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Administrative Service Summer Internship Programme 2023 - Application period opens

The primary objective of the Administrative Service Internship Programme ("the Programme") is to give Hong Kong students who wish to pursue an AO (Administrative Officer) career an opportunity to get hands-on experience of working with serving AOs, so as to facilitate their future career planning.Students participating in the Programme will be assigned duties similar in nature to those of AOs in different government bureaux or departments. Students will also have the opportunity to visit various government offices and / or relevant public organisations.Terms of EmploymentThe employment period will last for about two months or more between May and September 2023 (depending on office exigencies and individual participants' availability, the actual employment period of different cases may vary).  The level of remuneration for participants will be $10,500 per month (including contribution to Mandatory Provident Fund).  Participants are normally required to work 44 hours per week.  The exact hours of work will depend on the actual operational needs.  Overtime work, where necessary, will be compensated by time-off in lieu.All successful applicants will be offered identical terms of employment (except for the period).  No allowance will be given to appointees currently residing outside Hong Kong to cover their travelling expenses to and from Hong Kong or their subsistence during their stay in Hong Kong. How to ApplyLocal ApplicantsAll local applications (including those from students of local tertiary institutions who are currently participating in exchange programmes at tertiary institutions outside Hong Kong) must be submitted through their respective tertiary institutions.  Interested students may wish to approach the responsible department of their tertiary institution direct for details on the application procedures and deadline.Applicants Studying Full-time Outside Hong KongHong Kong students studying at tertiary institutions outside of Hong Kong (excluding students of local tertiary institutions who are currently participating in exchange programmes at tertiary institutions outside Hong Kong) who wish to participate in the Programme are required to submit by mail to the Administrative Service Division of Civil Service Bureau at Room 918, 9/F., West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong or the scanned version / soft copy of the required information together with a recent colour photo taken against a plain background (file format should be JPG, JEPG or PNG; minimum size of the photo should be 413 x 531 pixels) by email to csbasd@csb.gov.hk by 28 February 2023 (Tuesday) (Hong Kong Time) (late applications and applications submitted by fax will not be accepted).Notification and EnquiriesApplicants who do not receive any notification within six weeks after the above-mentioned deadline may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.  Please contact Civil Service Bureau at csbasd@csb.gov.hk if you have any query. Please visit CSB website for more details.

[Distinguished Public Officers] Tsang Kai Ho, Environmental Protection Officer of Environmental Protection Department

Winner of The Ombudsman’s Awards 2021 for Officers of Public Organisations“Take complaints seriously and try my best to remedy problems” Mr Tsang Kai Ho, Environmental Protection Officer (Regional West) 13 of Environmental Protection Department"In October 2020, we received complaints from the public about polluted water discharge in Tuen Mun River. My team and I immediately carried out inspections to check the source of the sewage and conducted various tests to examine the condition of the public sewer and stormwater drains. In the end, we found that the incident was due to drainage leakage, causing the sewage to flow into the stormwater drain. We forwarded the case to the relevant department for arranging repair work in November, and the problem was then resolved." (The video is in Cantonese) For more details of The Ombudsman’s Awards 2021, please visit the website of the Office of The Ombudsman.  

[My workplace is in Lau Shui Heung Reservoir]

This story is only available in Chinese. For more information on the subject, please visit the Facebook page of Hong Kong Country Parks.

[Our hiking friends. AFCD fire crew]

This story is only available in Chinese. For more information on the subject, please visit the Facebook page of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

What you need to know when applying for Lifeguard of LCSD

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) recruits lifeguards on civil service terms as well as on non-civil service contract terms according to seasonal and operational needs for providing life-saving services at its public swimming pools, gazetted beaches and water sports centres. Schedule of RecruitmentThe recruitment exercise of Seasonal Lifeguard will be conducted from around December to August every year. Applicants may also submit their job applications before the recruitment advertisement for the next swimming season. Such applications will be processed when the recruitment exercise for that swimming season starts. For more details, please visit the “Jobs Available” column on the LCSD website. RemunerationSeasonal Lifeguard is remunerated at more than $20,000 per month depending on the venues of work. Upon satisfactory completion of the contract and subject to satisfactory performance and conduct during the contract period, the incumbent is entitled to an end-of-contract gratuity. Entry Requirements(1) a valid Beach Lifeguard Award or Pool Lifeguard Award or above issued by The Hong Kong Life Saving Society; (2) preferably possess a valid First Aid Certificate issued by the St. John Ambulance Association, Hong Kong Red Cross or Auxiliary Medical Service;(3) attain a level of proficiency in Chinese and English languages equivalent to Primary 6 standard;(4) pass the swimming and trade tests; and(5) pass an eyesight test and the Ishihara's Test. >>>For more information about the Beach Lifeguard Award and the Pool Lifeguard Award issued by The Hong Kong Life Saving Society, please visit the website of The Hong Kong Life Saving Society.>>>For more information about the First Aid Certificate of the St John Ambulance Association, Hong Kong Red Cross or Auxiliary Medical Service, please visit the story "First aid certificate courses recognised by the Government". How to apply(1) Completed application form together with photocopies of relevant lifesaving awards (Pool Lifeguard Award or Beach Lifeguard Award or above) and First Aid Certificate should reach the enquiry address for applications. Please specify on the envelope "Application for Seasonal Lifeguard (Swimming Pool)" or "Application for Seasonal Lifeguard (Beach/Water Sports Centre)".(2) Application forms [G.F. 340(Rev.3/2013)] are obtainable from any Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centres of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department. The said form can also be downloaded from Civil Service Bureau's website. Please watch the video for more information about the job duties of lifeguards. Enquiry Address: Appointments and Establishment Unit, Support Section, Leisure Services Branch, 7/F., Leisure and Cultural Services Headquarters, 1 Pai Tau Street, Sha Tin, N.T., Hong Kong.Enquiry Telephone: 2601 8050 or 2601 8040

