1930 Public Works Department Annual Report

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— Q 21 — B.O.O. Work.

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

                                           Area in sq. ft.
M.L.’s 430 and 431, North Point (completed) ... 833,975
S.I.L. 526, Shaukiwan (completed)               12,650
K.I.L.’s 1558 to 1561, Ma Tau Kok (in progress) 407,985
N.K.I.L. 6, Lai Chi Kok (completed)            374,400
N.K.I.L. 7, Lai Chi Kok (completed)            630,000
N.K.I.L. 3, Lai Chi Kok (completed)            140,250
N.K.I.L. 520, Castle Peak Road, (completed)...   27,000
N.K.I.L. 521, Castle Peak Road, (completed)...   24,750
N.K.I.L. 971, Castle Peak Road, (in progress)..  24,750
Tsun Wan M.L. 4, (in progress)                  74,900
Tsun Wan M.L. 5, (completed) .                 273,600
K.M.L. 98, Tai Wan, (completed)                 72,350

36. Principal Works of a Private Nature, completed or in progress.

Works Completed: —

  • Building for Banking premises on I.L. 295, Queen’s Road Central.
  • Theatre to be known as “Central Theatre” on I.L.’s 48 R.P. and 601 R.P., Queen’s Road Central and Circular Pathway.
  • 10 Garages with Chaffeurs' Quarters and Workshops on I.L. 2979, May Road.
  • 2 Godowns on I.L. 1298 Section A, Cadogan Street and Belchers Street.
  • Lard Factory on I.L. 2415, Kennedy Town.
  • 1 Godown and 4 European houses on M.L. 197, Nos. 153 and 155 Praya East (now Hennessy Road.)
  • Cold Storage and Quarters on I.L. 563, Great George Street.
  • Race Course Grand Stands on R.B.L. 33, Wong Nei Chong Road.
  • A Chinese family mansion on I.L. 1946, Broadwood Road.
  • A Liquid Fuel Tank No, 4 on I.L. 2273, North Point.
  • Piano Factory with Quarters on upper floor, on I.L. 2845, Shaukiwan Road.

B.O.O. Work.    —Q 22 —

  • Cinema Theatre on Crown Land opposite S.I.L. 446, Shaukiwan East.
  • 10 European houses on I.L. 2980, Shaukiwan Road and Lau Sin Street.
  • Site formation for War Memorial Nursing Home on R.B.L. 317, Mount Kellett.
  • Site formation on S.I.L.’s 105, 107 and 108, Shaukiwan West.
  • Bungalow on G.L. 76, Stanley.
  • 5 European houses (5 shops and 15 flats) on K.I.L. 413 R.P., Nathan Road.
  • 13 Chinese houses on K.I.L. 216, Canton Road.
  • Site formation for a Church and Manse on K.I.L. 2174, Jordan Road.
  • Cinema Theatre on Crown Land, Waterloo Road and Reclamation Street.
  • Garage on K.I.L. 406, Hankow Road.
  • Cinema Theatre on Crown Land at junction of Jordan and Canton Roads.
  • Building consisting of Showrooms, Offices and Quarters on K.I.L. 2111, Nathan Road.
  • 82 Chinese houses on K.I.L. 1578, Argyle, Tung Choi and Fa Yuen Streets.
  • 10 Chinese houses on K.I.L. 1796, Larch Street and Bedford Road.
  • Steel Factory on N.K.I.L. 521 Section A, new road near Castle Peak Road.
  • Knitting Factory on K.I.L. 1749 Section F, Fuk Tsun Street.
  • 10 Chinese houses on K.I.L. 2175, Lai Chi Kok Road.
  • 13 Chinese houses on K.I.L. 2175, Lai Chi Kok Rond.
  • 10 Chinese houses on K.I.L. 2239, Tai Nan Street.
  • 10 Chinese houses on K.I.L. 2271, Tai Nan Street.
  • 12 Chinese houses on N.K.I.L. 1248, Cheung Sha Wan Road.
  • 14    Chinese houses on N.K.I.L. 1285, Cheung Sha Wan Road.
  • 12 Chinese houses on K.I.L. 2208, Sai Yeung Choi Street.
  • 17 Chinese houses on N.K.I.L. 1274, Ki Lung Street.
  • Knitting Factory and Quarters on N.K.I.L. 1188, Castle Peak Road.
  • 3 Godowns on N.K.I.L. 1191, Tung Chau Street.
  • Vermilion Factory on N.K.I.L. 1295, Castle Peak Road.

— Q 23 —    B.O.O. Work.

