Date
16 October 2018
City U will put up a 13-storey building in place of the old 5-storey sports complex, which was demolished following a roof-collapse incident two years ago. Photo: HKEJ
City U will put up a 13-storey building in place of the old 5-storey sports complex, which was demolished following a roof-collapse incident two years ago. Photo: HKEJ

City U submits plan to rebuild sports center after 2016 incident

City University of Hong Kong submitted a plan on Tuesday to redevelop the former Hu Fa Kuang Sports Centre, which was demolished in the wake of a May 2016 roof-collapse incident that injured three people.

Under the plan, which was submitted to the Buildings Department, a 13-storey building, to be named Jockey Club One Health Tower, will come up at the site, replacing the old 5-storey sports complex.

The design considerations will take into account “important facilities”, including an indoor sports center, a 1,650-seater hall, and a laboratory complex, according to the University.

The Tower will adopt an innovative “stair-like” design, in which the north-east side of the roof will be 90.8 meters tall, while the central part will be 86.8 meters high and the south-west side 78.4 meters.

The university has sought relaxation of the building height limit, from the original 70 meters to 90.8 meters, for the purpose.

Because of the unique site conditions, the University believes the case will not become a precedent for other projects in the area.

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