The Admiralty location, which is currently undergoing construction of a cross-platform interchange linking the South Island Line with the Shatin to Central Link, is said to be home to a large archaeological site potentially dating back to when Hong Kong first became a British colony. Apple Daily reported that, upon discovery of the historical structure at Harcourt Garden, the Antiquities and Monuments Office had allowed the MTR to destroy it in order to make way for the construction, due to be completed in 2015. The move quickly attracted widespread criticism from the city’s leading archeologists, as it is believed that the site has direct links with the Wellington Battery, itself built in the 19th Century and an integral part of the military history in Hong Kong’s colonial past. “The Wellington Battery was one of the earliest artillery batteries in Hong Kong,” Dr. Lee Ho-yin, a professor of HKU’s architecture program and member of the Antiquities Advisory Board, told Apple Daily reporters. “It might be the only archaeological site [of its kind] left in Hong Kong and perhaps even the whole southern Chinese region, and is of paramount importance in terms of its historical and archeological value.” Gary Fan Kwok-wai, a member of the Legislative Council’s Panel on Development, condemned the fact that the discovery was only disclosed following reports in the media, and urges for the Antiquities and Monuments Office to make known to the public its details. MTR is said to be standing strong on its decision not to halt construction works, fearing the delay would result in rising costs.