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Roving exhibition on Central Oasis kicks off

A month-long roving exhibition on four conceptual designs of the Central Oasis revitalisation project of the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) is kicked off today (Friday) and will be held at different locations throughout the territory until 1 May 2011 to facilitate public discussions on the way forward for the building.

The Chairman of the Central Oasis Community Advisory Committee (COCAC), Professor David Lung, and the Managing Director of the URA, Mr Quinn Law, officiated at the launching ceremony.  Professor Lung said the COCAC has been listening to people in the hope that the future building lives up to public aspirations since the project was announced in 2009.

"We attach a great deal of importance to the views of the community on the way forward for Central Oasis.  In this regard, we have conducted a series of consultations and studies including an opinion poll, community workshops, structural survey and character defining elements study.  Mainstream opinions are in support of the Central Oasis as the theme for the building.

"We have invited four architectural firms to come up with conceptual designs based on the interpretation of the mainstream public views collected.

Professor Lung said the exhibition is being staged with a view to enhance understanding of the design concepts of the consultants through visual elements such as models, displays and videos so as to facilitate in-depth contextual discussions.

He emphasised that the exhibition on display is absolutely not to choose one among the four designs. A final proposal will be drawn up with reference to public views collected in the exhibition, which can be described as a process focused on public opinions and facilitated by professionals.

The Central Oasis Design Concept Roving Exhibition will run in April 2011 at the following locations to collect further public opinions:

  • 1- 4 April
    Central Oasis-Oasis Gallery
  • 6-9 April
    Olympian City 2
  • 14-17 April
    China Hong Kong City
  • 22-25
    April City Walk 2
  • 28 April-1 May
    Tseung Kwan O Plaza

The COCAC and the Central and Western District Council will also jointly hold the Central Oasis Design Concept Public Forum on 10 April 2011 at Caritas Community Hall on Caine Road, where the four architectural designers will be present to explain their design concepts.

Members of the public who are interested to attend should register no later than 7 April 2011 via fax at 2542 2696 0r 3691 8024 or mailed/submitted in person to 11/F Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong.  Enrollment forms can be downloaded at http://www.districtcouncils.gov.hk or http://www.centraloasis.org.hk.

(ENDS)