We received notice that Cyberport will not renew the lease for the Cyberport Post Office. The Post Office will close down on 17 October 2021. A street post box and an iPostal Kiosk will be installed at the ground floor of Core A of Cyberport 3 (next to McDonald's) for self-service mail posting and collection services. We have asked Cyberport what the future use of the Post Office space will be. We will revert once the answer has been received.
HKU laboratory proposed between Sassoon Road and Ebenezer School can’t be built as presented 港大擬建實驗室大樓 - 模擬圖片的設計難以實現
The Faculty of Medicine of HKU is planning to build a laboratory complex on the green belt between 3 Sassoon Road and Ebenezer School. The laboratories will be working with biosafety risk group 3 (P3) microorganisms, macromolecular complexes, stem cells, wet chemicals, soft tissues, and animals.
We scanned the 519 page submission. You can read them at www.paulzimmerman.hk. Or click here for the gist of the submission and here for the HKU presentation on 3 June 2021.
Nearby residents have formed working groups and engaged planners, architects and engineers. Whilst they support expansion of Hong Kong’s medical research and education facilities, they are deeply concerned over biosafety hazards, loss of green belt and traffic impacts. Importantly, they concluded that the renderings are "misleading" as the laboratory complex can’t be built as presented. They urge HKU to study alternative sites which are more suitable and safer, including properties already within HKU's portfolio.
香港大學醫學院計劃於沙宣道3號與心光學校之間的「綠化地帶」興建實驗室大樓，進行 biosafety risk group 3 (P3) microorganisms, macromolecular complexes, stem cells, wet chemicals, soft tissues 及動物等相關實驗。
我們將519頁的規劃文件掃描並放到 www.paulzimmerman.hk 供大家瀏覽。你亦可按連結瀏覽規劃申請摘要。港大於6月3日的電腦投影片：連結。
28-point online letter objecting to the HKU laboratory complex proposed between Sassoon Road and Ebenezer School
The online petition to the Town Planning Board lists 28 points covering:
網上聯署 - 28點反對港大醫學院於沙宣道與心光學校之間興建實驗室大樓
Copy Of The Online Petition 網上聯署副本
The deadline of 20 August 2021 has passed. 819 people signed objections to HKU laboratory complex on green belt.
Thank you for your support.
Source: Town Planning Board papers
以下文件是於「規劃資料查詢處」使用智能電話及Adobe Scan 掃描合成的，以便薄扶林居民了解這個規劃申請的詳情。
The University of Hong Kong chose not to provide a soft copy.
The documents below are scanned at the Planning Enquiry Counter, using a smartphone and Adobe Scan app.
The objective is to allow residents of Pokfulam to understand the planning application details without having to go to the Planning Enquiry Counters.
You can review it by sections: 可按題目瀏覽相關部分：
Landscape and Visual Impact
Traffic Impact Assessment
Ecological Impact Assessment
Drainage Impact Assessment
Water Supply Impact Assessment
Gist Of The Planning Application Y/H10/13 規劃申請摘要
Comment Before 20 August 2021
Online petition objecting Cyberport expansion plans – deadline 6 August 2021 網上聯署信：反對數碼港擴建計劃，截止日期：2021年8月6日
1,120 signatures received objecting to the Cyberport expansion plans
We thank the residents who studied and commented on the Cyberport expansion plans. The Town Planning Board will examine the merits of all the submissions when they meet on 27 August 2021 to discuss the planning application.
Residents object to the new layout plans for Cyberport’s expansion (A/H10/95)
Revised layout plans for expansion of Cyberport (A/H10/95) have been submitted for approval to the Town Planning Board. The plans show a significantly larger building to occupy the Pokfulam waterfront.
Plans for “Cyberport 5” were first included in the Pok Fu Lam Outline Zoning Plan by the Town Planning Board in 2019. Cyberport will be permanently granted the entire 6.5ha popular waterfront park in Pokfulam. More than 20% will be lost with the construction of an access road and a new building with a GFA of 66,000 sqm. It's expected to be completed in 2025. Residents have yet to be consulted on what will happen with the rest of the park. Cyberport has meticulously avoided public consultation.
The Town Planning Board will meet on 27 August 2021 to discuss the plans. Deadline for public comments is 6 August 2021.
Cyberport refused to provide soft copy of the full submission papers
Despite many requests, Cyberport – our "flagship for Hong Kong's digital technology industry" with a “vision to be the hub” – has refused to release digital files of their expansion plans. Cyberport has chosen to only provide a hard copy of their 457 page planning application. Residents who want to understand the project would need to go to the Planning Enquiry Counter either in North Point or Shatin Government Offices to inspect the documents.
To assist residents, my office went to the 17/F of the North Point Government Offices and used an iPhone on a tripod with the Adobe Scan app to photograph the 457 pages. See video here. Click here for the “re-created” digital version of Cyberport’s print-out of its digital plans.
