LOHAS Park

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Aerial view of LOHAS Park 2018
Aerial view of LOHAS Park 2014
LOHAS Park Plan

LOHAS Park (Chinese: 日出康城) is a Hong Kong seaside residential development of the MTR Corporation, situated in Tseung Kwan O Area 86, New Territories. After its full completion, it will be the largest single residential enclave in the territory.

Name and concept[edit]

Formerly named "Dream City", it was renamed LOHAS Park. LOHAS is an acronym for "lifestyle of health and sustainability". The Chinese name means "sunrise health city". The CLP power substation for Phase I The Capitol (Chinese: 首都; Cantonese Yale: Sáudōu) retains the original name "Dream City Power Substation".

The MTR designated LOHAS Park an 'environmental protection city' when planning began in 2002. After the SARS epidemic in early 2003, the element of 'health' was incorporated.[1] Following controversy over "wall effect" buildings in 2007, the developers promised there will be sufficient space to allow wind to blow through the estate. LOHAS Park was built at the east of the reclaimed land near the Tseung Kwan O landfill. According to an MTR spokesman, there is also an operational landfill about 1 km from development, and the problem of smell from the landfill has been solved since the stoppage of collection of domestic waste in 2014.[1]

The project[edit]

Le Prestige under construction in August 2009
LOHAS Park in December 2011
Central Park in LOHAS Park

The 3,550,000 square feet (330,000 m2) estate is divided into 13 phases, composing of 50 high-rise residential towers, offering 21,500 apartments to accommodate 58,000 residents in the site area, which are to be completed before 2025. These will sit above the MTR LOHAS Park Station.[1] The gross floor area (GFA) for domestic purposes is up to 1.6 million square metres, and retail GFA will occupy up to 50,000 m2[2]

Apart from residential development, LOHAS Park will also include 3 shopping malls upon completion, including a 480,000-square-foot iconic MTR mall named THE LOHAS, with the largest indoor ice-skating rink in Hong Kong and the largest cinema in the whole Tseung Kwan O town. There will also be green area of 1,000,000 square feet, including a 200,000-square-foot central park named The Park with pet recreation facilities, icon building, waterfalls and lawns.

Environmental features[edit]

  • 1.4 million sq ft (40% of the site area) of common area with greenery: the common area will include a 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2) park and a 330-metre seafront promenade.
  • People and cars will be segregated – pedestrians can walk to various facilities without having to cross a road since all the places are linked with covered walkways.
  • The garden will be watered by a 440,000-litre water-recycling system.
  • LOHAS Park, itself on land reclaimed from the sea, is surrounded by land reclaimed as landfill. The large piece of greenery immediately to the north of LOHAS Park is the recovered land from the old Tseung Kwan O Stage I landfill which closed in 1995. The large mountain slope on the eastern side of LOHAS Park is the old Tseung Kwan O Stage II/III landfill which closed in 1994.[3]
  • SENT - The above landfills should not be confused with the operating South East New Territories (SENT) Landfill[4] which is about 1 km southeast of LOHAS Park. The SENT is commonly called the Tseung Kwan O landfill in the media. The SENT is expected to become full in the financial year 2014/2015 if the decision to extend its coverage area is not granted.

Phases[edit]

Phase I: The Capitol, Phase IIA: Le Prestige, Phase IIB: Le Prime, Phase IIC: La Splendeur, Phase III: Hemera, Phase IVA: Wing at Sea, Phase IVB: Wing at Sea II, Phase V: Malibu, Phase VI: LP6, Phase VIIA: Montara, Phase VIIB: Grand Montara, Phase VIII: Sea to Sky Phase ⅨA: Marini, Phase ⅨB: Grand Marini, Phase ⅨC: Ocean Marini, Shopping Mall: THE LOHAS

The Capitol (首都; Sáudōu) belongs to the Phase I of the development. It was jointly developed by Cheung Kong Holdings and MTR Corporation in 2008. It comprises 5 high-rise buildings up to 68 storeys, occupying 1,380,000 square feet (128,000 m2) of floor area and offering 2,096 flats.[5][6][7][8]

Phase II of the development was jointly developed by Cheung Kong Holdings and MTR Corporation and Nan Fung Development.

