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1924 Public Works Report

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Land Sales, &c. — Q 30 —

9. Grants on Nominal Terms.—In Hongkong, an area of 31,650 sq. ft., known as Inland Lot 2459, was granted without premium for a period of 75 years renewable, to the Chinese Anglican Church Body of Hongkong for the purpose of erecting a girls’ school together with staff quarters.

An area of 73,600 sq. ft., known as Inland Lot 2546, was granted without premium as an extension to Inland Lot 366 for a period of 75 years renewable, to the Ching Siong Land Investment Co. for the purpose of erecting School Buildings with playground. This Company is developing large areas at North Point known as Marine Lots 430 & 431.

10. Grants on Forty Years Leases.—During the year, terms were arranged for the disposal of 3 lots in Hongkong with an area of about 76,760 sq. ft., eight lots in Kowloon with an area of about 174,582 sq. ft., and one lot in New Kowloon with an area of about 40,500 sq. ft.

11. Grants on  Short Leases. —Ten New Kowloon Dairy Farm Lots containing an area of about 297,810 sq. ft. were granted for a period of ten years.

Eighteen Lots were granted on five years, and 101 lots on yearly, leases by the District Officer (North).

12. Permits to occupy land for short periods &c.—These were of a very miscellaneous character and too numerous to admit of individual mention ; most of them were for small areas on half-yearly permits.

The number of permits issued during the year in Hongkong, Kowloon, and New Kowloon was about 1,700, and the fees realized approximately $111,000.00.

13. Extension of short period Leases.—There was no extension of short period leases in Hongkong, Kowloon, New Kowloon and the New Territories during the year.

14. Prospecting and Mining Licences.—Four Prospecting and three Mining Licences were issued for areas in the New Territories.

15. Lease Plans.—Plans and particulars, in duplicate, of 102 lots were prepared and forwarded to the Land Officer in connection with the issue of leases.

16. Boundary Stones.—Boundary Stones were fixed to 55 lots in Hongkong, 50 in Kowloon, and 87 in New Kowloon and the New Territories.


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— Q 37 —    B. O. O. Work.

  77, Wellington Street—floors badly gutted and roof collapsed. No casualties.
November 23, Graham Street - no casualties.
  17, Wang Kai, Kowloon City—no casualties.
  17 & 19, Catchick Street - no casualties.

39Collapses. -There were no collapses of any magnitude. Several minor accidents occurred, generally due to carelessness on the part of contractors or their foremen, with heavy rains as a contributory cause.

In June, there were 8 collapses, 3 of which affected dwelling houses, but there was only one casualty.

In July, there were 5 collapses, 3 of which affected domestic buildings, but caused no casualties.

In August, there was 1 collapse without casualty.

In December, a curious accident occurred at Jardine’s Hill (I.L.s. 29 & 457), where a wall, which was in course of erection, collapsed, causing the death of two Chinese, and injuries to two others, owing entirely to insufficient supervision on the part of the owner or his employees.

40Landslips.—Three landslips occurred during the month of June, one at the rear of I.L. 1211, Star Street, causing the death of a coolie. A cutting and retaining wall, which fell at the south of No. 20, Macdonnell Road, caused some damage to the Building, but no casualties.

A few other slips occurred, but occasioned no serious damage or casualties.

41Reclamations.—The following is a statement of the private reclamations which were in progress or completed during the year:—

                                                  Area in
                                                  sq. ft.

Q.B.M.L. 1, (additions to) Quarry Bay (in
progress)                                          33,600

M.Ls. 430 & 431, North Point (in progress) ...    833,975

N.K.I.Ls. 190 & 191, Laichikok (completed)...     618,000

N.K.M.L. 8, Laichikok (practically completed),    514,150

N.K.M.Ls. 6 & 7, Laichikok, (in progress)       { 374,400
                                                { 630,000

In connection with the reclaiming of about 215 acres of foreshore and sea-bed at the head of Kowloon Bay, referred to in previous years’ reports, the work carried out during the year was principally in the nature of finishing off the area already reclaimed, the erection of sea-walls, laying of stormwater drainage, and construction of R. C. C. bridges over nullahs, etc.