  • 15 Chinese houses on N.K.I.L. 1290, Cheung Sha Wan Road.
  • 10 Chinese houses on K.I.L. 2296, Tung Choi Street.
  • Godown on N.K.I.L. 521 R.P., unnamed street in vicinity of Castle Peak Road.
  • Steel Godown on K.M.L. 32.
  • 2 Godowns, Drum Shed, Box-making Shed, 3 Tanks, Road Formation, etc. on N.K.M.L.’s 6 and 7, Lai Chi Kok.
  • 12 European houses on K.I.L. 2135, Prince Edward Road.
  • 11 Chinese houses on K.I.L. 2175, Prince Edward Road.
  • 18 Chinese houses on K.I.L. 2210, Prince Edward Road.
  • Workshop on K.M.L. 97, Ma Tau Kok Road.
  • Office Building on K.I.L. 1382, To Kwa Wan Road.
  • Factory on N.K.I.L. 53, Kowloon Bay.
  • Canning Factory on N.K.I.L. 53, Kowloon Bay.
  • Boiler house on N.K.I.L. 53, Kowloon Bay.
  • Bone Boiling Factory on K.I.L. 2318, Pau Chung Street.
  • Fermentation Factory on N.K.I.L. 53, Kowloon Bay.

In course of erection : —

  • Building for Banking premises on I.L. 57 and I.L. 339, Queen’s Road Central.
  • Block of Shops and Offices to be known as “Gloucester Building” on M.L. 7 Section B, R.P., Des Voeux Road Central and Pedder Street.
  • Theatre and Office Block on I.L. 16, Queen’s Road Central.
  • Large European house on I.L. 591 Sections A, B, C and D, Bonham Road.
  • Hospital Wards and Shops, Tung Wah Hospital on I.L.’s 835 and 1209, New Street.
  • School on I.L. 3051, Bonham Road.
  • 10 Chinese houses on M.L.’s 188 R.P. and 189 R.P. Nos. 410 to 424, Des Voeux Road West.
  • 54 Chinese houses on I.L. 2147 R.P., Caroline Road.
  • 12    Chinese houses on I.L. 1451 R.P., Nos. 61 to 79
  • Leighton Hill Road and Nos. 1 to 3 Sharp Street East.
  • Zoroastrian Building on I.L. 29 Section C, Leighton Hill Road.
  • Extension to the Yeung Wo Hospital, Happy Valley, on I.L.’s 1702, 1364, 1338 and 1386.

B.O.O. Work.    — Q 24 —

  • Regional Seminary on R.B.L. 315, Aberdeen.
  • Workshop and Quarters on S.I.L. 526, Sai Wan Ho.
  • Nursing Home on R.B.L. 317, Mount Kellett, The Peak, (War Memorial Nursing Home).
  • Golf Club House on I.L. 1374, Wong Nei Chong Road.
  • 10    Chinese houses on I.L. 3089, Yik Yam Street.
  • Science Block on G.L. 76, Stanley.
  • Wharf, opposite K.M.L. 11, Kowloon Point.
  • Theatre on N.K.I.L.’s 1153, 1231, 1229, 1302 and 1303, Pei Ho Street and Om Yau Street.
  • Chinese Theatre, Actors’ Quarters and 2 Shops on K.I.L. 1726, Nathan Road.
  • School on N.K.I.L. 1127, Boundary Street.
  • 22 Chinese houses on N.K.I.L. 971.
  • 20 Chinese houses on K.I.L. 2388, Tung Choi Street.
  • 11 Chinese houses on N.K.I.L. 1268 and N.K.I.L. 1281, Apliu Street.
  • 32 Chinese houses on K.I.L. 1567, Tung Choi Street, Sai Yeung Choi Street and Argyle Street.
  • 10 Chinese houses on N.K.I.L. 152, Yen Chow Street.
  • 15 European houses, Cheung Sha Wan Road on N.K.I.L. 1403.
  • 16 Chinese houses on K.I.L. 2398, Tung Choi Street.
  • 10 Chinese houses on N.K.I.L’s 1215 and 1234, Apliu Street.
  • Foundry, Kitchen and Watchmen’s Quarters on K.M.L. 97, To Kwa Wan,
  • Cement Factory on K.M.L. 40, Tai Wan Road and Ma Tau Wai Road.
  • Church and Manse on K.I.L. 2174, Jordan Road.

37. Special reference is made to the following Principal Works of a Private Nature: —

  • Praya East Reclamation—Special reference was made in last year’s Report regarding the development of Praya East Reclamation. Since the development of this area commenced. 248 Chinese houses have been completed.
  • During the year 1930, 39 plans were approved for 388 Chinese houses.
  • 215 houses were completed during the year under review and 281 houses were still under construction
  • Plans were also approved for two Garages, one Cinema Theatre, one Petrol Filling Station, a Tea House, and for other smaller and temporary works.

— Q 25 —    B.O.O. Work.

  • Deep Water Bay—During the year 11 European houses and one bungalow were completed. Nine European houses and one garage were in course of erection and in the ease of three European houses, work had not started at the end of the year.
  • Kowloon Tong Estate—The 17 European houses referred to in last year’s Report were completed.

38. Valuation and Resumption.—The total valuations made during the year 1930 comprised 1,083 properties with a total estimated value of $12,754,187.10.

Valuations were made for the purpose of resumption for street widening and the development of areas in accordance with the approved Town Planning Scheme.

