THE Hong Kong administration has recently completed the HK$5.2 billion (S$1billion) government headquarters at the waterfront Tamar site, next to the famed Victoria Harbour. The towering buildings, known as ‘The Door’, marked a strong start to Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang’s second leadership term, after a landslide re-election win in March 2007.
The building for the Chief Executive’s Office and Executive Council, will house a new chamber for the Legislative Council and a building for lawmakers and the Legco secretariat. The project in the prime district – first mooted by Hong Kong’s first chief executive Tung Chee Hwa in 1998 – has taken a decade to get off the ground. The then HK$4.85 billion project was subsequently shelved in 2003, with the city’s economy crippled in quick succession by the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, and the 2003 Sars outbreak. When Mr Tsang took over as Chief Executive in 2005, he revived the plan as the city began to experience economic recovery.
About 5,000m2 of fire rated Flamebar BW11 smoke extraction systems have been installed in the Hong Kong Chief Executive’s office building. The attached photographs were taken by our Flamebar BW11 licensee in Hong Kong, The Jardine Engineering Corporation Ltd.