B. O. O. Work.    — Q 38 —

42. Principal Works of a Private Nature.—The following blocks of business premises etc., in the City were completed or in progress during the year :—

  • The Asiatic Petroleum Co.’s building, on I.L. 619, Queen’s Road, Central, was completed.
  • Queen’s Theatre on I.L. 2316, Queen’s Road, Central, was completed.
  • China Building on I.L. 2317 & 2313, Queen’s Road, Central, was completed.
  • Office Block on I.L. 2319, Pedder Street, was completed.
  • New Offices for the P. & O. Co. on M.L. 366, Des Voeux Road, Central, were completed.
  • Bank of Canton, on M.L. 102, section A, Des Voeux Road, Central, was completed.
  • A new Bank on I.L. 160, Nos. 122-126, Queen’s Road, Central, was completed.
  • Bank and Office premises on I.L. 1491, section F, s.s. 1, and R.P., Nos. 186 & 188, Des Voeux Road, Central, were completed.
  • A new Bank on I.L.’s 1556 & 1557, Nos. 244 & 246, Des Voeux Road, Central, was completed.
  • The Carlton Hotel on I.L. 644, Ice House Street, was nearing completion, and partly occupied.
  • New Offices for the South China Morning Post, on I.L. 80, Wyndham Street, were in course of erection.
  • An office block on I.L. 669, No. 7, Duddell Street, was in course of erection.
  • An office block on M.L. 102, R.P., Queen's Road, Central, was in course of erection.
  • An office block on I.Ls. 1871 R.P., and 1872 R.P., Nos. 236 and 238, Des Voeux Road, Central, was in course of erection.
  • An office block on M.L. 56, Sec. B., R.P., Nos. 144-150, Des Voeux Road, Central, was in course of erection.
  • Exchange Building on M.L. 7, Des Voeux Road, Central, foundation work was in progress.

— Q 39 —    B. O. O. Work.

The following is a list of principal works completed or in progress in other parts of the City and outlying districts : —

  • A Cinematograph Theatre on S.I.L. 484, Shaukiwan Road, was completed. [Cheong Lok Theatre]
  • A Benzine Storage Tank etc. on M.L. 277, North Point, was completed.
  • A 500-ton Tank for Fuel Oil on I.L. 2278, North Point, was completed.
  • An Ice Plant etc. on I.L. 748, Great George Street, was completed.
  • 92 Chinese houses on M.L. 365 and I.Ls. 29 and 457 Praya East, Percival Street, Leighton Hill Road, and a new street, were in course of erection.
  • 51 Chinese houses on M.L. 269 and I.L. 746, Praya East, and Canal Road, East, were in course of erection.
  • 40 Chinese houses on M.L. 201 and 202A, Praya East, etc., were in course of erection.
  • 30 Chinese houses on I.L. 1210, Star Street, were in course of erection.
  • 26 Chinese houses on M.L. 202, Praya East, etc. were in course of erection.
  • A Factory on I.L. 438, Wanchai Road, was in course of erection.
  • A Godown on M.L. 293, Watson Road, was in course of erection.
  • The New Roman Catholic Church and Presbytery on I.L. 2364, Broadwood Road, were in course of erection ; the former was nearing completion.
  • A wharf opposite M.L. 396, Watson Road, was under construction.
  • An 8,000-ton Tank for storing Fuel Oil, on I.L. 2273, North Point, was under construction.
  • A Chinese Theatre on I.L. 1452, Percival Street, was in course of erection.

