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Sustainability

Kai Tak Sports Park lays out sustainability goals

Featured image credit: Kai Tak Sports Park

Featured image credit: Kai Tak Sports Park

Kai Tak Sports Park, the new sports and entertainment complex set to open in Hong Kong next year, has laid out plans for renewable energy systems and other green-focused initiatives.

The complex has been designed to meet various international sustainability standards and has received a number of green building certificates, including a platinum rating under the BEAM Plus Neighbourhood of the Hong Kong Green Building Council and the China 3-Star Design Label from the China Green Building (Hong Kong) Council.

Three of Kai Tak Sports Park’s facilities – the 50,000-capacity Main Stadium, 10,000-capacity Indoor Sports Centre and 5,000-spectator Public Sports Ground – have also achieved a provisional platinum rating under the BEAM Plus New Buildings and gold pre-certification under LEED for Building Design and Construction.

Features of the complex will include over 30% green ratio with over 1,000 trees to reduce urban heat island effect, and the provision of 14 hectares of open space and soft landscape with green roof and vertical greening to enhance the urban ecology and air purification.

Other commitments include the adoption of various native species for soft landscape design to achieve sustainable greenery and environmental features, while promoting biodiversity. All buildings have also been designed with advanced ventilation and green features to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions, while charging facilities for electric vehicles will be provided at all private car parking spaces.

Additionally, over 10% of roof areas will be covered with solar panels, while LED lighting systems will be adopted for indoor and outdoor pitches. A rainwater harvesting system will also be installed at all sports venues.

The major facilities within the precinct are expected to be completed in phases by the end of 2024 for the opening in the first half of 2025. Last week, a late winter testing period was announced for Kai Tak Sports Park, with operator ASM Global telling TheStadiumBusiness.com that this will feature rugby and football matches held in the Main Stadium.

A Kai Tak Sports Park spokesperson said: “As one of Hong Kong’s key providers of sports facilities, Kai Tak Sports Park believes in the crucial role of green sports in driving sustainable development of the community.

“We have seamlessly integrated multiple sustainable elements and implemented a range of measures during the design and construction phases. Our commitment lies in assisting Hong Kong in achieving its ambitious energy and climate policy target of halving carbon emissions by 2035.

“Through our efforts, we aspire to establish Kai Tak Sports Park as an environmentally friendly venue with low carbon footprint, while also inspiring and influencing other sports venues and organisations to embark on their own sustainable development journeys.”

>> Read the full breakdown of KTSP’s low carbon and sustainable design features here.

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