Finance Committee to approve $657.5 million college for VTC
Would-be chefs aspiring to be the next Gordon Ramsey and other such high profile chefs will get a chance to hone their cooking skills when lawmakers meet today to give the green light to funding for a new culinary training facility.
The government is asking the Legislative Council’s Finance Committee to approve its funding application of HK$657.5 million at money-of-the-day (MOD) prices for the Vocational Training Council’s International Culinary College.
The Public Works Subcommittee endorsed the funding application when it met last month.
In the 2011 Policy Address, the then-Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen proposed setting up an international culinary college to provide training for students and catering staff already in employment to become proficient in international cuisines.
“In addition, it will attract renowned chefs and other talents of the culinary profession from around the world, and promote the development of related sectors, such as tourism, catering, retail and wine trading in Hong Kong,” a paper compiled last month for the subcommittee by the Education Bureau said.
Apart from providing instruction on international cuisines such as Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian, the facility will also provide programmes on wine-related courses as well as programmes on meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE).
The new college would be built next to the VTC’s existing Pokfulam Complex which has a Chinese Cuisine Training Institute, a Hospitality Industry Training and Development Centre and a training hotel.
Nearby are several historic buildings such as the Old Dairy Farm Senior Staff Quarters and Old Dairy Farm Cowshed.
Completion is scheduled for late 2015 whereupon the college would provide about 2,000 places a year for students looking to get qualifications at certificate, diploma, higher diploma levels and beyond.
According to the government’s estimates, total cost including consultant fees before the addition of the inflation factor is HK$565.9 million.
The piling and a two-storey basement would cost about HK$80.1 million while the building would cost HK$166.6 million.
Building services would cost HK$92.3 million while an underground link between the college and the existing VTC complex would cost HK$25.2 million.
The college would also use modular design and off-site fabrication to cut down on construction waste.
The construction unit cost is estimated at HK$21,328 per square metre based on a total construction floor area of about 12,139 square metres.
In a nod to rising construction costs, the paper said: “The contract will provide for price adjustment.”