Kai Tak Sports Park has won a contract from the Hong Kong government for the design, construction and operation of the HK$29.993bn ($3bn) Kai Tak Sports Park.
The Kai Tak Sports Park, occupying 28 hectares, will be the biggest sports venue in Hong Kong.
A subsidiary of New World Development and NWS Holdings, Kai Tak Sports Park has been established specifically for the project.
The project team includes Populous, SMG and Lagardère Sports.
The design consists of a covered Kai Tak Sports Avenue, connecting key facilities of the Sports Park with the adjacent Station Square, Kai Tak MTR Station, Sung Wong Toi MTR Station and the harbourfront promenade.
The Sports Park comprises a 50,000-seat Main Stadium, with ‘Pearl of the Orient’ as its façade design theme.
The Main Stadium will feature a soundproof retractable roof and flexible pitch surface for hosting major football and rugby matches, and entertainment and community events.
The Indoor Sports Centre will provide a large multipurpose space. Most of the 10,000 seats will be retractable or removable, making it suitable for hosting major competitions. It will also provide many indoor sports courts for everyday community use.
The 5 000-seat Public Sports Ground will be suitable for hosting school athletics meetings, athletics training and local football league games. It will be open to the public free of charge for jogging and exercise.
Kai Tak Sports Park will also provide open space for the public, with facilities such as outdoor ball courts, open lawn areas, children’s play areas and fitness stations.
Other facilities will include a health and wellness centre, a bowling centre, retail, food and beverage outlets and 850 parking spaces.
The sports park will include energy conservation and sustainability design features such as a photovoltaic system, roof greening, vertical greening and parking spaces with electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities.
Smart city initiatives, including an intelligent building management system, Wi-Fi hotspots, an indoor positioning system, an intelligent car park management system and mobile applications to facilitate precinct information, booking of facilities and wayfinding will also be part of the sports park.
The 25-year contract includes four to five years for design and construction and approximately 20 years of operation.
The government will fund the construction cost of HK$29.993bn ($3bn), while Kai Tak Sports Park will be required to bear operating costs and pay the government 3% of the gross income plus $1.724bn during the operation period.
Construction will commence in the first quarter of 2019 and is scheduled for completion in 2023.
Image: An artist’s impression of the Kai Tak Sports Park. Photo: Courtesy of The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.