1914 Public Works Department's annual report | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

1914 Public Works Department's annual report

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— P 17 — B. O. Work.

and, after considerable discussion and amendment, was finally approved by a Committee of the Founders. A contract for the laying-out of paths and terraces, and for the erection of a mortuary, reception hall, gardeners’ quarters, boundary walls, entrance gates, etc., was let in July to the Tung Shing Firm. The amount of the contract is $26,234.40 and the cost of the work will be borne by the Founders. At the end of the year the whole of the roads and paths included in the contract and about two-thirds of the terrace had been formed but not surfaced, whilst the buildings had been erected up to eaves level.

44. Theatres Regulation Ordinance.—Twenty-four licences were issued under this Ordinance during the year for the holding of various public performances. In some cases the licences were for performances in buildings specially erected for the purpose, in some cases for existing buildings which were altered as required prior to the granting of the licences and in other cases for performances in the open air.

A sum of $ 1,546 was derived from fees paid in connection with the issue of licences. This includes the following cases in which the nominal fee of $1.00 per annum was sanctioned by the Governor-in-Council :—The Hall in the Sailors’ & Soldiers’ Home, Arsenal Street; St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Kowloon.

45. Fires.—The following buildings were seriously injured by fire, some of them being damaged to such an extent as to require reconstruction:—

149 Queen’s Road East.         |  73 Queen’s Road West.
140 & 142 Queen’s Road East.   | 358 Queen’s Road West.
16 Cochrane Street.            | 184 Wing Lok Street.
8, 9 & 10 Jubilee Street.      | 125 Wing Lok Street.
51 & 53 Wellington Street.     | 5 Sai Street.
119 & 121 Queen’s Road Central.|  33, 34, 35 & 36 Aplichau.
275 Queen’s Road Central.      | 10 houses in Shamshuipo.
377 Queen’s Road Central.      | Oil Godowns, Lai Chi Kok.
293 Queen’s Road Central.

46. Reclamations.—The only private reclamation in progress during the year was that of Shaukiwan Inland Lot 433 referred to in last year’s Report.

47. Principal Works of a Private Nature.—The erection of 2 blocks of Students’ Quarters and of 5 houses for the Staff of the Hongkong University on Inland Lot 1877 and of an engineering workshop on Inland Lot 1853 was commenced.

Work in connection with the formation of a Recreation Ground on Inland Lot 1949 for the University Union was proceeded with.

The double wharf at Kowloon Point for the Star Ferry was completed.

 


B. O. Work. —P 18 —

The block of buildings on Rural Building Lot 136, Pokfulam Road, (“Ebenezer"), was completed.

Considerable progress was made with the erection of new and extensive premises for the Sincere Company in Wing Wo Street.

The new building for the accommodation of the Deutsch-Asiatische Bank at No. 7 Queen’s Road Central was completed.

The new church and school on Inland Lot 1924, Bonham Road, in connection with the Rhenische Mission, were completed.

A steel-framed building containing Retorts and Engine House was erected by the Hongkong & China Gas Company on their premises adjoining Whitty Street.

The erection of the “Helena May" Institute on Inland Lot 2083, Garden Road, was commenced.

The development of Inland Lot 1947, on the ridge east of Happy Valley, was proceeded with and the erection of 10 European bungalows was commenced; of these 3 were completed before the end of the year.

The erection of Maternity wards in connection with the Matilda Hospital on Mount Kellett, Road was commenced.

The erection of two blocks of flats on Inland Lot 1929, May Road, was commenced.

The erection of some new Oil Tanks at Lai Chi Kok for the Standard Oil Company was commenced.

Amongst other works which have been commenced or completed during the year the following may he mentioned :—

Works Commenced.

16 Chinese houses, M.L. 64A, Praya East and Tai Wong Lane.
8     ,,     ,,    M.L. 64, Praya East.
43    „      „     M.L. 40, Praya East.
26    „      ,,    M.L. 110, Praya East.
3     „      „     I.L. 1943, Whitfield.
6     „      „     I.L. 834, Hill Road.
7     ,,     ,,    I.L. 798, Third Street.
5     „      „     I.L. 2040, Tai Hang.
3     ,,     ,,    I.L. 2085, Tai Hang.
20    ,,     ,,    K.I.L. 571, Nathan Road.
18    ,,     ,,    K.I.L. 1286, Reclamation Street.
3     ,,     ,,    K.I.L. 1282, Portland Street.
4     ,,     ,,    K.I.L.s 1223 and 1292, Kowloon City Road.
15    ,,    ,,    N.K.I.L.s 41 and 46, Shamshuipo.