Understanding Clerical Assistant in one minute (CA)

(The Application is closed) Application Closing Date: 25/08/2022 Duties Clerical Assistant (CA) is mainly deployed on general and basic clerical duties which may involve multi-tasks relating to one or a combination of the following functional areas: (a) general office support; (b) personnel; (c) finance and accounts; (d) customer service; (e) licensing and registration; (f) statistical duties; (g) information technology support; and (h) other departmental support. CA is subject to posting to any government offices in any districts of Hong Kong; is required to use information technology applications in the discharge of duties; and may be required to work irregular hours or shifts and wear uniform at work.   Salary Master Pay Scale Point 1 (HK$14,080 per month) to Master Pay Scale Point 10 (HK$24,670 per month).   Entry Requirements Completed Secondary 4 with subjects studied including Mathematics, or equivalent; and Chinese word processing speed of 20 words per minute and English word processing speed of 30 words per minute, and knowledge in the application of common business software; and Attained a level of proficiency in Chinese Language and English Language equivalent to Secondary 4 standard; and A pass result in the Basic Law and National Security Law Test.   2022 Open Recruitment Exercise Timeline Application Period: Until 25 August 2022 Skills Test: September 2022 to February 2023 (Chinese and English word processing speed test and test on the application of common business software including Microsoft Office Word 2016 and Excel 2016) Selection Interview: October 2022 to May 2023 Earliest Batch of Offer of Appointments: November/December 2022 Notification of Final Results of Selection Interview: Late June 2023 *The information on timeline and selection methods is for reference only.   Please visit the website of Civil Service Bureau and Government Vacancies Enquiry webpage for more details.

[Civil Servant Story] Senior Environmental Protection Inspector of Environmental Protection Department

This story is only available in Chinese.  For more information on the subject, please visit the Facebook page of Civil Service Bureau.

[Civil Servant Story] Chief Health Inspector of Food and Environmental Hygiene Department

This story is only available in Chinese.  For more information on the subject, please visit the Facebook page of Civil Service Bureau.

Candidates applying for civil service jobs from July onwards must pass the Basic Law and National Security Law Test (BLNST)

For all civil service recruitment exercises to be advertised on or after 1 July 2022, attaining a pass result in the newly introduced Basic Law and National Security Law Test (BLNST) will be an entry requirement for all civil service jobs.  All candidates for civil service jobs must pass the BLNST in order to be considered for appointment, regardless of whether the candidates have previously taken the Basic Law Test (BLT) (either a BLT centrally conducted by the CSB or a BLT arranged by individual bureaux/departments in their past civil service recruitment exercises (degree/professional grades)) and attained a pass result.  Candidates who have taken any BLT in the past and wish to apply for any civil service job advertised on or after 1 July 2022 must take the BLNST and attain a pass result in order to be considered for appointment. Basic Law and National Security Law Test (Degree / Professional Grades)The BLNST is a 30-minute bilingual paper comprising 20 multiple-choice questions.  Answering at least 10 out of 20 questions correctly will be deemed to have a pass result in the BLNST.  The pass result of the BLNST is acceptable for the purpose of applying for all civil service jobs. Details and enquiriesFor details, please visit the webpage of the Civil Service Bureau. Enquiries may be directed to CSEU by phone at (852) 2537 6429 or by e-mail to csbcseu@csb.gov.hk.

[Civil Servant Story] Post Officer: Serves with heart

This story is only available in Chinese.  For more information on the subject, please visit the Facebook page of Civil Service Bureau.

[Civil Servant Story] Principal Fireman/Firewoman (Control) (PFn(C)/PFwn(C))

This story is only available in Chinese.  For more information on the subject, please visit the Facebook page of Civil Service Bureau.

