15-20 minutes is for networking Sandiwches & beverages included
Hosted by the Real Estat e Committee and the Environment Committee
The hilly terrain and underlying geology of Hong Kong offer an excellent opportunity for placing urban facilities underground. About two-thirds of Hong Kong's land is found to be suitable for rock cavern development. Conservative estimates suggest that some 3,500 ha of land could be made available by cavern development at the urban fringes. Given the potential for multi-layer cavern development, a substantially greater usable area could be created.
In September 2012, the Civil Engineering and Development Department instigated a study on 'Long-term Strategy for Cavern Development", which is to develop a holistic approach in planning and implementing cavern development, so as to render it a sustainable means for expanding land resources.
The study also places emphasis on private sector participation because many private sector facilities, such as storage, warehousing and data centres, can benefit from rock caverns' stable and secure setting. The formulation and implementation of a long-term strategy for cavern development could provide a sustainable approach in easing the pressure of land shortage. Developing a systematic relocation programme for suitable Government facilities could release surface sites for other uses including housing. Also, placing 'Not-In-My-Backyard' facilities in caverns could remove incompatible land uses. Furthermore, reserving rock cavern space could accommodate future public and private sector facilities underground, thereby reducing the land take.
The American Chamber of Commerce in HK 1904 Bank of America Tower 12 Harcourt Road Central, Hong Kong