Hong Kong: Atkins has recently been appointed by the Drainage Services Department (DSD), the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), to undertake the investigation for the revitalization of King Yip Street Nullah. The project aims to revitalize the existing nullah into a green and vibrant river.
Tony Chik, Atkins’ project director, said: “We’re very pleased to secure this high profile project to assess and facilitate the revitalization to benefit the community. We’ve been assisting our long term partner DSD for the past decade to provide world-class drainage and wastewater services for the sustainable development of Hong Kong. This new assignment, on top of our on-going DSD Kai Tak River project, will strengthen our portfolio in river revitalization and reinforce our competitive advantage in the market.”
The HKSAR Government launched the “Energizing Kowloon East” initiative in 2011 and the Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO) was subsequently formed with a view to facilitating the transformation of Kowloon East into additional premier core business district (CBD) of Hong Kong. This visionary initiative aims to support the economic development of the area and enhance the long term competitiveness of Hong Kong. EKEO is currently working closely with DSD and other government departments to take forward an integrated urban design approach to revitalise Tsui Ping River and bring synergy to the surrounding areas.
The main scope of this project comprises the transformation of the existing 1km long King Yip Street Nullah into a green and vibrant Tsui Ping River. Atkins will provide solutions to improve drainage hydraulic performance by removing the footbridge ramp, staircase and associated foundation, and stabilizing the aged and deteriorating nullah wall to achieve higher flood protection level with a new water retention system in the nullah for the revitalization.
The proposed works will amalgamate with the environmental, ecological and landscape upgrading works in the vicinity. Services also include the associated works to match with the project theme such as the beautification of adjoining walkways, enhancement of connectivity, provisions of walkways, landscape decks across the river, and face-lifting of the existing Kwun Tong Road footbridge.
“With the completion of the project, the district will be revitalized, with much more attractive public realm and improved connectivity to the surrounding public open spaces. It will be a catalyst to promote the transformation of Kowloon East to be an attractive CBD.” Said Jeffrey Chan, project manager.
The investigation assignment will take about 20 months.
Atkins assists Gov’t in revitalizing nullah into attractive green river.