Tai Po, China, Asia
Year1979latitude: 22° 26'
longitude: 114° 9'
Planning organization
Nationality initiator(s)
Designer(s) / Architect(s)
Design organization
Inhabitants320,000 (2008)
Target population
Town website
Town related linkshttp://www.cedd.gov.hk/eng/index.htm
Literature- None

type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
New Town
Company Town
> client
Private Corporation
Public Corporation
> policy
New Town Tai Po is one of the nine new towns that have been developed as a result of the Hong Kong New Town Programme (1973). Originally Tai Po was a traditional market town. The development of Tai Po has progressed to an advanced stage. The new town has a development area of about 1 270 hectares for residential, commercial, industrial, social, community and recreation facilities. It includes public housing and hospitals to the north of the town centre, and both public and private housing to the west and south. The New Town has incorporated areas for industrial estates or special industries. Besides, most of the industrial lots at the Tai Po Industrial Estate have already been developed to cater for general industries. A Science Park will also be developed at Pak Shek Kok alongside Tolo Highway to accommodate high technology research and industries. Other land uses in Pak Shek Kok include private residential, educational and community facilities. Construction of the Science Park started in 2000 and will be implemented in three phases. The first phase of the Science Park has been completed in mid 2002. The remaining phases will be completed progressively till 2008. The upgrading of Ting Kok Road between Tai Po Industrial Estate and Shuen Wan is now under construction and scheduled for completion in early 2005.

source: Annuska Pronkhorst

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