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August 2016
Issue No. 295

Sheng Kung Hui Builds First Intergenerational Services Building in Yuen Long on Land Donated


The Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (HKSKH) has received a piece of land located at the junction of Castle Peak Road (Yuen Long) and Yau Tin East Road, Yuen Long, about few minutes walk from the MTR Yuen Long Station. The land measuring about 10,000 square feet was donated by Sun Hung Kai Properties at a signing ceremony on 5 July. It is zoned for "Government, Institution or Community" (GIC) uses and will be developed by the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council into an integrated intergenerational services building.

The proposed 19-storey integrated intergenerational services building, which is the first of its kind in Hong Kong, will house a youth hostel in 11 storeys. It will provide 160 single and double rooms each measuring 161-square-feet and 215-square-feet respectively. Another five storeys of the building will be used as a 150-bed residential care home for the elderly. A special care centre will occupy one storey of the building to provide 60 places for children with medium to serious mental and physical disability. The building will be designed, developed, managed and operated by the HKSKH and the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council. A chapel and multi-purpose rooms will also be built.

Works of the $300 million building will start in 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2022 or 2023 at the earliest. Applications will be made to the Social Welfare Department for a grant for funding the construction costs of the residential care home for the elderly and the child care centre. Meanwhile, application will also be made to the Home Affairs Department for a grant for funding the building costs of the youth hostel.

In a press release issued by the Labour and Welfare Bureau after the signing ceremony, it is said that “the Labour and Welfare Bureau today (July 5) confirmed that the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council (SKHWC) has indicated to the Social Welfare Department (SWD) its intention to submit an application for a grant from the Lotteries Fund for developing an integrated services building, which would include a residential care home for the elderly, a special child care centre and a youth hostel, on a site at Yuen Long, New Territories, to be donated to the SKHWC by Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited.

“‘The Government has been striving to increase the number of places of residential care homes for the elderly and special child care centres to cater for the community''s demand for these services. Therefore, we welcome such a donation of land to enable a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to develop these much-needed welfare facilities,’ the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, said.

“Mr Cheung said that the Government would assist NGOs to develop the land under their ownership, including land donated to them, for development of different welfare facilities that are in demand.

“NGOs may apply for Lotteries Fund grants for implementing social welfare projects supported by the SWD. All applications for Lotteries Fund grants, including that from the SKHWC for the proposed facilities referred to above, will be processed in accordance with the applicable rules and procedures.”

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Provincial Secretary General of the HKSKH, the Revd Canon Peter Douglas Koon, said that land scarcity has affected not only residential land supply, but also institutional land supply. He hoped that this first intergenerational services building would cater for the needs of different generations and would also help facilitate communication between people of different generations.

The Executive Director and Deputy Managing Director of Sun Hung Kai Properties, Mr Victor Lui Ting, said that the company will provide free expertise for the development of the project. Also attending at the signing ceremony were Executive Director of Sun Hung Kai Properties, Mr Adam Kwok Kai-fai; HKSKH Chancellor, Dr Moses Cheng; the Director of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council, Dr Jane Lee; and the Chairman of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council, Dr Donald Li.

<The above article was published in "Echo" Issue No. 295. Please click here>


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