Cyberport has increased the size of the proposed new building
Analyses of the submission shows that Cyberport’s claim that the overall building height is lowered is misleading. Only a small section of the roof has been lowered by 2.6 meters. The rest of the roof height has been increased up to 58mPD. The promised staggered building height has been lost and the building is significantly wider. With a sharp increase in floor heights, the building bulk is now substantially larger than in the proposal approved previously by the Town Planning Board. See our comparison here.
Over 1050 signatures object to the new layout plans in an online petition
The online petition letter lists 36 objections, based on several grounds:
數碼港，作為「香港數碼科技業的旗艦」、「願景是成為數碼科技樞紐」，多次拒絕我們的要求：為擴建項目的規劃文件提供 soft copy 電子版本供居民參考。他們選擇只以hard copy 版本入紙城規會，令希望了解項目詳情的人士需親自前往北角或沙田政府合署的規劃資料查詢處查閱457頁的文件。
為讓居民有機會充分了解此項目，我們早前前往北角政府合署17樓，使用腳架、iPhone 及 Adobe Scan app 將 457 頁的文件逐頁掃描，合成PDF檔案供大家下載。Youtbe 短片: 連結。大家可按連結瀏覽掃描版本的規劃文件。
Copy of the online petition 網上聯署副本
Wah Fu estate Redevelopment stage 1 Community Liaison Group newsletter - issue 1 華富邨重建第一期：社區聯絡小組第一期通訊
Cyberport Expansion - Master Layout plan 數碼港擴建 - 總綱發展藍圖
Or you can review it by sections: 或可按題目瀏覽相關部分：
Link / Alternative Link
Appendix 1 - Layout plan
Link / Alternative Link
Appendix 2 - Visual Impact Assessment
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Appendix 3 - Landscape Proposal with Tree Preservation and Removal Proposal
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Appendix 4 - Traffic Technical Note
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Appendix 5 - Air Ventilation Assessment
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Appendix 6 - Comparison of the 2019 rezoning scheme and current scheme
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Gist of the planning application A/H10/95 規劃申請摘要
Comment before 6 August 2021
Further to our report on 18 May 2021, a community meeting was held on 3 June 2021. Leadership of HKU's Faculty of Medicine and HKU’s project team presented the extension plans to surrounding residents. Long lists of issues including site selection, traffic, environmental and visual impacts were raised. HKU has promised to provide a written response soon.
Residents are upset with potentially losing yet another green site in Pok Fu Lam – with the Housing Department developing green belt sites near Wah Fu, Cyberport grabbing part of the waterfront park, and HKU seeking a virgin green belt site. A key question is whether HKU really needs a new site, or whether they can redevelop an existing property or develop more suitable locations for laboratories and training facilities.
區內多幅綠化地段先後被用作發展用途：房屋署於華富邨附近徵用多幅綠化地帶（Green Belt） 興建公共房屋，數碼港使用部分海濱公園用地作擴建用途，加上現在港大計劃於綠化地帶擴建醫學院，居民均強烈表示反對。就此港大需回應多個問題：他們是否真的需要另覓新地？還是可以重建他們的現有物業？抑或可選取其他較合適的位置用作擴建實驗室及教學大樓用途？
[Update on 30/6/2021]
The Town Planning Board (TPB) reviewed our three applications seeking to commit land owners and government to a continuous high quality waterfront in Pokfulam. Over 1000 supporting signatures and submissions were received. There were 7 objections, including one from Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited.
While not supporting the applications for technical reasons, TPB members supported the promotion of an attractive and vibrant waterfront in Pok Fu Lam. They considered that relevant government departments should take the lead in enhancing waterfront connectivity. They agreed to request the Development Bureau to explore linking up the coastal area so as to enhance pedestrian connectivity. TPB members also agreed to opening the landing steps to the public and its integration (of the pier area) with the future design of the Park. This will be relayed to Cyberport.
[Background information 背景資料]
With 3 submissions we are asking the Town Planning Board to commit land owners and government to a continuous high quality waterfront in Pok Fu Lam. The deadline for comments is 16 April 2021. Click the button below to express your support.
The first section - Cyberport Waterfront Park (Y/H10/10)- will soon be handed permanently to the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited. Sources said government will set aside HK$400million for enhancement of the park. The company seeks to use the park to showcase innovation and technology. To make sure the community has a voice in the future development of the park, we propose that Cyberport is required to publicise a master layout plan and landscape design for community input and approval by the Town Planning Board.
The next section - Telegraph Bay (Y/H10/11) - is a steep and tall rocky waterfront. For a promenade to get around the rock wall requires a 250m long elevated path over the water similar to the Mills & Chung Path at Deep Water Bay. With the application we propose to mark the future promenade on the outline zoning plan.
The final section - the waterfront promenade at Sandy Bay (Y/H10/12)– is an existing path with trees in front of the sports park and the sewage treatment plant, and a rocky beach. With the application we propose to recognise the existing path at Sandy Bay as a public promenade, and to extend it behind the rocky beach at Sandy Bay where it connects via stairs to Victoria Road.
