The West Kowloon cultural hub’s underground parking space, to cost some HK$23 billion, will be built in phases.
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority will first ask for a pre- construction budget of HK$300 million for its foundation work.
The Legislative Council’s home affairs and development panels yesterday discussed the progress of construction of the West Kowloon Cultural District project.
Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing said it is not appropriate for the authority to advance payment for the foundation work.
Leisure and Cultural Services Director Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee said the advance payment scheme is aimed at avoiding construction delay. This might result in increased costs, she said.
After completion of facilities at the hub, traffic in the district may be busy.
Apart from improving pedestrian facilities, the authority will also study the feasibility of waterborne transport and bicycle facilities, Fung said.
She added that the integrated underground transportation complex at the hub aims to free up space for cultural facilities on the ground.
The board said the costs of building the M+ museum and performance theater had been affected.