Shek Kip Mei Estate

A vanishing community

Chan Hau-chu is 79 and lives in a flat in block 11 of Pak Tin Estate, in Shek Kip Mei. 'I have been living here since I gave birth to my first son,' she says.

Monday, 18 June, 2012, 12:00am

Some place to call home

Love them or hate them, in a crowded city where living space is in short supply and barely affordable, subdivided flats are here to stay.

Recent tragedies have again highlighted the dangers of these cramped dwellings, with 14 residents killed by fires in buildings in Ma Tau Wai and Mong Kok, at least partly as a result of residential conditions.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

NGOs line up to take over old buildings

Historic sites eyed for social enterprises

Welfare groups are gearing up to bid for the right to run services in historical buildings under a government conservation scheme that will provide up to HK$5 million in subsidies for each project.

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Estate redesign to help aged, disabled

Aged and disabled residents of old public housing estates are set to benefit from the government's redesign concept that provides 'barrier-free living' throughout the estates.

The first features of the concept were unveiled yesterday in Shek Kip Mei - the first public housing estate - at a plaque unveiling ceremony.

17 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

Man jumps to his death

A 45-year-old man jumped to his death from his flat in Mei Yu House, on the Shek Kip Mei Estate. He was confirmed dead at the scene by ambulance crew. Police believe he jumped from the dining room window.

27 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Soft landing saves home-alone toddler in fall from eighth floor

A toddler survived a fall from her family's eighth-floor flat in Shek Kip Mei yesterday when she landed in a flower bed.

Leung Hoi-ching's mother had left the two-year-old asleep alone while she went for a chat with neighbours, taking the girl's five-year-old sister with her.

17 Jul 2007 - 12:00am


How should Mei Ho House be used?

Mei Ho House will be the only surviving building in the city's first public housing estate after the redevelopment project in Shek Kip Mei estate gets under way.

This is more than just a narrow, reinforced concrete six-storey residential building. It is of great social, historical and cultural significance.

5 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

What can we do with city's oldest public housing flats? You decide

A contest is being held to decide what to do with Mei Ho House, the oldest building in the city's first public housing estate.

People are invited to send their ideas for the building, in the Shek Kip Mei estate, to the Institute of Architects between August 18 and 31.

29 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Our Home, Shek Kip Mei 1954-2006

Vincent Yu's photographs capture the lives of the public housing residents in the area. Today-Sun, 8am-7pm, G/F, Block 15-18, Shek Kip Mei Estate. Inquiries: 9191 6200. Ends Sun

19 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Trees in Shek Kip Mei to be saved at cost of HK$1m in revamp

More than two-thirds of the trees around 15 seven-storey residential blocks on the city's oldest public housing estate will be preserved when the buildings are demolished in June.

6 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Historic home a monument to muddle

Housing and cultural services departments want no part of Shek Kip Mei museum

A plan to turn the oldest building in a public housing estate into a museum reflecting the history of housing has been put on hold amid wrangling by two government departments.

18 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Four found in apparent drug den suicide pact

The decomposing bodies of four people were found in a Shek Kip Mei drug den last night in a probable suicide pact. Burned charcoal was found on cookers in the flat where police made the discovery just before 9pm. Lights were on but all windows were shut and the gap under the front door was blocked by a towel.

13 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Lend a helping hand to the community

I volunteered to visit elderly people in Lower Shek Kip Mei Estate recently. It was the first time I had done charity work. The aim of the activity was to provide companionship for elderly people who lived alone.

24 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Historic housing

In a city renowned for having no remorse about pulling down old buildings to make way for gleaming skyscrapers, it is a pleasant surprise to learn that the Housing Department is planning to preserve some of Hong Kong's oldest public housing blocks in Shekkipmei Estate.

19 Jul 2002 - 12:00am