Personal Secretary II

(*The video above is in Cantonese) A Personal Secretary II is mainly deployed to a bureau or department to carry out secretarial duties, which may involve word processing, assisting superiors in scheduling meetings and tasks, handling enquiries and providing office support. To let you know more about the work of Personal Secretary II, David, who currently works as Personal Secretary II, will share his experience working in this post for a year and a half. Official recruitment page

City Gallery reopens after renovation

The City Gallery located in Central is the first planning and infrastructure gallery in Hong Kong. Resuming full operation in May 2021 after partial renovation, the gallery now houses a number of new interactive games and selfie spots. Here is a brief introduction.New interactive and fun elementsHong Kong is developing rapidly. To keep up with the pace, the City Gallery has replaced various exhibits and facilities on the G/F, 3/F and 4/F with more interactive and fun elements. Ms Chan Hau-yin, Margaret, Chief Town Planner (Atg.) of the Planning Department, says that the visitors’ refreshing experience starts right at the moment they step into the gallery, as the “Planning Eye” next to the reception counter will take them on an amazing journey to explore the challenges and opportunities faced by Hong Kong in the course of city development, and display our planning vision through the interactive videos shown on the eyeball-shaped LED and 3D geographic model of Hong Kong combined with audiovisual effect. The models are made with great precision in every detail. The aircrafts and vessels projected go along the same flight paths and fairways as in the real world. Development experiences of different citiesNear the “Planning Eye” are the new interactive exhibits “City Impression” and “Great World Cities”. With the touch screens, visitors can compare Hong Kong with other cities in terms of urban form, population density and their skyscrapers, and learn about the good practice of some cities in achieving sustainable development goals, e.g. the Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul, South Korea; the “SMART Tunnel” (Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the experience in zero emission gained by Copenhagen, Denmark. A time-journey reflecting the course of developmentNew items have been added to the 3/F after the renovation, including the interactive “Planning Timeline” and “Coastlines & Skylines”, which show visitors the development and changes in Hong Kong and along the Victoria Harbour since 1900. One level up on the 4/F, the old and new photos shown on the touch screens of “Hong Kong Now and Then” enable visitors to visualise the evolvement of different places in our city. The “Treasure Hunt”, another section on the same floor, displays miniature models of modern and old buildings, passenger carriers of different periods and playground delights of the old days, such as the merry-go-round, as well as the long and tall metal slide. Inclusive facilities in the galleryMs Margaret Chan says that, taking the people-oriented approach, the City Gallery has incorporated various inclusive facilities to suit the needs of different age groups and people with disabilities. For instance, in a commanding position overlooking the Victoria Harbour on the 4/F stands an architectural illustration of the Victoria Harbour. It is equipped with a tactile-audio interaction system to let visually impaired visitors appreciate the features along both sides of our harbour through touching, braille dots and audio descriptions. Moreover, the “Community Lounge” on the same floor provides a cosy environment with seats where visitors can relax and read books about town planning and infrastructure development. The City Gallery is a unique exhibition venue. It briefs the public on the major planning proposals and infrastructure projects in Hong Kong, as well as the development directions of our city. The Government will encourage the public to visit the gallery, and to join hands to make Hong Kong a liveable, competitive and sustainable Asia's world city. (The video is in Cantonese) (The video is provided by Development Bureau)

