Districts throw weight behind pier relocation

The government has won landslide support from district councils on the relocation of Queen's Pier to the new Central waterfront after completing its consultations with councils.

Friday, 25 July, 2008, 12:00am

Old pier awaits a new roof

A temporary storage shed will be built to protect dismantled parts of Queen's Pier, which are now stored on Lantau Island, government officials said during a visit to the storage area yesterday.

The Development Bureau opened the explosives depot on Lantau Island to the media for the first time yesterday to show the public the condition of the dissected pier.

9 May 2008 - 12:00am

Pier may lose historic status after relocation

Move puts icon's listing at risk

Queen's Pier may lose its historic status after it is dismantled and rebuilt, former members of the Antiquities Advisory Board say.

They believed it could fall into the same category as Murray House, which lost its grade-one historic status after it was taken apart in Central and rebuilt in Stanley.

27 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Look out for story on Queen's Pier activists

Live broadcasts of the chaotic scene at Queen's Pier occupied the TV screen all day on August 1. Two hundred policemen surrounded the pier, and fire services staff and an abseiling team were called in to get the protesters off the roof.

Queen's Pier has its value as a part of Hong Kong history, and many have fond memories of it.

24 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Activists mourn as pier's plaque removed

One of three historic plaques at Queen's Pier was removed yesterday, leaving conservation activists mourning the loss.

Workers started removing one of two Chinese-language plaques - the third is in English - at about 1pm. The process took more than three hours as they carefully wrapped it in plastic and sponge to prevent it from being damaged.

23 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Pier stance ignored, court told

Former home affairs secretary accused of shunning opinion of antiquities board

The previous Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho Chi-ping shunned the opinion of an advisory body in his decision against declaring the Queen's Pier a monument, the Court of First Instance heard yesterday.

8 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Activists should strike a balance between sense and sensibility

Like your correspondent J. Y. K. Cheng ('Some pier protests have gone too far', August 1), I do not subscribe to the arguments put forth by the Queen's Pier activists.

Protesters clamouring for heritage protection obstructed the removal of the pier to defend its historical and cultural value.

5 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

No surrender

It took the police almost 10 hours to clear defiant activists from Queen's Pier on Wednesday. Do you think some protesters went too far in their bid to stop the pier from being demolished? Write to us.

3 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

More options for pier on the table

Alternatives to preserving historic structures will be released for public consultation

In the wake of the Queen's Pier saga, extra options to preserve the pier and the Star Ferry Pier's clock tower will be offered for public consultation by the end of October, government sources said yesterday.

3 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

A sign of the desperate times for Queen's Pier protesters

Protesters fighting to keep Queen's Pier at its original site last night switched on a rooftop light display that spells out SOS, ahead of a meeting with the development chief today.

Activists erected the sign as part of a ramped-up protest that also includes a hunger strike by three activists that started on Friday.

29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

How far should city go to make ferries green?

The 21st century has turned out to be anything but plain sailing for the Star ferries. First the historic icons were moved to a new pier farther away from its catchment area for passengers in Central. Then the demolition of the old pier to make way for reclamation development sparked an outcry about destruction of heritage and collective memory.

28 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

New groups are at odds in widening battle over future of Queen's Pier

The battle over the future of Queen's Pier has widened with the formation of two new groups - one dedicated to the pier's preservation and the other determined to have it stripped of its recently acquired historical status.

22 May 2007 - 12:00am

Smugglers caught at Sai Kung pier

Two men were arrested at a pier in Sai Kung district attempting to smuggle electronic products worth HK$19 million to the mainland.

The pair were arrested as the goods were being unloaded from two vans onto three speedboats berthed at Wong Shek pier on Thursday evening.

19 May 2007 - 12:00am

Happy berth day

A pleasure craft docks at Central's pier 9 on its first day in operation yesterday. Tourists arriving at the pier to board leisure cruises, which until Wednesday had sailed from Queen's Pier, praised the facility but were unaware they were among its first users. American tourist Julie Bonneau said: 'It is beautiful.

27 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Heritage rules 'narrow-minded'

Architecture reflecting the spirit of different generations should be considered to have heritage value even if it is less than 50 years old, says a cultural critic.

18 Dec 2006 - 12:00am