Watermark Star Ferry
Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
In 2016, this planning application was submitted to the Town Planning Board to rationalize public and private areas, for “Eating Place” use in the Watermark restaurant in Central Pier No. 7, at the Central Star Ferry Terminal, which is an important tourist landmark on the Central waterfront. This application proposes to resolve the long-standing undesirable interface issues and upgrade the underutilized public viewing decks. It would enable better facilities management, improve the restaurant operation, and improve the public viewing areas to become higher quality and accessible for the enjoyment of the public (including the restaurant customers).
The Application Site falls in the “Other Specified Uses” annotated “Pier and Associated Facilities” zone, at the edge of the Draft Central District (Extension) Outline Zoning Plan No. S/H24/8. It covers a total floor area of about 157m2 (under Option 1) and 94m2 (under Option 2). Under Option 1, the public viewing decks (west and north section) would be converted to private waiting and out-door dining areas, respectively; and the inner corridor would be converted to private area. Under Option 2, the same arrangement would apply, but the public viewing deck (north section) would be retained for public use. In both options, the public viewing deck (east section) would remain and be upgraded to a higher quality in terms of size, unobstructed views, available seats and landscaping, photogenic setting and intimacy with the water body.