The Standard(HK) reports that “Tenders for the design of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge will be invited on Monday, kick-starting the HK$40 billion project to be bankrolled by the three governments and topped up by bank loans.
The project is among the 10 top infrastructure works which Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen wants to activate to create thousands of jobs during the financial crisis.
Hong Kong will pay 50.2 percent of the project, Guangdong 35.1 percent and Macau 14.7 percent.”
[SOURCE: The Standard - Hong Kong's First FREE English Newspaper].
Dutch Prime Minister Balkenende officially opened the new HanzeForum in Groningen, The Netherlands. The HanzeForum is an integral part of the Zernike Campus, a lively area where education, knowledge-building and entrepreneurship come together.
The Prime Minister started his visit at the Atrium of the Van Olst Tower to unveil the artwork of Marthe Röling. After that he toured the campus area and revealed the new name of the building of the Institute for Sports Studies.
West 8 designed the master plan for the Zernike Campus and made the detailed landscape design for the HanzeForum
Image SOURCE: WEST 8
Image Credit: WEST 8
[SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / Prime Minister Balkenende opens HanzeForum].
The Mayor of London has launched a website and campaign for Londoners to vote for which park they think deserves upgrading.
Ten of the Forty Seven parks in London will be granted up to £400,000(USD$616,000)
Voting ends on 5pm, 30 January 2009, so hurry and vote now to Help a London Park.
SOURCE: London.gov.uk – Help a London Park.
The Hong Goverment website news.gov.hk announced that
“The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge feasibility report will be submitted to the Central Government in December for scrutiny, and the three jurisdictions will invite tenders for the main bridge’s preliminary design on December 1.
This was the message from Secretary for Transport & Housing Eva Cheng after the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Advance Work Co-ordination Group’s 9th meeting in Guangzhou today.
[SOURCE: news.gov.hk Central Gov't to review bridge report].
The Age reports
“MELBOURNE(Australia) might continue to sprawl to the west, with a potential shift of the city’s urban growth boundary revealed in plans for a new ring road.
The outer metropolitan ring road, which will also include a rail link, will run in an arc from Avalon Airport to the Hume Highway.
The road is set to be included in the State Government’s transport plan, due out within days.”
SOURCE: The Age.com.au – Melbourne urban sprawl may grow with new outer ring road.