B. O. O. Work.    - Q 40 —

  • At Q.B.M.L. No. 1, Quarry Bay, the building of the undermentioned was in progress
    • Godown (in two sections),
    • Rebuilding of the main Power House,
    • Reinforced C. C. Coal Silo,
    • Godown for storage of Raw Sugar.
  • A Cinematograph Theatre on I.L. 816, Sec : A, Water Street, was completed. [Sai Yuen Theatre]
  • A Chinese Bank Building on M.L. 56, Sec : A, etc., Nos. 6 and 8, Wing Kut Street, was completed.
  • 26 Chinese houses on I.L 816, Second and Third Streets, were completed.
  • A Chinese Restaurant on I.L. 672, Nos. 564-570, Queen’s Road, West, was completed.
  • A Chinese Restaurant on M.L. 186, Queen’s Road, West, and Hill Road, was completed.
  • A Chinese Restaurant on M.L. 180, R.P., Nos. 433-445, Queen’s Road, West, was completed.
  • A Chinese Restaurant on M.L. 179, R.P., Nos. 447-459, Queen’s Road, West, was completed.
  • 26 Chinese houses on I.L. 673, R.P., and 674, R.P., Queen’s Road, West, and a new Street, were in course of construction.
  • 28 Chinese houses on I.L. 679, Secs. A, B, C, D and R.P., Third Street, Fuk Luk Lane, and Western Street, were in course of erection.
  • 37 Chinese houses, on I.L. 905, Kennedy Town, were in course of erection.
  • About 120 Chinese houses on M.L. 239 and I.L. 1355, Kennedy Town, were in course of erection.
  • A Church on I.L. 590, Bonham Road, was in course of erection.
  • A Chinese Restaurant on I.L. 834, Sec. B, s.s. 2, Queen’s Road, West, was in course of erection.
  • The Empress Hotel on M.L. 235, Des Voeux Road, Central, Connaught Road, Central, and Morrison Street, was in course of erection.

— Q 41 —    B. O. O. Work.

  • Several new sites on the new road above Conduit Road were being developed.
  • A Chinese Wine Factory on A.I.L. 72, Aberdeen, was completed.
  • The Club House at Shek O was completed.
  • A commencement was made with the 24 European Flats on R.B.L. 78, near the Peak Hotel, but work was suspended from the beginning of October to the end of the year.
  • The levelling of the site for the Repulse Bay Hotel Extension was completed and building work commenced.
  • The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Bungalow Scheme at Repulse Bay was commenced, foundations for six bungalows being laid.
  • The site for the War Memorial Nursing Home was prepared.

The following is a list of principal works completed or in progress in the Kowloon Peninsula :—

  • A cracker factory on K.I.L. 1404, Mataukok, was completed. In last year’s report, this building was stated to be on K.I.L. 1405. It should have read K.I.L. 1404.
  • 3 Kerosene Tanks, Nos. 13, 14 and 21 on N. K. I. Ls. 190 and 191, Laichikok, were completed.
  • A knitting factory on K.I.L. 1569, section D, Shantung Street, was completed.
  • 43 Chinese houses on K.M.L. 49, section C, Canton Road, were completed.
  • 53 Chinese houses on K.M.L. 49, section D, Canton Road, were completed.
  • 49 Chinese houses on K.M.L. 50, Canton Road, were completed.
  • 28 Chinese houses on K.I.Ls. 444 R.P., section B, and 445, Shanghai and Reclamation Streets, were completed.
  • A factory on K.I.L. 881, Portland Street, was completed.
  • Work on a block of 45 Chinese houses on K.I.Ls. 359 R.P., and 421 section C, Temple and Woosung Streets, was commenced, 9 of which being completed before the end of the year.

B. O. O. Work.    — Q 42 —

  • A saw-mill and wood-working shop on N.K.I.L, 329, Hai Tan Street, Shamshuipo, was completed.
  • A pier oppositei N.K.M.L. 7, for The Standard Oil Co; was completed.
  • An extension to the Kwong Wah Hospital on K.I.L. 1213, Pitt Street, was in progress.
  • The new European Y.M.C.A. Building on K.I.L. 1625, Salisbury Road, was well advanced.
  • Work on. the foundations for the Peninsula Hotel on K.I.L. 1461, Salisbury Road, was still in progress.
  • A factory on K.I.L. 1569, section A, Shantung Street, was in course of erection.
  • A factory on K.I.L. 1569, section B, Shantung Street, was in course of erection.
  • A Cinematograph Theatre on N.K.I.L. 239, section A, Kai Yan Road, was in course of erection.
  • 8 European houses for the staff of the Hongkong and Whampoa Dock Company were completed, and work was commenced on the erection of a new foundry of the Co. Good progress was made with the excavations for the new dock, and the levelling of sites for further staff quarters, etc.
  • Spinning Houses, Rope and Hemp Godowns, etc., on K.I.L. 1094, Mataukok, were in course of erection.
  • A large Tannery on K.I.L. 1445, Mataukok, was practically completed.
  • The erection of further houses on the Kaulungtong Estate was commenced.
  • Levelling of a large area, K.I.L. 1507, as an extension to the Garden City at Homuntin was almost completed.
  • 26 Chinese houses on K.M.L. 84, section C and R.P., Canton Road, were in course of erection.
  • 33 Chinese houses on K.M.L. 43, Canton Road, and Shantung Street, were in course of erection.
  • 38 Chinese houses on K.I.Ls. 1636 and 1637, Shamshuipo, were in course of erection.

