A design scheme for the proposed hostel and academic building complex (HABC), formulated in consultation with the University community and neighbouring stakeholders, was approved in June 2017 by the Council for the detailed design development of the HABC.
Conceived of as “a campus within a building”, the HABC transforms the traditional university environment. The HABC is a vertically configured mini-campus that integrates learning, living, dining and socialising spaces, optimising the development potential of a compact site.
The architectural design features of the HABC include:
- Four distinctive halls of residence in interlocking blocks atop an academic podium;
- Stepped building heights to add visual interest, enhance air ventilation and provide roof terraces at various floors for student activities;
- A large central courtyard to serve as an extension of the major circulation spine of the University;
- Permeable design to improve natural ventilation across Baptist University Road Campus and the neighbourhood;
- Building setback to improve the streetscape and natural ventilation along Renfrew Road;
- Provision of greenery space along the frontage on Renfrew Road; and
- Enhancement of fire services provision, structural efficiency and air ventilation and reduction of building bulk and site coverage.
The Way Forward
- A Section 16 planning application for a minor relaxation of the restriction on the building height of the HABC was submitted to the Town Planning Board in December 2018.
- Communication with the University community and stakeholders will be ongoing along the design development to further garner views and opinions on this project.
- Demolition work on the project site has commenced. According to the project programme, the project is expected to be completed in 2023-24.
Perspective view from Renfrew Road (north)
Perspective view from Renfrew Road
Perspective view from Renfrew Road (south)
Sectional perspective (view from Renfrew Road)