Views sought on HK-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge commercial development

July 07, 2015 10:47
The artificial island (inset) will be the city's control point for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.   Photos: HKEJ, Reuters

The government is seeking opinions from the public about a commercial development planned on an artificial island to be built as the city's control point for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

The 150-hectare island will be developed into an area for warehouses, showrooms and flagship stores for luxury brands, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Tuesday, citing the consultation paper.

The development, with a total planned gross floor area of 500,000 square meters, will include facilities for retail, food and beverages, entertainment, conferences, offices and business hospitality.

It will be subject to a height limit of 10 stories, because of air traffic to and from nearby Hong Kong International Airport.

Security issues will also arise, as some of the facilities in the development will contain luxury goods such as antiques, artworks and expensive wines.

The commercial development on the artificial island will create synergy with the proposed Airport North business area, a spokesman with the Airport Authority Hong Kong was quoted as saying.

The commercial district, north of the airport, will be put up for tender by the end of this year.

That site is expected to be completed much earlier than the artificial island, the development plans for which are undergoing a two-month public consultation and require approval by lawmakers of an additional HK$540 million in budget.

Translation by Vey Wong

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