Sustainable river channel project — Yuen Long Bypass Floodway

In order to mitigate flood risks in Yuen Long town centre, the Drainage Services Department (DSD) constructed a “canal”, Yuen Long Bypass Floodway. Constructed with quite a number of improvement designs and engineering technologies, this man-made channel has beautified the environment and provided a new habitat for numerous plant and animal species while minimising flood risks at the town centre.Intercepting 40% of the runoff in the Yuen Long CatchmentYuen Long Plain is a low-lying area with significant flood risks in the past. In 2006, the DSD completed the construction of Yuen Long Bypass Floodway at the south of Yuen Long Town. This 3.8 kilometres long and over 20 metres wide man-made channel can intercept 40 percent of the runoff in the Yuen Long catchment, which is diverted straight to Kam Tin River and then discharged to the sea without passing the nullah at the town centre. To control the water level of the Bypass Floodway and to prevent water downstream from flowing back into the channel, a system of dry weather flow pumping station and inflatable dam was built at the downstream end of the Bypass Floodway and ahead of its intersection with Kam Tin River. At times of heavy rainfall, the dam will automatically deflate and lower to allow flood water upstream to flow into Kam Tin River to reduce flood risks. Adopting a series of eco-friendly designsAccording to Engineer of the DSD, Mr Ng Yat-fei, while proactively enhancing the level of flood protection, the DSD has also strived to introduce the concept of river revitalisation. Various eco-friendly elements have been specifically incorporated into the design of Yuen Long Bypass Floodway to beautify the channel and promote eco-conservation. For example, its flow is directed to pass through different regimes to slow down the speed for providing a natural habitat for plants and animals. Besides, the DSD has also created spaces to artificially encourage plant growth at the bottom and slope of the Bypass Floodway. “Grasscrete” paving adopted downstream is an example. Cavities throughout the concrete surface at the bottom of this man-made channel are filled with soil for plants to grow, enhancing the channel’s aesthetic value with thriving greenery. Engineered wetland as large as 10 full-size football pitchesThe DSD has also engineered a piece of wetland in the downstream area of Yuen Long Bypass Floodway. With its 7 hectares area, the wetland is as large as 10 full-size football pitches. Various plant species are grown in this wetland, forming a favourable wetland habitat for birds, amphibians (such as frogs), bats, dragonflies, etc., which in turn enhances biodiversity. In addition, the dry weather flow of the Bypass Floodway will first pass through the oyster shell pond, crushed bricks and reed bed in the wetland for natural filtration and purification, reducing nutrients in the water to prevent red tides.According to results of continuous monitoring, over 130 plant species grow in the wetland and 115 species of birds were once recorded to have settled there. Since its completion, Yuen Long Bypass Floodway has not only been an upgrade of drainage capacity but also a great improvement to the overall habitat of the area. Disseminating information on river conservationConservation of river channels forms part of the work of the DSD, which has been disseminating relevant information through different means. One of the examples, says Mr Ng Yat-fei, is the guided tours of Yuen Long Bypass Floodway and the engineered wetland, which have been rather popular. Schools or organisations may enrol on the tours through the DSD’s website. With guidance and explanation from the docents, participants are able to get on-site knowledge about flood prevention works and biodiversity conservation. The DSD has set up the Nam Sang Wai River Education Trail that begins at Castle Peak Road in Yuen Long and winds around Nam Sang Wai. It takes about 2 hours to complete the entire trail of 5.5 kilometres long. Along the trail, there are information panels explaining the river training works and ecological aspects. You can also check out the “DSD Facilities Online Tour” on the DSD’s website to explore the DSD’s work on flood prevention and environmental protection through the 360-degree panoramic photos and albums of high-definition photos. (The video is in Cantonese) (The video is provided by Development Bureau)

70th anniversary of the Mines Division

Historical records of the Hong Kong’s quarrying industry date back to 1841. In the 1940s, illegal mining was quite rampant in Hong Kong. In response, the Mines Section was established under the Labour Department in 1951 to regulate local mining operations. Subsequently, after a number of restructuring and renaming, the Mines Section was placed under the Civil Engineering and Development Department (the then Civil Engineering Services Department) in 1991 and is now called the Mines Division.Rock Extraction – from manual stone breaking to rock blastingMr Cheng Wai-shun, Wilson, Geotechnical Engineer of the Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO), says that quarrying in the early days mainly relied on workers to use hammers, chisels and wedges to break stones off the rock mass, and then crush them one by one with a hammer, a process known as “stone breaking”. Later, the industry has adopted “controlled blasting” for quarrying, a reliable method to blast natural rocks with explosives, which can enhance efficiency. The blasted rocks will then be carried to rock crushers for further crushing, screening and sorting into aggregates for various construction uses, including the production of concrete and asphalt. From “mountain cutting and rock breaking” to fireworks displays In the course of the blasting work of “mountain cutting and rock breaking”, the safety of the public, workers and surrounding facilities must be ensured. In the early 60’s, the then Mines Department (previously known as the Mines Section) started to regulate the use of explosives on land pursuant to the Dangerous Goods Ordinance. Nowadays, apart from managing the operation and safety of quarries, as well as reviewing the strategy of local aggregate supply, the Mines Division is also responsible for the regulatory control of Category 1 Dangerous Goods, and the operation of the Government Explosives Depots in Kau Shat Wan on Lantau Island and Sha Tin Heights. As fireworks also fall under the category of dangerous goods, colleagues from the Mines Division are present at every fireworks display to provide technical support all along to ensure it goes smoothly and safely. Safety is the top priority in blasting proceduresBlasting is necessary for many works projects in Hong Kong. Take the relocation of the Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works to caverns in Nui Po Shan of A Kung Kok as an example, blasting has to be carried out in conjunction with other construction methods in both the excavation of caverns and access tunnels.Senior Explosives Officer of the GEO, Mr Ng Siu-ming, says that site operators are required to apply for and obtain approval from the Mines Division before each blast. The Mines Division is also responsible for the regulatory control of storage, conveyance, installation and detonation of explosives to ensure safety. For example, adequate protective measures such as the setting up of blast doors, blast cages and vertical screens have to be implemented at the site, so that flyrock will not be ejected from the blast locations and fall onto other areas. He shares with us that the control of explosives is of utmost importance to the safety of the public and, for this reason, safety regulations must be strictly adhered to and enforced to ensure that safety is the top priority in every step of a blasting operation. Outlook of local quarry industryThe quarry industry has a long history in Hong Kong. Deputy Head of the GEO, Mr Thomas Hui, says that local quarries mainly serve Hong Kong’s construction industry in two aspects. First, they provide a local supply of aggregates - maintaining an appropriate level of local production to avoid over-reliance on imported aggregates and providing stockpile for contingency. Second, surplus rocks generated from works projects can be recycled in quarries for production of aggregates, turning waste into resources. After the end of quarrying business and completion of the required rehabilitation works, a quarry site will release a large piece of land to meet various socio-economic needs of Hong Kong. Recent examples are Anderson Road Quarry, Jordan Valley Quarry and Shek O Quarry.At present, the Lam Tei Quarry is the only existing quarry operating in Hong Kong. To sustain the production of local aggregates, the Government is in the process of undertaking feasibility studies on development of new surface quarry sites with a view to dovetailing with the closure of Lam Tei Quarry. In addition, studies are being undertaken to assess the feasibility of developing underground quarrying-cum-cavern development as a new initiative for the quarry industry. (The video is in Cantonese) (The video is provided by Development Bureau)

