Conservation groups have urged the government to reconstruct the Queen’s Pier at its original location, as a consultation on restoring the pier continues.

The three plans proposed by the Development Bureau all suggested the pier – dismantled in 2007 – could be restored between Pier 9 and 10 in Central, about 750 metres from the original location next to the City Hall. The cost of the project will be between HK$230 million and HK$303 million.

Conservation concern groups urge the government to place Queen's Pier at original spot.
Conservation concern groups urge the government to place Queen’s Pier at original spot. Photo: Victoria Waterfront Concern Group.

The groups, including Victoria Waterfront Concern Group, Land Justice League and Designing Hong Kong, said the consultation exercise was “fake”.

“The Queen’s Pier is an important part of local history, and important evidence for the public to know about the city’s past – the government should have conducted the consultation and restoration plan better,” the groups said in a statement.

Support from district councils 

The groups said that the Civil Engineering and Development Department consulted district councils back in 2007. However, the department said that reconstructing the pier in its original location would seriously affect the area’s traffic flow and infrastructure. Eventually, 16 of the 18 district councils supported relocating the pier.

Queen's Pier.
Queen’s Pier. File

The groups said that restoring the pier at its original location was the only way to rebuild the link between the pier, Edinburgh Place and City Hall – where colonial governors landed in Hong Kong.

The cost of putting the pier at its original spot would be under HK$100 million – less than half of the government plans’ estimated cost – the groups claimed.

One of the relocation option of Queen's Pier
One of the relocation option of Queen’s Pier. Photo: Gov HK.

The groups also criticised the Development Bureau’s plan to build a harbour view outdoor plaza, saying that it would be a waste of money and would become another tourism development project which would do nothing to aid the public’s understanding of history.

They urged the government to extend the consultation period for one more month. They also called upon the public to sign a petition in support of locating the pier where it was originally.

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.