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Technical Visit - Upper & Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estates of the Hong Kong Housing Authority / Housing Department (8 Dec 2018 )

The Hong Kong Institute of Planners
Education and Training Committee

Technical Visit

 Upper & Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estates of the Hong Kong Housing Authority / Housing Department

 The history of public housing in Hong Kong can date back to several decades.  With currently over 2 million people or about 30% of Hong Kong’s population lived in Public Rental Housing (PRH) flats, there is always someone around us, who is or has been a PRH resident and has vivid recollections of life at the estates.  Life at the PRH estates has already become part of our collective memory.  As such, Housing Authority / Housing Department (HA/HD) have taken great effort to preserve the relics & historic elements from the old PRH estates during redevelopment.

The Education and Training Committee is honored to collaborate with the HD of the HK government to organize a guided tour to the Upper & Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estates (牛頭角上/下).  Redevelopment of these estates not only provided us new / additional PRH flats but also regenerated the neighborhood.  Part of the redevelopment site of Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate has been used to provide the Ngau Tau Kok Park and future East Kowloon Cultural Centre.  New quality buildings and open spaces have also been constructed through the redevelopment.  The redevelopment of Upper Ngau Tau Kok Estates Phase 2 & 3 is one of the Merit Award winners of Green Building Award 2010 (New Buildings Category: Residential Projects).  To preserve the historic elements and collective memory of these former estates, well-designed open spaces / cultural path / exhibition areas have been created at the new estates to house hundreds of relics from the past. 

The visit will provide HKIP members a better understanding of PRH redevelopment in Hong Kong and HA/HD’s effort in heritage preservation.  The visit could also facilitate knowledge sharing and experience exchange on green building design / heritage preservation / redevelopment & related public engagement among HKIP members and the professionals from HD.  Please join us to learn more on Hong Kong’s public housing development!

 

Technical Visit Details:

Date/Time: 8 Dec 2018 (to be confirmed with HD)

Duration: 10:00am – 12:30 noon

Gathering Venue: Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate’s central plaza (Exact location to be confirmed)

Target Participants: HKIP Members

(Family members and friends are also welcome)

Participant Number: 30

Costs: Free of charge

 

Programme Rundown: (May subject to change)

10:00 am -10:30 am

Meeting at Estate Management Office for briefing of the projects.

10:30 am to 12:00 noon

Technical Tour of the estate.  Points of interest include:

-   Cultural path / exhibition areas for displaying relics at Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate

-   Nga Tau Kok Park and the site of future East Kowloon Cultural Centre

-   Sitting areas at Upper Ngau Tau Kok Estate with HK style cafe restaurant (式茶餐廳) theme with relics displayed

-   Wind Corridors / Well-Designed Landscaping / Central Plaza with street shops and relics displayed at Upper Ngau Tau Kok Estate

12:00 to 12:30 noon

Brief discussion / experience sharing among HKIP member and Upper & Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estates project teams on public housing, planning & heritage preservation issues. 

12:30 noon

End of event / Dismiss

 

About the Upper & Lower Ngau Kok Estates (牛頭角上/下)

Upper Ngau Tau Kok Estate was a low cost housing estate, while Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate was a resettlement estate in the urban area.  Redevelopment of both estates are two of the HA/HD's comprehensive redevelopment projects.  The redevelopment of Upper & Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estates has regenerated a harmonious community for many families at Kwun Tong District.

Upper Ngau Tau Kok estate is a redeveloped PRH estate comprising about 6,700 PRH units, which house a population of around 16,000.  By redeveloping such, HA/HD built new homes for the people who had been residing in the Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate for over 40 years.  HA/HD engaged the community in the design process to enhance social cohesion.  Upper Ngau Tau Kok Phase 2 & 3 redevelopment is one of the first PRH projects to make use of micro-climate studies to enhance the wind environment, natural ventilation, daylight, and mitigate solar heat gain, etc., in order to achieve a livable and sustainable environment.  Relics and old trees were also preserved and incorporated into the new estate.

The redeveloped Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate provided about 4,800 PRH flats.  Part of the redevelopment site is also used to provide the Ngau Tau Kok Park and future East Kowloon Cultural Centre (currently under construction for completion in 2020).  To preserve the historic elements of the former estate, there are exhibition areas and cultural path at the new estate to house about hundreds of relics from the past for display. 

 

For registration, please sign up the Google Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScwM6kgOez29C-nHSyhUV6JnQYgBpoMrCRGUogwnCRQR5mxQg/viewform?c=0&w=1

Enrolment is on first-come-first-served basis.

 

Remarks:

1.   Event insurance is not covered.

2.   If a tropical cyclone warning signal No. 3 (or above) or Red/Black rainstorm warning issued 2 hours prior the event, the activities will be postponed.  The event organiser will update with the participants via phone.

3.   Suitable clothes for outdoor activities are recommended.Special thanks to the Housing Department.

Education and Training Committee

Earlier Event: December 7
Visit to The Mills (7 Dec 2018, Friday)