Secretary for Housing visits Hangzhou to foster collaboration on housing and construction practices

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The Secretary for Housing, Ms Winnie Ho, and her delegation began the visit to Hangzhou yesterday to meet with Mainland government officials to exchange views in areas such as public housing policies, people-oriented designs, innovative construction technologies, and smart property management. Photo shows Ms Ho (front row, sixth right) visiting the Hangzhou National Archives of Publications and Culture yesterday to learn about its unique architectural structure and how the application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) facilitated its construction. She was also briefed on a variety of Chinese classics and Chinese cultural relics.

28th May 2024 – (Hangzhou) The Secretary for Housing, Ms Winnie Ho, embarked on a visit to Hangzhou on 27th May, accompanied by a delegation of housing officials. The purpose of their visit was to engage in discussions with Mainland government officials, exploring areas such as public housing policies, people-oriented designs, innovative construction technologies, and smart property management.

Upon their arrival in Hangzhou, the delegation visited the esteemed Hangzhou National Archives of Publications and Culture, a renowned cultural landmark. They had the opportunity to witness the unique architectural structure of the facility and gain insights into the application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in its construction. The delegation also received briefings on various Chinese classics and cultural relics, further enriching their understanding of Hangzhou’s cultural heritage.

On 28th May, Ms Ho held a meeting with Mr Cao Jinbiao, the Chief Economist of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD), who travelled from Beijing to join the discussion. Following the meeting, Ms Ho participated in the Mainland and Hong Kong Housing Forum, which included officials from MOHURD and the Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Zhejiang Province. During the forum, Ms Ho highlighted the importance of collaboration between Mainland cities and Hong Kong in improving housing and living standards for citizens. The exchange aimed to foster in-depth discussions and experience sharing on topics such as smart construction, smart property management, community building, and housing policies.

Ms Ho emphasised the current government’s commitment to increasing the supply of public housing, particularly for grassroots individuals who face housing difficulties or are unable to afford private rentals. In addition to traditional public rental housing, the government has expedited the construction of Light Public Housing (LPH) projects, with the first batch of approximately 2,100 units expected to be available in the first quarter of next year. The government aims to complete around 30,000 LPH units by 2027-28, significantly improving living conditions for those currently residing in inadequate accommodation.

The discussions also focused on promoting innovative construction technologies, green building practices, and efficient property management. Ms Ho and the officials exchanged views with MOHURD representatives on the application of Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) and Multi-trade Integrated Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MiMEP). They explored the integration of construction robots in public housing projects to enhance efficiency, safety, and quality.

Furthermore, Ms Ho shared the Housing Bureau’s efforts to enhance the well-being of citizens and improve the quality of housing supply beyond speed and quantity. The Housing Department has been actively collecting feedback from residents, stakeholders, and professionals to develop a “Well-being design” guide for new public housing projects. They also discussed open space design enhancements in existing housing estates and minor improvement works. The exchange of ideas extended to property management, with a focus on leveraging technology to enhance efficiency. Ms Ho shared the HD’s experience in improving the management efficiency and service quality of nearly 200 public housing estates.

The delegation’s visit to Hangzhou will continue on 29th May, with scheduled visits to various projects showcasing the development of subsidised rental housing, smart property management, and liveable housing design. Subsequently, they will proceed to Beijing to visit the China Railway Construction Corporation Limited and the China State Construction International Holdings Limited, as both companies are involved in the construction of Light Public Housing projects.