CE opens INTEGER HK Pavilion

The Government is firmly committed to promoting Hong Kong as an international innovative and technology centre and to improving the living environment and upgrading the quality of life here, the Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, said today (November 2).

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the INTEGER Hong Kong Pavilion, Mr Tung said that the official launch demonstrated once again this commitment.

The INTEGER Hong Kong Pavilion is a joint project among the UK Government, the Hong Kong Government and private company partners to demonstrate how intelligent and greener flats can be produced today to meet tomorrow's need.

"The INTEGER project, launched for the first time in Asia, brings together building professionals from Hong Kong and United Kingdom to explore ways to build better housing, not only environmentally, but also socially and commercially," Mr Tung said.

"The successful co-operation between the public and private sectors in developing this project also reflects the keen spirit of innovation and participation of our society," he added.

Joining Mr Tung in opening the Pavilion was the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Dr Denis MacShane, MP.

Following the official launch, Mr Tung and Dr MacShane toured the Pavilion which features a 40-story model depicting the application of INTEGER's core principles in the local environment, two 860-sq.ft. demonstration flats, simulated lift lobbies and sky gardens.

They also saw a series of interactive exhibits on some of the pressing local environmental issues.

The pavilion, which was built by using environmentally-friendly and pre-fabricated construction techniques, is situated at Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar site, Central and will be open to the public from next Tuesday (November 6) between 9 am to 7 pm.

The opening ceremony was also attended by representatives from the INTEGER Hong Kong Pavilion's founding partners including: Secretary for Planning and Lands, Mr John C Tsang; British Consul-General, Sir James Hodge; Chairman of CLP Holdings Limited, Michael D Kadoorie; Group Managing Director of Gammon Construction Limited, Mr Martin Hadaway; Vice-chairman of Hong Kong Housing Authority, Mr Tony Miller; Vice-Chairman of Hong Kong Housing Society, Mr Chan Bing-woon; Chairman of INTEGER Intelligent & Green Ltd, Mr Nick Thompson; Managing Director of Swire Properties Ltd, Mr Keith Kerr; and Chairman of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Mr Alan F S Li.

End/Friday, November 2, 2001