Bonham Road Government Primary School declared as a monument

When walking along Bonham Road, have you noticed the white school premises with a curved facade? Despite the simple silhouette, the aesthetic school premises are full of distinctive features. With 80 years of history, this pre-war building has all along been serving educational purposes. Having once been the premises of a post-secondary college, it is now home to the Bonham Road Government Primary School. In July 2021, the Government declared the school premises as a monument.School premises with 80 years of historyThe Bonham Road campus was built between 1940 and 1941 to serve as the premises of the Northcote Training College, the first full-time teacher training college in Hong Kong. During the Japanese occupation period, the college was closed and the site was used as the headquarters of the Japanese Military Police. In 1946, the Northcote Training College was reopened and moved to Sassoon Road in 1962. The Bonham Road campus was then used by the United College of The Chinese University of Hong Kong until the college's relocation to Sha Tin in 1971. Following the completion of its renovation in 1973, the Bonham Road campus was returned to the then renamed the Northcote College of Education (NCE). The NCE used the site as its sub-campus until its amalgamation into The Hong Kong Institute of Education and relocation to a new campus in Tai Po in 1997. This historic building has been home to Bonham Road Government Primary School since January 2000. Streamline Moderne buildingExecutive Secretary of the Antiquities and Monuments Office, Ms Siu Lai-kuen, Susanna, tells us that the campus’ main building is a three-storey concrete structure with a basement. Built in an E-shaped plan, it comprises a long centre portion and a wing on each end with a symmetrical layout. The main building is a typical example of Streamline Moderne architecture, characterised by curves and horizontal lines and functionality with minimal ornamentation. The most distinctive feature of the building is the central spiral staircase with a curved facade facing Bonham Road. The timber doors, timber/steel-framed windows with their ironmongery, cement tiles with terrazzo finishes, as well as timber floorboards inside the main building are examples of historic building elements, and are kept in very good condition. Main building’s basement once as air-raid sheltersThe Bonham Road campus has all along been serving educational purposes. At present, the trace of the name “Northcote Training College” could still be identified on the facade of the main entrance of the main building. It is also worth noting that two air-raid shelters, both with an airlock which could be used as a means of escape, were built in the basement during the construction of the main building. At present, the shelters are used as a library and an activity room. Air-raid shelters with this design are quite rare in the existing historic buildings in Hong Kong.School’s endeavour to promote heritage conservation To conserve Hong Kong’s historic buildings, apart from efforts of the Government, public participation is just as important. The Bonham Road Government Primary School endeavours to promote heritage conservation in the campus. Ms Man Lai-ying, the incumbent principal of the Bonham Road Government Primary School and alumnus of the NCE, says that the school has specifically incorporated elements about historic buildings into its school-based curriculum, so as to strengthen the students’ awareness of conservation. Yuen Yui-lai, Primary 6 graduate of the school, remarks that taking part in project learning has deepened his understanding of conserving historic buildings, as well as of the school’s history and architectural features. Endeavours to preserve campus artefactsMr Fung Yuen, former chairman of the NCE Past Students’ Association, introduces another artefact of the school. The Foucault Pendulum, named after the French physicist Jean Bernard Léon Foucault, he says, is an astronomical device installed during the construction of the school, to demonstrate the Earth’s rotation. The pendulum hangs from the ceiling at the spiral staircase. Apart from arousing students’ interest in physics, it also serves as a totem, one of the campus artefacts properly preserved by the school. Ms Man Lai-ying, the principal, says that the school has been teaching students to conserve heritage with care. Students would, for example, use fishing lines to hang notices or students’ works at those windows with historic value to avoid causing damage to the windows.Indeed, government resources alone are not enough for the conservation of historic buildings; just as vital is collaboration with stakeholders in society, such as owners of private historic buildings and the public at large, to enhance the awareness and emphasis of the whole community on conservation of historic buildings. (The video is in Cantonese) (The video is provided by Development Bureau)

