Public Rental Housing Development at Queen's Hill Site 1 Phase 1 & 5, Fanling

  • Queens Hill Estate

  • Wind/ View corridor along Queen’s Hill Development

  • Queens Hill Shopping Centre

  • Tensile structure in open plaza for event holding

  • Atrium for natural lighting and ventilation at Queens Hill Shopping Centre

  • Preserved tree forms part of the landscaped area at Queens Hill Estate

  • Open Space surrounded by greenery for residents’ enjoyment

  • Artwork was made of retained wood from the former Queen’s Hill Barracks site is integrated into the open space

  • Winding elevated walkway merges with the landscape

  • Artworks were made of salvaged artefacts from the former Queen’s Hill Barracks

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Transformation from former Queen’s Hill Barracks to vibrant Queens Hill Estate

The Hong Kong Housing Authority turned the former Queen’s Hill Barracks site into Queens Hill Estate, an energetic community and home to more than 12 000 families. Phases 1 & 5 of the development comprises six domestic blocks with 7 650 rental flats. Retail, wet market, kindergartens and social welfare facilities are provided to cater for the needs of residents.

Various sustainability features were implemented such as zero irrigation system, upcycled art works and benches were made of recycled timber from the site to reminisce the site’s history.

Green Features

Site Aspects

  • More than 30% of greenery is provided by vertical greenery, at-grading planting, green roof, etc.
  • According to air ventilation assessment, building separations serves as wind corridors. Pedestrian can enjoy the offshore and gentle downslope breeze.
  • Reduce lighting pollution to the surrounding.

Materials Aspects

  • Artworks and benches made of salvaged artefacts and retained wood from the former Queen’s Hill Barracks.
  • Modular, standardized and prefabrication design.
  • Use of timber products from sustainable sources.

Energy Use

  • Adoption of passive design to save energy, including consideration on master layout plan, building orientation.
  • The annual energy saving of a shopping centre and a carpark are about 15% and 20% respectively as compared with BEC 2015.
  • Photovoltaic system at domestic blocks provides about 90,000 kWh/year. The output is equivalent to about 2% of energy consumption in the common areas of residential portion.

Water Use

  • Using water efficient device to save annual water consumption of 33%.
  • Using water efficient sanitary fixtures to reduce annual effluent discharge of 41%.
  • 75% fresh water saving in the landscaped area with the application of Zero Irrigation System (ZIS), dripline irrigation system and selective of native planting species.

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Outdoor air qualities of fresh air supply attains “Good Class” of IAQ certification scheme.
  • Proper lighting control with the aid of motion sensors, photocell sensors, timer control switches and on-demand switches have also been adopted to reduce energy use.

Innovations and Additions

  • Adopt Building Information Modeling (BIM) during design and construction stage to allow more accurate coordination and planning of resources.
  • Use of twin tank system to provide an uninterrupted fresh and flush water supply to residents and reduces water wastage during maintenance or cleaning.
  • Adopt two level lighting system to promote energy efficiency and conservation.
  • Set up Community Farm to encourage the tenants to participate in greening activities at community level and arousing their awareness in greening and environmental protection through participating in gardening activities.


Queen’s Hill site used to be abandoned barracks.  It is now transformed into a vibrant, sustainable home to more than 12,000 families.

The project, Ph.1 & 5 of Queen’s Hill Site 1, is a public rental housing development consists of 6 nos. of domestic block, a retail hub and basement carpark. The central retail and communal green spine forms the heart of this all-comprising community which is well integrated with various play areas and recreational facilities, open plaza, gardens, artwork displays, and comprehensive covered walkway systems connecting the development with its surrounding areas. Timber and salvaged artifacts from felled trees and former barracks are recycled to become artworks, benches for community enjoyment and education.

Master planning was artfully articulated to minimise impact to surrounding villages and existing trees meanwhile maximise views.  Major public spaces and facilities are strategically planned along wind corridors to facilitate natural ventilation with aid of computer simulation.  Open layouts are applied to domestic flats, welfare facilities and market to allow flexibility to meet various needs along the life-long cycle while universal design caters for needs of different ages and physical conditions.

Energy saving and harvesting measures are considered in every aspect of building services design with promising performance in implementation.  Use of zero irrigation system, cut and fill balance of site formation and off-site prefabrication etc. minimise wastage and pollution.  BIM, 3D scanning etc. were applied to enhance accuracy, efficiency and integration of design and construction.

Queens Hill Estate interlinks with history, culture and transformation of Queen’s Hill. Queen’s Hill Phase 1&5 development serves a part in environmental friendly community for sustainable living.

Project Details

Completion Year 2022
Number of Blocks 6 nos. of domestic blocks
Number of Storeys Domestic blocks with 40 storeys and a 3-storey retail centre.
Type Mixed Use

Project Team

Project Developer / Owner Hong Kong Housing Authority
Project Manager Hong Kong Housing Authority
Architect Wong & Ouyang (HK) Limited
Landscape Architect ACLA Limited
M&E Engineer J. Roger Preston Limited
C&S Engineer AECOM Asia Co. Limited
Main Contractor Hip Hing Engineering Company Limited, Paul Y. Construction & Engineering Co. Limited.
Quantity Surveyor Arcadis Hong Kong Limited
Sustainable Design Consultant Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Limited
Environmental Consultant Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Limited
Others Allied Environmental Consultants Limited

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