A consortium of Hong Kong and mainland developers trumped eight bidders to win the last parcel of land in Hong Kong’s largest residential enclave that would require an investment of up to HK$20 billion (US$2.6 billion).
The tender for phase 13 development of Lohas Park in Tseung Kwan O has been awarded to Dynamic Wish, a consortium formed by Sino Land, Kerry Properties, K. Wah International Holdings and China Merchants Land, MTR Corporation said on Friday.
The other bidders included heavyweights such as Sun Hung Kai Properties, CK Asset Holdings, Nan Fung Development, Henderson Land Development and a group formed by New World Development and Far East Consortium International.
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Alex Leung, senior director at CHFT Advisory and Appraisal, noted that phase 11 of Lohas Park was also won by a consortium of Sino Land, K Wah and China Merchants Land. He added it made sense to cooperate again as it allows them to minimise the investment risk.
The latest phase, which can yield a total gross floor area of 1.55 million sq ft or some 2,550 flats, will require an investment in the region of HK$17 billion to HK$20 billion. The project is slated to be completed in 2026.
Together with phase 11, the consortium will have built 4,400 units in Lohas Park, requiring an overall investment in excess of HK$28 billion.
“They already have experience with the phase 11 development and the short interval could enable continuity in sales,” said Alvin Lam, director at Midland Surveyors.
The winning consortium will have to pay a premium of HK$5.57 billion (US$718.44 million), or a record HK$3,600 per sq ft, to the government. Separately, the developer will also have to share at least 15 per cent of the project’s profit and a minimum upfront payment of HK$500 million to MTR, which has the rights to the land.
Industry experts expect flats in the latest phase to be priced in the HK$17,000 to HK$20,000 per sq ft range. Currently, prices in the district average around HK$13,014 per sq ft, according to Centaline Property Agency.
In October 2019, a 2,739 sq ft flat at LP6 development sold for HK$65.19 million, or a record HK$23,138 per square foot. The unit also came with a 1,976 sq ft rooftop terrace and a private pool. In 2008, The Capitol, which was the first project to go on sale in the district, fetched HK$4,900 per sq ft.
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