Statistical Officer II

“I think as a Statistical Officer II, besides possessing certain knowledge of statistics, the most critical personal attribute is his/her keen interest in socio-economic issues since most of our work is closely related to our daily lives and economy." Katy, Statistical Officer II of Census and Statistics Department.“In our everyday work, we should always stay clear-headed, be prudent, have thorough understanding of statistical concepts and be sensitive to changes in figures, in order to compile accurate statistics." Sing, Statistical Officer II of Census and Statistics Department.Please watch our video to find out more information about the work of Statistical Officer II of Census and Statistics Department and its career prospect. Organisation chartOfficial recruitment page

Land Registration Officers introduce the work of Land Registry

Deeds are vital documents to property owners. They are not just about property interests. Banks will take into account information on the land register when processing mortgage applications from property owners. To safeguard the interests of property owners, deeds have to be registered at the Land Registry (LR). Two Land Registration Officers will talk about the deeds registration process and how the LR improves the quality and efficiency of its service with modern facilities and their one-stop deeds registration service.Preventing secret and fraudulent conveyancesThe main roles and responsibilities of the LR are registration of documents affecting land and provision of land records for public search. Miss Yung Ngo, Kris, Land Registration Officer II of the LR says that land registers are maintained and made available to members of the public to prevent secret and fraudulent conveyances. Registration of a deed secures its priority over unregistered deeds and deeds registered after it. Upon registration, the relevant interest in a property is recorded on the land register. Handling about 500 000 deeds yearly on averageThe LR currently handles about 500 000 deeds on average every year, the majority of which, relates to sale and purchase of properties, such as sale and purchase agreements, assignments, mortgages, etc. The number of these documents is an important indicator of the transaction volume in the property market.Regarding the deeds registration process, according to Miss Wong Hoi-ling, Eva, Land Registration Officer II of the LR, first of all, solicitors’ firms will lodge the deeds, together with their corresponding memorials and registration fees to the deeds lodgement counter for registration. On average, about 2 000 deeds are lodged for registration at the LR every work day. Upon receipt of the deeds, colleagues of the Registration Section will input the key information of the corresponding memorials into the computer system within the same day. Particulars of the deeds including the nature and date of the instrument, as well as the consideration will be shown in the “Deeds Pending Registration” section of the land register of the property concerned on the following day for online search or counter search at the LR’s search offices by members of the public and industry practitioners such as solicitors’ firms, banks, property agents, etc. Accurate and transparent land recordsNext, colleagues of the Registration Section will scrutinise the deeds and their corresponding memorials to ensure that the requirements under the Land Registration Ordinance and the Land Registration Regulations are complied with before completing their registration. The land register of the property will then be updated accordingly. Miss Eva Wong says that for sale and purchase of properties, it is very important to maintain accurate and transparent land records. Through conducting land search, a prospective buyer will know about the registered owner(s) of a property and its incumbrances (for example, subsisting mortgages, outstanding building orders, etc.), which will help protect his/her interests. Advanced imaging techniqueAs a final step, registered deeds will be imaged at the Central Imaging Centre (CIC) with advanced imaging technology for storage in a computer system to enable the public to place orders for imaged copies online or at the LR’s search offices in person. The deeds will be returned to the lodging solicitors’ firms after the imaging process is completed.Four high-speed scannersMiss Kris Yung says that the CIC is currently equipped with four high-speed scanners, each being able to scan more than 100 pages per minute. Different modes can be adopted for scanning colour plans. To further enhance the workflow of deeds registration, the CIC was relocated from Sha Tin to 17/F, Queensway Government Offices in October 2020, so that the imaging process can be conducted with the lodgement and registration processes under one roof. Not only can it save the processing time and operating costs for delivery of deeds between the two offices, but it can also help shorten the time required for completion of the entire deeds registration process, thereby enhancing the service standard of the LR. Committed to enhancing servicesIn fact, the LR has launched various services in recent years to strengthen the protection of the interests of property owners, such as the “Property Alert” service and the “e-Alert Service” for subscription by banks to help prevent mortgage frauds, etc. Colleagues of the LR will continue to strive for excellence to provide quality land registration services to the public. (The video is in Cantonese) (The video is provided by Development Bureau)

