Hong Kong government seeks more land to fulfill increasing amount people in Hong Kong. Therefore it urgently needs an urban master plan. Much reclamation has taken place in prime locations on the waterfront on both sides of Victoria Harbour – between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Few years ago, government has started same project too. Wan Chai Development Phase II (WDII) is part of that. The aim of this project is to provide land at Wan Chai North and North Point for the construction of the Central – Wan Chai Bypass and Island Eastern Corridor Link (CWB). Land formed under the project will be developed as a world-class waterfront promenade joining that at the new Central waterfront for public enjoyment. The WDII works would be implemented under six contracts. The first two contracts commenced in end 2009 and early 2010 respectively, the third contract commenced on 20 January 2011 and the fourth contract commenced on 31 January 2013. And now, the construction works for WDII commenced in December 2009 for completion in 2017 to tie in with commissioning of the Central – Wan Chai Bypass and Island Eastern Corridor Link.
There are major elements of the WDII project include:
- Formation of land along the existing coastline at Wan Chai North and North Point for the construction of the CWB;
- Reprovisioning of affected existing facilities including cross harbour water mains, submarine sewage outfall pipelines, ferry piers, cooling water pumping systems and a salt water pumping station;
- Extending Road P2 at Central Reclamation Phase III to Wan Chai North and re-aligning the existing Hung Hing Road;
- Modification of existing roads for connection with the slip roads of the CWB tunnel; and
- Construction of new pedestrian linkages to the new waterfront.
This is no doubt that reclamation is a must do action when Hong Kong become more and more commercialization and internationalization. Hong Kong may not supply enough land for different kinds of demand such as living area, commercial area or leisure area. So through this project may improve the situation.
New face of Wan Chai
Actually, the projects still have advantages to draw people attention.
- Pedestrian link to new harbor-front
To enhance pedestrian linkage between the hinterland and the new waterfront, nine new pedestrian links will be provided in Wan Chai North and North Point District.
- Character precincts
Along the new waterfront, five character precincts are created: Arts & Culture Precinct, Water Park Precinct, Water Recreation Precinct, Heritage Precinct and Leisure & Recreation Precinct are defined to reflect the different planning emphases and identities that would be adopted to provide a vibrant and attractive waterfront.
- CWB over MTR Tsuen Wan Line
In order to minimize the impact on the existing MTR Tsuen Wan Line immersed tube tunnel, the section of the CWB across the MTR Tsuen Wan Line would be constructed in form of a piled deck structure spanned over the MTR Tunnel.
For many Hongkongers, reclamation brings the promise of more open space, public facilities and, perhaps, a flat in a good location that finally falls within their price range. Reclamation has for more than a century been the easy option to cope with growing demand for space in Hong Kong.