International architecture firm Atkins has announced that they will be assisting the government of Hong Kong in the investigation into the revitalisation of King Yip Street Nullah in East Kowloon
The global architecture, design and urban planning specialists have been appointed by the Drainage Services Department (DSD), the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), to undertake the investigation for the revitalisation of the nullah. 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 stabilising the aged and deteriorating nullah wall to achieve higher flood protection level with a new water retention system in the nullah for the revitalisation. The proposed works will amalgamate with the environmental, ecological and landscape upgrading works in the vicinity. Services will 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.
Tony Chik, Atkins' project director, said: "We're very pleased to secure this high profile project to assess and facilitate the revitalisation 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 revitalisation and reinforce our competitive advantage in the market."
In 2011, the HKSAR Government launched the "Energizing Kowloon East” initiative, 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. The initiative aims to support the economic development of the area and enhance the long term competitiveness of Hong Kong.