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Topping-out Ceremony for Tamar Development Project

     Speaking at the Topping-out Ceremony for the Tamar Development Project today (January 25), the Chief Executive, Mr Donald Tsang, said that the Project had reached a new milestone.

     The Tamar Development Project includes the design and construction of the new Government Headquarters, Legislative Council Complex, open space of about half the size of the entire Tamar site, and two elevated walkways. Construction works formally started in February 2008.

     All superstructural works have been completed as scheduled within a time frame of about three years. One can now clearly see the design of the buildings, which are modern, simple and dignified, befitting the image of the executive authorities and legislature of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

     "The project has adopted the 'Door always open' concept in its design. This open door is now standing behind me. It is not only a distinctive building design, but also a reminder for us to be always open-minded, proactive and receptive to public opinions," Mr Tsang said.

     "The close proximity of the executive and legislative authorities reflects the close working relationship between the Government and the Legislative Council (LegCo). With the relocation of Government Headquarters and the LegCo building to Tamar, I look forward to further co-operation between the two in promoting the development and advancement of our community."

     The design of the Tamar project is people oriented, and the north-south landscaped "green carpet" maximises public accessibility to the waterfront. The disposition of the buildings forms a major breezeway from the harbour to the inner city area and maintains good air ventilation.

     The Government has held an open competition to acquire artworks from local artists to promote local art and to enhance the artistic experience for the public as they enjoy the open space.

     The Tamar Development Project also includes a large number of green features, such as green roofs, waste recycling, sea-water cooled chiller plants, and daylight sensor control.

     To enhance the greenery of the open space, various landscaping measures such as an extensive lawn, tree plantations, water features and a lily pond will be included. Other features, such as a civic piazza, sculpture court, amphitheatre and Tamar corner, will provide venues for different types of activities for public enjoyment.

     Construction works are expected to be completed by mid-2011.

     The Project currently engages a workforce of over 3,000.  

     The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Henry Tang, the President of the Legislative Council, Mr Tsang Yok-sing, the Convenor of the Non-official Members of the Executive Council, Mr Leung Chun-ying, the Director of Jardine Matheson Holdings, Mr Adam Keswick, and the Executive Director of NWS Holdings, Mr Patrick Lam, joined the Chief Executive in officiating at the Topping-out Ceremony.

Ends/Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Issued at HKT 10:03


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