As an on-going initiative, ArchSD strives to enhance greening and landscaping through maximisation of greenery coverage, including roof greening and vertical greening. Responsible for the development and upkeep of government facilities, we make every effort to promote best practices of roof greening and vertical greening to various government departments and quasi-government organisations on subvented projects.
In 2014, we completed 4 projects with green roofs on new buildings and 7 projects with retrofitted green roofs on existing buildings as well as 5 projects with vertical greening on new buildings for different government bureaux/departments and related organisations, including Education Bureau, Correctional Services Department, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and Marine Department, etc. The types of buildings/facilities cover cultural complex, park, library, school, sports centre, swimming pool complex, dockyard and prison.
Located under the Kwun Tong By-pass, Kwun Tong Promenade Stage 2 is a sequel to the Stage 1 project. The design of the Promenade is to create a pleasant environment to facilitate people to enjoy the beautiful view of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong Island cityscape beyond, featuring with a 750-metre waterfront boardwalk. The promenade spans over 34,000 square metres, which is nearly five times of the area of Stage 1.
With a design theme “to bring Nature into our City”, over 40% of the Promenade areas are covered by green elements, including trees, shrubs, and lawns. Kerbless and extensive lawn allows the visitors to freely walk on and enjoy the beauty of “nature” in urban area. Lots of creepers have been planted along the wire mesh at the shelter structures. This will not only enhance the shading effect of the shelter, but also provide a greening effect vertically.
Tseung Kwan O is a densely-populated and fast-developing new town. The population is expected to increase to 430,100 by 2019. This project was designed to meet the pressing need for public leisure and cultural facilities of residents in the southern part of Tseung Kwan O. The project consists of an open space, a district library and a sports centre. The project was completed in 2014 and commissioned since March 2015.
The district open space provides the public with landscaped sitting-out areas, fitness corners, a children’s play area, and ancillary facilities. It features a large green area of about 3,680 square metres as a multi-layered “green carpet” which covers the entire project area across different levels and embraces the two distinct building masses of the sports centre and library.
Apart from large greening landscaping areas, other green features include passive solar design for the building design, recycled rain water irrigation system, water cooled chiller for air-conditioning of the venues, solar hot water systems for water supply in changing rooms and building-integrated photovoltaic panels. Our concerted efforts were recognised by achieving BEAM Platinum rating, attaining to be a finalist for Green Building Award 2014 (New Building Category), shortlisted for World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2014.
To further enhance environmental and amenity benefits for the community, we incorporated additional planting proposals into the project, which included planting of about 90 trees, 14,200 shrubs, 68,700 ground covers, 250 climbers and 3,900 square metres of grassed area. We further made use of the open space to organise a community planting activity under the “Be Our Greening Partner” government campaign in the fourth quarter of 2014. District councillors, community leaders, football association representatives, school representatives and students were invited to green the open space.
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