Integrated Underground Solutions for Compact Metropolitan Cities

    5 - 7 November 2018, Hong Kong

  • Underground

    Space in Hong Kong

    Hilly terrain and a compact city. Urban underground space and cavern development provide solutions to the land shortage problem. Island West Refuse Transfer Station Rock Cavern Facility (opened 1996) built to meet a local demand for waste management where there was limited surface sites.


    Facilities in Cavern

    NIMBY Facilities in Rock Caverns to improve surface visual impacts and odourcontrol to nearby residents have been well received. Stanley Sewage Treatment Works shown here has been operating for over 20 years with some nearby residents unaware that it is operating in a nearby hillside.

  • Opportunities for Rock Cavern Development

    Hong Kong’s hilly terrain, good underlying rocks, demand for land and high property values provides good opportunities to build or relocate landuses underground.

  • Distribution of Land in Hong Kong

    With limited developable land areas and a desire to protect our existing country parks and special areas it is important to ensure that our land is used efficiently.

  • Opportunities for Urban Underground Development

    Reclamation, underground metro stations, combined with hot / wet summer weather and high land values provide potential connectivity and space creation options to ease urban living.

  • Recent Cavern and Underground Space Studies

    The Government has initiated various studies to explore the options and potential for rock cavern and urban underground space development.

  • Existing Tsim Sha Tsui Underground Network

    Two major underground metro stations are connected by underground pedestrian subways in the Kowloon Peninsula, providing easy access to various developments.

  • Rock Cavern Stations

    There are now 7 underground rock cavern MTR metro stations that service over 1M passengers per day.

  • Private Sector Connection to MTR Station

    There are various direct connections to existing shopping malls and private developments.

  • Cable Tunnels

    The city has over 60km of cable tunnels to protect it sensitive infrastructure against lightning strikes and steep terrain landslides.

  • Highway Tunnels

    Soon to complete more than 70km of highway tunnels there are 3 harbour road tunnel crossings and numerous tunnels through our hilly terrain.

  • Deep Sewer Tunnels

    Various deep sewer tunnels of the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme have been built to clean up the harbour and improve seawater quality.

  • Flood Protection Tunnels

    Flood diversion schemes have been built and are operating to protect downtown areas of Hong Kong against flooding.

  • Flood Storage Tanks

    Various flood storage tanks built close to previous flooding blackspots to control surge in surface water runoff.

  • Water Transfer Tunnels

    Over 200km of water transfer tunnels deliver water to various water treatment works and distribute water from our own reservoirs.

  • Basement Retail and Shopping

    Numerous underground basement shopping and retail developments in the city.

  • Underground Car Parking

    HK Government provide development incentives to promote the construction of underground car parks.

  • Integrated Basements

    The proposed West Kowloon Cultural District will maximize and enhance the use of surface land by transferring transport underground.

  • Combined Utility Tunnels

    The Hong Kong Science Park has a combined utility tunnel of more than 450m to service the development.

  • District Cooling Schemes

    District Cooling Schemes proposed for some new development areas.

  • Strategic Cavern Areas

    A cavern master plan identifies 48 strategic cavern areas to support cavern development in the city.

  • New Development Areas Underground Strategies

    Recent studies have identified underground landuses that could be considered for future new towns and underground development to enhance future town function.

  • Underground Explosives Storage

    Explosives are stored underground in rock caverns and bunkers in remote areas of the city providing security and safety for the public.

  • Underground Water Service Reservoirs

    A recent development transferred some service reservoirs underground to allow better surface development and save environmental impacts on nearby slopes.

Message from the President of ACUUS

On behalf of ACUUS, I would like to warmly invite you to the 16th ACUUS World Conference to be held in Hong Kong on 5-7 November 2018. This forthcoming conference is the next to a series of very successful events and will focus on the use of underground space development to provide sustainable solutions to meet various tough challenges encountered in modern cities. There will be many distinguished speakers and guests coming to share their expert knowledge and precious experience.

Let’s join this prestigious international event. Look forward to seeing you.

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Message from the Chairman of the Organising Committee

Dear friends, colleagues and delegates,

The ACUUS 2018 World Conference coming to Hong Kong is very exciting for us. We have embarked on a journey to harness our underground in the city in a better and more systematic manner and we are proud that ACUUS has allowed us to host the event and bring so many thinkers, practitioners and world renowned speakers to our home to share their experiences in underground development. The conference will undoubtedly inspire, steer and provide a platform for our younger architects, planners and engineers to see the possibilities and how we can make our dense urban cities more convenient, livable and better planned.

I would like to welcome you to ACUUS 2018. May you enjoy the conference, share and present your ideas and make new friends!

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Message from the Chairman of the Scientific Committee

As the Scientific Committee Chairman, I hope that we can share our ideas and experiences for the benefit of the delegates and provide an inspired, thoughtful and fun event for all. In this Conference, we have included a couple of awards for the papers, including one for younger practitioners and thinkers, with a view to attracting high quality submissions on the use of underground space in our cities. The topics cover a broad range of categories, including architecture, urban planning, design and construction, sustainability and environment, technologies and innovations, etc.

Give us your best papers so that we can share, develop and expand our understanding of the way we want to develop our underground.

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ACUUS 2018 - Hong Kong

ACUUS: Associated Research Centres for the Urban Underground Space


The conference will invite globally recognized speakers and world authorities in Urban Underground Space to share their experiences and knowledge with planners, architects and engineers in the region. It is intended to hold keynote presentations to showcase latest thinking and approach in integrated compact city urban design.

Parallel sessions to suit various interests will be organized to further present the state of the art in those related and key underground space disciplines. Discussion and debate will be sought to analyse and assess topical key issues related to urban underground design and implementation.

The conference will seek high quality papers that can provide insight, rigour and useful practical examples of integrated underground solutions for compact metropolitan cities.


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