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April 20, 2024

SHKP's Mong Kok large-scale commercial project approved
The Town Planning Board have recently approved the planning application of Sun Hung Kai Properties' Mong Kok project. The large-scale commercial project will be developed as the ‘Green Heart’ of Mong Kok with many green, sustainable elements.
     Preliminary works are underway for the project, which features a 53-storey main tower reaching a height of 320 metres above the principal datum. Once completed, it will become the second tallest commercial landmark in Kowloon after the International Commerce Centre (ICC). The main tower will also come with a three-storey podium and a public rooftop viewing platform. The project’s total gross floor area will be 1.52 million square feet, comprising a 200,000-square-foot shopping mall, and 1.2 million square feet of commercial space. Other facilities include five community facilities with a total floor area of 50,000 square feet and over 100,000 square feet of quality outdoor public space. 

Public open space and preservation of old trees 
The project aims to become the ‘Green Heart’ of Mong Kok. Three banyan trees which are more than 60 years old will be preserved. SHKP is working together with local and overseas landscape and tree specialists over the formulation of a conservation plan, which involves altering the original basement design to avoid disturbing the soil beneath the trees.
     SHKP will also create a ‘Ficus Plaza’, which is over 34,000 square feet, at the project’s ground-level entrance. The rarity lies not only in the close proximity to the three old trees but also in having such a well-designed public space within the district. Over 50 trees will be planted in the project to achieve 30% in greenery coverage and 1,250 kg in annual carbon dioxide absorption. 

Enhancing connectivity and accessibility
The project will provide about 800 private car parking spaces and a large public transport interchange for minibuses and cross-border buses. Embracing the design concept of ‘Urban Cool Ribbon’, the project will also come with two landscaped walkways leading to the MTR Mong Kok East Station deck and a footbridge to Hak Po Street, linking the project with various streets in the neighbourhood.

Creating an inclusive community
To ensure that the project’s five community facilities effectively cater to the practical needs of the users, SHKP has made special effort in meeting with various social welfare service organizations and conducted focus group discussions, street interviews and surveys, engaging over 400 participants. Based on the insights gathered, a number of steps will be taken to make the amenities more user-friendly. The community facilities will be located in an annex block with a dedicated vehicular access and drop-off point right outside the centre designed to provide easy access for the users.
(Images: SHKP)