Mr Lynch was speaking yesterday at an event organised by the Hong Kong Association, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, the British Council, Foreign &Commonwealth Office and UK Trade & Investment where he discussed developments to date and the available contracts.
The West Kowloon Cultural District will be a cultural quarter, with a variety of new arts and cultural facilities including the Xiqu Centre for Chinese Opera, a museum for visual culture and centres for contemporary performance and music.
There will be opportunities for UK exporters throughout the supply chain, said Lynch. “The West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest arts and cultural development projects in the world, set to become a remarkable new destination in Asia. The Authority is committed to developing long-standing and meaningful relationships with both the business and cultural sectors worldwide. With opportunities within infrastructure and content development across cultural venues, residential facilities, retail, dining and entertainment, the district presents a unique offer.
“Progress is developing rapidly on site, with the conclusion of two international architecture competitions for major venues for the performing and visual arts in the past year alone, looking towards the groundbreaking for the Xiqu Centre for Chinese Opera this month, and remarkable attendance figures increasing annually for our exhibitions and pre-opening programmes.”
UK companies currently involved in the West Kowloon Cultural District include Foster + Partners, whose ‘City Park’ conceptual plan was selected as the preferred option for the West Kowloon Cultural District development in 2011. Mott MacDonald is the development plan consultant for the district and Rider Levett Bucknall the procurement strategy consultant.
Buro Happold and Atkins are working with Hong Kong architects Ronald Lu & Partners and Bing Thom Architects on the design of the Xiqu Centre for Chinese Opera, slated for completion late 2016.
TFP Farrells with Herzog & de Meuron won the architectural design competition of M+, Hong Kong’s future museum for visual culture, scheduled for completion in late 2017.