plans to relocate to the Star Ferry Pier in Central, but a proposal to seal off the pier building has been criticised by harbour activists and a district councillor.

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Projects role sought for new harbour watchdog

A proposed new harbourfront watchdog would be given a more proactive role to initiate development projects on key waterfront sites in Central and Kai Tak, but its power would be limited as it would still be a non-statutory body.

18 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

'Cut land premiums to revitalise harbour'

The city's waterfront could be more vibrant if the government lowered land premiums for private waterfront sites to encourage activities that were less profitable but more interesting, the business sector said yesterday.

1 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

In Brief

Harbourfront committee's term extended for six months

29 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

URA could be given wider role

The Urban Renewal Authority's role may be expanded to take in rejuvenation of waterfront areas and rundown industrial zones.

The authority is also being viewed as a possible alternative to setting up an independent body to manage the harbourfront.

17 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In the report, 'Trade arbitration cases up 40pc as disputes rise amid global crisis' on page A3 yesterday, the figure of 40 per cent should have read 14 per cent.

21 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Eyesores targeted

An adviser on harbourfront design has welcomed the establishment of a taskforce that will co-ordinate the work of various departments to ensure eyesores are not erected on the waterfront.

16 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Tsim Sha Tsui towers 'too high'

A green group has called on the government to negotiate with property developers about the height of two wall-like towers planned for Tsim Sha Tsui.

26 May 2008 - 12:00am

Public divided on pier icons' fate

The public remains divided about whether to re-erect Queen's Pier and the clock tower from the demolished Star Ferry pier, and if so, where, according to a consultant hired to gauge public opinion on proposals for the Central harbourfront.

7 Dec 2007 - 12:00am