Ho Tung Gardens

Heritage policy must balance conservation and development

The residential redevelopment of Ho Tung Gardens is dropped after all. Photo: Sam Tsang

The public can be excused if they are confused about the government's commitment to heritage conservation.

Tuesday, 8 January, 2013, 2:57am

Board rejects William Meacham's 'lifeline' for Ho Tung Gardens

Ho Tung Gardens. Photo: Sam Tsang

The Antiquities Advisory Board yesterday refused to consider an interpretation of a law which could have saved Ho Tung Gardens.

The board concluded it would do nothing more to declare the Peak mansion a monument, as the Executive Council had made a final decision it did not want to compensate the owner, who would claim HK$7 billion for loss of her redevelopment right.

18 Dec 2012 - 3:27am

We must not destroy our heritage because of bad policy

Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po. Photo: Sam Tsang

Last week saw the announcement by Development Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po of the government's acceptance of the redevelopment of a historic mansion by its owner, as well as the reversal of a previous decision to demolish the west wing of the Central Government Offices for redevelopment.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:25am

Minister pledges public discussion on conservation policy

Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po attends a press conference concerning the West Wing of the former Central Government Offices and Ho Tung Gardens at Harbour Building in Central on Tuesday. Photo: KY Cheng

The government plans to put forward a conservation policy for public discussion in the second half of next year at the earliest, Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po said in a television interview on Sunday.

9 Dec 2012 - 5:16pm

Ho Tung Gardens was an eyesore … not Hong Kong heritage

Ho Tung Gardens

Failure? It was a victory of common sense. We were being asked to pay HK$7 billion to preserve an ugly, squat 1920s building of no historical significance and the Executive Council decided it wasn't worth the money.

6 Dec 2012 - 3:16am 9 comments

Ho Tung Gardens to be bulldozed; minister admits policy failure

Ho Min-kwan

The government admitted a policy failure yesterday as it decided to give up on a plan to save the historic Ho Tung Gardens on The Peak, which is held by an owner who refuses to co-operate.

It also bowed to public pressure and abandoned a scheme, put forward by the last administration, to redevelop the west wing of the former government headquarters in Central.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:39am 4 comments

Lost cause

Ho Tung Gardens, the interwar house and garden complex on The Peak, has been the subject of temporary protection orders, conservation proposals and ill-informed public rhetoric for more than a year. Sadly, it now seems inevitable that redevelopment will proceed.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Ho Tung Gardens owner adamant

A legal battle looms as the owner of Ho Tung Gardens says she is determined to demolish her family home even as the government is set to declare it a monument.

Ho Min-kwan, the granddaughter of the late tycoon Robert Hotung, said her only wish all along had been to continue to live on the site and replace the old house with 10 new ones.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Gardens are mine, Hotung relative says

The government could face a HK$7 billion compensation claim if it declares Ho Tung Gardens a monument, warns the granddaughter of late tycoon Sir Robert Hotung, who built the landmark on The Peak.

19 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

What price should we put on heritage preservation?

The decision of the Antiquities Advisory Board (which I chair) to throw its full support behind the government to declare Ho Tung Gardens on The Peak a monument, thus protected from redevelopment, prompted Post columnist Jake van der Kamp to call me out of my depth. He and others believe the building is not worth saving.

4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am