A Home Away from Home
HKU is developing new residential projects in the Wong Chuk Hang and Pokfulam areas.
The High West site on Pokfulam Road will provide accommodation for 938 students and 266 flats for senior staff. Expected to be completed in 2024, this residential complex will also have parking and recreational facilities.
The student residence at Wong Chuk Hang will provide 1,224 student places and is expected to be completed in 2023. It is also one of the pilot projects adopting Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) in Hong Kong, which is supported by a strong research team from HKU’s Centre for Innovation in Construction & Infrastructure Development (CICID) and the Department of Civil Engineering. Another block on Mui Fong Street, to be completed in 2022, will provide 250 student places.
Modernising with MiC
The Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) technology uses free-standing volumetric modules that are prefabricated off-site and is most effective in the construction of compact residential units.
The MiC modules complete with furniture will be delivered and assembled on site. This innovative construction method not only helps to shorten the construction period but also contributes to the quality, safety and sustainability aspects of the building.
Although the MiC is relatively new to Hong Kong, similar technologies are widely used in other places such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore and Mainland China, particularly for the construction of student hostels and hotels.