Hong Kong Children’s Hospital received top accolade in Quality Building Award

Results of the Quality Building Award (QBA) 2020 were announced at the award presentation ceremony held earlier. The Hong Kong Children’s Hospital (HKCH), designed and built by the Architectural Services Department (ArchSD), won both the top Quality Excellence Award and the Grand Award of Hong Kong Non‐Residential (New Building ‐ Government, Institution or Community) Category. This time, the Director of Architectural Services, Ms Ho Wing-yin, Winnie, and Project Director of the ArchSD, Mr Li Kiu-yin, Michael, are invited to introduce the design and architectural features of the HKCH. Chairman of QBA 2020 Organizing Committee, Prof. Mok Kwok Woo, Peter, will tell us how the HKCH won the highest accolade.Design with heart and care The HKCH won the highest accolade this year. The Director of Architectural Services, Ms Winnie Ho, says she is very pleased that the ArchSD has won this top award, and it truly means a lot. Construction of the hospital has been a very complicated project involving the provision of various functions and services - on the one hand, the project team has to meet the needs of medical professionals and ensure smooth operation of the hospital; on the other hand, the team needs to think from users’ perspective to incorporate care, love and warmth into the design, in order to provide a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for child patients, their families, as well as the staff so as to facilitate treatment and daily work. A hospital that tells storiesMs Winnie Ho says that thanks to the project team, the HKCH is elaborately decorated in and out with animal patterns and decorations, making it “a hospital that tells stories”. As child patients walk into the hospital, take the lifts and arrive at the wards, they are all the way accompanied and guided by animal patterns or decorations here and there. The soft colours of the patterns and decorations also help reduce their anxiety. In addition, different types of animals are featured on different floors. For example, there is a “monkey floor” and a “panda floor”. Apart from guiding child patients and their families to the right floors, the adorable animal patterns and decorations may also be used by medical staff and patients’ families for storytelling to help relieve the stress of child patients. Overall greenery coverage of 40 percentMoreover, the HKCH project received platinum certification, the highest rating, under Hong Kong’s Building Environmental Assessment Method Plus (BEAM Plus). Ms Winnie Ho tells us that, although the hospital is located at a site with a large area, many facilities have to be provided within it. Therefore, the project team worked hard to have climbing plants planted along the sides of the buildings to increase greenery coverage by vertical planting. The HKCH has an overall greenery coverage of 40 percent, exceeding the minimum requirement of 30 percent for the Kai Tak Development Area. Vertical greening can serve as a building’s insulating lagging, regulate temperature and humidity of the site, as well as filter dust and reduce noise. More complicated to work at heightTalking about the challenges during the construction process of the HKCH, Project Director of the ArchSD, Mr Michael Li, says that about 5 000 workers worked together at the same time when construction was proceeding at full steam because the hospital occupies a large area of about 170 000 square metres. This scale can be said to be unprecedented for the ArchSD. Another challenge of the project is the construction of two sets of elevated footbridges. One set, spanning over 60 metres, is located at the top of the hospital. The other set is a twin-bridge with an upper and a lower deck that is more than 40 metres long on the second and third floors. After the relevant modules were transported to the site, they had to be lifted to their respective floors one by one for welding. Having to work at height to build the footbridges was a relatively complicated part of the project.Gaining valuable experience from building a hospital Mr Michael Li tells us that, from the beginning when they were building the children’s hospital, they had to improvise by trial-and-error most of the time. After the commissioning of the hospital, he has been told that medical staff and children consider that the medical services are running smoothly and that the animal motifs and soft colours can help ease or redirect negative feelings. The overall design of the children’s hospital gives people a feeling different from what they get in other hospitals. He says that he was inspired in many ways during the construction process, and will draw on this valuable experience when the ArchSD constructs similar buildings in future. Building with heart and careChairman of QBA 2020 Organizing Committee, Prof. Peter Mok, says that they received a total of 49 submissions this year, the highest number ever. Among these submissions, the construction of a hospital is relatively more complicated. The ArchSD project team has created an environment similar to home in the entire hospital so that child patients may find it easier to deal with the pressure arousing from their illness. On top of that, the hospital is running smoothly thanks to an architectural design that fully accommodates the needs of a hospital. As the judging panel feels that all members of the project team have put their heart into the project and built the hospital with care, the grand award goes to the ArchSD.Apart from the HKCH, other Grand Award winner projects are, One • ArtLane (Hong Kong Residential (Single Building) Category); On Tai Estate Public Rental Housing Development (Hong Kong Residential (Multiple Buildings) Category); Victoria Dockside (Hong Kong Non-Residential (New Building – Non-Government, Institution or Community) Category); and Tai Kwun – The Centre for Heritage and Arts (Hong Kong Building (Renovation/Revitalisation) Category). (The video is in Cantonese) (The video is provided by Development Bureau)