Le Prestige (Chinese: 領都; Cantonese Yale: Líhngdōu), Phase IIA (the first of three sub-phases of Phase II of the development) comprises four high-rise buildings up to 70 storeys, offering 1,688 flats and was completed in 2009.[9]

Le Prime (Chinese: 領峰; Cantonese Yale: Líhngfūng), Phase IIB (the second of three sub-phases of Phase II of the development) comprises three high-rise buildings up to 76 storeys, offering 1,416 flats and was completed in 2011.[10][11]

La Splendeur (Chinese: 領凱; Cantonese Yale: Líhnghói), Phase IIC (the third of three sub-phases of Phase II of the development) comprises three high-rise buildings up to 72 storeys, offering 1,416 flats and was completed in 2013.[12] Phase II apartments facing East can enjoy the unrestricted view to the permanent recovered greenery. The planned new RTHK headquarters will lie between LOHAS Park Phase II and the greenery. The RTHK building headquarters will be only 10 storeys high compared to the 70+ storeys high of the LOHAS park Phase II towers.

Phase III was jointly developed by Cheung Kong Holdings, the MTR Corporation and Nan Fung Group. It is connected directly to LOHAS Park MTR Station.

Hemera (Chinese: 緻藍天} belongs to Phase III. It comprises of 4 high-rise towers up to 66 storeys. The towers are named after various gemstones namely Diamond, Emerald, Amber and Topaz.[13]

Phase IV is being jointly developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties and the MTR Corporation.

Wings at Sea (Chinese: 晉海} belongs to Phase IV. It comprises of two phases: Phase IVA is comprised off Towers 1 and 2 while Phase IVB also known as Wings at Sea II is comprised off Towers 3 and 5. [14]

A new covered walkway is under construction which will offer direct access to the MTR station from the Wan Po Road. Currently, access to the LOHAS Park MTR station by other housing estates residents at the Northern side of the Wan Po Road need to pass through the Phase I.

According to the LOHAS Park master plan, Phase I and Phase II of LOHAS Park are furthest from the permanent sea front, as future phases are constructed, the current seaview apartments will have progressively less seaview.

In April 2015, the tender for LOHAS Park Package 4 was awarded to a subsidiary of Sun Hung Kai Properties. In November 2015, the tender for LOHAS Park Package 5 was awarded to a subsidiary of Wheelock & Co.[15]

The LOHAS[edit]

A shopping mall called The LOHAS is currently under construction. It will be completed and opened in the second half of 2020. The mall will also be connected to Phase VIIA: Montara. [16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Victor Cheung, Green, green grass of home Archived 21 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine, The Standard, 8 November 2007
  2. ^ "Official Website: Planning parameters". MTR Corporation. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Landfill Restoration and Afteruse - Summary Information - Environmental Protection Department". Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Problems & Solutions - Environmental Protection Department". Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  5. ^ "首都 The Capitol ( 日出康城第 1 期 / 第 1-5 座 ) 解碼 - 康城物業 專注經營.康城峻瀅 ( Lohas Park )". Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  6. ^ "http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=16&art_id=56455&sid=16188755&con_type=3&d_str=20071108&fc=7". Retrieved 7 June 2016. External link in |title= (help)
  7. ^ "http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=16&art_id=62196&sid=17807105&con_type=1&d_str=20080228&fc=7". Retrieved 7 June 2016. External link in |title= (help)
  8. ^ Fung, Veronica (20 December 2007). "LOHAS Park to be built in Hong Kong". The Standard.
  9. ^ "領都 Le Prestige ( 第 2a 期 / 第 1-5 座 ) 解碼 - 康城物業 專注經營.康城峻瀅 ( Lohas Park )". Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  10. ^ "領峯 Le Prime ( 第 2b 期 / 第 6-8 座 ) 解碼 - 康城物業 專注經營.康城峻瀅 ( Lohas Park )". Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Pictures Far From Reality" (PDF) (Press release). Green Sense. 7 June 2009.
  12. ^ "領凱 La Splendeur ( 第 2c 期 / 第 9-11 座 ) 解碼 - 康城物業 專注經營.康城峻瀅 ( Lohas Park )". Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  13. ^ Richitt (22 September 2018). "緻藍天 | HEMERA – 長實、南豐及港鐵的香港將軍澳分層屋苑項目". 覓至房 (in Chinese). Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  14. ^ 頭條日報. "將軍澳晉海下周開價". 頭條日報 Headline Daily (in Chinese). Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  15. ^ "2014 Annual Report" (PDF). MTR Corporation.
  16. ^ "商場The LOHAS康城明年下半年開幕 - 20190511 - 報章內容 財經". 明報財經網 (in zn). Retrieved 29 August 2019.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)

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Coordinates: 22°17′42″N 114°16′16″E / 22.295°N 114.271°E / 22.295; 114.271