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Western Market Neighbourhood Idea Competition

The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) today (Thursday) launched the Western Market Neighbourhood Idea Competition inviting ideas and themes for the revitalisation of the area surrounding the Western Market.

The revitalisation boundary covers part of Des Voeux Road Central, Morrison Street, Wing Lok Street, Bonham Strand, New Market Street and On Tai Street, aiming at exploring innovative and practical ideas that help draw pedestrians, create activity hubs and improve visual attractiveness.

Within the boundary, there are four main items that require improvements:

  • visual improvement to the MTR vent shaft to the south of Western Market;
  • physical improvement to the Des Voeux Road Central tram station near Western Market;
  • pavement improvement and widening works along Morrison Street; and
  • re-configuration of the sitting-out area at the junction of Wing Lok Street and Bonham Strand.

"The immediate area around the Western Market is crucial towards the revitalisation of the Sheung Wan area because of its strategic location. Ideas arising from the competition may be considered as reference for the upcoming area revitalisation works that may be carried out by the URA, the Government or other parties," a URA spokesman said.

Any interested parties should submit their proposals by hand to the URA headquarters at 10/F, Low Block, Grand Millennium Plaza, 181 Queen's Road Central before noon on15 February 2003.

An adjudication panel comprising members of the URA Board, Central and Western District Council, URA Central and Western District Advisory Committee, and representatives of Tourism Commission, MTR Corporation and Hong Kong Museum of History will select the winning entries.

Awards of recognition and cash prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 will be presented to the winner, first runner-up and second runner-up respectively.

This competition is initiated by the URA and managed by a co-ordinating committee comprising the Architectural Services Department, Central and Western District Office, Central & Western District Council, Highways Department, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Hong Kong Institute of Planners, Hongkong Tramways Ltd., MTR Corporation Ltd., Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Transport Department and Centre of Architectural Research for Education, Elderly, Environment and Excellence Ltd.