A review of the waterworks infrastructure in the early
twentieth century in Hong Kong – an attempt to re-construct the design and
construction of the service reservoir at Bishop Hill in Shek Kip Mei
Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists (HKICON)
Department of Real Estate and Construction, The University of Hong Kong
Date, Time &
17 March 2021 (Wednesday), Time:
6:00 for 6:30 -8:00 pm at 9/F, Sophia Chan Yat Mei Room at the HKIE
Ir Dr. S.W.
Poon, Adjunct Professor, Department of Real Estate and Construction, The
University of Hong Kong
Dr. Poon is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Real Estate and
Construction, The University of Hong Kong. Previously he was Associate
Professor, Deputy Head and Acting Head of the same Department.
is a Chartered Structural Engineer, a Corporate Member of the Hong Kong
Institution of Engineers and a Member of Chartered Institution of Water and
research interests include temporary works design and construction, and investigation
of accidents and failures during construction. In the last decade his research
interest covers historic construction works such as the Centenary Tai Tam Tuk
Reservoir Dam, History of Quarrying in Hong Kong, and Historic Lighthouses in
Hong Kong and Nearby Places.
The recent accidental discovery of the underground
service reservoir during its scheduled demolition at Bishop Hill has
unexpectedly arisen the public attention. The beautiful heritage has not just
attracted the attention but also received the widespread views on how the
infrastructure should be conserved.
As engineers we should be able to share with the
public the reasons what, why and how the service reservoir was built.
Unfortunately engineering history is seldom a common course to our engineering
students in Hong Kong and as reported related archives is not available.
Despite the absence of the records, I opine that we
can learn from the design, materials and construction of similar heritage
structures at the material times, so that we would be able to explain and
comment on what, why and how was built, and reconstruct the history of the
beautiful service reservoir.
The talk, based on the study of a research team led by
the speaker, is about the review of similar construction works in the early
twentieth century and, with our engineering knowledge, provides clues to
re-construct the design and construction of the service reservoir.
seminar /webinar is free of charge with maximum of participants of 20 for the
physical seminar and webinar with 150.Registration is required. The applicants
please fill the HKIE
registration form and email to. firstname.lastname@example.org
for application is set on 12 March 2021. Successful applicants should be
notified by 15 March 2021. CPD certificate will be issued after the
seminar/webinar. For enquiries, please contact Ir CS Lam at 91527659.