Launch of Design Competition for Tai O Twin Bridges (with photos)The Design Competition for Tai O Twin Bridges was launched today (November 28). Qualified professionals and the general public are invited to contribute innovative design concepts for two footbridges at Po Chue Tam and Yim Tin in Tai O to serve as reference for the projects in the future.
The competition is organised by the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) with support from the Development Bureau, the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects and the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design.
Officiating at the launch ceremony, the Project Manager (Hong Kong Island & Islands) of the CEDD, Mr Raymond Ho, said, "The two proposed footbridges will help improve the connectivity within Tai O. The footbridge at Po Chue Tam is near the Yeung Hau Temple, a Grade I historic building, while the footbridge at Yim Tin is located in ecologically sensitive areas. Through the competition we hope to receive functional, innovative, iconic and holistic designs that take into account the beautiful surroundings. It is also part of our efforts to further encourage the public to take part in the revitalisation of Tai O."
Mr Ho added, "To facilitate the holding of the dragon boat water parade, a traditional Tai O event, the middle parts of the footbridges should be able to open, which will make them different from common designs."
The competition is divided into the Professional Group, the Open Group for the Po Chue Tam Footbridge and the Open Group for the Yim Tin Footbridge. Participants in the Professional Group should be qualified professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, urban design or other related disciplines. The two Open Groups are open to the general public. A multidisciplinary jury panel will be formed to assess the entries. Attractive prizes include a $300,000 cash cheque for the first winning entry of the Professional Group and $30,000 for each of the first winning entries in the two Open Groups.
Registration for the competition will close on December 28. Entries should be submitted by January 31, 2013. For details and the rules of the competition, please visit the competition website at www.taiobridges.hk.
Ends/Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Issued at HKT 17:08