The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (the Authority or WKCDA) is inviting developers to tender for the development and operation of the highly anticipated landmark commercial development project, namely the Artist Square Towers Project (the AST Project), situated at the prime location of the West Kowloon Cultural District (the District).
The AST Project, comprising three commercial buildings with a total gross floor area (GFA) of approximately 65,000 sqm (including 62,435 sqm for office use and 2,500 sqm for retail/dining/entertainment (RDE) uses), is located at the Artist Square, the heart of the District. The AST Project is seamlessly connected with a number of world-class arts and cultural facilities, including the newly opened M+, Asia's first global museum of contemporary visual culture; the Hong Kong Palace Museum to be opened in July 2022; the Lyric Theatre Complex under construction and the 11-hectare Art Park fronting the Victoria Harbour.
The Authority is inviting a collaboration with industry experts for the development and operation of the AST Project via open tender. Successful tenderer will be granted the development and operational rights for 34 years under a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) procurement model, and will be responsible for the design, construction, financing, marketing, leasing, management and maintenance of the AST Project.
The West Kowloon Cultural District project is the most important and strategic investment in cultural infrastructure by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The vision of the District is to become a unique cultural destination offering the best of eastern and western cultures to visitors from Hong Kong and around the world, which supports the new mission of developing Hong Kong into an East-meets-West centre for international cultural exchange under the Outline of the National 14th Five-Year Plan.
The AST Project is one of the flagship commercial projects of the District, dedicated to creating a new Cultural CBD in Hong Kong given its prime location surrounded by world-class arts and cultural facilities. This invitation of tender is a precious opportunity for the private sector to take part in such an ambitious arts-and-culture-led development.
The AST Project is adjacent to the Kowloon Station Commercial and Residential Area. Taping on the unrivalled connectivity provided by the neighbouring Airport Express Kowloon Station and the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, the terminus of the High Speed Rail connecting the Mainland high-speed rail network, the AST Project allows talents and visitors to travel to and from major metropolises in the Mainland such as Shenzhen, Guangzhou in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, as well as Shanghai and Beijing efficiently.
The AST Project represents the Authority’s ambition in forging a new development model for Hong Kong, where arts and culture will fuel Hong Kong’s new commerce, and stimulate creativity, innovation and ideas for future generations. The Authority will continue to unleash the potential of its commercial land with a view to creating a unique art-themed commercial destination and generating stable income to sustain the development and operations of the arts and culture facilities in the District.
Collection of the Invitation to Tender Document:
Details on tendering for the AST Project are contained in the Invitation to Tender (ITT) Document which can be collected by making written request to the Authority. Interested parties should download the Request Form through the weblink below:
Submission of Tenders:
Tender in response to the ITT must be submitted before the Closing Date/Time for Tender Submission specified below in accordance with the requirements set out in the ITT Document.
Closing Date/Time for Tender Submission:
5:00pm on 11 February 2022 (Hong Kong time)
About the West Kowloon Cultural District
The West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest and most ambitious cultural projects in the world. Its vision is to create a vibrant new cultural quarter for Hong Kong on forty hectares of reclaimed land located alongside Victoria Harbour. With a varied mix of theatres, performance spaces, and museums, the West Kowloon Cultural District will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances and cultural events, providing twenty-three hectares of public open space, including a two-kilometre waterfront promenade.