Developer defends mall's atrium Developer Great Eagle Group has defended a shopping mall's 12-level atrium against criticism by a green group, saying the open space involved was in the public's interest. The group Green Sense recently criticised the design of Langham Place, in Mong Kok, saying the large atrium had increased the building's size so much that it blocked air flows to core urban areas. Great Eagle Group, which built the mall, noted that over 60 per cent of its atrium area was not rented for profit but reserved for public enjoyment. The design saved money on air conditioning and electric lighting, it said. Caterers expect festive boost The catering industry expects a 15-20 per cent increase in business during Christmas compared to one year ago, Anthony Lock Kwok-on, chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades, said. The economic situation was more stable and consumer sentiment stronger than a year ago, although rents and food prices were increasing, he said.