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MANDARIN ORIENTAL TO OPEN LUXURY HOTEL AND RESIDENCES IN MELBOURNE

4N LEADS REVITALISATION OF HISTORICAL BUILDING AT HONG KONG FLOWER MARKET

Owned by the Urban Renewal Authority, Hong Kong, the conservation and revitalisation of a Grade 2 historic building at 190-192 Prince Edward Road West is set to welcome new tenants in the coming months. Originally built in the 1930s for the middle classes, the building was occupied by Japanese military from 1941 to 1945, and leased to the British army in 1947 through to the early 1950s. Made up of four floors of 270m2 plus roof, building renovation was completed in Q1 2017 by design team URA Design Department X 4N, and structural engineers KC Wong & Associates. In a balance of old and new, the building retains a terrazzo floor on the ground floor lobby, the Verandah area of 3rd floor at No 192, as well as concrete handles in the stairwell, patterned floor tiles, old-school cornices, iron window lattice works and bamboo-looking ceramic tiles. New features include old-school iron window frames being replaced by modern-day aluminium. Interior and exterior lighting design also plays a strong part in defining space and setting atmosphere.

SHLA AWARDED PROJECT ON FORMER SITE OF WORLD-FAMOUS CARLSBERG BREWERY

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has signed a management contract for a new luxury hotel and branded residences to be developed in Melbourne, Australia. The project is expected to open in 2023 and is the Group’s first announced property in Australia. The hotel and residences will be located in an iconic, mixed-use 185-metre tower designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid and will play a part in the ongoing regeneration of the city’s Central Business District. The hotel will house 196 guestrooms and suites while 148 residences will be located on the upper floors. Owners will have exclusive access to the luxury hotel experience, as well as their own bespoke amenities including a private residents’ lounge. Mandarin Oriental, Melbourne will feature an all-day dining restaurant and a bar with a landscaped roof terrace. There will also be a variety of meeting spaces and an executive club lounge. A spa will offer wellness, relaxation and beauty facilities, while further leisure options include a comprehensive fitness centre and an indoor swimming pool. Melbourne-based property developer, Landream, is developing the project.

COLLIERS REPORT EXAMINES HONG KONG’S PROPERTY MARKET 20 YEARS AFTER THE HANDOVER In its latest report Colliers concluded that an integrated and competitive framework would offer new opportunities for the local property market. Research shows that despite different rounds of economic and external turbulence in the last 20 years, the property price has reversed the downward trend from the Asian Financial Crisis and SARS epidemic to reach a record breaking level in 2017. Although residential prices have become less affordable, the property market in general is in a healthier condition than 1997 as demand is currently driven by domestic end-users. Leasing demand from PRC companies for office spaces in Central has pushed up rents, triggering the decentralisation of traditional tenants and the adoption of flexible workspace solutions to lower real estate costs. In the upcoming decade, the Belt & Road initiatives and the Greater Bay Area plan provide a visionary blueprint for Hong Kong’s economic development. The limited developable space, however, has restrained Hong Kong’s development. Hence, the city will need to expand its capacities in creating new infrastructure, business districts, high-tech parks, cultural facilities and tourism attractions to accommodate new demands.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects (SHLA), Holscher Nordberg Architects, Züblin and COWI will design a new 36,000m2 mixed-use development consisting of a city block and an 80 metre high residential tower, situated close to the famous Elephant gates in the North Western corner of the Carlsberg site. The development will comprise 17,000m2 of housing, 7,000m2 of offices, 2,000m2 of retail and F&B as well as a 10,000m2 basement. The Carlsberg Brewery production plant in Copenhagen, which closed down in 2008, is renowned for its rich architectural legacy and has been re-emerging as a new sustainable city district. When completed in 2024, Carlsberg City will enjoy a vast network of bicycle paths, and a new modern commuter railway station, which is expected to become one of the busiest in Copenhagen. Modern and sustainable developments will mix with listed buildings. Shops and offices will integrate with housing, educational and daycare centres. In total, the development will offer over 3000 new homes available at various price levels, whilst 10,000 students have already begun their first semester at the new UCC Campus Carlsberg inaugurated earlier this year.

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