The Secretary for Development, Mr Michael Wong, today (January 14) continued his visit to Singapore, where he met with senior government officials to exchange views on issues relating to urban planning and development. He also visited two development projects adopting the modular integrated construction (MiC) method.
In the morning, Mr Wong visited a private high-rise development project using MiC modules in the Little India area. He was briefed on the project design and the construction process, and in particular on the experience of transportation, lifting and installation of large modular units in the busy city centre.
He then met with the Minister for National Development, Mr Lawrence Wong, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Mr Lim Eng Hwee, to exchange views on land use planning, urban development and urban renewal issues. Mr Wong was given an overview by URA officials on the Master Plan 2019, which sets out the land use plan for Singapore's development over the next 10 to 15 years. He was also briefed on how Singapore adopts innovative technology to facilitate its urban planning process.
Accompanied by the minister and Mr Lim, he toured Singapore City Gallery, which showcases the country's development story over the past 50 years.
At noon, Mr Wong attended a lunch hosted by Mr Lawrence Wong. There, he kept the minister abreast of the latest developments of Hong Kong, while they discussed matters of mutual concern.
In the afternoon, Mr Wong visited a private residential project under construction. It consists of two 56-storey towers and will become the tallest MiC buildings in the world when completed. He was briefed by staff on-site on the project design and details of the conservation of five historic buildings during the construction process.
He also visited an integrated construction and prefabrication hub to see for himself how different processes of manufacturing prefabricated construction units are consolidated in a single multi-storey factory to optimise land use.
Mr Wong also paid a courtesy call on the Chinese Ambassador to Singapore, Mr Hong Xiaoyong, today.
Tomorrow (January 15), he will meet with the Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, before returning to Hong Kong in the afternoon.
Ends/Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Issued at HKT 19:03