 


— P 19 — B. O. Work.

12 European houses, I.L.s 690 and 691, Bonham Road.
12    „       ,,    I.L. 729, Leighton Hill Road.
6     ,,      ,,    I.L. 124, Old Bailey.
2     ,,      ,,    I.L.s 1934 and 1941, Kennedy Road.
11    ,,      ,,    I.L. 2039, Wongneichong.
10    ,,      ,,    I.L. 1926, Wongneichong.
4     „       „     K.I.L. 414, Middle Road.

Silencers and Coolers for Hongkong Electric Company’s Power Station, I.L. 1210, Star Street.

Cinema Theatre, I.L. 834, Hill Road.

Acetylene Gas Factory and Godown, I.L. 2082, Kennedy Town.

Coal Godown and machinery house, etc., S.M.L. 1. Sai Wan Ho.

School in connection with Rosary Church, K.I.L, 617, Chatham Road.

Brewery and quarters, N.K.I.L. 60, Cheung Sha Wan.

Knitting Factory, K.I.L. 1260, Portland Street.

Workshops and packing sheds, N.K.I.L. 53, Tai Wan.

Forming sites for building operations :—I.L.s 1931, 1938 and 1948, Kennedy Road ; I.L.s 690 and 691, Bonham Road ; I.L. 953, Belcher’s Street; K.I.L.s 1283 and 1284, Ho Mun Tin ; and K.I.L.s 640 and 1267, Ma Tau Kok.

Works Completed.

28 Chinese houses, I.L. 618, Wyndham and On Lan Streets.
16    ,,     „     R.B.L. 51, Pokfulam (workmen’s quarters
                        in connection with monastery).
8     „      „     I.L.s 2050, 2051 and 2064, Tai Hang.
11    ,,     ,,    I.L. 953, North and Belcher’s Streets.
8     ,,     „     M.L. 37a R.P., 2-16 Des Voeux Road West.
8     ,,     ,,    I.L. 2028, Yeung Lok and Fuk On Lanes.
5     ,,     ,,    I.L. 1968, Yeung Lok Lane.
11    ,,     „     I.L. 676, Queen’s Road West and Hill Road.
3     ,,     ,,    I.L. 1715, Star Street.
5     „      „     I.L. 1953 and M.L. 53 R.P., 112-118 Des
                     Voeux Road Central and 44 Hing Lung Street.
3     ,,     „     I.L. 786, Kennedy Street.
3     ,,     ,,    I.L. 747, 13, 15 and 17, Western Street.
6     ,,     „     I.L. 388, Stone Nullah Lane and Tai Yuen
                     Street.
7     ,,     „     I.L.s 783 and 784, Stone Nullah Lane and
                     Kat On Street.
4     ,,     ,,    S.I.L.s 62, 59 and 141. Main Street, Shau-
                     kiwan East.


B. O. Work. - P 20 -

3 Chinese houses, K.I.L.s 553, 554 and 555, Reclamation Street.
4    ,,     ,,    K.M.L. 48, Canton Road.
12   „      ,,    N.K.I.L.s 27, 40 and 41, Shamshuipo.
8    ,,     ,,    K.I.L. 1285, Reclamation Street.
20   ,.     „     K.I.L. 416, Pekin Road.
5    „      ,,    H.H.I.L. 235, Gillies Avenue.
4    ,,     ,,    K.I.L. 690, Kramer Street.
6    ,,     „     K.M.L. 90, To Kwa Wan.
3    ,,     ,,    K.I.L.s 476, 477 and 478, Portland Street.
4    ,,     ,,    M.L. 53 and I.L. 1953, Des Voeux Road
                     Central.

12 European houses, I.L. 157 R.P., Caine Road.
6     „     ,.      I.L.s 1898, 1942, 2021 and 2022, Conduit
                      Road.
21    ,,    ,,      K.I.L.s 410 and 1215. Ashley Road.
5     ,.    ,,      I.L. 1095, Pokfulam Road.
4     „     ,.      I.L.s 1876, 1890, 1912 and 1921, Kennedy
                      Road.
8     ,,    ,,      I.L.s 390 and 391, Robinson Road and
                      Mosque Junction.