— Q 43 —    B. O. O. Work.

  • 38 Chinese houses on N.K.I.L. 435 R.P., Cheung Sha Wan, were in course of erection.
  • 28 Chinese houses on K.I.Ls. 1222, 1597, 1599, 1600, 1609, 1620 and 1621, Mongkok and Shamshuipo, were in course of erection.
  • A Club House and Quarters at the Cosmopolitan Dock, K.M.L. 28, Taikoktsui, were in course of erection.

Various Godowns and other non-domestic buildings in Hongkong and Kowloon were in course of erection, several being completed during the year, and a large number of garages was erected throughout the Colony.

43Scavenging Lanes.—The following table shows the number and aggregate areas of scavenging lanes provided under sections 179 and 180 of the Public Health and Buildings Ordinance, No. 1 of 1903 :—

  Provided on payment of compensation. Provided by owners but not syrrendered to Government To be provided by owners when an opportunity of gaining  Provided by owners and surrendered to Government access occurs.
  A B C D
  Sq. ft. Sq. ft. Sq. ft. Sq. ft.
Hongkong Nil 37,224.00 5,765.75 462.00
Kowloon Nil 9,644.50 232.75 960.75
New Territories Nil 7,450.00 Nil 2,930.00
  Nil 54,318.50 5,998.50 4,352.75

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PUBLIC WORKS EXTRAORDINARY. HONGKONG

95. Officers' Quarters.-

Quarters at rear of "Le Calvaire". - This work, which was referred to in paragraph 94 of last years Report, proceeded satisfactorily during the year.

The North Block was completed and occupied in December, while the work on the South Block was well advanced, the paintwork being in progress.

Additional Quarters at rear of "Le Calvaire". - This work consists of site preparation, and the erection of a block of 6 houses similar to, but slightly smaller than, those recently completed on the adjoining site.

The accommodation provided for in each house of force sitting room, dining room, 3 bedrooms and the usual servants quarters, etc.

A contract for this work was let to Messrs Kien On & Co. on 22nd of October, 1924, and the work commenced immediately.

By the end of the year, the site had been cleared and the foundations to the retaining wall were in position.

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P.W.E. New Territories. — Q 130 -

194. New Gaol, Ngau Shi Wan.—Sketch plans were prepared and approved in May. The scheme approved provides for a Cell Block to accommodate 1,000 prisoners, Administration, Reception, and Punishment Blocks, Kitchen, Workshops, Baths, Laundry, Boiler House, and Hospital.

As the ground upon which the buildings are to be erected is reclaimed land, special foundations are required, and a contract therefor was let in October to the Hongkong Excavation Pile Driving and Construction Co., Ltd., for driving 2,500 Raymond Concrete Piles.

At the end of the year, excavation had been completed for the foundations of the Main Cell Block.

1924 Estimates, $50,000.00
1924 Expenditure, $ 1,611.07

195. New Police Station, Shatin.—This work was referred to in paragaph 187 of last year’s Report.

The progress of the work was most unsatisfactory, due chiefly to the dilatoriness of the Contractor who was fined for failing to complete the contract within the stipulated time.

At the close of the year the Station has been completed.

1924 Estimates   $10,000.00 | Total Estimates, $50,000.00
1924 Sup. Vote    15,000.00 |
                 $25,000.00 | Expenditure to 
1924 Expenditure.$23,312.17 |  31.12.24,..     
$48,638.61

196. Quarters for Indian Married Police.—These Quarters were referred to in paragraph 188 of last year’s Report.

Progress on this work was satisfactory during the year, the Quarters at Ping Shan being completed in September and those at Tsun Wan at the end of the year.

