Merits of Redevelopment and Wholesale Conversion
Merits of Redevelopment
- Certain planning gains, e.g. setback of building lines, new open spaces, can be realised only upon redevelopment
- Redevelopment can also help upgrade the general environment of former industrial areas by removing sources of environment concerns e.g. chimneys
- New development meets today's safety standards and special requirements of the new uses
Merits of Wholesale Conversion
- Many industrial buildings are in former industrial areas with good public infrastructure, transport links and convenient location
- Industrial buildings usually have high ceiling height, high floor-loading, flexible floor layouts, thus have good potential for conversion to serve other uses
- Compared with redevelopment, conversion will generate less construction wastes, can start and complete within a shorter time, and costs less
- Mixed industrial and commercial uses will no longer be present in converted buildings, thus reducing the level of fire risk to occupants
Below are two examples of wholesale conversion:
A Former Factory Building in Ap Lei Chau: the entire building was converted for commercial uses after obtaining the necessary approvals from Planning, Lands and Buildings Departments.
Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre in Shek Kei Mei (JCCAC): the building was converted from a decommissioned flatted factory building. Over 150 artists and art groups are working inside.