Glass Factory, I.L. 1936, North Point.

Glass Works and Quarters, I.L. 1893, Tunglowan.

Wharf, Godown, Shops, etc., Q.B.M.L. 2, Quarry Bay.

Chapel, I.L. 899, Chinese Christian Cemetery.

Vermilion Factory, K.I.L. 1218, Portland Street. Mong Kok Tsui.

Cinematograph Theatre, K.I.L. 752, Portland Street, Mong Kok Tsui.

Extensive additions to Cigar Factory, K.I.L. 1203, Coronation Road.

Wing to Berlin Foundling House. I.L. 607, Hospital Road.

Roman Catholic Chapel, S.I.L. 432, Shaukiwan.

Additions to Cigarette Factory. I.L. 743, Wanchai Road.

Quarters for Chinese employees, cowsheds, etc., F.L.s 18, 26, 32, 65 and 78, Pokfulam.

Club Pavilion, M.L. 239, Li Po Lung Path.

Godown, K.M.L. 88, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Godown, K.M.L. 43, Mong Kok Tsui.

Sugar Boiling Factory, K.I.L. 56, Mong Kok Tsui.

Engineering Shop, K.I.L. 714, Portland Street.

Pier opposite the Paper Mills, Aberdeen.


— P 21 — P.W.R. Hongkong.

Pier opposite godown, M.L. 239, Kennedy Town.

Extensions to the Mortuary belonging to the Tung Wa Hospital, I.L. 1572, Sandy Bay.

The following buildings mentioned in last year’s Report were not completed by the 31st December 1914 : —

* 3 Chinese houses, I.L.s 1036, 1037 and 1038, Whitfeild.

+ 9 European houses, I.L.s 1926 and 1927, Wongneichong.

1 European house, I.L. 426, 7 Castle Road.

Schoolhouse, I.L. 1937, Macdonnell Road.

Godown and Quarters, I.L. 2040, Tai Hang,

Temple and Dispensary, N.K.I.L. 54, Shamshuipo.

There were numerous other buildings besides those mentioned above, which were either commenced or completed during the year, but they were not of sufficient magnitude or importance to justify special mention.

PUBLIC WORKS RECURRENT. Hongkong.

48. Maintenance of Buildings.—The building's upon which any considerable sum was expended were the following: —

  New Government Offices :—

General repairs and painting through
    out,                     ------ $6,607
Brass nosings to treads of stairs, - - 468
Various minor repairs,               - 408
Laying ruberoid on flat roof,      - - 250
Taking up and relaying tiles,      - - 220
                                           $7,953

  Government Civil Hospital

“A” Block—General repairs and
    painting throughout,       - - - - 3,354
Superintendent’s Quarters—General re-
   pairs and painting throughout,      - 795
Lunatic Asylums—Sundry repairs,        - 265
Maternity Block—Sundry repairs,        - 227
“ A ” Block—Sundry repairs,          - - 346
“ B ” Block—Sundry repairs,          - - 181
Staff Quarters—Sundry Repairs        - - 139
Chinese Quarters—Limewhiting and
tarring internally,                     - 90
                                            — 5,397

* 2 Chinese houses on I.L. 2023, which, in the Report for 1913, were grouped with those mentioned, were completed.
+ 2 Of the 11 European houses on I.L.s 1926 and 1927, mentioned in the Report for 1913, were completed.


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— P 53 — P.W.E. Hongkong.

lowering of the main sewer in Pottinger Street necessitated by the work was carried out.

1914 Estimates   $8.000 00 | Total Estimates, ...$11,000.00
                           | Expenditure to
1914 Expenditure, 7,272.64 | 31/12/14,             7,889.52

104. Roads: —

(a) From Victoria Gap to High West Gap, “Lugard Road".— Work was confined to the completion of the first section a description of which was given in last year’s Report. The railings and surfacing were completed. The surfacing is of tar macadam. An electric cable was laid in the road and five incandescent lamps were erected to light it.

