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Foster's mammoth Hong Kong plans teetering on the brink

Major doubt has been cast over the future of Norman Foster's vast plans for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong.

The former British colony's authorities have announced that they have put the mammoth project, sited in the city's Victoria Harbour, on hold while they carry out a fresh consultation exercise.

This move was revealed after Hong Kong's chief secretary Rafael Hui admitted that Foster's plans - for an enormous glass canopy covering a 2.4km stretch of reclaimed land - had not been greeted with enthusiasm by potential developers.

Hui also admitted that the fresh consultation exercise was a response to widespread dissatisfaction with the designs from the general public.

Last month, AJ Plus revealed that a survey of Hong Kongers had found that the vast majority wanted Foster's plans ditched ( Hong Kongers reject Foster's cultural plans).

Hui said that his legislative council would appoint three committees to investigate the West Kowloon project, which would report back by the end of September.

Foster and Partners was unavailable for comment, except to insist that 'the project has not been dropped'.

by Ed Dorrell

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