1920 Public Works Department's annual report

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B. O. Work. — Q 20 —

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

                                   Area in sq. ft.
N.K.I.L's. 190 & 191, Laichikok, (in
                            progress), 618,000
Aberdeen I.L’s. 81 to 88, Aberdeen (in
                            progress), 105,000
M.L’s 277 & 281, (additions to), North
                  Point, (in progress) 134,200
K.I.L. 1382, To Kwa Wan, (in progress), 87,110
K.M.L. 52, (additions to), To Kwa Wan
                        (in progress), 138,150
Q.B.M.L. 1, (additions to), Quarry Bay,
                         (in progress), 33,600

The areas stated are those of the lots, which in some cases extend farther inland than old high water mark and are therefore not exclusively reclaimed from the sea.

In addition to the above, considerable progress was made with the works in connection with the reclamation of about 230 acres of foreshore and sea-bed at the head of Kowloon Bay referred to in previous year’s Reports. Of this reclamation, an area of 15.244 acres was surrendered to Government at a cost of $115,470.00 as a site for a new Gaol.

41. Principal Works of a Private Nature.—The new residential wing at the Repulse Bay Hotel on R.B.L. 142 was completed and the erection of an additional residential wing and of an extensive two-storeyed garage was commenced.

Considerable progress was made with the erection of a power house for the China Light and Power Compauy on K.M.L. 93, Hunghom, and the erection of two large buildings for Officers and Staff Quarters respectively was commenced.

The large reinforced concrete godown for the Hongkong and Kowloon Wharf and Godown Company on K.M.L. 91 referred to in last year’s Report was completed and the erection of a large block of offices for the same Company on K.M.L. 11. was commenced.

The development of the area at Ho Mun Tin (K.I.L’s. 1308 to 1348) referred to in last year’s Report was proceeded with, 17 houses were completed by the end of the year, and 4 others were in course of erection.

Within the area owned by the Hongkong and Whampoa Dock Company at Hunghom, two large blocks containing 16 houses were erected to accommodate the Company’s European Staff and another block was commenced. Progress was made with sites for other blocks and with the erection of a Platers' Shed and of the other buildings referred to in last year’s Report,


P.W.E. Hongkong.    — Q 40 —

94.    Mortuary, Hill Road,—Removal to new site.—A preliminary scheme was prepared, but it was not possible to proceed with the work during the year.

1920 Estimates,     $20,000.00 Total Estimates,        —
                                                         Expenditure to
1920 Expenditure, ... Nil.    31/12/20,     Nil.

95.    Married Quarters for Police, Caine Road.—This building will be a three-storied block containing 6 flats similar in type to those in the adjoining block.

The tender of Mr. Mou Hing for this work amounting to $65,000.83 (exclusive of fittings, etc., supplied by Government), was accepted, the contract being signed on the 14th December. Preliminary work on the site was in hand by the end of year.

1920 Estimates,     $50,000.00 Total Estimates,    $73,000.00
                                                          Expenditure to
1920 Expenditure, ... Nil. 31/12/20,     Nil.

96.    Additional Quarters at Happy Valley (12 houses).-— A contract was let in March to Messrs. Kang On for the erection of two blocks of terrace houses (six in each block) adjoining the existing Government Quarters in Wongneichong Road.

Each house contains an Entrance Hall, Sitting Room 20' 6" x 15'9" and Dining Room 19'0" x 14'0" and three Bedrooms 15'9" x 15'0",14'0" x 12'3" and 15'9" x l0'0", respectively, together with two Bathrooms, one containing a Water-Closet, Kitchen, Pantry and Servants’ Quarters are also included. A wide verandah is provided on both floors, that on ground floor being augmented by the addition of a bay. A basement extends under each house.

Externally the walls are of Canton bricks, the basement portion being covered with cement, and the ground and first floors with rough cast.

1920 Estimates,    $ 180,000.00  Total Estimates, ...$180,000.00
                                                             Expenditure to
1920 Expenditure,... 85,892.71    31/12/20,     85,892.71

97. Summer Quarters, Gough Hill, The Peak, for Police and others.—Preliminary drawings for two schemes were proposed but it was decided not to proceed with the work during the year.

1920 Estimates,    $20,000.00 Total Estimates, ...    —
                                                         Expenditure to
1920 Expenditure, ... Nil. 31/12/20,     Nil.

98.    Block House, Wongneichong Gap.—This work was commenced in January, and completed for occupation at the end of July.

It consists of a brick building 25'0" x 21'3" with a double tiled ropf and covered verandah in reinforced cement concrete on 3 sides.