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RICS: Government Needs to Develop a Policy to Reserve Herita

编辑:K8 日期:2019-01-09


HONG KONG, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Central Market is classified as Grade III historical building and it stands at a prime location in the Central-Western districts of Hong Kong. The Development Bureau has granted sale of the land earlier and thus aroused a series of conflict among conservation advocates and those who preferred redevelopment. Some Legislative Council members are currently working with several districts and conservation groups, including Green Sense who focuses a lot on issues relating to screen buildings to plan on a "Green" battle. Although the community is stirred with heated debates, the government remains undetermined of its future approach regarding the Old Central Market.

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Spokesperson of RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Hong Kong, says, "Public discussions are fierce and we believe the government should firmly make up its mind on the choice of development or conservation for the future of Central Market. The site should be used to its full potential lest it is a waste of resource. Adaptive re-use of heritage buildings is a new concept in Hong Kong but it is being well accepted by the community, as evidenced by a large number of applications in the first phase of consultation on urban renewal strategy review. The industry in general prefers private-public-partnership (PPP) mode to regenerate the Central Market with an objective to bring in social enterprise. The government may consider applying the PPP mode in other types of property development (e.g. redundant industrial buildings, under-used public market buildings, etc)."

Mr. Albert So, Chairman, RICS Hong Kong, added, "There is a growing demand for Grade A office in Central. The location of the Old Central Market is suitable for commercial use. It could be redeveloped to realise its potential and meet the demand for both office space and conservative purpose."

The second phase of consultation will start soon and RICS HK spokesperson says, "Applicants under the second phase of adaptive re-use of heritage buildings may need professional advice and input on land, property, building and facilities management matters. Members of RICS are the right persons to offer such service. Currently there are 3,800 chartered surveyors practicing in Hong Kong whose expertise on building surveying, land surveying, quantity surveying and facilities management, etc."

Built in 1938, the current Central Market is one of the few remaining buildings in Hong Kong with a contemporary western building style of 1930s, inter alia, the Bauhaus was prevailing.

About RICS & RICS Asia

RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) is the mark of property professionalism worldwide. It covers all aspects of property, construction and associated environmental issues. RICS has 140,000 members globally and represents, regulates and promotes the work of property professionals throughout 122 countries.

The RICS Asia supports a network of over 11,000 individual professionals across the Asia Pacific region with an objective to help develop the property and construction markets in these countries, by introducing professional standards, best practice and international experience. It promotes RICS and its members as the natural advisors on all property matters. It also ensures that services and career development opportunities are provided to members.

The RICS Asia region covers national associations and local groups locating in Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, The People's Republic of China and the SAR Hong Kong. It also has members working across the region such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos PDR, Macao, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, The Maldives, The Philippines, Timor East and Vietnam. For more information, please visit: http://www.ricsasia.org .

Media enquiry, please contact:

RICS Asia Public Relations Representative

Ms Belinda Chan / Ms Ava Lau

Tel: +852-2372-0090

Fax: +852-2372-0490

Mobile: +852-9379-3045 / +852-9829-2913

Email: belinda@creativegp.com / ava@creativegp.com