TOWNLAND was commissioned by a Consortium of Hong Kong’s Leading Private Developers including Henderson, Sun Hung Kai, New World, Swire, Hang Lung, Chinachem, etc. to enter into the Design Competition for their “Comprehensive Development Area“ (“CDA“) comprising a Harbourfront Site in Yau Tong Bay.
The 8 ha Harbourfront Site is occupied by obsolete industrial buildings / activities. It is the Government’s intention to revitalize East Kowloon, of which Yau Tong Bay forms a significant portion. Yau Tong Bay Development is an integral part of the overall Development Plan for East Kowloon and indeed Victoria Harbour as a whole. It is the last stage of the entire new Harbourfront Enhancement Plan, where the existing noxious Waterfront industrial uses are to be phased-out/ relocated.
Being one of the few remaining large scale Harbourfront Development Projects in Hong Kong, TOWNLAND paid due regard to the visual quality, environmental sensitivity and social acceptability of the Schemes. The Theme of “City Nautica“ is adopted to preserve the collective memory of the Ship Building History in the area while attracting Sailing Boats travelling to Hong Kong. The Proposed Scheme strictly adheres to the Harbour Planning Principles. It adopts a varied height profile along the Waterfront as well as staggered height profiles from the front to back of the Bay. The creation of a number of visual corridors/breezeways mitigates any ‘wall effect‘ and also allows views to the Harbour for visual receivers inland. Moreover, an extensive area of “Public Realm“ including a Public Waterfront Promenade will bring the People to the Harbour and the Harbour to the People. Attention is also paid to the Greening of the Area; in addition to the traditional Horizontal Landscape Belt, a Vertical Landscape Belt (Sky Garden on every 5 floors) is also proposed.