Do you agree with these three applications to create a continuous waterfront at Pok Fu Lam? Click the button below to submit your supporting letter to the Town Planning Board before 16 April 2021.
Background information 背景資料
Legislative Council approved funding for Cyberport expansion
The Legislative Council approved funding for expansion of Cyberport last Friday. The decision will result in the loss of 20% of the park area for a building, access road and elevated walkways. It also opens the way for permanent ownership of the park by Cyberport. Besides conference facilities and offices, the new building will offer alfresco dining, public toilets and water fountains. In response to feed-back from residents the roof top will be lowered by 3 meters. Construction will start Q4 of 2021 for completion in 2025.
Funding has been set aside for new grass and repaving the promenade in the park. Compensation for the loss of the park area is still absent. Cyberport and the Innovation and Technology Bureau have yet to confirm waterfront enhancements the community has been asking for.
Conceptual drawings of the expansion presented to the Legislative Council offer a grasp of the expected outcome. Click here for the paper.
Cyberport has committed itself to consulting the community and district council. The master layout plan for the building will have to be approved by the Town Planning Board. We are asking the Lands Department how they will determine the requirements to incorporate in the leases for the park and the building.
Tell us what you want in the park
Our cartoon above reflects the questions we received. When will the waterfront between Sandy Bay and Cyberport be connected? Will there be a roof for shade over the concrete pier? What play and skating facilities will there be for kids and where?
Cyberport's drawings provoke new questions too. Is the road access through the park for emergency use only? Will the elevated walkway create obstacle in the park? Why have the trees and grass along the waterfront been replaced with concrete?
Please use the form above or send us an email: email@example.com . We will collate all comments and questions for presentation to Cyberport and relevant Government departments.
Cyberport expansion budget fails to mitigate for loss of park area
The Finance Committee of the Legislative Council is asked to approve a 5.025bln budget for Cyberport 5 tomorrow.
Cyberport will be permanently granted the entire popular 6.5ha waterfront park, of which more than 20% will be lost with the construction of a new building and access road.
We have asked LegCo members to reconsider giving budget approval. Please click here for our letter with eight concerns to be resolved. Key concerns are:
Popular requests from residents for waterfront enhancements to compensate for loss of park area
The cartoon below shows the planned Cyberport expansion, as well as popular requests from residents for new park facilities and enhancements including an extension of the waterfront promenade to Sandy Bay.
Cyberport Expansion Project
The sitting-out area at Victoria Road near Consort Rise is now open. The proposal was submitted for District Minor Works in March 2012. The site had been laying idle since the widening of Victoria Road in the 90s. Half of the area is now a small park. The other half is a layby with a few parking spaces and can be converted to a bus stop during grave sweeping festivals to improve traffic along Victoria Road.
At today's district council meeting, HKU presented their plans for a new medical teaching and research facility east of 3 Sassoon Road. Please click here for their powerpoint with visuals and building height profile. The proposed development sits on Green Belt. HKU will apply to the Town Planning Board for rezoning.
The building will impact the views of residents at Northcote Close, Royalton and Radcliffe. We have asked HKU to consider alternative sites, design and development parameters. They will include pedestrian links for the public to connect between Victoria Road, Northcote Close and Pok Fu Lam Road. We will organise community meetings with HKU for residents to give their input. We will keep you posted on the details.
3 minute promotional video 三分鐘宣傳短片
Today, the Innovation and Technology Bureau including the management of Cyberport presented their request for HK$4.792 bln for conversion of part of the waterfront park into an office building.
The images of the revised design of the building have been clipped from the video presented by Cyberport to LegCo.
LegCo meeting paper:
We have yet to receive detailed information, plans and images from Cyberport to share with you.
Moreover, Cyberport has yet to identify the park enhancements the community is looking for.
Late last week my office submitted a letter (click here) to LegCo, to remind them to ask for compensation for the loss of the park.
I hope to get more information to share with you once Cyberport meets with the District Council.
The first stage of Wah Fu Estate redevelopment is to build five public housing sites (link) to be able to decant the residents from the old buildings. The Civil Engineering and Development Department has started on site formation works. Once completed, the Housing Department will start construction in 2024. The first batch of housing blocks will be completed in 2027/2028. The focus of our meetings and site visits with CEDD was to meet their contractor and to identify measures to minimise the impact on traffic flow along Victoria Road.
Phase 1 第一期： 2027
Phase 2 第二期： 2031
Phase 3 第三期： 2040
Over the next few months, you will see ground investigation works at the waterfront park in front of the Arcade. This will involve small sections of the park being closed off to drill holes in the ground with small pipes to determine the condition of the ground underneath. Note though that the timeline for development of Cyberport 5 is pending funding approvals from Legislative Council. This is likely to take longer than originally anticipated as time is reallocated to other priorities.