Building Design and Development in Hong Kong

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The Property market has always been a major driving force behind Hong Kong's economy. By providing a quality living and working environment, property development plays a significant role for Hong Kong to retain its position as an international metropolis. This book covers a wide range of topics on the building design and property development practice in Hong Kong. The process of property development from inception to completion is complicated, including territorial planning, building design, submission procedures, tendering and construction. This volume focuses on three areas: (1) Property Planning, (2) Design and Management, and (3) Construction and Maintenance. Readers will be benefited from the diversity in expertise and experience of authors from a multi-disciplinary team of planners, architects, engineers
Pub. Date
Jan 1, 2003
298 pages
210 x 285 mm

The work has been the effort of a group of lecturers of the Division of Building Science & Technology who teach different subjects. The theme of the book is to cover multi-disciplinary expertise of the Divisi

The work has been the effort of a group of lecturers of the Division of Building Science & Technology who teach different subjects. The theme of the book is to cover multi-disciplinary expertise of the Division and is therefore focused on the local practice of the industry. Although some chapters provide certain theoretical principles, they are also written in a way comprehensive at practice level and are intended to give the readers a broad view of the design and construction process in Hong Kong.

Synopsis of the book

The book is intended to reflect the building design and property development practice in Hong Kong where relevant publications are in short supply. It is focused on three areas: property planning, design and management, and construction and maintenance.

Part I: Property Planning
Chapter 1 starts from the historical planning practice and the planning strategy developed today, highlighting the Territorial Development Strategy that has a great impact on land use development for the last 10 to 20 years. Chapter 2 leads us to the development of design, a stage to be carried out after planning approval has been given. This stage is where the Building Ordinance takes effect on design, including the different Building Regulations and Codes of Practice in use that significantly affect the design submission and approval process. It leads us to understand the function of the Building Authority, where safety and health acts also have an impact on design and construction of building works. Besides affecting the design of new buildings, the Buildings Ordinance also affects existing buildings. Chapter 3 describes a common problem in Hong Kong: unauthorized building works. It highlights the government's policy on unauthorized building works.

Part II: Design and Management
Chapter 4 departs from government policies and begins a journey of "finding form" (i.e. how space is conceptualized in an architectural design) in the early stages of the building design process. In chapter 5 the author traces the changes in architectural design in Hong Kong from the early decades of the 20th century to the present, describing how Hong Kong has evolved from a British colony into an international metropolitan in southern China. Chapter 6 provides practical examples of spreadsheet applications for the design and analysis of structures of tall buildings in Hong Kong. Chapter 7 extends the computer application to be used as a simulation tool to building services design. Chapter 8 describes the tendering systems in use to select contractors to carry out building works by public clients and private clients in Hong Kong.

Part III: Construction Process

Chapter 9 discusses the factors to be considered in site layout planning, using a real-life case as illustration. Chapter 10 examines the conside- rations for temporary works in building construction with an emphasis on safety issues. Chapters 11 and 12 describe the formwork systems and the technology used for complex high-rise buildings with illustrative cases. Finally, Chapter 13 highlights the effects of building services on construction processes and emphasizes the importance of effective coordination.

This publication is part of the work of the Applied Work Group led by Dr. T.T. Chow. The major issue of getting a book like this ready for publishing is coordination and quality assurance, which is the work of the Publication Work Group. While having Professor Bill Lim acting as our external reviewer to oversee the development of this book, we have also invited local reviewers to comment on the manuscipts. I would like to thank the reviewers for their generous help and advice:

  • Mr. Edwin H W Chan, Department of Building and Real EstateHong Kong Polytechnic University

  • Mr. Ben Chong Wing Hong, Building Department, HKSAR

  • Mr. Francis Leung, Architectural Services Department, HKSAR

  • Mr. Kong Man, Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd

In addition, the book will not be in place without the effort of Charlie, Loonie, Raymond and Paul of the Work Group, the help of Sarah from our general office, the small meetings and the big meetings in between, and the support shown by the City University Press, Mr. Patrick Kwong in particular.

Ellen LEE
Chairman of Publication Work Group
December 2002
  • Planning, Territorial Development Strategy (TDS) and Development Control
  • Statutory Submission Requirements
  • Control on Unauthorized Building Works in Hong Kong
  • From Finding Form
  • Hong Kong Architecture: Identities and Prospect
  • Analysis and Design of Structures Using Spreadsheets
  • Advanced Simulation Tools for Building Services Design
  • The Tendering Systems of Public and Private Clients in Hong Kong
  • Site Production Layout Planning for High-rise Building Construction
  • Temporary Works in Building Construction
  • Conditions and Constraints Governing the Use of Formwork Systems for Complex High-rise Buildings in Hong Kong
  • A Review of Common Technology for the Construction of High-rise and Complex Buildings in Hong Kong
  • Coordination between Building Services Installations and Construction Processes