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The breakfast forum aims at seeking ICE members’ views on the proposed conceptual scheme of underground space development at Kowloon Park in Tsim Sha Tsui West, for which development priority is accorded to address the imminent local and district needs.
Representatives from the consultant of the Study, will provide background information on the scheme and share the most updated information about the Study. Following the presentation, small group discussions will take place for exchanging views amongst the ICE members.
Underground space development (USD) is one of the viable sources of land supply being pursued by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and is also supported by the Task Force on Land Supply. It can provide medium-to-long term solution space for a broad variety of land uses and help address problems encountered in the congested urban environment.
To exploit the potential of systematic use of underground space resources in a comprehensive manner, the Civil Engineering and Development Department and the Planning Department commissioned the Pilot Study on Underground Space Development in Selected Strategic Urban Areas (the Study) in June 2015. The Study aims at evaluating the overall feasibility and identifying key issues of USD in suitable urban areas, as well as proposing suitable conceptual schemes with potential for future implementation.
In respect of USD Study, there are two stages of public engagement (PE) under the Study. The Stage 1 Public Engagement (PE1) carried out between 7 November 2016 and 6 February 2017 collected public views on the opportunities and key considerations for USD. Taking into account the outcome of PE1 and ideas collected in the Design Ideas Competition, the Study suggested according priority to the conceptual scheme of USD in Kowloon Park, having regard to the shortage of surface land in the Tsim Sha Tsui West area.
Adverse weather arrangement
The event will be cancelled or rescheduled to another date in case of Thunderstorm; Amber or Red or Black Rainstorm Alert; or Typhoon Signal No.3 or No. 8 or above being in force by the Hong Kong Observatory at or after 7am. It may also be cancelled because of safety or other reasons.
The Institution of Civil Engineers (Hong Kong Association) shall not under any circumstances be liable or otherwise for death or any injury or for any damage to or loss or destruction of property or otherwise, in any such case arising from any accident or mishap, and whether during or after this event, in preparation for it, traveling to or from it or otherwise.
Johnny obtained his PhD from the Cambridge University. He is currently Director of Operations and Executive Director of the Geotechnical operation of AECOM in Hong Kong. Johnny handles a wide spectrum of geotechnical projects, including slopes, tunnels, deep excavations, reclamation, underground space development and offshore engineering.
Johnny has won numerous local and international awards, including the Tan Swan Beng Best Paper Award of the Southeast Asia Geotechnical Society, the Fugro Prize, R.M. Quigley Honourable Mention of the Canadian Geotechnical Society, the British Geotechnical Association (BGA) Medal and the HKIE Young Engineer of the Year Award. He is a HKIE Fellow, President of the Hong Kong Geotechnical Society, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hong Kong.
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