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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
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

1994

2008

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?
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