The head of the SAR's Beijing Office promised yesterday that its permanent headquarters would not be luxurious. Bowen Leung Po-wing said spending $87 million on a traditional-style, low-rise building with courtyards represented value for money. The price was only 10 per cent higher than a flat in a commercial building in the city centre, he said. Mr Leung said an area of 2,000 square metres was needed to cater for expansion of the office over the next 50 years. The office says there are few options available. It is seeking the approval of legislators to buy a detached, quadrangle-style building in Xicheng district. 'A traditional-style, low-rise building does not mean luxury. It depends on the decoration. I pledge that we will not chase a luxurious style,' Mr Leung said. He said the SAR could be promoted better from an office situated on its own. 'We are now accommodated in a commercial building and we cannot hang our own billboard. People don't know where we are,' he said. But Emily Lau Wai-hing of The Frontier said a traditional-style, low-rise building would not help promote Hong Kong's image. 'The only way is to accomplish your work guilelessly. Otherwise people would not visit you regardless of how convenient the office is,' she said. She urged Mr Leung to provide details on communication between mainland officials and the office on the issue. Mr Leung declined to provide the name of the mainland officials.