Hong Kong. Immediate release: Empire Group today confirmed its tender for the The Mariners’ Club redevelopment project in Tsim Sha Tsui has been green lighted.
The group will build a new 42-storey building of about 340,000 sq ft. An architectural landmark, it will house the historic club and a new hotel. The group will also operate the club for the next 50 years.
Opened in 1967, the previous building provided both local and visiting seafarers with clean, cheap accommodation, and material and spiritual support. The club dates back to 1863 through the previous operator The Sailors Home and Missions to Seamen.
The new club will continue to provide these services in the new building’s first seven floors, which includes a 4,600 sqm clubhouse.
A new harbourside icon
The tower’s architecture will heavily influence the club’s maritime connections – its V-shape resembling the sails of a moving ship.
Creating a modern home for seafarers will better serve the club’s patrons, shipping industry and local community. It will also reinforce Hong Kong’s status as an international maritime centre.
The InterContinental Hotels will operate the design-led Kimpton Hotel, taking floors 9 to 42.
Measuring 350 to 400 sq ft each, all the approximately 500 rooms will offer a view of Victoria Harbour.
Common facilities include a chapel, three conference rooms, a pool and a sky garden.