Hong Kong, 22 October 2020—The Chief Executive Mrs Carrie Lam, visited Kwun Tong to learn more about the latest developments of the Energizing Kowloon East project, including the revitalisation of the Tsui Ping River, for which funding was approved by the Legislative Council in the 2019/20 legislative year, and the impact of the epidemic on business of the shops in the spaces of the Fly the Flyover Operation.
Mrs Lam visited the Energizing Kowloon East Office under the Kwun Tong Bypass to listen to a briefing by the Head of the Energizing Kowloon East Office, Ms Brenda Au, on the progress of the project. The Energizing Kowloon East project was an innovative district development concept rolled out by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government in 2011, which strived to transform Kowloon East into the second Central Business District (CBD) in Hong Kong through boosting the old industrial areas in Kwun Tong and Kowloon Bay via the new Kai Tak Development, combined with the revitalisation policy for industrial buildings and the 「place making」 approach.
The existing supply of commercial gross floor area in Kowloon East has reached about 2.9 million square metres. With the potential to provide an additional 4.1 million square metres in the future, the district will be comparable to the CBD in the Central and Admiralty area.
In addition, Kowloon East is Hong Kong’s pilot area to explore the feasibility of developing a smart city. The Office has been promoting various trials in the district over the years, including a smart crowd management system, an energy efficiency data system, a smart recycling bin system and real-time road works and parking information, with a view to applying in advance the use of innovative technologies to enhance the city’s management in a relatively small area before extensive use by relevant departments through experience sharing.
Next, Mrs Lam and the other officials proceeded to Tsui Ping River Garden adjacent to the Kwun Tong industrial area and were briefed on the revitalisation of the Tsui Ping River project. The project will revitalise the King Yip Street nullah into the Tsui Ping River with environmental, ecological and landscaping upgrading, while enhancing the flood conveyance capability at the same time. A number of cross-river walkways will be built to weave together the adjacent leisure and recreational facilities.
To expedite the works, the relevant government departments made preparations in advance, enabling the commencement of the project in July after the funding application was approved by the Legislative Council in June this year. Indeed, all works departments have public interests in mind in taking forward the works projects, and strive to relieve the unemployment situation in the construction sector. All works projects worth over HKD170 billion approved in the 2019-2020 legislative year have already had contracts awarded, or are in the tendering process.
“Kowloon East is a traditional industrial area with a high development density, thereby posing many challenges in the transformation process. With a vision for long-term development and a commitment to act as an effective facilitator, the Government set up an office to co-ordinate the Energizing Kowloon East project to take forward the initiatives in a co-ordinated and integrated approach, and it has yielded good results. I am pleased that the government departments have worked closely with the public and private stakeholders over the years and have gradually realised the vision of Energizing Kowloon East through innovative ideas, making good use of public areas and improving the environment. They are turning Kowloon East into a vibrant, dynamic and artistic new CBD, which will help Hong Kong attract talent and investments as well as reinforce and strengthen the competitiveness of our city,” Mrs Lam said. — Construction+ Online