Grand Central

Winner | Hong Kong | BCI Asia Top 10 Developers 2019

Grand Central, abuts Mut Wah Street and Hip Wo Street, where local markets, transport terminals and public facilities abounded. The project comprises 1,999 residential units provided in Tower portion, a two-level public transport interchange (PTI) for franchised buses and public light buses, a hawker bazaar (HB), a refuse collection point (RCP), public open space and retail shops in podium portion. Four residential towers are aligned on two sides of the podium, with a 77,000 square feet large outdoor green space provided in the middle as a leisure park at the top of the podium. Multi-level connections from street entrance, footbridge, MTR through future Development Areas 4 & 5 are created so that all facilities in podium are well-connected to enhance public accessibility in Kwun Tong.

Vertical greening, glass, stone and aluminium cladding are used for Podium façade, while curtain wall and precast façade are used for residential portion. Insulated glazing unit (IGU) is adopted for all residential units’ to minimise glasshouse effect as environmentally friendly design. Due to traffic noises, sound-insulating canopies have been added as part of the plan of residential lobby entrances.

In addition, various noise mitigation measures such as acoustic windows, acoustic balconies and utility platforms as well as acoustic fin are adopted in residential flats.

Indoor franchised bus waiting-areas with a ‘smart bus stop’ will be installed in the shopping mall so that passengers can wait indoors comfortably, with bus timetable notification via digital screen mounted at the bus stops. As the Public Transport Interchange will be located at the centre, air quality may be less desirable inside the bus station. Wind catchers and mechanical Air Inducing Unit (AIU) will be introduced to facilitate a more efficient cross-ventilation inside the public light bus transport interchange.

Most materials and resources are procured within 800km from Hong Kong, aiming to achieve the Platinum level of the Hong Kong Green Building Council Beam Plus rating.

The project, as part of the Kwun Tong Town Centre Project Development, set to create a new hub in Kwun Tong comprising commercial, residential and leisure spaces.

Project Name: Grand Central
Location: 33 Hip Wo Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Expected Completion: 2021
Site Area: 21,754 square metres
Gross Floor Area: Approximately 172,200 square metres
Building Height: Tower 1: 48 Storeys (151.15 metres); Tower 2: 52 Storeys (163.75 metres); Tower 3: 50 Storeys (157.45 metres); Tower 5: 49 Storeys (154.60 metres)
Number of Units: 1999
Client/Owner/Developer: Urban Renewal Authority and Union Score Investments Ltd (JV of Sino Land Co. Ltd and Chinese Estates Holdings Ltd)
Architecture Firm: Wong Tung & Partners Ltd
Principal Architect: Chan Wing Che
Interior Design Firm: Hirsch Bedner Associates Ltd; LCL Ltd
Civil Work Consultant: Arcadis Design & Engineering Ltd
Structural Engineer: AECOM Asia Co Ltd
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Meinhardt(M&E) Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: Arcadis Hong Kong Ltd
Landscape Architect: Urbis Ltd; Adrian L. Norman Ltd
Green Building Consultant: AECOM Consulting Service Ltd
Main Contractor: CR Construction Company Ltd
Interior Fit-Out Contractor: Sundart Holdings Ltd; Yearfull Contracting Ltd