New United Court Transitional Housing Project to house 1,800 families in mid-2022Local | 17 Jun 2021 6:33 pm
The United Court Transitional Housing project held its groundbreaking ceremony yesterday and is expected to house 1,800 low-income families when the project is completed in mid-2022.
Sun Hung Kai Properties has leased land in Yuen Long to the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council for the development for a minimum of eight years at a nominal HK$1.
Donald Li Kwok-tung, Chairman of the council’s board of directors, thanked SHKP’s enthusiastic support with the project’s initial planning and site formation, along with their future assistance during the construction stage.
The ceremony was officiated by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, with the Most Revd Andrew Chan Au-ming, Archbishop and Primate of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, giving his blessings for the project’s commencement.
The housing project, which is adjacent to Sha Pui Tsuen in Yuen Long, will be overseen by the Transport and Housing Bureau, with the bureau donated some HK$10 billion for the development.
The project will have a buildable floor area of around 420,000 sq. ft. and will be built using modular integrated construction technology and will comprise eight residential zones, four-storey buildings and 1,800 units for one-, two-, three-, and four to five-person barrier-free units that range from 147 to 340 sq. ft..
The project is expected to benefit some 5,000 underprivileged families in total.
Raymond Kwok Ping-luen, SHKP Chairman & Managing Director, said the company has been developing landmark properties in Yuen Long for more than four decades and have a deep connection with the Yuen Long community.
“It gives us great pleasure to lease this quality plot of land to help address the short-term housing needs of low-income families,” Kwok said. “Yet aside from building transitional housing, we also need to meet society’s long-term housing needs, and it is vital for both the public and private sectors to give full play to their respective strengths to increase land and housing supply.”
Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam said the government had so far acquired enough land to provide 15,000 units as transitional housing, with over half of the land provided by private sectors.