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Buro Happold team looks into transforming HK waterfront

5 Apr 16 Designer Lead 8 and engineering consultancy BuroHappold have teamed up to look at how to transform Hong Kong’s waterfront into a 23km pedestrian route that could include a 1.5km cable-car line.

BuroHappold will provide resources to study the feasibility of different infrastructure approaches along the HarbourLoop route. This will include a cable car transporting users from Central to a new deck overlooking West Kowloon Cultural District in a 1.5km journey more than 60m metres above the harbour. Another aspect is proposed multimodal pedestrian bridge, with a span of 500m, linking the Museum of Coastal Defence and the Shau Kei Wan waterfront with the village of Lei Yu Mun.

Ian Ralph, senior planner/urban designer at Lead 8 said: “As the team involved in the Highline in New York, BuroHappold brings to bear vast experience and will help make the HarbourLoop’s infrastructure interventions viable for Hong Kong. Together, we believe that there is a pressing need to invest in more people-focused multimodal networks to connect Hong Kong, and promote a healthy and active means of moving around and spending leisure time.”

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The Highline in New York transformed a disused elevated railway line into a linear ‘Park in the Sky’, which is now one of New York’s most popular destinations.

Peter Dampier, director at BuroHappold Hong Kong says, “Having arrived from London to Hong Kong some 20 months ago and benefited daily from the ease of mobility of a world leading integrated public transportation system, I am surprised that the harbour - the third largest in the world, has been overlooked for the pivotal role it should and could play in the life of residents and tourists alike. BuroHappold is delighted to work with Lead 8 on progressing the HarbourLoop concept further and promoting a joined-up approach for the benefit of Hong Kong.”

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