Jury for West Kowloon concept competition to meet

The Government announced today (January 28) that the Jury for the West Kowloon Reclamation Concept Plan Competition will meet from February 25 to 28, 2002.

The Jury will examine the 161 entries to the competition and decide upon the winning entries.

The ten-member Jury will be chaired by Lord Rothschild, GBE, a member of the Jury for the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.

The other jurors are prominent people from within or outside Hong Kong with expertise in the fields of architecture, culture and heritage, engineering, planning, strategic development and tourism. They are as follows :-

* Mr C. Nicholas Brooke, BBS, JP, Vice-Chairman, Metro Planning Committee, Town Planning Board, Hong Kong;

* Professor Chang Hsin-kang, JP, Chairman, Culture and Heritage Commission, Hong Kong;

* The Hon. Mrs Selina Chow, JP, Chairman, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Hong Kong;

* Professor Peter F.V. Droege, Professor of Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney, Australia;

* Professor Lau Sau-shing, Patrick, SBS, Professor of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong;

* The Hon. Leung Chun-ying, GBS, JP, Convenor, Executive Council, Hong Kong;

* Mr Peter W. Rogers, Director, Stanhope plc, London, England;

* Professor Peter G. Rowe, Dean, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; and

* Professor Wu Liangyong, Professor and Director, Institute for Architectural and Urban Studies, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

A spokesman for the Planning and Lands Bureau said that the entries to the competition had been examined by a Technical Panel chaired by the Director of Planning. The Panel assessed whether individual entries generally met the technical requirements of the competition brief, so as to assist the Jury with its task of adjudication.

The spokesman said that the winning entries will be announced and displayed publicly shortly after the Jury concludes its deliberations.

Cash prizes will be awarded to five winning entries. The winner of the first prize will receive HK$3 million, the winner of the second prize will receive HK$1.5 million and there will be prizes of HK$800,000 each for three entries awarded an honourable mention.

The winners will also have the opportunity to take part in the subsequent work for developing the new arts, cultural and entertainment district. They will automatically pre-qualify for inclusion in the list of consultants to be invited to bid for the masterplanning work on the district.

They will also be invited to take part in development bids and informed of any architectural design competition for individual facilities which might follow.

The spokesman said that the detailed planning process will start soon after the winning entries are selected. Following completion of the masterplan study, proposed amendments to the outline zoning plan will be drawn up and lead to the master layout plan being submitted to the Town Planning Board.

The spokesman said that the planning process will take about three years and construction about four years, so the first of the new facilities is expected to be completed by 2008.

End/Monday, January 28, 2002