1914 Estimates,  $7,000.00 | Total Estimates, ...$55,000.00
                           | Expenditure to
1914 Expenditure, 6,573.12 | 31/12/14,            17,946.73

(b.) To Inland Lots Nos. 1946 and 1947 on the ridge east of Happy Valley.—“ Broadwood Road. ”—The construction of this road was undertaken in October 1913, in accordance with the Conditions of Sale for the lots mentioned and it was completed in November 1914. It is 10' wide and 2,769' long and is surfaced with tar macadam laid on a foundation of broken stone. On account of the precipitous nature of a large mass of rock encountered on the line of the road, it was necessary to have recourse to bridging and a length of 235 1/2' comprising eleven spans, ranging from 13' 9" to 35' 0", was constructed in this manner. The bridging is of ferro-concrete supported on brick piers which are rendered all over with cement mortar. All liabilities were discharged before the close of the year.

1914 Estimates,   $14,000.00 | Total Estimates, .. $16,500.00
                             | Expenditure to
1914 Expenditure,  11.474.53 | 31/12/14,            12,924.47

(c.) From Aberdeen to Deep Water Bay.—A Contract for this work was let to Li Hing in July and by the close of the year the first half of the road was completed except the surfacing. Some very heavy rock cutting remained however to be done on the remaining half. The work executed includes the construction of one large culvert 10' 0'' x 9' 0" and six smaller culverts ranging from 4' 0''x 3' 0'' to 3' 0" x 2' 6" as well as several lengths of retaining wall.

This length of road forms a portion of the scheme for the construction of a carriage road to encircle the greater portion of the Island which was planned in 1898, when the construction of the Victoria Road was undertaken. The old road between Aberdeen and Deep Water Bay passes over a gap, 264 feet high, from which it descends steeply and by a dangerous zig-zag to Deep Water Bay, being thus quite unfit for vehicular traffic. The new road leaves the old Aberdeen Road at a point about a mile east of Aberdeen Police Station and traverses the flat valley in which the Green Island Cement Co.'s Brickworks are situated until it reaches the


P.W.E. Hongkong. — P 54 —

coast. after which it is constructed along the face of the cliffs which extend to Deep Water Bay. Owing to the configuration of the cliffs encountered along the coast, it has been necessary to introduce rising gradients in the road, the highest point reached being 70 feet above Ordnance Datum. From this point, the road falls towards Aberdeen with a gradient of 1 in 40 and towards Deep Water Bay with a varying gradient, the maximum being 1 in 28. The road is a little over a mile in length and is being constructed with a width of 20 feet.

1914 Estimates, ... $12,000.00 | Total Estimates, ...$48,000.00
                               | Expenditure to
1914 Expenditure,... 11,855.84 | 31/12/14,        ... 11,855.84

(d.) General Works.—The following is a statement of the works executed under this heading except those of a trifling nature. The sum stated is, in some eases, only a part of the cost, owing to the work extending into more than one year:—

  • (i.) Raising level of streets in Tai Hang Village, (not completed), - - - - - - $ 351.92
  • (ii.) Improving Wongneichong Road past the Hindoo and Parsee Cemeteries, (completed), - - 1,176.23
  • (iii.) Improving road between Deep Water Bay and Stanley, (not completed), - 1,664.34
  • (iv.) Improving road between Stanley and Shaukiwan, (not completed), ----- 2,549.06
  • (v.) Constructing Belchers Street across M.L. 239 (portion of lot surrendered to Government for the purpose), (completed), - 962.45
  • (vi.) Improving alignment of Bonham Road past I.L.s 1096 and 1848, (not completed), - 1,221.55*
  • (vii.) Fuk On Lane—Forming steps and channelling and surfacing with cement concrete around new houses on I L. 2028, - 1,359.68
  • (viii.) New street south of Po Hing Fong—Forming steps and channelling and surfacing with cement concrete around I.L. 1968. - - 1,095.72
  • (ix.) Star Street—Kerbing, channelling and surfacing with cement concrete in front of I.L. 1715, -------- 533.54
  • (x.) Wongneichong Road—Kerbing, channelling and laving granolithic footway in front of I.L.s 1484 and 1090, - -  - - - 226.02
  • (xi.) Shaukiwan Road—Kerbing, channelling and forming footway in front of I.L.s 1740 and 1893, - -  - - - - - - 239.34
  • (xii.) Cutting a trace for a path from Peak Road above "Inverugie ”, (I.L. 1146), crossing the Peak Tramway at No. 6 Bridge and extending to the path connecting Barker Road with May Road, (completed), - 279.42

*A sum of S778.86, which was spent in diverting water mains, was charged lo “ Maintenance of Water Works ’.


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