Praya Reclamation Scheme

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The Praya Reclamation Scheme (Chinese: 海旁填海計劃) was a large scale reclaimed land project carried out by the Hong Kong Land company in Colonial Hong Kong under Sir Catchick Paul Chater and James Johnstone Keswick.

Early proposal[edit]

The project was first proposed in 1855. There were many merchants with private piers on the waterfront who objected to the scheme.[1]

The first reclamation project actually began in 1868. It was completed in 1873, adding significant land to Praya Central, which later became present day Des Voeux Road.[1]

Second reclamation scheme[edit]

The second project was revived by the Tai-pan of The Hong Kong and Kowloon Wharf and Godown Company in July 1887.[2] It was not commenced until February 1890.[1] It was a significantly larger project than the first, with the project completion in 1903 to 1904.[1][2] There are some discrepancies between the number of acres actually gained from the projects in its entirety. Some sources claim it added 59 acres (240,000 m2) of land to Hong Kong's Central waterfront and Statue Square.[3] While others claimed that the total area extended out to a total 65 acres (260,000 m2) using a total weight of 3.5 million tons of materials.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Bard, Solomon (2002). Voices from the past: Hong Kong, 1842-1918. Hong Kong University Press. ISBN 978-962-209-574-8. 
  2. ^ a b "A Historical and Architectural Appraisal of Queen’s Pier, Central (Annexe B3), Antiquities and Monuments Office, Government of Hong Kong SAR, accessdate=2007-12-15
  3. ^ Wordie, Jason (2002). Streets: Exploring Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. ISBN 962-209-563-1.