President's Message (February 2023)

I am grateful to see the return of a healthy number of invitations to events along with greater interaction initiated by organisations such as the Construction Industry Council (CIC), the Development Bureau (DevB), Housing Bureau, Civil Engineering and Development Department, the Architectural Services Department, the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR as well as Legislative Councillors seeking our views on topical issues. And to our annual Media Luncheon, which returned after three years on 7 February, I say bravo! More than 40 reporters came and that generated a record number of news clippings.
Light Public Housing - a sound short-term solution
Housing issues were foremost in public discussions this month, particularly after the Government’s announcement to build temporary Light Public Housing (LPH) units at Kai Tak. With an average waiting time for public housing of six years, the need for short- to mid-term public housing is urgent. In these circumstances, the Institute considers that the planned 30,000 LPH units at Kai Tak and seven other sites across the territory, by adopting modular integrated construction with a shorter construction period and reasonable cost, will provide an effective solution to tackling the shortage of affordable public housing, and the problem of sub-divided flats.
President Message – February 2023 (whole message)