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hkskyline Feb 27, 2012 3:17 PM

HONG KONG | Kai Tak Airport Redevelopment
Since Kai Tak Airport closed in 1998, the future of the old airport has been under discussion, with a multitude of proposals for the 328-hectare site. Government planners have initially floated an idea of a cruise ship terminal, stadium, and a residential area whereby all roads are buried underground for a garden-style suburb.

The study on what to do to this site in southeast Kowloon dates back to 1991, when the Metroplan Selected Strategy, which recommended reclamation work be done on both banks of Victoria Harbour, was endorsed.

The development plans started taking shape after 1998, when the airport was relocated to Chek Lap Kok. Studies initially focused on turning Kai Tak into a "city within a city", featuring a variety of public and private housing developments.

Fierce public opposition forced planners to repeatedly revise their plans. The entire project was sent back to the drawing board after the Court of Final Appeal ruled last year against harbour reclamation unless it met the overriding public need test.

With files from the South China Morning Post.


hkskyline Jul 11, 2012 4:34 AM

Cruise terminal construction progress by chopa from a Hong Kong photography forum :

hkskyline Nov 13, 2012 11:50 AM
DSC_063400000 by wanso119, on Flickr

hkskyline Dec 19, 2012 7:11 AM

Kai Tak for people sought by alliance
The Standard
Monday, November 19, 2012

A professional alliance has proposed replacing a low-density residential section of the Kai Tak development with public and Home Ownership Scheme flats to accommodate 32,000 more people.

Local Research Community, Harmonic HK and The Professional Commons said their proposed plan, "Kai Tak for the People," will allow urban land to be utilized to meet housing demand.

On Saturday, Development Bureau chief Paul Chan Mo-po said the bureau is considering increasing the housing density of the Kai Tak project.

Under the current plan, 6.56 hectares will be set aside to provide 1,312 units of low-density luxury flats that will accommodate about 3,360 residents.

To meet the great demand for housing, the alliance proposes instead that the area, plus an additional 1.5 hectares, be used for about 11,000 public units in the northwestern corner of the current Sports City site to accommodate an additional 32,000 people. The ratio of the public- to-private housing mix would increase from 38:62 to 56:44.

Albert Lai Kwong-tak, convener of the research committee of The Professional Commons, said by providing more public housing the government may help increase supply and meet the need for decanting flats during the redevelopment phase of old areas in Ma Tau Wai and Kowloon City.

Lai said the provisions for Sports City and Metro Park remain intact under the new proposal.

"To scrap the luxury flat plan is a minimal change while the functions of Sports City and Metro Park remain unchanged," he said.

The alliance plans to shift the Secondary Stadium to the south, to build the public flats in the north.

The views near the middle of the runway area, on which the government plans to build the low-density residential area, would then not be affected.

The alliance also suggests extending the Metro Park further to the south in order to free around 150,000 square feet for retail commercial activities and art performances.

Stanley Ng Wing-fai, strategic committee member for The Professional Commons, described the alliance amendments as "moderate."

The alliance may also apply to the Town Planning Board to amend the proposed project.

MolsonExport Dec 19, 2012 2:57 PM

I am kind of surprised that it has taken so long to finish developing this site.

hkskyline Nov 11, 2013 5:41 AM

3/14 - cruise terminal
P3146210 by ryansly, on Flickr

7/14 - apron
New Kai Tak..... by Hoi Kit Chung, on Flickr

hkskyline Apr 16, 2014 5:57 PM

Cruise Terminal
By Ray1839 from dcfever :

MolsonExport Apr 16, 2014 6:55 PM

nice shot.

N830MH Jun 6, 2014 5:44 PM

Wow! What a nice shot! I am really like it lots. When it will complete?

hkskyline Jul 29, 2017 7:17 AM Kong - Kowloon by Howard Pulling, on Flickr

hkskyline Aug 22, 2019 2:18 AM by photochoi, on Flickr by photochoi, on Flickr

hkskyline Nov 12, 2019 1:46 AM

Kai Tak runway parcel tender receives muted response even after valuation is cut by 15 per cent
South China Morning Post Excerpt
Nov 8, 2019
Image posted on Ming Pao

The tender for a sea-facing parcel on the runway of Hong Kong's former airport received only four bids even after its valuation was cut by 15 per cent to reflect the worsening state of the city's economy after five months of social unrest, US-China trade war and looming vacancy tax.

Sun Hung Kai Properties, CK Asset, Sino Land and a consortium of China Overseas Land & Investment, Henderson Land Development, The Wharf (Holdings) and K Wah International put in bids for the residential parcel, Area 4A Site 2, in Kai Tak, which can yield a gross floor area of 1.2 million square feet, or 18.66 soccer fields.

"It is at the bottom of our expectation … as the environment is not very good. Before, there would be six or seven bids,” said Alex Leung, senior director at CHFT Advisory And Appraisal, who was expecting four to six bids.

He added that since the plot area was large only larger developers could participate.

Thomas Lam, executive director at Knight Frank, cut their valuation for the plot by 15 per cent to HK$19.8 billion (US$2.53 billion), or HK$15,500 to 16,500 per sq ft.

Lam said flats, most likely to range from 450 sq ft to 750 sq ft, could sell for more than HK$30,000 per sq ft, with the total development cost estimated at between HK$23 billion and HK$25 billion.

Design-mind Jan 19, 2020 12:14 AM


“The [price of] Anderson Road parcel in Kwun Tong really depends on the terms to first-time buyers,” said Cheung. Besides, the planned sale of a commercial plot in Kai Tak is also subject to risk of withdrawal, he added, because of lowballing by bidders in recent tenders in the area.

Last September, the Lands Department withdrew the tender for a commercial site on the runway of the former Kai Tak airport after rejecting all five bids below its reserve price. The parcel was put up for sale after Goldin Financial Holdings forfeited a HK$25 million deposit after winning the tender in June.

James Cheung, an executive director at Centaline Surveyors, said HK$133 billion is more realistic “because one piece of land had to be recalled and other parcels were sold at a price level below expectations” as market sentiment cracked under pressure from protests and US-China trade war.

Design-mind Feb 16, 2020 9:11 PM

A neat photo essay of Kai Tak airport. The artists Curro Cardenal and Manuel Alvarez Diestro.

hkskyline May 4, 2020 3:08 AM by C.H Lam Photography, on Flickr

hkskyline May 14, 2020 7:24 AM

‘Out of touch’ Hong Kong withdraws Kai Tak commercial plot from sale following tepid bids by developers amid economic contraction in city
South China Morning Post Excerpt
May 13, 2020
Ming Pao graphic

The Hong Kong government on Wednesday withdrew a commercial plot for sale at the site of the city’s former airport at Kai Tak following a tepid response from bidders, as the city’s worst economic contraction in decades amid the coronavirus pandemic deters developers from long-term investments.

The plot, which can yield 1.16 million square feet (107,767 square metres) in gross floor area, failed to sell because property developers’ bids “failed to meet the government’s reserve price”, according to a statement by the Lands Department. It is the second-largest commercial parcel of land in Kai Tak.

Kai Tak Area 2A Site 4, Site 5(B) and Site 10 is located near the proposed Sung Wong Toi MTR station and the Kai Tak Sports Park. Valuers had cut their estimate for the plot by as much as 20 per cent, to a range between HK$6.38 billion (US$823.2 million) and HK$10.44 billion. The Lands Department’s reserve price was “out of touch” with the wider market, one of them said on Wednesday.

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hkskyline Nov 20, 2020 7:25 AM

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