Sai Lau Kok Garden after redevelopment

Hong Kong is a dense and compact city. A garden in the downtown area can no doubt offer people a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the city and promote healthy living. After redevelopment, the Sai Lau Kok Garden, located at the centre of Tsuen Wan, presents visitors with a refreshing and pleasant change both inside and outside. Staff members from the Architectural Services Department (ArchSD) explain how they gave the old-fashioned garden that used to sit at a corner a makeover by applying innovative design ideas, turning it into a popular recreational space for people.“Opening up” the hidden parkCommissioned in 1987, the Sai Lau Kok Garden occupies an area of 2 748 square metres. Despite its proximity to Tsuen Wan Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Station, its usage rate was relatively low due to the lack of same-level direct access from the MTR Station and the footbridge networks in the district. The redevelopment project began in November 2016. One of the project team’s main considerations was how to “open up” the garden which had been hidden among buildings to make it visible to the public again. According to Architect of the ArchSD, Mr Lo Yee-cheung, Adrian, before redevelopment, the garden, besides being surrounded by buildings, was enclosed on four sides by walls that were 2.5 metres tall. Taking the redevelopment opportunity, architects removed the walls and replaced them with greening barriers that are about 1 metre tall to separate the garden from neighbouring roads, creating a more open view and improving air ventilation in the community at the same time. “Raising” the garden to enhance accessibilityMoreover, when designing public open spaces, it is very important to consider the accessibility issue. To address the accessibility issue of the Sai Lau Kok Garden, the ArchSD has “raised” half of the garden’s area to turn it into a podium garden with connection to the footbridges in the district and direct access to the entrances/exits of the MTR Station to create a highly accessible network. One of the footbridges connecting the garden is a uniquely designed suspension footbridge that links up with existing footbridges on Castle Peak Road with direct access to a public transport interchange and bus terminus. Since the garden is split into an upper and a lower level, a number of staircases are built on both sides to facilitate public access. A special feature: inverted glass coneAfter redevelopment, the Sai Lau Kok Garden has changed quite a lot both inside and outside. Mr Adrian Lo tells us that since the local community had been requesting the provision of additional indoor venues at convenient locations for organising small- to medium-scale activities, a multi-purpose activity room and a covered multi-purpose venue were built to meet the needs of the community. Once you enter the interior space, you will see a skylight with special features in the shape of an inverted glass cone in the foyer. The inverted glass cone is the design highlight of the entire project, which not only facilitates natural ventilation and lighting but also brings the outdoor scenery to the interior space for an enhanced sense of spaciousness. Materials bringing out natural and gentle feelingFor material selection, the project team has used fair-faced concrete and traditional Chinese kiln-fired grey bricks as the main construction materials and decorated the interior walls and screens with wooden slats, bringing out the natural, gentle and comfortable feeling. Moreover, the interior’s high headroom design facilitates natural ventilation, thereby reducing the use of air-conditioning. Sunlight can also enter the premises through the glass and skylight, in turn reducing electricity consumption for illumination and enhancing the sense of indoor spaciousness. In addition, the facilities of the garden are meticulously designed by the project team. For example, handrails and seat backs are installed on the benches beside planters to assist the elderly in standing up and sitting down. An oasis in the downtown area of Tsuen Wan To mitigate the heat island effect is the main challenge in building design. The architects have introduced a green building design that incorporates green elements into the redevelopment project. For example, nets with climbing plants are set up at the garden centre to increase shaded areas. The elaborate overall planning also comprises the retention of 13 original trees of various species in the garden and the planting of shrubs and lawns to provide shade for the public and create an oasis in the downtown area of Tsuen Wan. Senior Architect of the ArchSD, Mr Tsang Wai-lun, says that after redevelopment, the Sai Lau Kok Garden not only provides comfortable space for leisure and activities but also injects new vibrancy into the community to serve as a good place for local residents to play, rest and get together. (The video is in Cantonese) (The video is provided by Development Bureau)

Guardians amid the Epidemic: Consumer Services Inspectors in Water Supplies Department

The stability of water supply is more valued amid the epidemic. Consumer Services Inspectors of the Water Supplies Department will set off for site visits across the city and assist in solving water supply problems if needed. They safeguard the stability of our drinking water supply. Thank you, Consumer Services Inspectors! (The video is in Cantonese)

Guardians amid the Epidemic: Waterworks Chemists

Hygiene is the top priority in our fight against COVID-19. Thanks to the joint efforts of all the staff from the Water Supplies Department, water quality is ensured. In the midst of the epidemic, Waterworks Chemists have to keep their minds clear and be precise throughout the monitoring process. Let’s salute these guardians of our drinking water! (The video is in Cantonese)