Date
20 August 2017
Activists say any redevelopment plan for Shaw Studios should ensure that the property's historic and cultural value is not destroyed. Photo: HKEJ
Activists say any redevelopment plan for Shaw Studios should ensure that the property's historic and cultural value is not destroyed. Photo: HKEJ

Fresh uncertainty over Shaw Studios redevelopment

Redevelopment of Shaw Studios in Hong Kong’s Clear Water Bay area has become more uncertain as activists have raised fresh concerns about conservation of the historic complex.

Conservationists have raised objections after the owner sought to change the previous plan, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Thursday.

The previous plan was approved eight years ago. Now, some activists are trying to stop the project for evaluation of the historical value of the buildings, the report said.

Lynne D. DiStefano, adjunct professor and academic advisor for the Architectural Conservation Programmes at the University of Hong Kong, has led a group of former students in outlining their opposition to the amended proposal to the Town Planning Board.

They are seeking a fresh assessment on the historical complex.

The group called on the government and the concerned parties to preserve the administration building that has over five decades of history and was designed by renowned architect Eric Cumine.

Law Kar, film historian and cultural guru, said the administration building and the ancient street in the studios should be retained for their cultural value.

At the same time, Law said it would be meaningless to simple conserve the property without taking care of the internal things in the studio. The administration building could be renovated and made into a mini museum, he said.

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