1924 Estimates,  $15,000.00 | Total Estimates, $
                            | Expenditure to
1924 Expenditure.$13,065.19 |   31.12,24, $18,469.16

197. Quarters for Inspector of Vernacular Education in the New Territories, Tai Po.—This work was referred to in paragraph 193 of last year’s Report.


— Q 141 — P.W.E. New Territories.

210. Kaulungtong Development Scheme :—

(a.) Resumptions.—This work was referred to in paragraph 200 (a) of last year’s Report.

137 lots were resumed during the year.

The total amount of the payments approved for these resumptions was $58,377.17, but owing to the refusal of certain owners to recognise the authority of the Boards of Arbitration and to accept the amounts awarded as compensation, and further as certain of the payments approved could not be made before the end of the year, a sum of $51,936.07 was refunded making the net expenditure for the year $6,441.10. The sum of $51,936.07 will have to be paid out of the corresponding vote for 1925 or subsequent year.

1924 Estimates,      $ 10.000.00
1924 Sup. Vote         50,000.00
                     $ 60,000.00
1924 Expenditure,    $ 58,377.17
Less Amounts refunded, 51,936.07
Net expenditure,      $ 6,441.10

(b.) Excavation and filling.—This work was referred to in paragraph 200 (b) of last year’s Report.

Good progress was maintained during the year, 430,000 cubic yards of excavation from the hills on the area being deposited on the low-lying swamps which were brought up to formation levels.

By the end of the year, a total acreage of 24.96 of formed land has been handed over to the Kowloon Tong and New Territories Development Company.

1924 Estimates,   $ 100,000.00 | Total Estimates, $ 280,000.00
1924 Sup. Vote,   ...35,000.00
                  $ 135,000.00 | Expenditure to
1924 Expenditure,.$ 124,900.00 |    31.12.24,       234,842.00

211. Compensation and Resumptions.—This vote provided for the resumption of properties required in connection with development schemes, new roads etc.

The exchanges and resumptions effected are shown on pages 22 to 29 and 59.

The total amount of the payments approved under this vote was $116,657.03, but owing to the refusal of certain owners to recognise the authority of the Boards of Arbitration and to accept


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— Q 187 — Harbour Developments.

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2. Praya East Reclamation Scheme.—The works under this scheme were referred to in paragraph 159 of last year’s Report and were placed under the control of the Port Development Department in August.

Harbour Developments. — Q 188 —

(a) Contribution by Government towards Fund for Reclamation.- Having regard to the difficulties encountered, satisfactory progress was maintained during the year with the deposition of earth filling from Morrison Hill. A total of about 1,103,000 cubic yards of filling materials was deposited in the reclamation area by the end of the year, the aggregated area of land formed being 36 acres.

The total length of trench dredged amounted to 3,710 feet, of which 2,800 feet was filled in with pell-mell rubble. On this rubble mound, sea-wall foundation blocks 1,100 feet in length, were laid, and a length of 880 feet of the sea-wall was completed, except for the fixing of the cope stones. About 90% of the total quantity of ashlar required for the sea and quay-walls was prepared.

The foundations of the twin storm-water culverts were completed for a distance of 390 feet during the year, as well as 325 feet of the storm-water culverts as an extension to the culvert in Wanchai Road, and about 600 feet of 21" sewer on the reclamation area near Heard Street.

Due to the approach of the excavation, it was necessary to demolish houses 1 to 4 on Morrison Hill.

1924 Estimates,    $97,000.00    Total Revised
                                                       Estimates,     $640,000.00
                                                    Expenditure to
1924Expenditure,.., $64,046.00    31.12.24,        $256,184.00

(b) Road Improvements at Arsenal Street,— Resumption and alteration of Buildings. —This work was delayed pending the resumption of property at Arsenal Street. No expenditure was, therefore, incurred during the year.

(c) Morrison Hill District Development, Retaining Walls and Storm-water Culverts.—The construction of a retaining wall to support the North side of Gap Road from near the Monument was completed for a distance of 420 feet.

1924 Estimates,    $10,000.00              Total Estimates, ...$486,000.00
                                                              Expenditure to
1924 Expenditure,...$ 7,978.72               31.12.24               $ 11,937.19