TOWNLAND was commissioned to lead this pioneer Study for the Hong Kong Housing Society and Urban Renewal Authority of Hong Kong with the aim of conserving several Listed Buildings in Wan Chai South through comprehensive after-use proposals. The conservation proposals, inter alia, (i) maximise the heritage value of the sites, (ii) enhance local identity, (iii) maximise public use and attraction, (iv) create a “node” to help revitalise the surroundings, (v) service community needs and (vi) are compatible with the surroundings. The Heritage Buildings are proposed for commercial uses built around the themes of “Tea” and “Medicine” to reflect past uses within the Scheme Area and in the neighbourhood. A total of approximately 220 sq m of landscaped Open Space is proposed to create a multi-function activity space for both passive recreation and the hosting of formal community events, to inject new life into the area.
The Study also considered the development of a wider “heritage node” for the District by linking and integrating existing heritage monuments and attractions through theming, comprehensive streetscape design and landscape proposals.
TOWNLAND was responsible for study direction and management, land use planning, urban design, landscape planning, social impact assessments and public consultations, as well as Traffic Impact Assessment, Environmental Assessment, Financial Assessment and the preparation of Compensation and Rehousing Packages for Tenants.