Resumptions shown in Schedule A below were actually effected:—


Resumptions in connection with Street Widening, New, Roads, Improvement Schemes, etc.

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Purpose of  Resumption. 


(a) Street Widening

(b) Development Schemes


Development in accordance with the Town Planning Scheme      


(a) Town Planning and Development Scheme     

(5) Kai Tak Aerodrome


— Q 59 — P.W.E. Hong Kong.


106.    Additional Transmitting Block and Mast at Cape D’Aguilar W/T Station.—This work consisted of the erection of a rectangular building in brick with flat concrete roof to house Wireless Telegraph machinery. The contract was let to Messrs. Sang Lee & Co. in June for $9,800. Work was commenced immediately and the building was completed in October. A 220'-0" wireless mast was erected by Messrs. The Taikoo Dockyard Engineering Company.

Estimates      $20,000.00

Sup. Vote         .     $ 4,940.00

Expenditure                  $23,458.90

107.    New No. 2 Police Station.-—This work was referred to in paragraph 118 of last year’s Report.

The building is of four storeys and contains accommodation for 40 Indian and 98 Chinese constables, 6 married Indians and 10 Chinese Detectives with six flats for Europeans on the upper floors. The various floors are planned as follows : —

Ground Floor, Charge Room, Office and Witnesses Room, Dormitories and Mess Room for Chinese, Cells, Stores, Lavatories, etc., First Floor, Dormitories, Mess Rooms, Kitchens, Lavatories, etc. for Indians and Chinese, Second Floor. Two three-roomed and one five-roomed European Flats. Third Floor. One three-roomed and two four-roomed European Flats. The site is divided into two portions by a transverse road, the main block being on the front portion and the rear portion containing Indian Married Quarters, Garage and Parade Ground.

A contract for piling was let to the Vibro Piling Company in May and this portion of the work was completed in October, the main contract for the building was let to Messrs. Kien On & Co. for $292,982.82 on the 1st of November, work was commenced immediately and by the end of the year the Concrete foundations had been laid and the brickwork commenced.

Estimates                  $200,000.00

Expenditure               $ 99,200.95

108.    Sai Ying Pun. New Market.—This work was referred to in paragraph 120 of last year’s Report.

The building generally is of three stories with a Basement under a portion of the building on the lower part of the site, and a small additional, storey over the main Entrance. It is situated on a site near the old Market and contains accommodation as follows: —

Ground Floor 48 Fish stalls, First Floor 18 Vegetable and 18 Beef and Mutton Stalls, Second Floor 30 Pork and 12 Poultry Stalls, the Basement provides store accommodation and the small additional top storey Quarters for 16 Market coolies and 8 Foremen, there is a sorting yard in the centre of the block.

P.W.E. Hong Kong. — Q 60 —

A contract was let to the Tung Shan Co. for $260,525.48 in October and at the end of the year the work was proceeding satisfactorily.

Estimates       $200,000.00

Expenditure              $ 13,521.89

109. Victoria Goal—New Printing Shop.—This work was referred to in paragraph 122 of last year’s Report.

The building is of two stories the lower one being a covered yard and the upper one providing a large space for use as a Printing Shop.

A contract of $35,200 was let to Messrs. Kien On & Co. in October and by the end of the year the old building had been demolished and foundations laid and brickwork commenced to the new one.

Estimates                  $85,000.00

Expenditure              $42,148.44

110.    Junction of Ladder Street and Hollywood Road— Underground latrine (60 seats).—This work was referred to in paragraph 115 of last year’s Report.

No work was undertaken owing to the difficulties in selecting a suitable site and though plans were eventually prepared for a site in U Hing Lane, the matter was still under consideration at the end of the year.

Estimates                     . $17,000.00

Expenditure         NIL.

111.    Spring Garden Lane and Cross Street Latrine and Urinal (54 seats).—This work was referred to in paragraph 117 of last year's Report.

The work was satisfactorily completed by the end of April

Estimates            $2,000.00

Expenditure      $1,529.52

112. Sai Wan Ho—Increase of Pig Lairage.—This work was referred to in paragraph 119 of last year’s Report.



—This work near Wilmer Street comprises the construction of a reinforced concrete pier extending about 80 feet seaward from the toe of the sea wall rubble mound. The space—about 66 feet—between the inner end of the pier and sea wall will be spanned by a steel bridge which will carry the ferry offices and provide covered-over waiting areas for passengers.

A contract for the construction of the reinforced concrete portion of the work was let to Messrs. “The Hong Kong Excavation, Pile Driving & Construction Co., Ltd.”, the Contract period being 7 months. Work under this Contract was commenced in March; the Contractors, however, made unsatisfactory progress and about one half only of the Contract was completed at the end of the year.

A contract for the construction of the steel bridge was awarded to Messrs. Chung Lee & Co. and the contract documents signed on 3rd November. The construction of this work must, however, await completion of the reinforced concrete portion of the work.

Estimates,            $40,000.00

Expenditure.        $18,359.78