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Hopewell centre (phase ii). A case of sustainable development. location. Locational characteristics. Hopewell centre II is located in zone of transition in Wan Chai Adjacent to CBD A mixed commercial-residential land use zone Mixture of old and new buildings

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Hopewell centre phase ii

Hopewell centre (phase ii)

A case of sustainable development

Locational characteristics
Locational characteristics

  • Hopewell centre II is located in zone of transition in Wan Chai

  • Adjacent to CBD

  • A mixed commercial-residential land use zone

  • Mixture of old and new buildings

  • Inadequate recreational land use in Wan Chai

  • Well-connected by Queen’s Road East and Kennedy Road in the upper slope

  • 10-minute walk to the nearest MTR station

The project
The project

  • Commercial development

  • Conference hotel

  • Construction work will commence in 2010

Modified plan
Modified plan



Disadvantages of 1994 design
Disadvantages of 1994 design

  • Great height (315 m)

  • destroy the ridgeline of HK Island

  • Density of development is too high

  • Present road capacity cannot support the high traffic flow

  • Heavy traffic on Kennedy Road and Queen’s Road East

  • Poor wind circulation in the area  intensify the urban heat island effect

Advantages of 2008 design
Advantages of 2008 design

  • Lower in height

  • Will not spoil the ridgeline

  • Lower density of development

  • Less visual impact

  • Less burden on road traffic

What changes the plan
What changes the plan?

  • Environmental consideration

  • To provide a pleasant living environment for Wan Chai residents

  • Receives strong public opposition concerning traffic condition / environmental preservation and cultural / heritage preservation

  • Public consultation has been done, e.g. discussion with district board members, setting up website to collect public opinions

Comparison of two designs
Comparison of two designs

  • 93 storeys

  • 315 m in height

  • Total floor space: 164,091m2

  • 2,197 rooms

  • 270 parking space

  • 55 storeys

  • 210 m in height

  • Total floor space: 101,667m2

  • 1,024 rooms

  • 168 parking space



Economic benefits
Economic benefits

  • more commercial / hotels

  • more job opportunity (4000 jobs during and after construction)

  • Turning Wan Chai to be a financial centre of Hong Kong

  • Good to have economic development in an old district

  • May attract younger generation to move in and revitalize the district

Social benefits
Social benefits

  • Being a landmark of Hong Kong

  • More recreational facilities by creating a green park for the public

  • Public spaces totaling 5,880 square meters (about 63,000 sq.ft.) will be provided.

  • Preserving the green area at the site between Queen’s Road East and Kennedy Road

  • spend $20 million on the conservation, plantation or transplantation of trees in the area

  • Widening of Kennedy Road to cope with increasing traffic

  • preserve and revitalize the Nam Koo Terrace on Ship Street, a Grade I historic building

Negative social impacts
Negative Social impacts

  • Insufficient recreational land use in Wan Chai

  • Poor infrastructure, road capacity cannot support high traffic flow caused by hotel development  traffic congestion

  • local residents may object to it as the tall building may block the views

  • May also lower the price of the flat

  • May cause land use conflict

Environmental measures
Environmental measures

  • The developer has taken measures to ensure the quality of the living environment

  • Improving roads, widening pedestrian walkways, providing elevators, etc

  • Minimize the no. of trees to be cut

  • Preserve historical buildings

  • The revised plan follows the principles of sustainable city

Environmental impacts
Environmental impacts

  • Large Scale Of Development

  • visual pollution

  • Cutting large no. of trees causes greenery to disappear

  • Pollution is caused, e.g. air / noise / land pollution are caused during construction work

  • Heavy traffic may induce air pollution and noise pollution

Who s the winner loser
Who’s the winner? Loser?

  • Local residents?

  • Government?

  • Private developers?